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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 05, 2009 10:28 am

Most surprising omission to me: Aaron Tveit for featured actor in a musical (Next to Normal).

I'm a little surprised by the lack of showing for 9 to 5, but not a lot. The movie was stale crap in 1980 with only Dolly Parton's title tune to recommend it. I can't imagine it has aged very well, though I did expect to see Megan Hility in Parton's role nominated over Stockard Channing who is 20-30 years older than the part calls for in the universally dissed revival of Pal Joey. Martha Plimpton was the only one who was singled out by the critics for that show.

As for Lansbury's competition, Hallie Foote, Horton's daughter is also a sentimental favortie for her father's last play.

Hallie has had a long and distinguished career on stage and TV. Her best TV role was probably in her father's 1918 (1985) with Matthew Broderick. She also guest starred in two episodes of Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote.




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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 05, 2009 10:18 am

This from some moron at E!

Katie Holmes was robbed. So was Daniel Radcliffe (and the object of his equine affection). Frank Langella and John Lithgow were similarly snubbed, as were Nathan Lane and Kristin Scott Thomas. And, alas, Jeremy Piven was not representing.

But while the Mercury Man was MIA, the Rocket Man was BMOC at this morning's Tony Award nominations.

Billy Elliot, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film, scored by Elton John, bounced away with a leading 15 nods.

John competes in the Best Original Score category, going up against fellow musical legend Dolly Parton for 9 to 5. Billy Elliot will vie with Next to Normal, Rock of Ages and fellow film adaptee Shrek the Musical for the Best Musical prize.

Among the other name-brand stars nominated: Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, Raúl Esparza, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney, Stockard Channing, Angela Lansbury, Martha Plimpton, former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jane Fonda.

Up for Best Musical Revival are Hair, the bilingual production of West Side Story, Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey. God of Carnage, Dividing the Estate, 33 Variations and Reasons to Be Pretty will compete for Best Play.

Former West Wingers Janney and Channing will compete against each other as Leading Actress in a Musical, for 9 to 5 and Pal Joey, respectively.

Davis, Fonda and Harden, meanwhile, compete for Leading Actress in a Play—Davis and Harden for their roles in God of Carnage and Fonda for 33 Variations.

Daniels, Esparza, Gandolfini and Rush stack the deck for Leading Actor in a Play, with Daniels and Gandolfini up for God of Carnage, Esparza for Speed-the-Plow (aka the play that Piven left), and Rush for Exit the King.

In the Featured Actress in a Play category, Blithe Spirit's Lansbury competes against Shaun of the Dead and former Spaced star Jessica Hynes, nominated for The Norman Conquests.

Plimpton is up for Featured Actress in a Musical for her part in Pal Joey.

Meanwhile, Leading Actor in a Musical is a slightly longer list than usual this year, thanks to the triple nomination—albeit as one entity—for the stars of Billy Elliot. David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, the three boys who rotate the title role, are all nominated. They compete against Idol's Maroulis, who is up for Rock of Ages.

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards will be handed out June 7 in New York. The complete list of nominees is available at TonyAwards.com.

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Postby dws1982 » Tue May 05, 2009 9:43 am

I guess the most surprising snub in Best Actress in a Play is probably Carla Gugino in Desire Under the Elms, who looked like a possible winner. I wasn't too surprised about Kristin Scott Thomas (although I also thought she would be nominated) since her production closed so long ago, and since the category had so many whose shows were still running, but Gugino was a surprise.

Lots of other performers were snubbed who could've won in a weaker (aka normal) season, which just hows how strong the season was for plays. (Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Ashley come to mind.) Meanwhile badly reviewed productions like Pal Joey and Guys and Dolls get nominated just to fill out the category.

I know I had declared him the winner several weeks ago, but I'm wondering about Rush now. His show got left out of the Revival category, and its only nominations other than his were the rote nominations you'd expect for this type of production--sets, costumes. I wonder if his show may be a bit too out there for the voters, and if they'll go another direction when they pick a winner. Despite the Best Play nomination (a weaker field than Revival), I can't imagine them liking reasons to be pretty much more than Exit the King. And Raul Esparza's show seems pretty much forgotten by this point. He's overdue, and this is his third consecutive nomination, but I don't see it this year. So if there's a surprise, it would be Gandolfini or Daniels. Both are highly regarded actors, although Gandolfini is obviously more well-known; I'm not sure who got the better reviews of the two.

The American Idol guy got in because they wanted to avoid nominating a convicted sex offender (James Barbour) is a bomb of a show (A Tale of Two Cities). Wish they would've gone with the West Side Story guy though, just to keep the Idol contestant out of the running.




