Who will win the 2019 Tony Awards?
When it comes to Tony predictions, it is not necessarily advantageous to have seen every show and to have analyzed and critiqued most of them during the course of a season. We all bring our personal preferences and prejudices to the task of judging how "good" a play or musical is, and these subjective perspectives undoubtedly color our predictions.
The same can be said of the Tony voters, who are not typical theatergoers any more than the critics are. They bring to the decision-making process factors such as how well they think a show will do outside of New York, either in an immediate follow-up tour or over the long run. In addition, most Tony voters have friends and colleagues in the business, and these connections also factor into their voting. And, of course, while they may not be typical theatergoers, they are still theatergoers. They have their likes and dislikes the same as everyone else.
So, assuming you've been following the Broadway theater scene, I can honestly say that your guess is as good as mine.
These are the categories I wrote about in previous blog entries. The predictions I have already made are
Best New Musical: Hadestown
Best New Play: The Ferryman
Best Musical Revival: Oklahoma!
Best Play Revival: All My Sons
Best Actor in a Musical: Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Best Actress in a Musical: Beth Leavel, The Prom
Best Featured Male Actor in a Musical: André De Shields, Hadestown
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!
Best Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, Network
Best Actress in a Play: Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Benjamin Walker, All My Sons
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Celia Kennan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird
And here are my predictions for the rest of the categories
Best Director of a Musical: Rachel Chavkin for Hadestown
Best Choreographer: Warren Carlyle for Kiss Me, Kate!
Best Book of a Musical: Robert Horn for Tootsie
Best Original Score: Anaïs Mitchell for Hadestown
Best Orchestrations: Daniel Kluger for Oklahoma!
Best Costume Design for a Musical: Bob Mackie for The Cher Show
Best Lighting Design for a Musical: Peter Mumford for King Kong
Best Scenic Design for a Musical: Kenneth Posner for Beetlejuice
Best Sound Design for a Musical: Peter Hylenski for King Kong
Best Director of a Play: Sam Mendes for The Ferryman
Best Costume Design for a Play: Ann Roth for Gary
Best Lighting Design for a Play: Peter Mumford for The Ferryman
Best Scenic Design for a Play: Jan Verseyveld for Network
Best Sound Design for a Play: Eric Sleichim for Network
How accurate are these predictions? We will all find out together on June 9, when James Corden will host the 2019 Tony Awards show on CBS. The envelope, please!
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