Tony Awards Predictions

Posted by on June 7, 2015

These are a my picks for the Tony Awards, some categories are really tough, there was a lot of good theater this year! Show’s I’ve seen are marked with ** shows I think will win are in bold; shows I would give the wind to are are in italics. I’m looking forward to tonight and seeing how close I got it! What are your favorites? UPDATE: are the ones I get right, 17 out of 24, not bad!

Best Play

⇑ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time **
Author: Simon Stephens

Disgraced** (I really liked Curious Incident and it’s the odds on favorite… but this play was phenomenal, it dealt with an intense modern topic that I really connected with both intellectually and emotionally, that none of the actors were nominated was an injustice!) 
Author: Ayad Akhtar

Hand to God
Author: Robert Askins

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Co-Authors: Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton

Best Musical

An American in Paris**
⇑ Fun Home** (Okay, I missed that one totally! But I won’t argue with the decision, it was a very good show)
Something Rotten!** (I could be wrong here, I think it’s a dead heat between American and Something, but I will always give the edge to the show that wrote original music.)
The Visit

Best Revival of a Play

The Elephant Man
⇑ Skylight  (I saw none of the revivals, I’m relying on the conventional wisdom on this) 
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It with You

Best Revival of a Musical

⇑ The King and I** (no brainer! this was a fantastic revival)
On the Town**
On the Twentieth Century

Best Book of a Musical

An American in Paris – Craig Lucas **
⇑ Fun Home – Lisa Kron** (really well written show)
Something Rotten! – Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell **
The Visit – Terrence McNally

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

⇑ Fun Home**
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Lisa Kron

The Last Ship**
Music & Lyrics: Sting

Something Rotten! **
Music & Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick

The Visit
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
⇑ Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time**

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Geneva Carr, Hand to God
⇑ Helen Mirren, The Audience ** (Dame Mirren does not cross the pond not to win, plus, she was pretty awesome; another no brainer)
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

⇑ Michael Cerveris, Fun Home ** (I think this was a great performance, just no dancing) (yay! not sad to be wrong!)
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris **
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten! **
Ken Watanabe, The King and I **
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town **

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris **
Beth Malone, Fun Home **
⇑ Kelli O’Hara, The King and I ** (The conventional wisdom says Ms. Chenoweth, but I think Ms, O’Hara is woefully overdue and this was a winning performance) (So excited to have been wrong on this one!)
Chita Rivera, The Visit

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

Matthew Beard, Skylight
Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
⇑ Richard McCabe, The Audience (This is who I meant to pick but it was left off the lift somehow, oh well)
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

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

⇑ Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

⇑ Christian Borle, Something Rotten! ** (Honestly, any of these guys could and should win but I think it’s a toss up between Mr.s Borle, Karl and Uranowitz) 
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten! **
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris **
Max von Essen, An American in Paris **

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Victoria Clark, Gigi **
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home **
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
⇑ Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I ** (another no brainer, she sang one song and devastated me) 
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home **

Best Scenic Design of a Play

⇑ Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time **
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

⇑ Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris** (I said so didn’t I?)
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I ** (Honestly, it could go to American, just as easily)
David Zinn, Fun Home **

Best Costume Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, The Audience **
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It with You
⇑ Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten! **
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris **
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
⇑ Catherine Zuber, The King and I **

Best Lighting Design of a Play

⇑ Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time **
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder, The King and I **
⇑ Natasha Katz, An American in Paris **
Ben Stanton, Fun Home **
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Direction of a Play

Stephen Daldry, Skylight
 Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time **
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical

⇑ Sam Gold, Fun Home **
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! **
John Rando, On the Town **
Bartlett Sher, The King and I **
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris **

Best Choreography

Joshua Bergasse, On the Town **
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I **
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time **
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! **
⇑ Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris ** (it could just as easily be On the Town)

Best Orchestrations

⇑ Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris **
John Clancy, Fun Home **
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten! **
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship **

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