If you didn’t watch the Tony’s last night… I’m not sure we can even be friends. Just kidding. (Did that sound sincere?) I watched from home, not half as spiffy as my current and delightful Manhattan Tour and Travel Group, Lincoln Southwest High, who watched from red velvet seats at Radio City Music Hall. Fancy.
I was tickled by the awards this year, despite my previous grumblings regarding the hosts, who were indeed no NPH or Oz-boy. Nonetheless, props to Kristin Chenoweth for her reaction after she lost the most controversial statue of the evening. She’s a mensch, and as a bonus, nearby dolphins could hear the reading of the nominees, as well. Performances were, as expected, more or less spectacular, and to the credit of FINDING NEVERLAND, one of the students from LSW HS told me he was looking forward to that number over all others, despite the fact that he saw the show just a few days prior.
So, how’d I do on my predictions? (Read: How dare you question me?) Well, let’s take a peek, shall we?
“And while SOMETHING ROTTEN is popular with the BOOK OF MORMON crowd and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is prettier than this weather, I feel confident that FUN HOME, a new American Musical, should and probably will win.”
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
FUN HOME *
“Best Play should go to CURIOUS INCIDENT… unless voters are dumbstruck with pretension and go for the too-British WOLF HALL.”
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT… *
HAND TO GOD
WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO
“Best Musical Revival is a tough category this year. Generally, any revival at all gets a nomination as it’s difficult to even fill the category with contenders. While ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and ON THE TOWN are both so well done, I’m assuming Lincoln Center’s lovely THE KING AND I will take it.”
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
THE KING AND I *
ON THE TOWN
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
“I’m also assuming Best Play Revival will go to ELEPHANT MAN, but would be equally happy if SKYLIGHT was recognized.”
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
THE ELEPHANT MAN
THIS IS OUR YOUTH
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
“I think it’s a shoo-in for both Helen Mirren and Bradley Cooper (Leading Actors in a Play). Merchant-Ivory-esque British actors and performers who play differently-abled/gain weight/wear prosthetics to look less fetching, generally win. Sad, but we’ll see if I’m on to something June 7.”
BEST ACTRESS PLAY
Geneva Carr, HAND TO GOD
Dame Helen Mirren, THE AUDIENCE *
Elisabeth Moss, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
Carey Mulligan, SKYLIGHT
Ruth Wilson, CONSTELLATIONS
BEST ACTOR PLAY
Steven Boyer, HAND TO GOD
Bradley Cooper, THE ELEPHANT MAN
Ben Miles, WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO
Bill Nighy, SKYLIGHT
Alex Sharp, CURIOUS INCIDENT… *
Here are some other predictions:
Leading Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris GOT IT!
Best Book of a Musical
FUN HOME (if it goes to TM, I’m quitting theatre) GOT IT!
Best Musical Score
FUN HOME (Sting would be the pity vote) GOT IT!
Best Scenic Design Play
CURIOUS INCIDENT… GOT IT!
Best Costume Design Play
Wolf Hall: Parts 1 and 2 GOT IT!
Best Direction Play
CURIOUS INCIDENT… GOT IT!
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (though kudos for CI, getting a nomination without even being a musical!) GOT IT!
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS GOT IT!
In all fairness, I stayed away from making a Best Actress Musical prediction—full disclosure, I was thinking KC. I also did not predict every single technical award and didn’t comment on the “featured actor” categories, some of which were surprising. …And disappointing.
Yikes… It feels like the day after Christmas for us theatre fans. I feel like I should return something. …maybe my rear orchestra tickets to WOLF HALL PART TWO???
PS—Did anyone else, aside from the obvious title, just find the JERSEY BOYS finale totally lacking relevance? Yeah…