It seems like just yesterday we were debating who would get snubbed in the 2008-2009 Tony noms (remember when Rock of Ages slipped in instead of 9 to 5?) . . . And already, it’s time to predict this year’s snubs!
Conventional Broadway wisdom says that there are only 2.5 Tony Awards that have a meaningful impact at the Box Office: Best Musical, Best Play . . . and the half goes to Best Revival of a Musical.
So, I’m going to give you my predictions on what I think will be nominated for those 2.5 categories (as opposed to what I think should be nominated).
IMHO, there are three locks for the Best Musical nom this year:
And the only completely original musical of the season . . .
It’s the fourth slot that there’s some fighting over, especially since this season saw the elimination of the Special Theatrical Event category, which lumps at least four other titles into the Best Musical category.
So who will take the slot?
The two front runners are The Addams Family and Come Fly Away, with Everyday Rapture the next-in-line long shot. My guess is that the Tony Committee will honor Rapture by nominating it’s star for Best Actress and maybe even Best Book, but they’ll leave it out of this category, which puts us back with the two choices that started this paragraph.
If I were one of the nominators sitting The Edison Cafe making the decision, I’d go with Addams Family solely to reward the original score and the original book over the beautifully danced, but is-it-really-a-musical, Come Fly Away. You’ve got to give some points to Family for degree of difficulty, don’t you?
But, knowing what I do about the nominators and the process by which they choose these nominees, my gut says that they will nominate Come Fly Away, and for the third year in a row, snub the big, commercial choice (First Legally Blonde, then 9 To 5, and now Addams Family).
Expect the biggest hit, A Steady Rain, to get a steady snub in this category.
Red is a shoe-in for a nod. As is Next Fall. The next two spots could go a bunch of different ways. You’ve got the Brit hit, Enron, Mamet’s f’ing Race, and Superior Donuts, the follow-up play by the man who penned the biggest dramatic epic that we’ve seen since Angels in America. And what about The Chris Walken show aka Behanding in Spokane, the buzzed about Vibrator Play, or the timely Time Stands Still?
I’m going with Time for the third slot. And the fourth?
Tricky again . . . I’d like to say that it will be Donuts . . . but taking into account that nominators tend to forget the Fall (as we found out last year), I’m going to go with Enron (partly because bigger really is sometimes better in the eyes of nominators and voters).
Best Revival of a Musical
Sondheim will get another bday present with a nom for Night Music. La Cage will get the second slot, and Ragtime will get the thanks-for-trying third nom.
But what about the fourth? Finian’s or Promises? Great reviewed versus great box office? Fall versus Spring?
Put my money on Promises.
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Whew. That was tough. Thankfully, I’m only picking 2.5 of them.
The nominators are picking 26, and they’ll do it tomorrow.
On Tuesday, at 8:30 AM ET, the nominations will be announced live. Watch on the web at TonyAwards.com.
But before then, tell me how you think I did with my choices in the comments below.
What do you think will get nominated?