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Jeff

Friday, June 8, 2012

Jeff & Mike's 2012 Tony Picks

At last we are just 2 days from Broadway's biggest night, the Tony Awards!  And now, after a really full season of seeing shows - mid-June 2011 had Mike and I seeing the official opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and 22 Broadway shows later, had us at One Man, Two Guvnors in late May 2012.  Mike actually saw 23 shows this season, having seen End of the Rainbow, too.

Below are our picks for all the Tony categories in which we saw more than half of the nominees.  We made no picks in the following categories: Outstanding Lighting Design (Play), Outstanding Costume Design (Play), Outstanding Featured Actress (Play), Outstanding Leading Actor (Play), and Best Revival (Play).  Any nominee we didn't see is marked with an "D".  We have given our choices in the style Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood  in The New York Times: "what WILL win," "what SHOULD win," and, in many cases, a "should have been NOMINATED."

Here goes!

UPDATE:

  • Jeff: Guessed 11 winners of the 21 categories we predicted, another 6 "should wins" did win, and 4 were completely wrong.
  • Mike: Guessed 12 winners of the 21 categories we predicted, another 3 "should wins" did win, and 6 were completely wrong.
  • The winners are listed below.



The Creative Arts Tony Awards


OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS JEFF MIKE TONY
William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess



Bill Elliott,
Nice Work If You Can Get It



Martin Lowe,
Once
S/W S/W Winner
Danny Troob,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical




OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY          JEFFMIKE TONY
Rob Ashford,
Evita
S

Christopher Gattelli,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical
W S/W Winner
Steven Hoggett,
Once



Kathleen Marshall,
Nice Work If You Can Get It



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff: Dan Knechtges, Lysistrata Jones

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (PLAY) JEFF MIKE TONY
Paul Arditti,
One Man, Two Guvnors



Scott Lehrer,
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
D D
Gareth Owen,
End of the Rainbow
D

Darron L. West,
Peter and the Starcatcher

S/W Winner

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Acme Sound Partners,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
W

Clive Goodwin,
Once
S S/W Winner 
Kai Harada,
Follies


Brian Ronan,
Nice Work If You Can Get It




OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN  (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Christopher Akerlind,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess



Natasha Katz,
Follies



Natasha Katz,
Once
S S/W Winner 
Hugh Vanstone,
Ghost: The Musical
W


OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Gregg Barnes,
Follies


Winner 
ESosa,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess



Eiko Ishioka,
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
S/W S/W
Martin Pakledinaz,
Nice Work If You Can Get It




OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN (PLAY)      JEFF MIKE TONY
John Lee Beatty,
Other Desert Cities



Daniel Osling,
Clybourne Park

S/W
Mark Thompson,
One Man, Two Guvnors



Donyale Werle,
Peter and the Starcatcher
S/W
Winner 

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Bob Crowley,
Once


Winner 
Ron Howell and Jon Driscoll,
Ghost: The Musical
W

Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical

W
George Tsypin,
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
S S

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION (PLAY) JEFF MIKE TONY
Nicholas Hytner,
One Man, Two Guvnors

S
Pam MacKinon,
Clybourne Park



Mike Nichols,
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
D/W D/W Winner
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers,
Peter and the Starcatcher
S

SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Joe Mantello, Other Desert Cities

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Jeff Calhoun,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical
W

Kathleen Marshall,
Nice Work If You Can Get It



Diane Paulus,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess



John Tiffany,
Once
S S/W Winner

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE JEFF MIKE TONY
Frank Wildhorn and Don Black,
Bonnie and Clyde



Alan Menken and Jack Feldman,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical
S/W S/W Winner 
Grant Olding,
One Man, Two Guvnors



Wayne Barker and Rick Elice,
Peter and the Starcatcher



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost: The Musical

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICALJEFFMIKETONY
Douglas Carter Beane,
Lysistrata Jones



Harvey Fierstein,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical



Joe DiPietro,
Nice Work If You Can Get It
W

Enda Walsh,
Once
SS/W Winner



The Performance Awards

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Elizabeth A. Davis,
Once



Jane Houdyshell,
Follies

W
Judy Kaye,
Nice Work If You Can Get It
S/W S Winner
Jessie Mueller,
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever



Da'Vine Joy Randolph,
Ghost: The Musical



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff: Melissa Van der Schyff, Bonnie and Clyde
Mike: Terri White, Follies

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR (PLAY) JEFF MIKE TONY
Christian Borle,
Peter and the Starcatcher
S S Winner 
Michael Cumpsty,
End of the Rainbow
D

Tom Edden,
One Man, Two Guvnors


Andrew Garfield,
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
D D/W
Jeremy Shamos,
Clybourne Park
W

SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Michael Esper, The Lyons

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR  (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Phillip Boykin,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
S

Michael Cerveris,
Evita

S/W
David Alan Grier,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess



Michael McGrath,
Nice Work If You Can Get It
W
Winner 
Josh Young,
Jesus Christ Superstar



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Ricky Martin, Evita

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS (PLAY) JEFF MIKE TONY
Nina Arianda,
Venus in Fur
S S Winner
Tracie Bennett,
End of the Rainbow
D

Stockard Channing,
Other Desert Cities



Linda Lavin,
The Lyons
W W
Cynthia Nixon,
Wit
D D

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Jan Maxwell,
Follies
S S
Audra McDonald,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
W W Winner 
Cristin Milioti,
Once



Kelli O'Hara,
Nice Work If You Can Get It



Laura Osnes,
Bonnie and Clyde



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Bernadette Peters, Follies

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR (MUSICAL) JEFF MIKE TONY
Danny Burstein,
Follies
S S/W
Jeremy Jordan,
Disney's Newsies: The Musical



Steve Kazee,
Once


Winner 
Norm Lewis,
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
W

Ron Raines,
Follies



SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Jeremy Jordan, Bonnie and Clyde



The Production Awards

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL JEFF MIKE TONY
Evita


FolliesW/S W/S
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Winner
Jesus Christ Superstar


SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: Godspell

BEST PLAY JEFF MIKE TONY
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris W W Winner
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz S

Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice


Venus in Fur by David Ives
S
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff and Mike: One Man, Two Guvnors

BEST MUSICAL JEFF MIKE TONY
Leap of Faith


Disney's Newsies: The Musical W

Nice Work If You Can Get It


Once S S/W Winner
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:
Jeff: Bonnie and Clyde
Mike: Lysistrata Jones

Jeff
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