So, the Drama Desk Awards were last night (read the the list of winners here). Can someone please tell me how the above makes sense if Once didn’t also win Best Music? Usually the show with the best orchestrations, lyrics, and who is awarded with Outstanding Musical usually also has the Best Music.

Anyone else confused?

Let’s hope the above is an indication as to who will win the Tonys this Sunday. Once wasn’t eligible for be nominated for Best Score for this committee, but their orchestrations and book sure were.  I suppose I need to watch the movie again because I don’t remember most of the music that was in the show being in the movie as well. The movie put me to sleep, so I could’ve been unconscious for the duration of most of it.

It’s between Once and Newsies for Best Musical at the Tonys, so I’m crossing my fingers that Once wins this award as well.

And they’re off…

With the April 29th opening for Roundabout’s The People in the Picture, this Broadway season has concluded and the mad dash to TONY eligibility is over.  Any show that opens now won’t be eligible for this year’s TONY Awards (and will most likely be forgotten by the time next year’s nominations are announced).  What does this mean?  

It means that it’s awards season!  The Outer Critics Circle nominations were announced on Tuesday, which are often referred to as the “outer space” awards because of who they nominate.  The Drama Desk Award nominations were announced yesterday, and most of the nods were expected with a few surprises (personally I was surprised, but happy, about the recognition for See Rock City).  The Drama League Award nominations (only 5 awards are given out) were announced on April 25th.

Last, but never least, the TONY Award nominations will be announced on this Tuesday, May 3rd.  This year I don’t have a favorite show, per se, so I’m not crossing my fingers for any shows to get certain nominations (which certainly makes for a less stressful Tuesday morning this time around).  People are speculating that The Scottsboro Boys will receive a nod for Best New Musical, which would certainly be fantastic but I’m not so sure it will happen.  I’m willing to bet money on The Book of Mormon sweeping the nominations and then sweeping the awards (although this is good for the show, it makes for a rather nap-worthy award show).

Three days and counting.  Who are you rooting for?

Favorite Wins From Last Night:

  • Michael Mayer, director, American Idiot
  • Jan Maxwell, Outstanding Actress in a Play, The Royal Family
  • Santino Fontana, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist, Outstanding Set Design, The Addams Family
  • Viola Davis, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Fences

Much, much more coming on this event later.