Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; Kinky Boots Earns 13 Nominations –

So, there were donuts in the conference room at my office today as we waited with baited breath for the nominations on NY1. The donuts were good; the fact that Matilda received 12 nominations was better.

Things I’m particularly excited about:

  • Bring It On’s nominations (Best Musical, Best Choreography). I loved this show – though I may be biased. But I’m totally ecstatic that it got two nominations that it very much, IMO, deserved.
  • Rob McClure for Chaplin. He was just phenomenal. There were no words. 
  • Condola Rashad in The Trip to Bountiful. She was endearing, and funny, and gave a great performance.
  • Pippin’s nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. You just have to see it to get it.

The hysterical moment came when they announced Best Lighting of a Musical. Kenneth Posner received three out of four nominations. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before. If he doesn’t win.. it’ll be the biggest shock of the awards.

I guess nothing else is that big of a shock as far as the nominations go. I suppose I have to see Kinky Boots now. I guess I’ll be rushing it! 

Congrats to all of the nominees!

Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; Kinky Boots Earns 13 Nominations –

And the award goes to…

So, it’s finally award season. It’s crazy how quickly it has come. 

The Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations were announced on April 23rd.  Nice Work If You Can Get It Lead with 9 nominations. Really? Those out of town critics are highly delusional if what all my colleagues and friends have been saying about it. Then again, I should really go see it myself and make a decision.  

My favorite group of awards (because it incorporates Broadway and Off-Broadway in one), the Drama Desk Awards, was announced on Friday. Surprisingly (or maybe not-so-surprisingly, depending on who you ask) the off-Broadway hit Death Takes a Holiday and the Broadway revival of Follies lead with the most nominations. And after much pressure for a week from the industry and fans alike, the Drama Desk Committee decided to re-instate the award for Best Orchestrations.  Because really, what would a musical be without orchestrations?

Now today is the day that theatre nerds around the country (dare I say world?) wait for with baited breath: The Tony Award Nominations. They wake up early for this. I’ll just say that it’s really, really hard to wake up a theatre person before 10am (unless they have a survival job, of course, or dance class). Since I have RCN and not Time Warner Cable (no NY1 for me), I’ll streaming it live here starting at 8:30am. 

I don’t have very many predictions but I do have a couple of hopes:

  • Jan Maxwell is nominated for Best Actress in Follies. (Duh.)
  • Michael Esper is nominated for Best Featured Actor in The Lyons (not a chance in hell of that happening).
  • Jeremy Jordan is nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Newsies OR Bonnie and Clyde.
  • I’m hoping the Best Musical nominees will be Once, Newsies,Ghost, Bonnie & Clyde/Leap of Faith/Nice Work if You Can Get It/I don’t really care who takes the last spot.
  • Celia Keenan-Bolger for Best Leading Actress for Peter and the Starcatcher, perhaps?
  • Hopefully Cynthia Nixon gets some recognition for her performance in Wit, which should technically be counted as a One Woman Show, but since it’s (really) not, it won’t be.
  • The TONY Award for Best Choreography goes to Newsies! Everyone else can go home!
  • I think Linda Lavin will receive a nod for Best Leading Actress in a Play for The Lyons
  • I think Ghost deserves a nod for Best Original Score and Best Sets. 

It’s so soon! Cross your fingers for your favorites…