Tony Awards 2017 Predictions

Posted by on June 10, 2017

Yes…it’s been a full year since I posted. I haven’t stopped going to shows, quite the opposite, but I’ve been lacking time in which to write properly. We’ll consider this a mini-relaunch and I intend to write more. Even if it’s just a quick and dirty review or opinion piece I hope to post something on each show for the ’17-’18 season.

But as for this year’s Tony Awards the smart money is on Pasek and Paul’s “Dear Evan Hansen” to take away many awards but I can’t help but root for scrappy “Come From Away.” What I’ve seen has an the rest I’ve gleaned from general opinion and earlier awards or just made a random guess.

Best Play:
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
Oslo (still on my list of plays to see)
Sweat*

Best Musical:
Come From Away*
Dear Evan Hansen* (this is my intellectual choice, my heart wants Come From Away)
Groundhog Day The Musical
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812*

Best Book of a Musical:
Come From Away — Irene Sankoff and David Hein*
Dear Evan Hansen — Steven Levenson* (actually anywhere I pick Dear Evan Hansen, I’d be okay with Come From Away winning)
Groundhog Day The Musical — Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — Dave Malloy*

Best Original Score:
Come From Away — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein*
Dear Evan Hansen — Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul*
Groundhog Day The Musical — Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy*

Best Revival of a Play: (I was very bad getting to see plays this year)
August Wilson’s Jitney
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Present Laughter*
Six Degrees of Separation

Best Revival of a Musical:
Falsettos
Hello, Dolly! (sigh…kind of a foregone conclusion)
Miss Saigon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen (but I’m king of rooting for Andy Karl, the man performed with a torn ACL! Hard core!)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! (sigh…it’s almost not fair to let Bette on Broadway)
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price (big ol’ WAG)
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen (this is well deserved)
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away (I really want her to win…awesome performance!)
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (really confident about this one)
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (some seriously awesome coat porn in this show!)
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Direction of a Play:
Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen (it’s wrong that he hasn’t won sooner…this should be his year)
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Best Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand (Hamilton redux?)
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations:
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen (Hamilton redux redux?)
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

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