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Postby Mister Tee » Tue May 05, 2009 9:19 am

Well, several "huh"'s just from a quick glance. Kristen Scott Thomas continues her year of wildly-acclaimed/then-award-ignored. John Glover -- not nearly so praised as John Goodman, or Lane/Irwin -- gets the only acting nod for Godot.

Jane Fonda looks to benefit from two split-ballot entries. I'd guess McTeer would be her strongest competition.

And, if anyone missed it, Billy Elliott won the Drama Critics' prize yesterday -- making it, on the Lion King precedent, the most likely best musical Tony winner. (Best play went to Pulitzer winner Ruined, continuing a venerable tradition of best play of the season ineligible for Tonys)

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Postby OscarGuy » Tue May 05, 2009 8:56 am

I didn't think Lansbury was going to be nominated when I read Leading Actress, then I saw her in Featured...but looking at her competition (not a name I recognize), she may very well be a shoo-in for a record-tying fifth Tony award (to be shared with Julie Harris). But, this is only her 6th nomination, so she won't take that record away from Harris.

Also of note is that Constantine Maroulis is the first AI contestant nominated for a Tony Award.
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Postby flipp525 » Tue May 05, 2009 8:51 am

Big Magilla, you need to add some punctuation in there or something. It's hard to read (I realize that you probably just copied and pasted it from somewhere else).

I was wondering why more people weren't finding a spot for Stockard Channing in their predictions. Guess I should've mentioned that before now.

Wow...the entire cast of God of Carnage is nominated? How often has the entire cast of a play been up for a Tony?
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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 05, 2009 8:21 am

2008-2009 Nominations

Billy Elliot leads with 15; Next to Normal gets 11, 9 to 5 all but shut out with 4 nods - none for Best Musical and only one of the leading ladies is nominated.

Best Play
Dividing the Estate Author: Horton Foote
God of Carnage Author: Yasmina Reza
Reasons to Be Pretty Author: Neil LaBute
33 Variations Author: Moisés Kaufman

Best Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
Shrek The Musical

Best Book of a Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical Lee Hall
Next to Normal Brian Yorkey
Shrek The Musical David Lindsay-Abaire
[Title of Show] Hunter Bell

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Billy Elliot, The Musical Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Lee Hall
Next to Normal Music: Tom Kitt
Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
9 to 5: The Musical Music & Lyrics: Dolly Parton
Shrek The Musical Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire

Best Revival of a Play
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Mary Stuart New Version: Peter Oswald
The Norman Conquests
Waiting for Godot

Best Revival of a Musical
Guys and Dolls
Hair
Pal Joey
West Side Story

Best Special Theatrical Event
Liza's at The Palace
Slava's Snowshow
Soul of Shaolin
You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jeff Daniels God of Carnage
Raúl Esparza Speed-the-Plow
James Gandolfini God of Carnage
Geoffrey Rush Exit the King
Thomas Sadoski Reasons to Be Pretty

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Hope Davis God of Carnage
Jane Fonda 33 Variations
Marcia Gay Harden God of Carnage
Janet McTeer Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter Mary Stuart

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish Billy Elliot, The Musical
Gavin Creel Hair
Brian d’Arcy James Shrek The Musical
Constantine Maroulis Rock of Ages
J. Robert Spencer Next to Normal

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Stockard Channing Pal Joey
Sutton Foster Shrek The Musical
Allison Janney 9 to 5: The Musical
Alice Ripley Next to Normal
Josefina Scaglione West Side Story

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
John Glover Waiting for Godot
Zach Grenier 33 Variations
Stephen Mangan The Norman Conquests
Paul Ritter The Norman Conquests
Roger Robinson Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Hallie Foote Dividing the Estate
Jessica Hynes The Norman Conquests
Marin Ireland Reasons to Be Pretty
Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit
Amanda Root The Norman Conquests

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
David Bologna Billy Elliot, The Musical
Gregory Jbara Billy Elliot, The Musical
Marc Kudisch 9 to 5: The Musical
Christopher Sieber Shrek The Musical
Will Swenson Hair

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Jennifer Damiano Next to Normal
Haydn Gwynne Billy Elliot, The Musical
Karen Olivo West Side Story
Martha Plimpton Pal Joey
Carole Shelley Billy Elliot, The Musical

Best Direction of a Play
Phyllida Lloyd Mary Stuart
Bartlett Sher Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Matthew Warchus God of Carnage
Matthew Warchus The Norman Conquests

