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Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Outcomes (TBA)

Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Outcomes (TBA)
Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods).
Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten.
Winners were announced Sunday June 10th in a live broadcast on CBS hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.
Find Your Light Gala, A Celebration Of Arts Education Hosted by Josh Groban
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: Singer Josh Groban and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles are seen during the Find Your Light Foundation Gala hosted by Josh Groban at City Winery on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Find Your Light Foundation)
Here are my predictions in three categories:
👉 – who I think will win
🙏🏽 – who I really want to win
👎 – who I really don’t think deserves to win
🏆 – and who did win (TBA)

Mean GirlsAugust Wilson Theater

Best Book of a Musical

🏆🙏🏽The Band’s Visit: Itamar Moses
👎Frozen: Jennifer Lee
👉Mean Girls: Tina Fey


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

Angels in America, Music: Adrian Sutton
🏆👉🙏🏽The Band’s Visit, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
Frozen, Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mean Girls, Music: Jeff Richmond; Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C


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

🏆👉🙏🏽Andrew Garfield,Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King

Jackson Metcalf Three Tall Women (c) Brigitte Lacombe 3620

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

🏆👉🙏🏽Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower


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

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
🏆Tony Shalhoub,The Band’s Visit
👉🙏🏽Ethan Slater,SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Lerner & LowesMy Fair Lady Lincoln Center Theater

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

Lauren Ambrose,My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore,Once On This Island
🏆👉🙏🏽Katrina Lenk,The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman,Mean Girls

Lobby Hero2nd Stage

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

Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
🏆👉🙏🏽Nathan Lane,Angels in America

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

Susan Brown, Angels in America
Deborah Findlay, The Children
🙏🏽Denise Gough, Angels in America

SpongeBob SquarePantsThe Broadway Musical for Everyone

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

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
🏆🙏🏽Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit


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

🏆👉🙏🏽Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady


Best Scenic Design of a Play

🙏🏽Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Lerner & LowesMy Fair Lady Lincoln Center Theater

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
🙏🏽Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
👉Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady

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Best Costume Design of a Play


Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes,Mean Girls
👉🙏🏽David Zinn,SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
🏆Catherine Zuber,My Fair Lady
FKCrane Grove Hall Garbiya Peel Rylance Farinelli (c) Joan Marcus 0138_preview

Best Lighting Design of a Play

🙏🏽Paule Constable,Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ben Stanton,Junk
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Best Lighting Design of a Musical

👉Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
🙏🏽Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit

Photo Credit Matthew Murphy

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Tom Gibbons, 1984


Best Sound Design of a Musical

🙏🏽Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
👉Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Angels in AmericaMillennium Approaches

Best Direction of a Play

🙏🏽Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Patrick Marber, Travesties

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island
🏆🙏🏽David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
👉Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady


Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
🙏🏽Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy,Mean Girls
AnnMarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
🏆🙏🏽Jamshied Sharifi,The Band’s Visit

Photo Credit Matthew Murphy

Best Play

The Children, Author: Lucy Kirkwood
Farinelli and The King, Author: Claire van Kampen
🏆👉🙏🏽Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Author: Jack Thorne
Junk-, Author: Ayad Akhtar
Latin History for Morons, Author: John Leguizamo
BV0556_The Company of THE BAND'S VISIT, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017_preview

Best Musical

Angels in AmericaPerestroika

Best Revival of a Play

Brigadoon Rehearsal

Best Revival of a Musical

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

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🏆Chita Rivera
🏆Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

🏆Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

🏆La MaMa E.T.C. New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

🏆Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

🏆Sara Krulwich
🏆Bessie Nelson
🏆Ernest Winzer Cleaners
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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to

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