Thursday, May 06, 2010

My 2010 Tony Award Predictions

Two days ago I posted the nominations for the 2010 Tony Awards. Today I am going to give you my picks on both who I think should win and also who will win. Take my picks for what they will. They are after all just one man's opinion. Enjoy!

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Next Fall
Time Stands Still

Will Win:Red
Should Win:Next Fall.Now while Red received great reviews it is set to close at the end of next month leaving Next Fall as the only play currently running. However it was just announced that Time Stands Still is set to return to Broadway this fall with it's original cast minus Alicia Silverstone.

Best Musical
American Idiot
Million Dollar Quartet

Will Win:Memphis.If you had asked me this question a month ago it would have been between The Addams Family and American Idiot. My how times have changed. Therefore I am going with Memphis even though I really didn't like it. However it will sell really well around the country which we all know is what counts these days.
Should Win:American Idiot

Best Play Revival
Lend Me A Tenor
The Royal Family
A View From The Bridge

Will Win:Fences. It is the only one still running besides Lend Me A Tenor.
Should Win:A View From The Bridge. It was one of the best received shows of this season.

Best Musical Revival
Finian's Rainbow
La Cage Aux Folles
A Little Night Music

Will Win:La Cage Aux Folles. Critics and audiences loved the show.If it wins it will make history as the only show to take the top prize for each of it's Broadway productions.
Should Win:Ragtime If both Ragtime and Finian's Rainbow were still running it would be a much tighter race my friends.

Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Play
Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Will Win:Denzel Washington. Those of you who read my blogs now that he is one of my favorite actor's of all time so I am of course hoping he wins plus I think the Tony voters will want to encourage more actor's of his caliber to come to Broadway.
Should Win:Liev Schreiber. Besides getting rave reviews he is one of the finest stage actor's of his generation.

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Will Win:Viola Davis. While I think she might have had a better chance at winning if she was in the Best Featured Actress category I still think she will take home the trophy although don't count out Linda Lavin.
Should Win:Jan Maxwell.No need to feel sad for Ms. Maxwell as she is expected to take home the Tony for her hilarious performance in Lend Me A Tenor.

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Will Win:Douglas Hodge. Best reviews of the season and he has been the odds on favorite since the show was announced.
Should Win:Douglas Hodge. See above.

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Will Win:Catherine Zeta-Jones:Once again if you had asked me a month ago I would have picked Catherine-Zeta Jones but then Megan Mullally quit Lips Together,Teeth Apart and Everyday Rapture snuck in at the last minute. Now according to an article in yesterday's Daily News they speculate that Zeta-Jones and Scott will cancel each other out and Montego Glover will sweep in and take the big prize. We shall see.
Should Win:Kate Baldwin. Last fall a new Broadway star was born. As I said before things would be a lot different if both Ragtime and Finian's Rainbow were still playing.

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Will Win:Eddie Redmayne. To be honest I didn't see any of the shows but my guess is the Tony Voters will go with this Broadway newcomer who more than holds his own with heavyweight Alfred Molina.
Should Win:Jon Michael Hill. Once again another Broadway newcomer who stole the show from his more experienced castmates.

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
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

Will Win:Besides giving on of the best performances of the season she is long overdue.
Should Win.Jan Maxwell. See above.

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
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

Will Win:Kevin Chamberlin.This beloved Broadway veteran steals the show and your heart. How many performers can do that nowadays?
Should Win:Kevin Chamberlin. Look we all know that The Addams Family deserved more than two nominations. They will have to settle for this win.

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Will Win:Katie Finneran. She steals the show from her more high profile costar Kristen Chenoweth.
Should Win:Katie Finneran. Unless the Tony voters decide to honor Barbara Cook for returning to Broadway for the first time in many years.

Best Original Score
The Addams Family

Will Win:Memphis. If The Addams Family doesn't win then Memphis is the likely winner.
Should Win: The Addams Family.Now I know I maybe in the minority here but I loved the score.

Best Book of a Musical:
Everyday Rapture
Million Dollar Quartet

Should Win:Quite frankly since The Addams Family isn't nominated I don't think any are worthy but I guess by default it should go to Everyday Rapture.

Best Direction of A Musical
Christoper Ashley,Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge,Ragtome
Terry Johnson,La Cage Aux Folles
Bill T. Jones,Fela!

Will Win:Terry Johnson. If La Cage takes the Tony for Best Revival then Mr. Johnson will win here.
Should Win:Michael Mayer should have been all over this category but he's not.

Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage,Red
Sheryl Kaller,Next Fall
Kenny Leon,Fences
Gregory Mosher,A View From The Bridge

Will Win:If it's a Fences sweep then Kenny Leon will take it.
Should Win:Gergory Mosher. People bought tickets to see Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johannson but without it's director the show would have not been as well received.

Well there are my picks for the 2010 Tony Awards. Who will win the big prize? At this point all bets are off. We will fine out on June 13. Until next time theatre fans.

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