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot, The Musical
Michael Greif Next to Normal
Kristin Hanggi Rock of Ages
Diane Paulus Hair

Best Choreography
Karole Armitage Hair
Andy Blankenbuehler 9 to 5: The Musical
Peter Darling Billy Elliot, The Musical
Randy Skinner Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Best Orchestrations
Martin Koch Billy Elliot, The Musical
Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt Next to Normal
Danny Troob and John Clancy Shrek The Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson Exit the King
Rob Howell The Norman Conquests
Derek McLane 33 Variations
Michael Yeargan Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill Guys and Dolls
Ian MacNeil Billy Elliot, The Musical
Scott Pask Pal Joey
Mark Wendland Next to Normal

Best Costume Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson Exit the King
Jane Greenwood Waiting for Godot
Martin Pakledinaz Blithe Spirit
Anthony Ward Mary Stuart

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregory Gale Rock of Ages
Nicky Gillibrand Billy Elliot, The Musical
Tim Hatley Shrek The Musical
Michael McDonald Hair

Best Lighting Design of a Play
David Hersey Equus
David Lander 33 Variations
Brian MacDevitt Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Hugh Vanstone Mary Stuart

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams Hair
Kevin Adams Next to Normal
Howell Binkley West Side Story
Rick Fisher Billy Elliot, The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play
Paul Arditti Mary Stuart
Gregory Clarke Equus
Russell Goldsmith Exit the King
Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners Hair
Paul Arditti Billy Elliot, The Musical
Peter Hylenski Rock of Ages
Brian Ronan Next to Normal

Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Jerry Herman

Regional Theatre Tony Award®

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Phyllis Newman

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
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BEST PLAY
The American Plan
Dividing the Estate
God of Carnage
Reasons to Be Pretty

BEST MUSICAL
Billy Elliot
Next to Normal
9 to 5
[title of show]

BEST REVIVAL – PLAY
Desire Under the Elms
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
The Norman Conquests
The Seagull

BEST REVIVAL – MUSICAL
Guys and Dolls
Hair
Pal Joey
West Side Story

BEST ACTOR – PLAY
Raul Esparza, Speed-the-Plow
Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot
Nathan Lane, Waiting for Godot
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to be Pretty

BEST ACTRESS – PLAY
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
Carla Gugino, Desire Under the Elms
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
Kristin Scott Thomas, The Seagull

BEST FEATURED ACTOR – PLAY
Chad L. Coleman, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Brian Dennehy, Desire Under the Elms
John Goodman, Waiting for Godot
Stephen Magnan, The Normal Conquests
Roger Robinson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS – PLAY
Elizabeth Ashley, Dividing the Estate
Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate
Zoe Kazan, The Seagull
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit
Andrea Martin, Exit the King

BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL
David Alvarez, Kiril Kulisch and Trent Kowalik, Billy Elliot
Matt Cavenaugh, West Side Story
Gavin Creel, Hair
Brian D’Arcy James, Shrek the Musical
J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal

BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL
Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical
Megan Hilty, 9 to 5
Allison Janney, 9 to 5
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story

BEST FEATURED ACTOR – MUSICAL
Daniel Breaker, Shrek the Musical
Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5
Christopher Seiber, Shrek the Musical
Will Swenson, Hair
Aaron Tveit, Next to Normal

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS – MUSICAL
Susan Blackwell, [title of show]
Jennifer Damiano, Next to Normal
Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey

BEST DIRECTOR – PLAY
Anthony Page, Waiting for Godot
Ian Rickson, The Seagull
Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests

BEST DIRECTOR - MUSICAL
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot
Michael Grief, Next to Normal
Arthur Laurents, West Side Story
Diana Paulus, Hair

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Billy Elliot
Guys and Dolls
Hair
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

BEST SCORE
Billy Elliot
Next to Normal
9 to 5
[title of show]

BEST BOOK – MUSICAL
Billy Elliot
Next to Normal
Shrek, the Musical
[title of show]
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Postby Big Magilla » Sun May 03, 2009 1:18 pm

Kinda weird, but OK.

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Postby paperboy » Sun May 03, 2009 11:03 am

Thank you. According to the latest eligibility meeting Gavin Creel is the only lead.

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Postby Big Magilla » Sun May 03, 2009 9:31 am

Good predictions, but isn't Will Swenson the co-lead in Hair?

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Postby paperboy » Sun May 03, 2009 6:00 am

My Tony nomination predictions...

