Kim’s Picks for the 70th Annual Tony Awards

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Tony Sunday is finally here! All over the country (and even world), theatre geeks like myself are chilling champagne, preparing or picking up munchies, and anxiously awaiting tonight’s ceremony to watch performances from nominated shows and find out who will take home one of the coveted statues reserved only for Broadway’s best of the best.

As I do every year, I’ve completed the official Tony Awards ballot, selecting my predictions for this year’s winners. But before I get to my predictions in the categories, I’m making another prediction. I predict with a good bit of confidence that this year’s telecast will be the most viewed Tony Awards ever. I think that the Awards have the perfect trifecta going for them to generate a record-breaking number of viewers: A host that simply couldn’t be a better fit, a groundbreaking musical surrounded by just as much hype from the non-theatre community as the theatre community, and an all-around great season that Broadway hasn’t really seen in a while. Because of this, I think that viewing numbers are going to easily surpass past years and the event is going to see numbers that they’ve never seen before. I know I personally am looking forward to this year’s program much more than the past few years for all of these reasons.

But back to the categories. While Hamilton is the obvious front-runner, there are some underdogs that will give Hamilton a run for its money, and I’m guessing there will be a few surprises in store. In certain musical categories like Lead Actor, Lighting Design, Direction, and Choreography, Hamilton is nominated (and very well might win), but I’m straying from the popular choice and predicting winners from other shows. I’m still picking Hamilton for the win in categories like Best Musical and Orchestrations because let’s face it, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alex Lacamoire are just musical geniuses. And in the categories of Score and Book of a Musical, I think any of the nominated shows could easily win, and while I’m not as confident that Hamilton will win these categories as I am the Best Musical and Orchestrations categories, I had to go with my gut and pick it.

I’ve listed my picks below. If you’d like to join in the fun and fill out a ballot of your own, you can print one out through the Tony Awards website.

* My prediction

Play
* Eclipsed by Danai Gurira
The Father by Florian Zeller
The Humans by Stephen Karam
King Charles III by Mike Bartlett

Musical
Bright Star
* Hamilton
School of Rock – The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Waitress

Book of a Musical
Bright Star, Book by Steve Martin
* Hamilton, Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – The Musical, Book by Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Book by George C. Wolfe

Score
Bright Star, Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; Lyrics: Edie Brickell
* Hamilton, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – The Musical, Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress, Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

Play Revival
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
* Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Musical Revival
* The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Actor (Play)
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
* Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Actress (Play)
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
* Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okenedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Actor (Musical)
* Alex Brightman, School of Rock – The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachari Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Actress (Musical)
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
* Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Featured Actor (Play)
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
* Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Featured Actress (Play)
* Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Featured Actor (Musical)
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
* Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Featured Actress (Musical)
* Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Scenic Design (Play)
Beowulf Boritt, Therese Raquin
Christopher Oram, Hughie
* Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans

Scenic Design (Musical)
Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho
* David Korins, Hamilton
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Costume Design (Play)
Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
* Tom Scut, King Charles III

Costume Design (Musical)
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
* Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Lighting Design (Play)
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
* Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Lighting Design (Musical)
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
* Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Direction (Play)
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
* Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Direction (Musical)
* Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail,  Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
* Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
* Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Will you be tuning in to the Tony Awards tonight? Who are your picks?


twitterphoto1Kim Barger is a maker of original musicals and an audience engagement specialist who focuses on creating unique ways to connect audiences with musicals. Connect with Kim on Twitter, learn more about Kim and Row L Seat 1 at www.RowLSeat1.com, or connect with Row L Seat 1 on Facebook or Twitter.

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