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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Here goes, for plays these are the five I think will be nominated:

    Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
    Doug Hughes, Junk
    Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
    John Tiffany, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
    George C Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh

    For musicals:

    Michael Arden, Once On This Island
    David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
    Michael Grandage, Frozen
    Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
    Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

    I am least sure about Grandage, but I just don’t see Tina Landau happening nor Jack O’Brien.

    If you disagree with me let me know why you think differently! (:

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    adamunc
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    I’m struggling with Junk. It was not successful and the reviews were middling at best. Based on last night’s reviews, Trip Cullman could be a contender for Lobby Hero. We’ll see what happens with Saint Joan as well, which is a last-minute opener and Daniel Sullivan is a respected veteran.

    Spongebob is a big mystery to me in terms of musicals. I could see it being shut out, but on the other hand I could see it getting 4-5 nominations too. That last slot is definitely between Grandage and Tina Landau.

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    Lindsayisagoddess
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    I think people are too quick to write off Spongebob. It got good reviews from critics and many of them singled out Tina Landau’s creative and inventive directing. I agree that the final slot is between her and Grandage and both have a solid shot but I’m not sure which one I’d pick.

    Totally agree on Jack O’Brien however.

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    SamEckmann
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    Discount SpongeBob at your own peril.

    Besides Best Musical, the show has 3 guaranteed nominations out of the gate: Actor, Orchestrations, and Sound Design. It also has excellent odds at showing up in Book, Score, Scenic Design, and Choreography.

    Both Gavin Lee and Jai’Len Christine Li Josey are dark horses for the featured categories.

    That’s more than enough to make it a serious contender. And Tina Landau is an immensely respected artist in the industry. I’d say the only reason she doesn’t already have a Tony is because she usually focused on site-specific and/or unconventional productions, and often chose to work outside of New York. Her work at Steppenwolf is still talked about, most actors either have taken a Viewpoints workshop with her or want to, and if her Floyd Collins had transferred to Broadway she would already have a nomination under her belt. To say she’s out of the running is to misread the race.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    As of now, I think the nominees will be…

    Best Direction of a Musical:
    Michael Arden-Once on This Island
    David Cromer-The Band’s Visit
    Tina Landau-SpongeBob SquarePants
    Casey Nicholaw-Mean Girls
    Bartlett Sher-My Fair Lady

    One thing I’d like to know is that no matter what ends up winning Best Revival of a Musical, could Michael Arden still be a threat to win Best Director? He’s won a lot a acclaim for his innovative staging in Once on This Island. Plus, last year marked the first time in over a decade that we saw that the winners in both directing categories were productions that didn’t go on to win their top categories. Interestingly enough, a lot of us were predicting Dear Evan Hansen wouldn’t win Best Director, just not the show we thought would beat it.

    Best Direction of a Play:
    Marianne Elliott-Angels in America
    James Macdonald-The Children
    Joe Mantello-Three Tall Women
    John Tiffany-Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
    George C. Wolfe-The Iceman Cometh

    At this point, I think the race will be between Marianne Elliott and John Tiffany.

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    Lindsayisagoddess
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    Oh I think the award is David Cromer’s to lose. Last season he managed to tie with Rachel Chavkin at the Drama Desks (or OCC? I’m not entirely sure), plus the Band’s Visit has a lot of momentum behind it.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    The Drama Desk Awards was the place where Rachel Chavkin & David Cromer tied.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Discount SpongeBob at your own peril.

    Besides Best Musical, the show has 3 guaranteed nominations out of the gate: Actor, Orchestrations, and Sound Design. It also has excellent odds at showing up in Book, Score, Scenic Design, and Choreography.

    Both Gavin Lee and Jai’Len Christine Li Josey are dark horses for the featured categories.

    That’s more than enough to make it a serious contender. And Tina Landau is an immensely respected artist in the industry. I’d say the only reason she doesn’t already have a Tony is because she usually focused on site-specific and/or unconventional productions, and often chose to work outside of New York. Her work at Steppenwolf is still talked about, most actors either have taken a Viewpoints workshop with her or want to, and if her Floyd Collins had transferred to Broadway she would already have a nomination under her belt. To say she’s out of the running is to misread the race.

    Why are you so certain SB SP will get an Orchestrations nomination? I am not predicting it. I think The Band’s Visit, Carousel and Once On This Island are locks in the category and I am struggling with who the other nominee will be but I haven’t really considered SB SP… maybe I will be wrong but I just don’t think SB SP will get more than 5 nominations. It will be interesting to see who you think won’t be nominated to make room for the featured performers from the show..

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    Alex Meyer
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    I agree that it’s down to Marianne Elliott vs. John Tiffany for plays and Michael Arden vs. David Cromer for musicals. Given that The Band’s Visit competed at the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desks last year, I assume Arden will easily win those. As for the Tonys, I have no idea which of them will win, but I imagine they’ll get the top votes. As for plays, I honestly have no idea. If the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desks pick the same person, then I’ll predict them for the Tonys.

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    adamunc
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    Re: Orchestrations. Tom Kitt had a big job getting some kind of unified sound out of a score written by about six thousand contributors. The committee may well recognize that achievement.

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    SHT L
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    I would much rather see Spongebob receive a Best Director’s nomination over Frozen. No matter how one really feels about the end product of either show, at least Spongebob took some creativity and required a concept. Frozen is an incredibly lazy piece of theatre that only aimed for “passable” and “good enough” for movie fans.

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    Madson Melo
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    I think Elliott win this, hands down.

    I can see Arden winning the musical category tho.

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    SamEckmann
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    Why am I certain on orchestrations? SpongeBob’s score was comprised of individual songs written by over a dozen different artists from different genres. Plain White T’s, David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Sara Bareilles, etc. If it weren’t for Tom Kitt’s orchestrations tying the whole thing together with a coherent sound, this could have been the biggest mess on Broadway. But he wove everything together for one unified and infectious score. It was a monumental task that he pulled off brilliantly imo, and they would be insane to overlook him.

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    Cromer wins for Band’s Visit.

    Elliot vs. Tiffany for Direction of a Play. Close call.

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    adamunc
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    I’m really hoping for Michael Arden. I always give extra points for degree of difficulty dealing with the Circle in the Square space, and he handled it brilliantly. Possibly even better than Sam Gold did with Fun Home.

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