MUSICAL
Billy Elliot
Next To Normal
9 to 5
Rock of Ages

MUSICAL (REVIVAL)
Guys and Dolls
Hair
Pal Joey
West Side Story

ACTOR (MUSICAL)
Alvarez/Kowalik/Kulish - Billy Elliot
James Barbour - A Tale of Two Cities
Gavin Creel - Hair
Brian d'Arcy James - Shrek
J Robert Spencer - Next To Normal

ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Sutton Foster - Shrek
Megan Hilty - 9 to 5
Allison Janney - 9 to 5
Alice Ripley - Next To Normal
Josefina Scaglione - West Side Story

FEATURED ACTOR (MUSICAL)
Marc Kudisch - 9 to 5
Gregory Jbara - Billy Elliot
Christopher Sieber - Shrek
Will Swenson - Hair
Aaron Tveit - Next To Normal

FEATURED ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Susan Blackwell - [title of show]
Haydn Gywnne - Billy Elliot
Caissie Levy - Hair
Karen Olivo - West Side Story
Martha Plimpton - Pal Joey

DIRECTOR (MUSICAL)
Stephen Daldry - Billy Elliot
Michael Greif - Next To Normal
Kristin Hanggi - Rock of Ages
Diane Paulus - Hair


PLAY
The American Plan
Dividing The Estate
God of Carnage
reasons to be pretty

PLAY (REVIVAL)
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
The Norman Conquests
The Seagull
Waiting For Godot

ACTOR (PLAY)
Raul Esparaza - Speed The Plow
James Gandolfini - God of Carnage
Nathan Lane - Waiting For Godot
Geoffrey Rush - Exit The King
Thomas Sadoski - reasons to be pretty

ACTRESS (PLAY)
Tovah Feldshuh - Irena's Vow
Marcia Gay Harden - God of Carnage
Janet McTeer - Mary Stuart
Kristin Scott Thomas - The Seagull
Harriet Walter - Mary Stuart

FEATURED ACTOR (PLAY)
Chad L. Coleman - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
John Glover - Waiting For Godot
John Goodman - Waiting For Godot
Stephen Mangan - The Norman Conquests
Roger Robinson - Joe Turner's Come and Gone

FEATURED ACTRESS (PLAY)
Aunjanue Ellis - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Jessica Hynes - The Norman Conquests
Angela Lansbury - Blithe Spirit
Andrea Martin - Exit The King
Mercedes Reuhl - The American Plan

DIRECTOR
Anthony Page - Waiting For Godot
Bartlett Sher - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Matthew Warchus - God of Carnage
Matthew Warchus - The Norman Conquests

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:23 pm

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--Big Magilla wrote:Or just maybe its My Fair Lady over The Most Happy Fella.

The reviews for Next to Normal, though generally favorable, appear mixed to me.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/pulse/

I'd say this analogy somewhat overstates the critical love for Billy Elliott and underrates the enthusiasm on the positive side for Normal. Maybe La Cage aux Folles/Sunday in the Park with George?

Maybe. Maybe they'll split best musical (Billy Elliot) and best score (Next to Normal).

I'd expect these two shows to sweep the acting awards with Billy Elliot winning for best actor (the three kids) and featured actress (Haydn Gwynne) and Next to Normal winning for best actress (Alice Ripley) and featured actor (either J. Robert Spencer or Aaron Tveit).




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Postby Mister Tee » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:41 pm

--Big Magilla wrote:Or just maybe its My Fair Lady over The Most Happy Fella.

The reviews for Next to Normal, though generally favorable, appear mixed to me.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/pulse/

I'd say this analogy somewhat overstates the critical love for Billy Elliott and underrates the enthusiasm on the positive side for Normal. Maybe La Cage aux Folles/Sunday in the Park with George?

I was actually going to reference that Lion King victory at the Drama Critics as something to watch as precedent this year. If Billy Elliott has enough baseline critical support to win that prize despite those who think Normal is a bloody masterpiece, it will probably waltz to the Tony.

I've never seen The Lion King, so I have no personal opinion on the outcome that year. But certainly both it and Ragtime were wildly acclaimed.

Also, don't go looking to the precursors for help this year. Next to Normal's earlier incarnation off-Broadway had it already competing for the Outer Critics and Drama Desk in prior years. Producers argued it was a substantially changed show and should be reconsidered. The powers that be said, okay, but you have to give us free tickets -- which the producers of Normal failed to do in time before the deadline. So, the show is ineligible for anything but the Drama Critics and Tonys.




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Postby The Original BJ » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:33 pm

--Okri wrote:The Lion King did win the the New York Drama Critics Circle Prize over Ragtime, so it's not like it didn't have a strong critical constituency.

I had forgotten that they were complicit too....!




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