First, last week I put together a list of those people, shows, etc. that I hoped the nominating committee wouldn't overlook. Let's see how I did. (Those that were nominated are in red.)
Catherine Zeta-Jones in A Little Night Music (Lead Actress in a Musical)
Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music (Featured Actress in a Musical)
John Gallagher, Jr. in American Idiot (Lead Actor in a Musical)
Stark Sands in American Idiot (Featured Actor in a Musical)
Tom Kitt for American Idiot (Orchestrations)
Kevin Adams for American Idiot (Lighting)
Twyla Tharp for Come Fly Away (Choreography)
Jim Norton in Finian's Rainbow (Lead Actor in a Musical)
Kate Baldwin in Finian's Rainbow (Lead Actress in a Musical)
Euan Morton in Sondheim on Sondheim (Featured Actor in a Musical)
Vanessa Williams in Sondheim on Sondheim (Featured Actress in a Musical)
Chad Kimball in Memphis (Lead Actor in a Musical)
Montego Glover in Memphis (Lead Actress in a Musical)
Sergio Trujillo for Memphis (Choreography)
Levi Kreis in Million Dollar Quartet (Featured Actor in a Musical)
Elizabeth Stanley in Million Dollar Quartet (Featured Actress in a Musical)
Kelsey Grammer in La Cage aux Folles (Lead Actor in a Musical)
Next Fall for Best Play
10 out of 18 on my "wish list" isn't bad. And considering how the overall nominations went, none of my wishes were necessarily a given.
- Out of all of my list, I am most happy about Kelsey Grammer's nomination. He is truly an anchor in a sea of chaos, and stands out by not standing out.
- And I am glad that Next Fall made the cut, especially considering which still-running plays did not, in favor of two closed productions.
- Out of all my list, I am most disappointed about Tom Kitt's snub for American Idiot. It is pretty clear that the nominators didn't know what they were hearing. Of course, the Cast Recording critic for Playbill, who I generally respect, seemed to think that strings were added for the recording only. Though how he missed the strings onstage when he saw the show mystifies me, especially the poor girl getting flung around under the portable steps. So, if he missed it, it isn't a surprise. And I bet there is some backlash for Kitt getting the Pultizer, too.
- I am also somewhat disappointed in Sergio Trujillo's lack of a nod for Memphis. The dancing in the show is smoking hot. The La Cage choreography, which was nominated, was dinner theatre level at best - no offense to dinner theatre choreographers...
- The only reason I can think of for Million Dollar Quartet's Best Musical nomination was just so they didn't nominate The Addams Family. Is it really that bad?
- And the lack of more nods for Come Fly Away and Sondheim on Sondheim clearly shows why there needs to still be a Special Theatrical Event category. Did the committee not know how to treat them? Both are clearly superior to Million Dollar Quartet, but neither are as conventional.
- Send hate mail if you want, but Barbara Cook should get the Tony for most overrated star, and nothing more. I'm glad she can still show up 8 times a week, but attendance and a reputation aren't enough.
Given that there were no huge hits and a ton of mixed reviewed shows that got high praise in specific areas, the nominations (and eventual winners) should make this a very interesting race to the finish line. But with no huge rivalries or camps to root for, will anyone care?
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