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December 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm #1203248159
While there may only be five new musical scores eligible this year, there’s also play scores to be taken into account as well.December 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm #1203248233
Also in 1989 there were five new musicals with original scores but the category of Best Score was dropped, as if their music wasn’t considered worthy.
Their music wasn’t worthy. There was also no award for Book that year. 1989 was a real low point for American musical theatre; all of the hits were from London. The failure of Legs Diamond that season was such a blow for Nederlander that they leased the Mark Hellinger to the Times Square Church and live theater lost a gorgeous house.December 23, 2019 at 4:14 pm #1203248288
I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of play scores get nominated for Best Score in the years to come. Maybe a straight play will win.December 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm #1203248303
Actually there were no hit new musicals of the 1988-1989 season. Only two of the six new musicals that season ran long and won Tonys–the revues Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and Black and Blue, which both closed in the red due to high production costs. Of the four book musicals–Welcome to the Club, Starmites, Legs Diamond and Chu Chem–all closed quickly and with that and last season’s Carrie, which closed after the Tonys eligibility date, only Starmites got a Best Musical nod. And of all those musicals, it’s Carrie and Starmites, both very campy, that are frequently performed today.December 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm #1203251878
At the Tonys, Hal Prince and Jerry Herman should get their own tributes at the In Memoriam portion. You know, Hal never directed any of Jerry’s shows, so they would make an interesting pairing.
Also, for Best Choreography, I predict the five nominees will be:
David Byrne’s American Utopia
The Lightning Thief
West Side Story
This was hard for me to predict since the musicals this season aren’t exactly known for their choreography.
Edit 1/7: I just saw A Soldier’s Play and I suppose the marching and fight choreography would make them eligible, though I’m not sure if they’ll be nominated.January 8, 2020 at 8:22 pm #1203271515
Now that Sing Street is coming to Broadway I think it has a shot at Best Book, Score and Musical.January 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm #1203271535
Critics’ reviews of the show Off-Broadway were mixed, saying that potential is there, but work is still needed. Even if its Broadway run is better received, the Tonys this year will pretty much be a three-way race between Six, Girl From The North Country, and Moulin Rouge!January 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm #1203271556
I don’t see Moulin Rouge! being in it to win Best Musical at all. My personal thoughts on the property aside, the show got mixed reviews from critics. As for Sing Street, I don’t know if the stage adaptation has enough new material to qualify for Best Original Score. Which was the reason why Once wasn’t eligible in that category back in 2012 because it only had like two original songs written exclusively for that show.January 8, 2020 at 9:17 pm #1203271625
Very well. Six, Girl From The North Country, and Moulin Rouge! will be up for Best Musical, I’ll have to wait and see what the other two nominees will be. Of course, with five of the ten new musicals being ineligible for Best Score, it’s a matter of which of the remaining five doesn’t get nominated.January 9, 2020 at 4:40 am #1203271829
As I’ve mentioned before, I’d like to see how the rest of the season will turn out first before I officially start making my predictions. Though I will say that I think Moulin Rouge! does receive a Best Musical nomination for now, but I don’t think it’s a lock. The show proved to be very divisive among critics (even though they’re obviously not members of the Tony nominating committee). Of the new musicals that have opened on Broadway so far, it does look more likely to nab a slot than Jagged Little Pill, Tina, and most definitely The Lightning Thief. Of the remaining six to come, Girl From the North Country and Six are definitely locks based on buzz they’ve both received from prior productions. Mrs. Doubtfire received promising reviews out-of-town, so we’ll see how that will turn out on Broadway. We’ll also see if the creative team behind Sing Street will end up making the right revisions by the time the show opens uptown. Flying Over Sunset is a sight unseen given that it’ll be opening cold in New York, but the show does have a prestige factor going for it. Diana, I don’t see happening at all unless the creative team really pulls off a major overhaul from La Jolla.January 9, 2020 at 5:21 am #1203271843
There’s not nearly enough new material in Sing Street for it to be eligible for Score. The book came in for quite a bit of criticism off-Broadway, but Enda Walsh is highly respected and the competition this season for books is… let’s say sparse, other than Girl from the North Country. So it has a good chance at a nomination there.
Six is looking more and more like a lock for Score, with the only possible derailing factor being the unknown Flying Over Sunset.January 9, 2020 at 8:24 am #1203272072
For the record, I don’t think Moulin Rouge! will actually win Best Musical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s nominated. However, given how lavish the production is, I predict it win a lot of design categories like costumes, scenic, lighting, etc., and then Six and Girl From The North Country will dominate the top categories.January 21, 2020 at 9:13 pm #1203298063
So much focus on the musicals – let’s get into the plays again!
The Lehman Trilogy
The Sound Inside
How I Learned to Drive
A Soldier’s Play
Take Me Out
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Actor in a Play
Charlie Cox – Betrayal
Paul Hilton – The Inheritance
Tracy Letts – The Minutes
Campbell Scott – A Christmas Carol
Blair Underwood – A Soldier’s Play
Best Actress in a Play
Zawe Ashton – Betrayal
Laura Linney – My Name is Lucy Barton
Joaquina Kulakango – Slave Play
Mary Louise Parker – How I Learned to Drive
Laurie Metcalf – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Featured Actor in a Play
James Cusati-Moyer – Slave Play
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Take Me Out
David Alan Grier – A Soldier’s Play
John Benjamin Hickey – The Inheritance
J. Alphonse Nicholson – A Soldier’s Play
Best Featured Actress in a Play
Ato Blankson-Wood – Slave Play
Blair Brown – The Minutes
Annie McNamara – Slave Play
Lois Smith – The Inheritance
Patsy Ferran – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?January 27, 2020 at 5:23 pm #1203315483
It should be interesting to see how the whole cast of Slave Play will end up being eligible in the acting categories. Will they all go featured or will at least one of them go lead? As of now, I think the race for Best Revival will be between Betrayal and A Soldier’s Play given all the acclaim both of those productions received. Of course, How I Learned to Drive, Take Me Out, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are possibilities, but they’re all sights unseen right now. As for Best Play, the five nominees I’m currently predicting are…
The Lehman Trilogy
The Sound Inside
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