Merman summed up her loss best: “You can’t buck a nun.”
I’m glad the Tonys are still on, however with the dearth of new musicals (and Best Revival of a Musical not being a thing this year) I’d have to say that whoever wins might not have been so fortunate had the virus not happened.
So far there will be three shows on Broadway next season: Birthday Candles, Sing Street, Trouble in Mind, and possibly Once Upon a One More Time. Hoping there will be others, or at least that the pandemic won’t get in the way.
While Jersey Boys showed how to write a bio-musical, The Drowsy Chaperone was certainly more witty and humorous, using an original story within a story that appeals to theatre lovers.
I’m under the impression that the voters go for the show that’s easier to market so they can bill it as a Best Musical winner. So they go for the spectacles like PHANTOM, FOSSE and LION KING, or the feel good shows like MILLIE, CRAZY FOR YOU and KINKY BOOTS. Also there are three cases of three different shows winning these awards:
Book: Candi…[Read more]
It’s a shame that there are only four eligible musicals for Best Musical and the only one with an original score is least likely to be nominated, so this year it’s likely that all the Best Musical nominees with have secondhand music.
Head Over Heels didn’t do well on Broadway, but it certainly deserved a longer run. I liked its pro-LGBTQ themes, and I saw the tryout of a school version. I hope HoH gets a good run in school and community productions. Once Upon a One More Time I’m not sure about, I’m in favor of feminist fairy tales, even if it is done too often these days, but…[Read more]
Is Once Upon a One More Time still going up? If not we still have six musicals eligible for the 2021 Tonys:
Flying Over Sunset
Girl from the North Country
MJ: The Musical
By the rules there will be four Best Musical nominees, so at least two of them will have an original score. I bet North Country and Six will be among…[Read more]
Plus, Julie Andrews had her nomination for Victor/Victoria withdrawn when hers was the only nomination the show received. I wouldn’t say it was “egregiously overlooked” as much as she was the only thing the show had going for it. Too bad, because she could easily have won and completed the EGOT (she lost her previous Tony nods), and with the…[Read more]
I really thought The Lightning Thief wasn’t that bad. Maybe it was better suited for Off-Broadway, but it was still a lot of fun.
1985 was a weak year. Only Big River was a hit, so even though it wasn’t that great it was still preferable to the others, so it got Best Musical. Back in 1989 Best Book and Score were cut because there were only five…[Read more]
I would say Jagged Little Pill for Best Musical (I don’t think they’ll reward Moulin Rouge!), Slave Play for Best Play, Jagged Little Pill for Best Book, Lightning Thief for Best Score (they would nominate some straight plays, but they wouldn’t actually win).
So now we’ll have to wait a year to see whether North Country or Six wins the Best Musical Tony, not to mention if they take Amar’s controversy into account. At least we can expect five contenders for Best Revival of a Musical:
Caroline, or Change
The Music Man
West Side Story
I predict 1776, Company and Music Man will get the nod…[Read more]
Here are the eligible productions:
A Christmas Carol
The Great Society
The Height of the Storm
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Sea Wall/A Life
The Sound Inside
Jagged Little Pill
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Tina: The Tina…[Read more]
Well I’m looking forward to it, as usual. I’m not sure Emily Skeggs should have been eligible, since she had been in an Off-Broadway production of Take Me Along several years prior. So Sharon Clarke won’t qualify, but I’m sure Adrienne Warren will.
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