Tony Predictions, Part 1

Hi Glamsmashers!

Since it is Tony Awards week, Glamsmash is switching gears with the blog for a second to focus on the wonderful world of live theatre.  We have had the fortunate pleasure of working with several New York theater companies and productions, so it is only fitting to focus on one of Broadway’s greatest nights, the Tonys!

Austin Sanders and I had the chance to attend the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards this past weekend, which many people view as a foreshadowing of what the Tonys could be.  While I agree with some of the winners, others were a bit surprising.  But this got me to thinking about what my Tony Award predictions will be.  So before the ceremony gets under way this Sunday (I don’t get to watch unfortunately because I am in a production of Cloud 9 and have a show on the same night ), I wanted to share with you my predictions.

Best Play
This is a hard one.  My favorite play this year HAS to be “Peter and the Starcatcher”… but honestly, I am a HUGE Peter Pan fan, so that is a bit of an automatic love affair.  Honestly though, it is a fantastic production!  I was completely blown away.  But I don’t think anything can beat the superb and exquisitely crafted production of “Clybourne Park” which won last year’s Pulitzer Prize.  Dede Harris, who is a dear friend of Glamsmash, is a producer behind “Clybourne Park” so we gotta root for this show!
Nominees:
"Clybourne Park,"  Bruce Norris
"Other Desert Cities,"  Jon Robin Baitz
"Peter and the Starcatcher,"  Rick Elice
"Venus in Fur,"  David Ives

Best Musical
I think this category comes down to two musicals, “Once” and “Newsies”.  Anyone who has seen “Newsies” will tell you what a phenomenal production it is.  And our close friend, Steven Malone, is one of the conductors of the “Newsies” orchestra.  They said early on that it was a limited engagement, but everyone knew this would be a hit and is now in an indefinite run.  Glamsmash will definitely be rooting for “Newsies”.  However, personally I have to say that I was greatly affected by the artistry and beauty of the simplistic musical “Once.”  “Once” is a show that I could go to over and over.  The music and story line just carries me away.  I honestly think “Once” might win over most of the voters and take home the prize.  They won four awards at the Drama Desk, which was the most of all shows.
Nominees:
"Leap of Faith"
"Newsies"
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
"Once"

Revival of a play
Though I have heard mixed reviews from fellow colleagues, I am pretty sure that “Death of a Salesman” has this award locked down with its star studded cast and creative team.  Plus, using the original set design will bring nostalgia back to any Tony voter lucky enough to have seen the original production.  Personally, I love the cast chemistry of “The Best Man” and have heard nothing by raves of the revival.
Nominees:
"Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
"Gore Vidal’s The Best Man"
"Master Class"
"Wit"

Best Revival of a Musical
Well, I can’t say enough about the stunning production of “Follies” that I saw earlier this year.  I think the theater community will agree with me on this one.  “Follies” ended up winning the Drama Desk Award this past weekend, and I think the Tony’s will agree.  Besides, when I saw “Porgy and Bess” Audra McDonald decided not to show up to perform… so I can’t root for that.
"Evita"
"Follies"
"The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
"Jesus Christ Superstar"

Check back this week to see the rest of our predictions!