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WHO’LL GET THE TONY?

 

picture - Tony Award StatuetteTheater Article

by Harvey Perr

published June 11, 2008

 

It’s that time of the year again when the country gets treated to another spectacle about the glories of the commercial theater; when, once again, they are told that everything significant that happens in the theater happens within a few square blocks of real estate between 42nd Street and 54th Street, between 9th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas; when the splash and pomp of the Broadway musical comedy reigns supreme; when the stages of all those cramped, uncomfortable theaters seem populated by movie and television stars, some of whom are automatically rewarded for just showing up, some of whom get even more attention for being ignored; when the serious American theater, which is really located almost everywhere else in New York City except in that specific area, looks more and more each season like a museum, housing mostly the relics of our rich past.  We complain each year, we cavil, we hope against hope that Rosie O’Donnell won’t show up and then miss her because we sometimes feel that she may be the only one who really cares about the forlornly beautiful cadaver in our midst. And then we watch the damned event – the presentation of the annual Antoinette Perry Awards – and we’re always surprised, given the omissions and, worse, given the amount of junk that gets singled out in order to fill the required number of nominations in a particular category, and we are usually surprised by how judicious most of the awards seem to be. We may even shed a tear or two because the candidates seem to be full of much truer emotions than their counterparts in that annual awards show that emanates from Hollywood. And sometimes we are even entertained by the snippets from the musicals that range in quality from the sublime to the ridiculous. We may even get excited when the prizes won not by the ones who deserve it but by the ones we secretly want to win them are handed out. It’s The Tonys!

 

And if Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood of the New York Times can choose and predict their favorites, why, I ask, can’t I? So here goes:

 

BEST PLAY

 

picture - August: Osage CountyWill win:
August: Osage County

 

 

picture - Rock 'n' RollShould win:

Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

 

picture - The 39 StepsShould NOT have been nominated:

The 39 Steps

 

 

 

 

BEST MUSICAL

 

picture - Passing StrangeWill win:

Passing Strange

 

 

picture - Passing StrangeShould win:

Passing Strange

 

 

picture - Cry BabyShould NOT have been nominated:

Cry-Baby

 

 

 

BEST PLAY REVIVAL

 

picture - Boeing BoeingWill win:

Boeing-Boeing

 

 

 

picture - Boeing BoeingShould win:

Boeing-Boeing

 

 

 

picture - Cat on a Hot Tin RoofShould have been nominated:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

 

 

picture - The HomecomingShould NOT have been nominated:

The Homecoming

 

 

 

 

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

 

picture - South PacificWill win:

South Pacific

 

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

South Pacific

 

 

 

picture - GypsyShould NOT have been nominated:

Gypsy

 

 

 

 

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - Passing StrangeWill win:

Stew

Passing Strange

picture - Passing StrangeShould win:

Stew

Passing Strange

picture - XanaduGuilty pleasure:

Douglas Carter Beane

Xanadu

 

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

 

picture - In The HeightsWill win:

Lin-Manuel Miranda

In The Heights

 

picture - Passing StrangeShould win:

Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Passing Strange

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

 

picture - Boeing BoeingWill win:

Mark Rylance

Boeing-Boeing

 

picture - Boeing BoeingShould win:

Mark Rylance

Boeing-Boeing

 

picture - Cat on a Hot Tin RoofShould have been nominated:

Terrence Howard

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

and

picture - Come Back, Little ShebaKevin Anderson

Come Back, Little Sheba

 

 

 

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

 

picture - August: Osage CountyWill win:

Deanna Dunagan

August: Osage County

 

picture - August: Osage CountyShould win:

Deanna Dunagan

August: Osage County

 

picture - Cat on a Hot Tin RoofShould have been nominated:

Anika Noni Rose

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

 

picture - August: Osage CountyShould have been nominated in  Best Featured Actress Category:

Amy Morton

August: Osage County

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

 

picture - In The HeightsWill win:

