An Opinion Piece: Tony Predictions 2016

As we say, it’s only one person’s opinion, and a few categories are going to take each other to task, but there are still some things that we can probably say for certain.

Hamilton broke records left and right this season, including the 16 nominations it got from the award committee. I think the show will definitely dominate the majority of categories, but I’m not sure if it will go for a clean sweep like I’ve seen a lot of people say.

As far as shows with multiple nominees in the same categories, I feel Hamilton may surprise us and see Leslie Odom Jr. go home with the Best Leading Actor award, and Best Featured Actor is a toss up.

Noises Off I think will see the Best Featured Actress award go home with Megan Hilty, as Andrea Martin is still a newcomer and Hilty has been a favorite in recent years.

A View From The Bridge might pull off all tech awards it was nominated for, and The Crucible may pull in an acting nod for Sophie Okonedo, but A View will win more out of the two of them.

I predict Eclipsed getting a lot of attention as well, for both technical and acting, although I’m unsure about whether or not Liesl Tommy will come home with the Best Direction award. Both A View From The Bridge and Long Day’s Journey Into Night have been reviewed really favorably in that direction.

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I get the feeling that the opening number is going to feature riffs on James Corden shows and will most definitely poke fun at the Into The Woods movie. Host Neil Patrick Harris hadn’t starred in Hedwig by the time that he hosted, and last year saw ribbing of Kristin Chenoweth’s time in Wicked, so I think his roles are also fair game. The ceremony did the same with the Les Miserables movie a few years ago, and as someone who didn’t care for the Into The Woods movie, I’m looking forward to some laughs.

With the American Theatre Wing’s push for the recognition of diversity this season, I think onversations on the red carpet and off are going to focus heavily on diversity across all spectrums, though some conversation about “Tony can you hear me” may come up as another year passes without the sound awards.

PLAY:

Best: Eclipsed
Best Revival: Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best Actor Leading: Mark Strong (A View From The Bridge)
Best Actor Feature: Reed Birney (The Humans)
Best Actress Leading: Jessica Lange (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)
Best Actress Feature: Pascale Armand (Eclipsed)
Best Direction: Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed)
Best Scenic Design: Jan Versweyveld (A View From The Bridge)
Best Lighting Design: Jan Versweyveld (The Crucible)
Best Costume Design: Clint Ramos (Eclipsed)

 

MUSICAL:

Best: Hamilton
Best Revival: The Color Purple
Best Actor Leading: Leslie Odom Jr.
Best Actor Feature: Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)
Best Actress Leading: Jessie Meuller (Waitress)
Best Actress Feature: Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple)
Best Direction: Michael Arden (Spring Awakening)
Best Book: Shuffle Along (George C. Wolfe)
Best Original Score: Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Best Scenic Design: Es Devlin and Finn Ross (American Psycho)
Best Lighting Design: Howell Binkley (Hamilton)
Best Costume Design: Ann Roth (Shuffle Along)
Best Choreography: Savion Glover (Shuffle Along)
Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton)

Tony Nominations: Part 1

The day is finally here: Tony Noms day. For Broadway it’s almost like Christmas in…May? Because the nominations list is long, we’re going to split up our nomination posts- one for the nominated plays and one for the nominated musicals. Up first: the nominated plays!

Best Play:

Eclipsed                                        King Charles III            

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The Father                                    The Humans 

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Best Revival of a Play:

Blackbird                                                                         The Crucible

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night                                 Noises Off

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A View From The Bridge

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Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Gabriel Bryne

Blackbird-
Jeff Daniels

The Father-
Frank Langella

King Charles III-
Tim Pigott-Smith

A View From The Bridge-
Mark Strong

 

Best Performance of a Leading Actress in a Play:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Jessica Lange

Misery-
Laurie Metcalf

Eclipsed-
Lupita Nyong’o

The Crucible-
Sophie Okonedo

Blackbird-
Michelle Williams

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:

The Humans-
Reed Birney

The Crucible-
Bill Camp

Noises Off-
David Furr

King Charles III-
Richard Goulding

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Michael Shannon

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:

Eclipsed-
Pascale Armand

Eclipsed-
Saycon Sengbloh

Noises Off-
Megan Hilty

Noises Off-
Andrea Martin

The Humans-
Jayne Houdyshell

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play:

Thérèse Raquin-
Beowulf Borritt

Hughie-
Christopher Oram

The Humans-
David Zinn

A View From The Bridge-
Jan Versweyveld

 

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Jane Greenwood

Noises Off-
Michael Krass

Eclipsed-
Clint Ramos

King Charles III-
Tom Scutt

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Natasha Katz

The Humans-
Justin Townsend

The Crucible-
Jan Versweyveld

A View From The Bridge-
Jan Versweyveld

 

