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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Lauren Patten is serious competition for Jagged Little Pill.

    We also don’t even know who’ll be playing Anita in the upcoming revival of West Side Story yet. That role has done quite well in the past for Rita Moreno (at the Oscars) and Karen Olivo (at the Tonys).

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    We also don’t even know who’ll be playing Anita in the upcoming revival of West Side Story yet. That role has done quite well in the past for Rita Moreno (at the Oscars) and Karen Olivo (at the Tonys).

    We don’t know anything about the production either. It might be polarizing and that could work to the detriment of the actors. Ivo Van Hove is really controversial. They’re taking the Robbins choreography out and that might rub people the wrong way. We shall see.

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    Mark A Bowers
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    Marisa Tomei could be the frontrunner for Best Actress In A Play if the revival of The Rose Tattoo gets universal raves.

    Laura Linney playing two roles My Name is Lucy Barton could finally land her that much overdue Tony win as well.

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    Awardsfan1990
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    Jesse Tyler Ferguson could also earn his first Tony nomination next year for the revival of Take Me Out.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    The Tony nominating committee for the 2019-20 season has been announced. This year includes a total of 54 members, and they are:

    Warren Adams – Director/Choreographer/Producer**
    Emily Altman – Attorney/Foundation President
    Bob Alwine – Associate Producer, Goodspeed Musicals
    Becky Ann Baker – Actress**
    Pun Bandhu – Actor/Producer**
    Milly Barranger – Author/Educator
    Suzy Benzinger – Costume Designer
    Brenda Braxton – Actress/Author
    Christopher Burney – Artistic Director, New York Stage and Film**
    Kathleen Chalfant – Actress**
    Dawn Chiang – Lighting Designer
    Eisa Davis – Actress/Writer/Singer/Songwriter
    Carmen De Lavallade – Choreographer
    Kristoffer Diaz – Playwright
    Jerry Dixon – Actor/Director
    Judith Dolan – Costume Designer
    Jill BC Du Boff – Sound Designer**
    John Erman – Director/Producer
    Tim Federle – Novelist/Playwright
    Peter Jay Fernandez – Actor/Educator
    Kamilah Forbes – Executive Producer, The Apollo Theatre**
    Scott Frankel – Composer
    Maija Garcia – Choreographer
    Anna Glass – Executive Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem
    Mason Granger – Director of Grants, Hearst Foundation
    Katori Hall – Playwright
    Ann Harada – Actress
    Joann Hunter – Actress/Choreographer
    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – Playwright
    Michael Kantor – Executive Producer, American Masters
    Celia Keenan-Bolger – Actress
    John Kilgore – Sound Designer**
    Nina Lannan – General Manager**
    Priscilla Lopez – Actress
    Martyna Majok – Playwright
    John Mauceri – Conductor
    Jonathan McCrory – Director/Artistic Director, National Black Theatre**
    Sheila Nevins – President, HBO Documentary Films
    Jim Nicola – Director/Artistic Director, New York Theatre Workshop**
    Antoinette Nwandu – Playwright**
    Peter Parnell – Playwright/Librettist
    Benj Pasek – Composer/Lyricist**
    Neil Patel – Scenic Designer**
    Rosalba Rolón – Artistic Director, Pregones Theater
    Daphne Ruben-Vega – Actress
    Sarah Ruhl – Playwright**
    Don Scardino – Actor/Director
    Kimberly Senior – Freelance Director
    Natasha Sinha – Producer/Dramaturg/Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre**
    Randy Skinner – Director/Choreographer
    Niegel Smith – Director/Performance Artist/Artistic Director, The Flea**
    Michael Stotts – Managing Director, Papermill Playhouse**
    Michael Benjamin Washington – Playwright/Actor**
    Mark Wendland – Scenic Designer

    **Denotes new Nominating Committee Member

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Tony-Awards-Announces-2019-2020-Nominating-Committee-20190618

    Very interesting that Katori Hall is a member given that she is one of the three co-book writers behind Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, which is coming to Broadway this fall.

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    Very interesting that Katori Hall is a member given that she is one of the three co-book writers behind Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, which is coming to Broadway this fall.

    She’ll most likely recuse herself for the musical categories or she’ll only be able to vote in the play categories.

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    Awardsfan1990
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    I thought if someone recuses themselves, that means they can’t nominate ANY of the categories. But I may be wrong. Can someone clarify?

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    ^I know that was at least the case with Stephen Karam back in 2016. He was on the nominating committee for the 2015-16 season, but when it was announced that his play, The Humans, was moving to Broadway, he had to withdraw.

