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March 9, 2020 at 7:40 pm #1203376387
It’s always interesting how the Oliviers differ from the Tonys. Like Idina Menzel won the Tony for the Broadway production of Wicked, yet she didn’t even receive an Olivier nomination for the West End production
Like how Mark Harris pointed out how appropriate it was that Daveed Diggs won Best Featured Actor in a Musical at the Tonys for playing Lafayette/Jefferson in “Hamilton”, while the London production the actor playing King George won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.March 6, 2020 at 10:07 am #1203373322
It always seems to be a tough category, but Best Actress in a Musical is going to be a bloodbath this year. Adrienne Warren, Karen Olivo, Mare Winningham, Sharon D. Clark, Shereen Pimentel, Katrina Lenk, Carmen Cusack, Elizabeth Stanley, even Jeanna de Waal. All of them could be nominated and I could see a path to the win for about 80% of them.March 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm #1203371092
While Six isn’t typically what I think Tony voters would necessarily go for, I don’t really see another alternative this season for Best Musical. They historically don’t love jukebox musicals which really cuts down on the options. At least it is a creative way to tell the story, despite it being very concert-ish. Also Six did well at the Olivier’s so I don’t see it being snubbed across the board come nomination morning during a year when there are few completely original musicals.
If Flying Over Sunset is well received, that could well dominate the field. And the sampling of music released so far has been promising.February 20, 2020 at 9:57 am #1203353894
It’s also the reason why they had two nominees for revival last year instead of combining the musical categories. Oklahoma was the unfortunate winner.
I think you’re telling on yourself a bit here. It’s okay to think the WSS revival is “terrible” and it’s okay to think Oklahoma! winning is “unfortunate”, but saying both in the course of the same conversation shows you aren’t exactly in step with conventional Broadway taste.February 17, 2020 at 1:14 pm #1203349805
I do think that Betrayal is the current frontrunner to win Best Revival of a Play. It could follow a similar trajectory to A View From the Bridge a few years ago where despite that production ending its limited run earlier in the season, it was still so well-regarded for offering audiences a completely different take on a classic work, that people couldn’t stop talking about it long after it was gone. Similar to how some of the recent Tony winners for Best Musical Revival have gone to productions that did completely original takes on older shows (which I’ve previously mentioned in this thread).
Is A Soldier’s Play considered a revival even though this is its first time on Broadway? If so, don’t sleep on that one. The reviews were great.February 1, 2020 at 11:52 am #1203323842
While we don’t know how eligibility is going to work out for the acting categories for A Soldier’s Play yet, I think Blair Underwood will go Lead while David Alan Grier and Jerry O’Connell will both contend in Featured.
I think J. Alphonse Nicholson is more likely than Jerry O’Connell for A Soldier’s Play. He has a good, tragic role and has been getting standout reviews. He’s not as known a property as O’Connell, but a star-making role for a newcomer could also get Tony recognition.January 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm #1203320977
How are none of the actors from The Lehman Trilogy in your predictions? It’s the frontrunner for Best Play. At least one or all three of Adam Godley, Ben Miles, and Simon Russell Beale will be nominated
Category confusion. The male categories are pretty strong this year and for TLT we don’t know who will be pushed for awards or what category he’ll be pushed for.January 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm #1203320589
David Weiner and Victoria Sagady will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Play category for their work on The Great Society.
Joaquina Kalukango will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in Slave Play.
Ian Barford will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Linda Vista.
Marisa Tomei will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in The Rose Tattoo.
Ben Stanton and Lucy Mackinnon will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting of a Play category for their work on The Rose Tattoo.
Chris McCarrell and Kristin Stokes will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.
Adrienne Warren will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
Andrew Burnap, Samuel H. Levine and Kyle Soller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for their respective performances in The Inheritance.
A Christmas Carol will be considered eligible in the Best Play category.
Campbell Scott will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in A Christmas Carol.
Lizzi Gee will be considered eligible in the Best Choreography category for her work on A Christmas Carol.
Christopher Nightingale will be considered eligible in the Best Orchestrations category for his work on A Christmas Carol.
Elizabeth Stanley will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Jagged Little Pill.
Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Jagged Little Pill.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?December 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm #1203251768
The “Mank” production spent most of December filming at Kemper Campbell Ranch in Victorville, California. Doyle was keen on using the ranch for “Mank” considering the location has direct ties to the film’s storyline. “Mank,” written by the director’s late father Jack Fincher, tells the true story of Herman J. Mankiewicz as he sets out to write the script for Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman in Fincher’s movie, won an Oscar for the screenplay. Doyle teases that “Mank” is “not just a biopic about” the legendary writer.
Mankiewicz was a notorious drinker and suffered a leg injury in a car crash, so Welles brought the screenwriter to the Kemper Campbell Ranch so that he could work on “Citizen Kane” without distractions. Mankiewicz spent two months at the dry ranch and wrote hundreds of draft pages of the “Kane” script for Welles to edit. Because of Mankiewicz’s ties to the ranch, it was of the upmost importance to Doyle to have the production film there.
“The place hasn’t changed,” Doyle said. “You get over that hill into that ranch, and you’re in this tiny time capsule. Here you are where Herman Mankiewicz really sat, and stood and wrote this story.”
In addition to Oldman as Mankiewicz, “Mank” also features Amanda Seyfried as actress Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Mankiewicz’s secretary Rita Alexander, Tuppence Middleton as wife Sara Mankiewicz, and “The Souvenir” breakout Tom Burke as Orson Welles. The film will also reunite Fincher with his longtime composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won the Oscar for their work on “The Social Network.” Reznor recently told Revolver that he would only being used period-authentic instruments to compose the “Mank” score. The film is set in the 1940s.
“We’re not gonna be using the modular synthesizer on that one,” Reznor said. “We think we’re gonna be period authentic, so it just creates a new set of challenges.”December 13, 2019 at 7:50 am #1203234832
There are a few considered contenders I’m assuming won’t be released in time ie Macbeth, Killers of the Flower Moon, Nightmare Alley, and Trial of the Chicago 7. But if they end up being confirmed for the major festivals, I’ll be more than happy to include them
The French Dispatch
In the Heights
The Last Thing He Wanted
On the Rocks
West Side Story
Tom Holland – Cherry
Anthony Ramos – In the Heights
Gary Oldman – Mank
Jesse Eisenberg – Resistance
Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield / Green Knight
Ana De Armas – Blonde
Frances McDormand – The French Dispatch
Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy
Anne Hathaway – The Last Thing She Wanted
Rachel Ziegler – West Side Story
Best Supporting Actor
Bobby Cannavale / Adrian Brody – Blonde
Willem Dafoe – The Last Thing He Wanted
Charles Dance / Tom Burke – Mank
Bill Murray – On the Rocks
Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield
Best Supporting Actress
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olga Merediz – In the Heights
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Clémence Poésy – Resistance
Rita Moreno – West Side Story
David Fincher – Mank
Wes Anderson – The French Dispatch
Ron Howard – Hillbilly Elegy
Jon M. Chu – In the Heights
Steven Spielberg – West Side StoryDecember 7, 2019 at 10:33 am #1203221572
As Wells would call it it is a “wokester” movie.
Well, if you have to quote Jeff Wells to criticize the movie’s politics, it must be doing SOMETHING right.December 6, 2019 at 8:44 pm #1203220744
First look at Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson:December 6, 2019 at 11:56 am #1203220272
The pilot has been picked up for a full season order:December 4, 2019 at 9:36 am #1203216062
Laura Linney’s one woman show “My Name is Lucy Barton” will begin its previews early, on January 4.