Best Direction of a Play:

King Charles III-
Rupert Goold

Long Day’s Journey Into Night-
Jonathan Kent

The Humans-
Joe Mantello

Eclipsed-
Liesl Tommy

A View From The Bridge-
Ivo Van Hove

 


 

Final Count

Most nominations:  7 nominations- Long Day’s Journey Into Night

6 nominations- Eclipsed (in 5 categories)

The Humans

5 nominations- King Charles III

A View From The Bridge

Noises Off (in 4 categories)

 

Eligible Plays with no nominations:

  • An Act of God (new)
  • China Doll (new)
  • Our Mother’s Brief Affair (new)
  • Fool For Love (revival)
  • Fully Committed (revival)
  • The Gin Game (revival)
  • Old Times (revival)
  • Sylvia (revival

 

Meet the Eligible Shows (Part 2)

While new material keeps the Broadway season fresh, revivals that breathe new life into classics earn their own award category. Here are the eligible shows that made their return to Broadway in the 2015-2016 season.

Able to be entered for Best Revival of a Play:

Blackbird blackbird-broadway-logo-e1456797702195

Written by David Harrower and originally produced in Edinburgh in 2005. Blackbird depicts a “harrowing” look at the relationship of Una and Ray, who meet again 15 years after their illegal relationship when the former was just 12 years old.

Where: Belasco Theatre
Run: March 10 2016-

 

The Crucible 14095-3

Now considered a staple of American theatre, this incarnation of Arthur Miller’s play star Saoirse Ronan and Ben Wishaw. The Crucible centers on the Salem Witch trials and the implications of lost trust, superstition, and the need to humanize evil.

Where: Walter Kerr Theatre
Run: March 31 2016-

 

 

Fool for Love foolforlove

Sam Shepard’s “landmark myth of the new Wild West”, Fool for Love follows two former lovers  stuck in a motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert. They unpack their deepest secrets and struggle with the question of whether they can survive without each other.

Where: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Run: October 8 2015- December 13 2015

 

 

The Gin Game 13941-3

Written by D.L Coburn, this production of The Gin Game is the first to come back to a Broadway stage in almost 50 years. Starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson as two retirement home residents, the show stages a battle of wits and passions for both characters, but only one can win the titular game.

Where: John Golden Theatre
Run: October 14 2015- January 10 2016

 

 

 

Hughie thrtrhr

Eugene O’Neill’s classic set on the Great White Way, this production of Hughie stars Forrest Whitaker in the title role. As a “small-time gambler and big-time drinker”, Hughie aspires to hid own American Dream in 1928 New York City.

Where: Booth Theatre
Run: February 25 2016- March 27 2016

 

 

 

Long Day’s Journey Into Night caoneeswyaavx3e

The second Eugene O’Neill play revived this season, Long Day’s Journey Into Night chronicles one family’s escapades over the course of a seemingly ordinary summer day. The production stars Jessica Lange and John Gallagher Jr. as members of the Tyrone family who battle to unearth a lifetime of secrets.

Where: American Airlines Theatre
Run: April 27 2016-

 

Noises Off noisesoff

Originally produced in 1982, this Michael Frayn comedy is a play-within-a-play. The show follows the dress rehearsal and performance of the fictional Nothing On, of which the real audience only gets to view the disastrous Act One as things both on and off stage continue to unravel.

Where: American Airlines Theatre
Run: January 14 2016- March 13 2016

 

 

Old Times oldtimes

Written by Harold Pinter and starring Clive Owen, Old Times tells the tale of the consequences of nostalgia. When an old friend visits couple Deeley and Kate, what “begins as a trip down memory lane” turns into a tension-filled battle for passion and power.

Where: American Airlines Theatre
Run: October 6 2015- November 29 2015

 

Sylvia sylvia

Matthew Broderick stars in this production of A.R. Gurney’s 1995 dramedy. Though played by a human actress, Sylvia is a dog who is adopted by couple Greg and Kate. The show depicts what happens when humans give in to the habit of projecting human motives and characteristics onto our non-human companions.

Where: Cort Theatre
Run: October 27 2015- January 3 2016

 

A View From The Bridge 13824-3

The second Arthur Miller work to spark a revival this season, A View From The Bridge follows Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn laborer, played in this production by Mark Strong. Though he holds family and honor above all else, his possessive love of a niece he and his wife have raised as their own, drives him to actions that betray his family and his ideals.

Where: Lyceum Theatre
Run: November 12 2015- February 21 2016

 

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