Wednesday, May 05, 2010

2010 Tony Award Nominees and My picks...

Let me start by saying that I almost never agree with the TONY Award nominators and often disagree with the TONY Award voters on their picks for shows. Having seen almost every single show to open on Broadway this season...below I have picked my choices (**indicates my choice) of the 2010 Tony Award Nominees.

I have to say that there are definitely people and shows that are grossly missing as nominees.

It is a crime to not see Sergio Trujillo as a nominee for his choreography for Memphis. Although MEMPHIS is an entertaining show it was definitely the choreography that made the show spark.

Despite, critics not liking it...I thought The Addams Family was one of the most entertaining shows to open this season. And though critics raved this was a performance of a lifetime for Nathan Lane...he somehow managed to not be nominated.

Although I liked A View From The Bridge, Fences and Lend Me A Tenor..other than acting, I found them to be ho-hum productions of great plays.

However, 3 of the most interesting and fascinating plays I saw this year are RED, The Vibrator Play and ENRON. Just wrong to not see Marin Mazzie and Norbert Leo Butz's wonderful performances not nominated for ENRON.

Although I thought FELA and COME FLY AWAY were exciting for the first 20 minutes…after that the lack of book and repetition of both shows left me feeling robbed of my time.

On the other hand American Idiot, which is lacking in the book area was still fascinating visually and musically. So where were the nominations for Best Director and Best Orchestrations?

Just goes to show…everyone has an opinion…But still makes me wonder…whether its politics of the business or who is padding the pockets to come up with so many misguided nominations in the name of art.

So here they are:

Nominations for the 2010 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards®

Best Play- **RED

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Next Fall


Time Stands Still

Best Musical-**MEMPHIS

American Idiot



Million Dollar Quartet

Best Book of a Musical-**MEMPHIS

Everyday Rapture



Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre-**THE ADDAMS FAMILY

The Addams Family




Best Revival of a Play-**FENCES


Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical-**RAGTIME

Finian's Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music


Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play-**ALFRED MOLINA

Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play-**VIOLA DAVIS

Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical-**CHAD KIMBALL

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical-**Sherie Renee Scott

Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play-**Jon Michael Hill

David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play-**Jessica Hecht

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical-**KEVIN CHAMBERLIN

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian's Rainbow
Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical-**KATIE FINNERNAN

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Best Scenic Design of a Play-**FENCES

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences

Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical-**AMERICAN IDIOT

Marina Draghici, Fela!
Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play-**Lend Me A Tenor

Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical-**LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Marina Draghici, Fela!
Santo Loquasto, Ragtime
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play-**RED

Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical- **AMERICAN IDIOT

Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play-**ENRON

Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical-**SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play-**RED

Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical-**MEMPHIS

Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography-**PROMISES PROMISES

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations-**PROMISES PROMISES

Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises

Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Good Luck to all!

H. Todd Freeman
Vice President/OperationsApplause Theatre & Entertainment Service, Inc.
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