2011 Tony Awards predictions

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2011 Tony Awards predictions

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The Tony Awards are rapidly approaching, with the telecast scheduled for 8/7c on June 12. I decided to challenge one of our newest contributors, Colin, to try and predict who will win all the categories, and I did the same. Our predictions are below...once the awards are announced we'll see who wins.

Best Play

  • Nominees: Good People, Jerusalem, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, War Horse
  • Colin's pick: War Horse. A very deep and inventive play – all the neat puppetry with the horse figures and the intense World War I aura. The play itself is also British-based and so it has Shakespeare in its genes.
  • Liz's pick: I'll have to go with Colin on this one. It was a giant hit in London, and now it's a giant hit on Broadway.

Best Musical

  • Nominees: The Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act
  • Colin's pick: The Book of Mormon. Too big, too loud, too funny to ignore – customers rave, ticket sales are off the charts – is there really a choice? Lucky, too, that most of the drama critics in New York aren't Mormon...
  • Liz's pick: Ditto.

Best Book of a Musical

  • Nominees: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act
  • Colin's pick: The Scottsboro Boys. Author David Thompson graduated from Northwestern University, where I went to school—so he's obviously brilliant.
  • Liz's pick: The Book of Mormon. It's a lot like South Park and Avenue Q, which are both awesome.

Best Original Score

  • Nominees: The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Colin's pick: The Scottsboro Boys. It's Kander and Ebb.
  • Liz's pick: The Book of Mormon again. It's probably the most unique score in a very long time.

Best Revival of a Play

  • Nominees: Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Merchant of Venice, The Normal Heart
  • Colin's pick: The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare and Cher are about tied in revivals now, but, with Al Pacino leading the fray, Merchant wins. Oh, wait...Cher hasn't been nominated...
  • Liz's pick: The Merchant of Venice. It has Al Pacino and received rave reviews all around.

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Nominees: Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Colin's pick: Anything Goes. I just like the title song—so there.
  • Liz's pick: How to Succeed. It's one of my favorite shows, and I hear Daniel Radcliffe is holding up his part pretty well.

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

  • Nominees: Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest; Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart; Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice; Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
  • Colin's pick: Al Pacino. Two reasons for this choice: 1) Al, 2) Pacino.
  • Liz's pick: Mark Rylance, Jerusalem. He already won the Olivier award for the same role in London, so he has a pretty good shot at the Broadway equivalent.

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

  • Nominees: Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday; Frances McDormand, Good People; Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice; Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy; Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter
  • Colin's pick: Vanessa Redgrave. Three reasons for this choice: 1) Vanessa, 2) Red, 3) Grave. (Although Lynn was better...sorry...)
  • Liz's pick: Nina Arianda. I've never heard of her before this play, but there's a great video of Liza Minnelli raving about her performance, and that's pretty high praise.

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

  • Nominees: Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can; Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon; Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys; Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon; Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Colin's pick: Andrew Rannells. Four reasons for this choice: 1) eeny, 2) meeny, 3) miny, 4) moe.
  • Liz's pick: Norbert Leo Butz, because Rannells and Gad will split the votes from Book of Mormon lovers. Plus Norbert's awesome.

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

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

  • Nominees: Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem; Billy Crudup, Arcadia; John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart; Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Yul Vázquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
  • Colin's pick: Billy Crudup. I just think his last name is funny.
  • Liz's pick: Billy Crudup, but not for Colin's reason. He was in the original Broadway production of Arcadia in a different role, and that's pretty incredible.

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

  • Nominees: Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart; Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves; Judith Light, Lombardi; Joanna Lumley, La Bête; Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
  • Colin's pick: Judith Light. What can I say? It's hard being a woman in a man's play. We women have to stick together.
  • Liz's pick: Judith Light, because I love her.

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

  • Nominees: Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys; Adam Godley, Anything Goes; John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys; Rory O'Malley, The Book of Mormon
  • Colin's pick: Colman Domingo. He's spent time teaching at the O'Neill National Theater Institute, so he better win or he'll be fired.
  • Liz's pick: John Larroquette. At least that's who I'm rooting for, because he makes a great J.B. Biggley. And How to Succeed is one of my favorites.

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

  • Nominees: Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Victoria Clark, Sister Act; Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon; Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Colin's pick: Patti LuPone. "Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?" I wasn't sure if that was a nomination or a diagnosis...Still, I like Patti and will give her the benefit of the doubt.
  • Liz's pick: Patti LuPone, because it's Patti LuPone. Enough said.

Best Direction of a Play

  • Nominees: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse; Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart; Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice
  • Colin's pick: Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice. I admire someone who has enough confidence to direct a play with his or her own flair after it's been directed over 554,135 times for 5 centuries by the greatest of theatrical minds. (Then again...what was he thinking?)
  • Liz's pick: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse. This play became one of the biggest hits on Broadway this season, and direction is clearly a major part of that.

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Nominees: Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes; Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon; Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys
  • Colin's pick: Rob Ashford, How to Succeed. I felt bad leaving Business out, so I figure I should put it in here someplace...
  • Liz's pick: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker. The Book of Mormon is too much of a phenomenon to lose big awards like this one.

Best Choreography

  • Nominees: Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes; Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon; Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys
  • Colin's pick: Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon. I've always been a fan of Mormon dancing.
  • Liz's pick: Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes. It's set in the 1930s, and who doesn't love the foxtrot?

Best Orchestrations

  • Nominees: Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys; Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon; Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can
  • Colin's pick: Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys. Actually, I'm giving the nod to Larry Hochman directly, just because he was nominated twice, so my chances of winning this standoff are improved.
  • Liz's pick: Cheater. I'm going to go the opposite way and pick Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank for Catch Me If You Can, because I loved the music from that show.

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Nominees: Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Rae Smith, War Horse; Ultz, Jerusalem; Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice
  • Colin's pick: Ultz, Jerusalem.
  • Liz's pick: Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker with the Hat.

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Nominees: Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys; Derek McLane, Anything Goes; Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon; Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
  • Colin's pick: Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
  • Liz's pick: Derek McLane, Anything Goes.

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Nominees: Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice; Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest; Mark Thompson, La Bête; Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday
  • Colin's pick: Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • Liz's pick: Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Nominees: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes; Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon; Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Colin's pick: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
  • Liz's pick: Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes.

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Nominees: Paule Constable, War Horse; David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice; Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem
  • Colin's pick: Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice.
  • Liz's pick: Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice.

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Nominees: Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys; Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes; Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon
  • Colin's pick: Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys.
  • Liz's pick: Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon.

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Nominees: Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Simon Baker, Brief Encounter; Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem; Christopher Shutt, War Horse
  • Colin's pick: Simon Baker, Brief Encounter.
  • Liz's pick: Christopher Shutt, War Horse.

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Nominees: Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys; Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can; Brian Ronan, Anything Goes; Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon
  • Colin's pick: Brian Ronan, Anything Goes.
  • Liz's pick: Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can.

 

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