Lin-Manuel Miranda

In The Heights

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Paulo Szot

South Pacific

 

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

 

picture - GypsyWill win:

Patti Lupone

Gypsy

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Kelli O’Hara

South Pacific

 

 

picture - Sunday in the Park with GeorgeGlad they are along for the ride:

Jenna Russell

Sunday in the Park With George

picture - Xanaduand Kerry Butler

Xanadu

 

 

 

 

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

 

picture - The SeafarerWill win:

Jim Norton

The Seafarer

picture - The SeafarerShould win:

Jim Norton or Conleth Hill

The Seafarer

picture - Cat on a Hot Tin RoofShould have been nominated:

James Earl Jones

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

 

 

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

 

picture - Boeing BoeingWill win:

Mary McCormack

Boeing-Boeing

 

picture - Boeing BoeingShould win:

Mary McCormack

Boeing-Boeing

or

picture - August: Osage CountyRondi Reed

August: Osage County

 

 

picture - Boeing BoeingShould have been nominated:

Kathryn Hahn

Boeing-Boeing

 

 

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

 

picture - GypsyWill win:

Boyd Gaines

Gypsy

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Danny Burstein

South Pacific

or

picture - Passing StrangeDaniel Breaker

Passing Strange

 

 

 

 

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

 

picture - GypsyWill win:

Laura Benanti

Gypsy

 

 

picture - GypsyShould win:

Laura Benanti

Gypsy

or

picture - South PacificLoretta Ables Sayre

South Pacific

 

 

 

picture - XanaduShould have been nominated:

Mary Testa and

Jackie Hoffman

Xanadu

 

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

 

picture - August: Osage CountyWill win:

Anna D. Shapiro

August: Osage County

 

picture - August: Osage CountyShould win:

Anna D. Shapiro

August: Osage County

 

 

 

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - South PacificWill win:

Bartlett Sher

South Pacific

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Bartlett Sher

South Pacific

 

 

 

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

 

picture - Cry BabyWill win:

Rob Ashford

Cry-Baby

 

picture - Cry BabyShould win:

Rob Ashford (if the award goes to a single ballet)

Cry-Baby

 

 

 

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

 

picture - Passing StrangeWill win:

Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Passing Strange

picture - Sunday in the Park with GeorgeShould win:

Jason Carr

Sunday in the Park With George

picture - South PacificShould have been nominated:

Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981) for his original orchestrations

South Pacific

 

 

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

 

picture - August: Osage CountyWill win:

Todd Rosenthal

August: Osage County

 

picture - August: Osage CountyShould win:

Todd Rosenthal

August: Osage County

 

picture - The SeafarerShould have been nominated:

Rae Smith

The Seafarer

 

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - South PacificWill win:

Michael Yeargan

South Pacific

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Michael Yeargan

South Pacific

 

 

 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

 

picture - Les Liaisons DangereusesWill win:

Katrina Lindsay

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

 

 

picture - Boeing BoeingShould win:

Rob Howell

Boeing-Boeing

 

 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - Sunday in the Park with GeorgeWill win:

David Farley

Sunday in the Park With George

picture - Sunday in the Park with GeorgeShould win:

David Farley

Sunday in the Park With George

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

 

picture - The 39 StepsWill win:

Kevin Adams

The 39 Steps

 

 

picture - August: Osage CountyShould win:
Ann G. Wrightson
August: Osage County

 

 

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - South PacificWill win:

Donald Holder

South Pacific

 

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Donald Holder

South Pacific

 

 

picture - Passing StrangeShould have been nominated:

Kevin Adams

Passing Strange

 

 

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

 

picture - a question markWill win:

No guess

 

picture - Rock 'n' RollShould win:

Ian Dickson

Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

 

picture - a question markWill win:

No guess

 

picture - South PacificShould win:

Scott Lehrer

South Pacific

 

 

 

harveyperr @ stageandcinema.com

 

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on Sunday evening, June 15.

 

 
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