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Tony Nominations What We Got Wrong and Why

Tony Nominations What We Got Wrong and Why

Not many surprise and the ones that were for the most part were pleasant.  As for the numbers Hamiton has 16 nods. Making it the most nominated show in Broadway history. Shuffle Along and Eclipsed – 10; She Loves Me – 8 and Long Day’s Journey into Night – 7; The Humans – 6; Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Bright Star, King Charles III and Noises Off – 5; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Color Purple, School of Rock-The Musical  and Waitress – 4; Blackbird, Fiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening – 3; American Psycho and The Father – 2; Dames at Sea, Disaster!, Hugh, Misery, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Thérèse Paquin and Tuck Everlasting – 1

Best Play: We got all these.

Best Musical: They added a 5th nominee, had we known we would have added Bright Star.

Best Revival of a Play
: We thought Fool for Love was a better show than Noises Off and again a 5th nominee was added. We would have never voted for The Crucible. It goes against the grain, but Broadway loves anything Ivo Van Hove does. He’s the golden boy as much as Lin Manuel Miranda is.

Best Revival of a Musical: We got all these.

Best Book of a Musical: We are thrilled American Psycho lost to Bright Star. I guess the Tony nominators agreed with us that this was not such a great show.

Best Original Score: We got all these.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: We accidentally put Reed Birney, The Humans in the wrong category. We are thrilled Gabriel Byrne, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night was nominated. He was in our list of what we wanted to see be nominated.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
: Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible winning over Linda Lavin, for Our Mother’s Brief Affair is a head scratcher. I guess it no longer matters if a play is consistent in what the playwright wanted.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: We are so thrilled to be wrong about Zachary Levi, She Loves Me beating out Benjamin Walker, American Psycho. We didn’t think this could be done! Yeah Tony nominators.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Phillipa Soo, Hamilton beats out Audra McDonald, Shuffle Along. Both are good performances and both are deserving. Hamilton does have the edge. This is the first time McDonald has not been nominated.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
: Here is where we missed two. One were thrilled about with Richard Goulding, King Charles III beating out Jeremy Shamos, Noises Off.  the other it was hit or miss who would be nominated as Bill Camp beats out Jim Norton, for The Crucible.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: 
Here is where we missed two but this was the most difficult category. Jayne Houdyshell won over Cassie Beck, The Humans, Andrea Martin, was added from Noises Off as Zainab Jah, Eclipsed 
was taken off.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Again we missed two as Jonathan Groff
and Christopher Jackson, from Hamilton beat the Shuffle Along boys. Again Hamilton is the show to beat.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
: This was an over site. We definitely think Jane Krakowski,  from She Loves Me should have been in the mix. 

Best Direction of a Play
: We got all these.

Best Direction of a Musical: I can not believe Michael Arden, with Spring Awakening beat Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof.

Best Choreography: Actually I love being wrong here. With Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof beating out Casey Nicholaw, Tuck Everlasting and Lynne Page, American Psycho.

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Ok yeah for Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Paquin winning over David Korins, Misery and David Rockwell, Sylvia but Christopher Oram, Hughie winning?

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: We got all these.

Best Costume Design of a Play: Clint Ramos, Eclipsed beat out Jane Greenwood, Thérèse Paquin. Ok

Best Costume Design of a Musical
: We got all these and are thrill Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting made it in the mix.

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible beats Jon Clark, King Charles III. This is just wrong!

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
: Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening and Justin Townsend, American Psycho beat Donald Holder, Fiddler on the Roof and Kenneth Posner, Tuck Everlasting. We like our nominations better.

Best Orchestrations: We got all these.



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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