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)

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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 1)

As the cut-off date for eligibility is coming up this week on April 28th, let’s take a look at the shows that have made the official jump to being Tony Eligible!

Able to be entered for Best Play:

An Act of God an-act-of-god-large-643x441

Written by David Javerbaum, this play is an adaptation of his The Last Testament: A Memoir by God. Billed as a “comedy in which the Almighty and his devoted angels answer some of the” questions that have “plagued” the human race since the dawn of time.

Where: Studio 54
Run: May 28 2015-August 2 2015

 

 

China Doll china-doll

Written by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino, China Doll brushes with “big money, fast planes, and other objects of desire.” It follows the life of Pacino, a “man of means” who is on the brink of running away with his fiancée, but the world has other plans.

Where: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Run: December 4 2015-January 31 2016

 

 

Eclipsed eclipsed-102015

Originally staged at the Public Theatre, Eclipsed is written by Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame. The show is set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War, and follows the trials and tribulations of a “fragile community” formed by the captive wives of a rebel officer.

Where: Nederlander Theatre
Run: March 8 2016-

 

 

 

 

The Father 80651-3

Starring 3-time past Tony winner Frank Langella, The Father captures a “fascinating” look inside the mind of a retired tap dancer now living with his adult daughter and her husband, but the mundane has a way of creeping up and clouding his mind.

Where: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Run: April 14 2016-

 

 

 

 

The Humans the-humans-poster

Written by Stephen Karam, The Humans take place entirely over the course of the Blake family Thanksgiving dinner. The show features the “angst, anguish, and amity” of a middle class American family as an inside slice of the new Americana.

Where: Helen Hayes Theatre
Run: February 18 2016-

 

 

King Charles III 13715-3

Written by Mike Bartlett, King Charles III takes a controversial look at Britain’s royal family. “After a lifetime of waiting”, the current Prince Charles ascends to the throne. The play explores the “people beneath the crowns” and “the unwritten rules of (British) democracy.”

Where: Music Box Theatre
Run: November 1 2015- January 31 2016

 

 

 

 

Misery misery

Based on the Stephen King thriller novel of fame, Misery was adapted for stage by William Goldman and starring Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Following a near-fatal car crash, an author is saved by one of his most avid fans.

Where: Broadhurst Theatre
Run: November 15 2015- February 14 2016

 

 

Our Mother’s Brief Affair 14766-3

Written by Richard Greenberg, Our Mother’s Brief Affair takes a look at “who our parents are when they’re not being our parents.” The show follows a family after their matriarch confesses on her deathbed to a past affair.

Where: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Run: January 20 2016- March 6 2016

 

 

 

 

Thérèse Raquin 13758-3

Based on the Émile Zola novel of the same name, Thérèse Raquin stars Keira Knightly in her Broadway debut as the titular character, trapped between a loveless marriage and a passionate affair that threatens to spin their world “violently out of control.”

Where: Studio 54
Run: October 19 2015- January 3 2016

 

 

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