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    Anton Spivack
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    So far there are four new musicals coming to the Main Stem this season: Moulin Rouge!Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Jagged Little Pill and Girl from the North Country, all of which have score consisting mainly of reused music. Then there’s the Neil Diamond bio-musical coming to Broadway. Will there be a Best Score Tony this year? I hope The Secret Life of Bees comes to Broadway this season so there will be at least one new musical with an original score. Plus, it’s run is winding down and tickets are steep so if it came to Broadway I would be able to see it.

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    Next year’s Tony Awards have been set for Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at Radio City Music Hall on CBS. The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 23rd for all Broadway productions opening in the 2019-2020 season. Then, nominations will be announced on Tuesday, April 28th.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-74th-Annual-Tony-Awards-Book-a-Date-at-Radio-City-Music-Hall-for-2020-Ceremony-20190919

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    Spitballing my incomplete early predictions for the acting races here…

    Best Actor in a Play
    Charlie Cox – Betrayal
    Campbell Scott – A Christmas Carol
    Bryan Cox – The Great Society
    Simon Russell Beale – The Lehman Trilogy
    Ian Barford – Linda Vista

    Best Actress in a Play
    Eileen Adkins – The Height of the Storm
    Marisa Tomei – The Rose Tattoo
    Joaquina Kulakango – Slave Play
    Mary-Louise Parker – The Sound Inside
    Laurie Metcalf – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Best Actor in a Musical
    Chris McCarrell – The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical
    Aaron Tveit – Moulin Rouge
    Daniel J. Watts – Tina! the Tina Turner Musical

    Best Actress in a Musical
    Shelly D. Clarke – Caroline, or Change
    Mare Winningham – Girl From the North Country
    Elizabeth Stanley – Jagged Little Pill
    Karen Olivio – Moulin Rouge
    Adrienne Warren – Tina! the Tina Turner Musical

    Best Featured Actor in a Play
    Bryce Pinkham – The Great Society
    John Benjamin Hickey – The Inheritance
    James Cusati-Moyer – Slave Play
    David Alan Grier – A Soldier’s Play
    Russell Tovey – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Best Featured Actress in a Play
    Ato Blankson-Wood – Slave Play
    Patsy Ferran – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Best Featured Actor in a Musical
    Amar Ramasar – West Side Story
    Jay O. Sanders – Girl From the North Country

    Best Featured Actress in a Musical
    Yesenia Ayala – West Side Story

    Maybe some who are more familiar with the shows and which supporting parts are juicy can help me fill this out.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I don’t usually like to start making my predictions this early in the season because we don’t really know how a lot of the productions will turn out yet. Also, we’ll definitely have to wait on eligibility in certain cases. For example, will Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox both be ruled as leads for Betrayal, or will they be competing separately? Same goes for the three men in The Lehman Trilogy.

    Though there are certain performances you should definitely keep an eye out for in the following categories…

    Best Lead Actor in a Musical:
    Harry Hadden-Paton-Flying Over Sunset
    Roe Hartrampf-Diana
    Isaac Powell-West Side Story
    Tony Yazbeck-Flying Over Sunset

    Best Lead Actress in a Musical:
    Carmen Cusack-Flying Over Sunset
    Jeanna de Waal-Diana
    Katrina Lenk-Company
    Shereen Pimentel-West Side Story

    Best Featured Actress in a Musical:
    Patti LuPone-Company
    Luba Mason-Girl From the North Country

    Best Featured Actress in a Play:
    Lois Smith-The Inheritance

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    If How I Learned To Drive is a big critical hit, I bet Mary-Louise Parker will get her Tony nomination for that instead of The Sound Inside, as the former is opening closer to the Tony eligibility cutoff date.

    Also, I’m not predicting anything for Diana just yet, given its disastrous California reception. The only way it will possibly be a contender is if the Broadway version is a massive improvement or if it is indeed an overall weak season for new musicals. But either way, it has no chance against Six or Girl From The North Country.

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    Kevin Klawitter
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    I’m a Tony prediction neophyte, so I was going off of previous productions, where in the case of Betrayal the actor playing Jerry always seemed to be the one to get the Best Actor nomination, and in Lehman all three actors were nominated in Lead at the Olivier awards (albeit one nomination for the three).

    MLP I did ponder a bit before picking which play to do, but I figured The Sound Inside would be a better pick because it was newer and if well received on Broadway could have a lasting memory. But I can definitely see her getting nominated for returning to a beloved role she’s played in the past.

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    The only thing I feel confident in saying for certain right now is that nothing from Percy Jackson will come within 100 miles of a Tony nomination.

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