2015 Tony Nominations

Tony nominations came out  yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to post or comment until today. I love the Tony’s, I might actually like them more than the oscars!!! Below the nominations, my thoughts and some articles on the nominations

The nominations

Best Musical

Best Play

Best Musical Revival

  • The King and I
  • On the Town
  • On the Twentieth Century

Best Play Revival

Best Leading Actor in a Play

  • Steven Boyer, ‘Hand to God’
  • Bradley Cooper, ‘The Elephant Man’
  • Ben Miles, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • Bill Nighy, ‘Skylight’
  • Alex Sharp, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Best Leading Actress in a Play

  • Geneva Carr, ‘Hand to God’
  • Helen Mirren, ‘The Audience’
  • Elisabeth Moss, ‘The Heidi Chronicles’
  • Carey Mulligan, ‘Skylight’
  • Ruth Wilson, ‘Constellations’

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

  • Michael Cerveris, ‘Fun Home’
  • Robert Fairchild, ‘An American in Paris’
  • Brian d’Arcy James, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Ken Watanabe, e King and I’
  • Tony Yazbeck, ‘On the Town’

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

  • Kristin Chenoweth, ‘On the Twentieth Century’
  • Leanne Cope, ‘An American in Paris’
  • Beth Malone, ‘Fun Home’
  • Kelli O’Hara, ‘The King and I’
  • Chita Rivera, ‘The Visit’

Best Book of a Musical

  • ‘An American in Paris,’ Craig Lucas
  • ‘Fun Home,’ Lisa Kron
  • ‘Something Rotten!,’ Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
  • ‘The Visit,’Terrence McNally

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)

  • ‘Fun Home,’ Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: Lisa Kron
  • ‘The Last Ship,’ Music and Lyrics: Sting
  • ‘Something Rotten!,’ Music and Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
  • ‘The Visit,’ Music: John Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Best Featured Actor in a Play

  • Matthew Beard, ‘Skylight’
  • K. Todd Freeman, ‘Airline Highway’
  • Richard McCabe, ‘The Audience’
  • Alessandro Nivola, ‘The Elephant Man’
  • Nathaniel Parker, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • Micah Stock, ‘It’s Only a Play’

Best Featured Actress in a Play

  • Annaleigh Ashford, ‘You Can’t Take It with You’
  • Patricia Clarkson, ‘The Elephant Man’
  • Lydia Leonard, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • Sarah Stiles, ‘Hand to God’
  • Julie White, ‘Airline Highway’

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Christian Borle, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Andy Karl, ‘On the Twentieth Century’
  • Brad Oscar, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Brandon Uranowitz, ‘An American in Paris’
  • Max von Essen, ‘An American in Paris’

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Victoria Clark, ‘Gigi’
  • Judy Kuhn, ‘Fun Home’
  • Sydney Lucas, ‘Fun Home’
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, ‘The King and I’
  • Emily Skeggs, ‘Fun Home’

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
  • Bob Crowley, ‘Skylight’
  • Christopher Oram, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • David Rockwell, ‘You Can’t Take It with You’

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, ‘An American in Paris’
  • David Rockwell, ‘On the Twentieth Century’
  • Michael Yeargan, ‘The King and I’
  • David Zinn, ‘Fun Home’

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Bob Crowley, ‘The Audience’
  • Jane Greenwood, ‘You Can’t Take It with You’
  • Christopher Oram, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • David Zinn, ‘Airline Highway’

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Gregg Barnes, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Bob Crowley, ‘An American in Paris’
  • William Ivey Long, ‘On the Twentieth Century’
  • Catherine Zuber, ‘The King and I’

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Paule Constable, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
  • Paule Constable and David Plater, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • Natasha Katz, ‘Skylight’
  • Japhy Weideman, ‘Airline Highway’

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Donald Holder, ‘The King and I’
  • Natasha Katz, ‘An American in Paris’
  • Ben Stanton, ‘Fun Home’
  • Japhy Weideman, ‘The Visit’

Best Direction of a Play

  • Stephen Daldry, ‘Skylight’
  • Marianne Elliott, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
  • Scott Ellis, ‘You Can’t Take It with You’
  • Jeremy Herrin, ‘Wolf Hall’
  • Moritz von Stuelpnagel, ‘Hand to God’

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Sam Gold, ‘Fun Home’
  • Casey Nicholaw, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • John Rando, ‘On the Town’
  • Bartlett Sher, ‘The King and I’
  • Christopher Wheeldon, ‘An American in Paris’

Best Choreography

  • Joshua Bergasse, ‘On the Town’
  • Christopher Gattelli, ‘The King and I’
  • Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
  • Casey Nicholaw, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Christopher Wheeldon, ‘An American in Paris’

Best Orchestrations

  • Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, ‘An American in Paris’
  • John Clancy, ‘Fun Home’
  • Larry Hochman, ‘Something Rotten!’
  • Rob Mathes, ‘The Last Ship’
  • Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater – Tommy Tune
  • Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award – Stephen Schwartz
  • Regional Theatre Tony Award – Cleveland Play House
  • Special Tony Award – John Cameron Mitchell, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
  • Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater: Arnold Abramson, Adrian Bryan-Brown, Gene O’Donovan

My Thoughts:

What I didn’t really like 

  • So i just realized i found On the Town so uneventful i didn’t even post a review of it! that’s how unimpressed I was. That means that I do not believe it should have been nominated over the fabulous side show, which in my mind closed too early – but to each its own.
  • Related to the above don’t get me started on having nominated Tony Yasbeck over Matthew Morrison in Finding Neverland. I get that they didn’t like the show, but i really enjoyed his performance, and actually much more than not only Tony but Robert Fairchild in American in Paris.
  • I think I missed the memo on American in Paris. As you can see from my review, I was bored and although I thought it a pretty show, nothing super wonderful. Yet it has the most nominations – guess i don’t have much of a critical taste!
  • I loved The Audience, it was not only a great performance but a truly smart show. Sad that it didn’t make the cut.
  • Also in terms of plays, I’m shocked Hugh Jackman also didn’t make it for the River
  • An American in Paris as best book?

What I liked: 

  • I saw so much great Bob Crowley work this season that I’m really glad for all his noms
  • The something rotten love
  • I was happy that Bradley Cooper was nominated for Elephant man, but liked even more the fact that Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson were also nominated
  • Brad Oscar for Supporting actor!
  • I haven’t seen Fun Home and The Visit but already have tickets to see them before the tonys and am very much looking forward to it (and to see how they compare to Something Rotten which I really enjoyed)

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