Tony Awards 2016 Predictions

Posted by on June 12, 2016

Updated to reflect the winners .

This years predictions could be simplified to what categories Hamilton won’t win! I’m going to go out on a limb and say they have not a hope in any of the play categories, but only because they weren’t nominated. I will admit that in a post-Hamilton fit of ennui the remaining shows of the season were not particularly inspiring but I made a good faith effort to see some of the more interesting options. What I’ve seen has an the rest I’ve gleaned from general opinion and earlier awardsor just made a random guess.

Best Musical
Bright Star*
Hamilton*  There is not debate on this matter Period
School of Rock-The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed*
Waitress

Best Play
Eclipsed* – Danai Gurira
The Father – Florian Zeller
The Humans* – Stephen KaramI admit I did not find the play as charming as reviewers but this seems a lock. I prefered Eclipsed
King Charles III – Mike Bartlett

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible*
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Total guess but such a depressing roster of plays makes me want to gived it to Noises Off!
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple*
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me – This is still on my list of shows to see although I really enjoyed Color Purple
Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star* – Steve Martin
Hamilton* – Lin-Manuel Miranda – Again no questions at all.
School of Rock-The Musical – Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed* – George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star* – Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Hamilton* – Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda – Foregone conclusion!
School of Rock-The Musical – Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress – Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father  – Because we’re afraid not to give it to Mr. Langella
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night – This is based on the general consensus and Jessica Lange’s Jessica Lange-ness but I thought Ms. Nyongo and Ms. Okonedo both gave excellent performances.
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed *
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock-The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton *
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton* – Honestly this could go either way but I think by the splitting of a hair I’d give it to Mr. Odom and because Mr. Miranda has a lock on Book and Music.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star *
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple * – I would like to give this to Ms. Soo but Ms. Erivo is the clear winner here. I can count on one hand the number of mid-show standing ovations I’ve given and Ms. Enviro has this won hands down!
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton*

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans *
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible *
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Although it could also be Reed Birney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed *
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans *
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed*I’m diverging from conventional wisdom here just because I enjoyed her performance so much. It’s as likely to go to Ms. Houdyshell.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton *As much as I enjoyed Mr. Goff’s hilarious turn as George III and Mr. Jackson’s impressive turn as the founding father of our country Mr. Digg’s performance is so charming, impressive and iconic it would be a crime not to give it to him.
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed *
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton *
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton*

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple*
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton* – Although Ms. Brooks give a touching and funny performance Ms. Goldsberry should have this in the bag.
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed*

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin – Based on images of the play and my enjoyment of the name Beowulf.
Christopher Oram, Hughie  –
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans*

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho
David Korins, Hamilton* Just because everything else was relatively conventional
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed *
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night – This is a total guess.
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed*
Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me *
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed *
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton – For providing a nice hybrid of conventional and modern costimes.

Best Lighting Design of a 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 BridgeRandom guess based on the images of the play

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton *
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed *
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

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, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple *
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton*
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed*

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton* – It’s hard to go against Mr. Glover’s incredible skills but in Hamilton the Choreography was elemental in the telling of the story, but I won’t be mad if he wins.
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed *
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star *
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton* –  Again this should be a foregone conclusion
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.