Jun 102019
 

The Tony Awards broadcast last night was a wonderful show, although, as in the past, it gave only minor attention to plays (vs. musicals) and the awards for designers and other specialities.  But the show’s “indigenous” musical numbers and the performances by the casts of nominees for best musical were absolutely entertaining as was M.C. James Cordon. For those of you who looked at my “should win” and “will win” posting, below is that list updated with those who “did win.”  My predictions (“will win”) were 76% on the mark, but my personal preferences (“should win”) were only 53% fulfilled.

There were a few surprises. “The Boys in the Band” won for best revival.  I liked that production but thought the fact that it has been closed since last summer would have worked against it. But NYC is hyper-Gay Pride right now with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall approaching and that might have helped this once controversial, now historic, gay-play. I guess I should not be surprised that Celia Keenan-Bolger won for her portrayal of Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  There was some buzz for her and she certainly made the most of the “adult playing child” challenge. It’s notable that Keenan-Bolger was the only winner among nine nominees for “Mockingbird.” The other unexpected winner was Rob Howell for the set for “The Ferryman,”  This unit set (with one drop) was quite functional and evocative of a farmhouse in Northern Ireland.  But Bunny Christie’s design for “Ink” and Santo Loquasto’s imagining of the burial ground after Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” for “Gary” were both as much characters in their plays as were the living actors.

THE SCORE BOARD

Best Play

Should: The Ferryman

Will: The Ferryman

Did: The Ferryman

Best Musical

Should: Hadestown

Will: Hadestown

Did: Hadestown

Best Revival

Should: All; My Sons

Will: All My Sons

Did: The Boys in the Band

Best Revival of a Musical

Should: Oklahoma!

Will: Oklahoma!

Did: Oklahoma!

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

Should:  Hadestwon

Will: Hadestown

Did: Hadestown

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

Should: Bryan Cranston

Will: Paddy Considine

Did: Bryan Cranston

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

Should: Annette Benning

Will: Elaine May

Did: Elaine May

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

Should: Brooks Ashmanskas

Will: Santino Fontana

Did: Santino Fontana

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

Should: No preference

Will: Stephanie J. Block

Did: Stephanie J. Block

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

Should: Bertie Carvel

Will: Bertie Carvel

Did: Bertie Carvel

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

Should: Fionnula Flannagan or Julie White

Will: Julie White

Did: Celia Keenan-Bolger

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

Should: Andre De Shields

Will: Andre De Shields

Did: Andre De Shields

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

Should: Ali Stroker

Will: Ali Stroker

Did: Ali Stroker

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Should: Bunny Christie (Ink)

Will: Bunny Christie or Santo Loquasto (Gary)

Did: Rob Howell (The Ferryman)

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Should: Rachel Hauck (Hadestown)

Will: Rachel Hauck or ???

Did: Rachel Hauck (Hadestown)

Best Direction of a Play

Should: Rupert Goold (Ink)

Will: Sam Mendes (The Ferryman)

Did:  Sam Mendes (The Ferryman)

Best Direction of a Musical

Should: Daniel Fish

Will: Rachel Chavkin or Casey Nicholaw

Did: Rachel Chavkin

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