Sunday, May 15, 2016

THE TONY AWARDS: Predicting the 2016 Winners

It's been a long time since one show has dominated the Tony Awards nominations and caused such a box office frenzy the way that Hamilton has done this year. I saw and wrote about the show during its initial run at the Public Theater [click here to link], but I've not seen it on Broadway, as I long ago sold my first-born child for a down-payment on a New York co-op and thus can't afford a ticket.  

Anyone predicting the winners for 2016 probably does not need a crystal ball; just pick Hamilton in any category for which it received a nomination. Still, here are my predictions, and the nominees I would vote for if I were a Tony voter.  

Best Play
The Father
The Humans
King Charles III

Prediction: The Humans
I would vote for: The Humans

Best Musical
Bright Star
School of Rock
Shuffle Along

Prediction: Hamilton 
I would vote for: Hamilton

Best Revival of a Play
The Crucible
A View From The Bridge
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Prediction: A View From The Bridge
I would vote for: The Crucible

Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Prediction: The Color Purple
I would vote for: Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star
School of Rock
Shuffle Along

Prediction: Hamilton
I would vote for: Hamilton

Best Original Score
Bright Star
School of Rock

Prediction: Hamilton
I would vote for: Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role/Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge

Prediction:  Frank Langella
I would vote for Tim Pigott-Smith

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role/Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Prediction: Jessica Lange
I would vote for: Sophie Okonedo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role/Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Prediction: Lin-Manuel Miranda
I would vote for: Alex Brightman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role/Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Prediction: Cynthia Erivo
I would vote for: Cynthia Erivo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Play
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Prediction:  Michael Shannon
I would vote for: Reed Birney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saigon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Prediction: Jayne Houdyshell
I would vote for: Jayne Houdyshell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Johnathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Prediction:  Daveed Diggs
I would vote for:  Daveed Diggs

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Love Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Prediction:  Renée Elise Goldsberry
I would vote for:  Renée Elise Goldsberry

Best Scenic Design/Play
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans

Prediction: Jan Versweyveld
I would vote for: Christopher Oram

Best Scenic Design/Musical
Es Devlin and Finn Ross, American Psycho
David Korins, Hamilton
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Prediction: David Korins
I would vote for: David Rockwell

Best Costume Design/Play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Prediction: Tom Scutt
I would vote for: Clint Ramos

Best Costume Design/Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Prediction:  Paul Tazewell
I would vote for: Paul Tazewell

Best Lighting Design/Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Prediction: Justin Townsend
I would vote for: Justin Townsend

Best Lighting Design/Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Prediction: Justin Townsend
I would vote for Justin Townsend

Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge

Prediction: Ivo van Hove
I would vote for: Joe Mantello

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamlton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Prediction: Thomas Kail
I would vote for: Michael Arden

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

Prediction: Andy Blankenbuehler
I would vote for: Andy Blankenbuehler

Best Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along

Prediction:  Alex Lacamoire
I would vote for: Alex Lacamoire

* * *

Congratulations to these already-announced recipients of awards and honors in non-competitive categories:

For Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Sheldon Harnick
Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts
Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Paper Mill Playhouse
Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Seth Gelblum
Joan Lader
Sally Ann Parsons

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