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Monday, April 28, 2014

The 2013 - 2014 Season: Jeff and Mike's Tony Awards Nominations Predictions

Well, the 2013 - 2014 Broadway season is in the history books.   My theatre-going buddy, Mike, and I were fortunate enough to see every new musical and musical revival.  As is tradition for this blog, we will be making our Tony nominations predictions in all of the musical categories.  Below, you'll see our choices for what we feel SHOULD be nominated and what WILL be nominated.  While very few shows stuck out as really exceptional, we both agree that many shows have really exceptional elements.  It was very hard to narrow down our choices in many categories, which sure was better than trying to stretch limited choices just to fill out a category.  We shall see how we compare to the actual Tony nominations tomorrow!

Let us know what you think SHOULD be nominated, and/or guess what will be nominated by writing in via email (jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com), Twitter (@jkstheatrescene), or by leaving a comment at the bottom of this blog entry!

THE MUSICAL CATEGORIES
JEFF – SHOULD
JEFF – WILL
MIKE – SHOULD
MIKE – WILL
BEST MUSICAL
BEST MUSICAL
BEST MUSICAL
BEST MUSICAL
Aladdin
Aladdin
After Midnight
After Midnight
The Bridges of
Madison County
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Aladdin
Aladdin
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
The Bridges of
Madison County
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
If/Then
Rocky
If/Then
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
*Rocky
*After Midnight
*A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
*The Bridges of
Madison County
Jeff: The shows marked by an * represent what we feel will be the 5th nominee if there is one.
Mike:  The star indicates a possible fifth slot. I have many doubts about the "will" list, with only Gentleman's Guide as a near-lock and the possibility of Bullets, If/Then, and Rocky bumping other choices.
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Cabaret
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Cabaret
Cabaret
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Violet
Violet
Violet
Violet
*No 4th Nominee
*Cabaret
*Les Miserables
*Les Miserables
Jeff: I don’t think there will or should be a fourth nominee in this category this year.
Mike: Obviously the fourth one may get picked, too!
BEST BOOK
OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK
OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK
OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK
OF A MUSICAL
Aladdin
- Chad Beguelin
Aladdin
- Chad Beguelin
Aladdin
- Chad Beguelin
Aladdin
- Chad Beguelin
The Bridges of
Madison County – Marsha Norman
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Douglas McGrath
The Bridges of
Madison County – Marsha Norman
The Bridges of
Madison County – Marsha Norman
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Robert L. Freedman
The Bridges of
Madison County – Marsha Norman
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Robert L. Freedman
Bullets Over Broadway  
– Woody Allen
Rocky – Thomas Meehan and
Sylvester Stallone
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Robert L. Freedman
If/Then 
 – Brian Yorkey
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Robert L. Freedman
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Aladdin Music: Alan Menken;  Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice
Aladdin Music: Alan Menken;  Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice
Aladdin Music: Alan Menken;  Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice
Aladdin Music: Alan Menken;  Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice
The Bridges of
Madison County – Music and Lyrics:
Jason Robert Brown
The Bridges of
Madison County – Music and Lyrics:
Jason Robert Brown
The Bridges of
Madison County – Music and Lyrics:
Jason Robert Brown
The Bridges of
Madison County – Music and Lyrics:
Jason Robert Brown
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and
Steven Lutvak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and
Steven Lutvak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and
Steven Lutvak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and
Steven Lutvak
If/Then
– Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
If/Then 
– Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
If/Then 
– Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
Rocky  – Music: Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics: Lynn Aherns
Mike:  I'm afraid of a near shut-out for If/Then.

THE DIRECTION CATEGORIES
MIKE – SHOULD
MIKE – WILL
JEFF – SHOULD
JEFF – WILL
BEST DIRECTION
OF A MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTION
OF A MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTION
OF A MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTION
OF A MUSICAL
Michael Mayer Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Michael Mayer Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Michael Mayer Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Michael Mayer Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Casey Nicholaw 
Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw 
Aladdin
Bartlett Sher
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Casey Nicholaw 
Aladdin
Bartlett Sher
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Alex Timbers  Rocky
Alex Timbers  Rocky
Alex Timbers  Rocky
Alex Timbers  Rocky
Darko Tresjnak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Darko Tresjnak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Darko Tresjnak
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jeff: It wouldn’t surprise me if the Tony nominators give Susan Stroman a nod in this category for Bullets Over Broadway.
Mike:  Violet just misses the cut for me, and is a potential spoiler in the "will" category.
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Warren Carlyle
After Midnight
Warren Carlyle
After Midnight
Warren Carlyle
After Midnight
Warren Carlyle
After Midnight
Peggy Hickey  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Peggy Hickey  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Josh Prince Beautiful:
The Carole King Musical
Josh Prince Beautiful:
The Carole King Musical
Susan Stroman
Bullets Over Broadway
Susan Stroman
Bullets Over Broadway
Susan Stroman
Bullets Over Broadway
Susan Stroman
Bullets Over Broadway
Jeff: I wonder if the nominators will recognize Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine’s contribution to Rocky’s montage scenes and finale.  Not traditional dancing, to be sure.
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of
 Madison County
Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of
 Madison County
Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of
 Madison County
Doug Besterman
Bullets Over Broadway
Michael Starobin 
If/Then
Steven Trask and Doug Besterman –  Rocky
Michael Starobin 
If/Then
Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of
 Madison County
Danny Troob  Aladdin
Danny Troob  Aladdin
Danny Troob  Aladdin
Steve Sidwell Beautiful:
The Carole King Musical
Jonathan Tunick 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jonathan Tunick 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jonathan Tunick 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jonathan Tunick 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jeff: I’ll be honest here.  I don’t know enough about orchestrations to make an educated guess.  I picked my “shoulds” based on what pleased my ear the most.  And my “wills” are purely based mostly on names that have been previous winners or frequent nominees in previous seasons.
Mike: I think the committee mainly picks names they know here. This might be a good category to award Stephen Trask for Hedwig by proxy, at least for a nomination.

THE DESIGN CATEGORIES
MIKE – SHOULD
MIKE – WILL
JEFF – SHOULD
JEFF – WILL
BEST SCENIC DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SCENIC DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SCENIC DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SCENIC DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
Santo Loquasto 
Bullets Over Broadway
Christopher  Barreca  Rocky
Christopher  Barreca  Rocky
Christopher  Barreca  Rocky
Mark Wendland – If/Then
Alexander Dodge 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bob Crowley  Aladdin
Bob Crowley  Aladdin
Michael Yeargan
The Bridges of
Madison County
Santo Loquasto 
Bullets Over Broadway
Alexander Dodge 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Alexander Dodge 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
David Zinn - Violet
David Zinn - Violet
Santo Loquasto – Bullets Over Broadway
Santo Loquasto 
Bullets Over 
Broadway
Jeff: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Julian Crouch’s Hedwig design nominated.
Mike: I'm not at all sure about this category, either!
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
Gregg Barnes  Aladdin
Gregg Barnes  Aladdin
Gregg Barnes  Aladdin
Gregg Barnes  Aladdin
Linda Cho 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Linda Cho 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Linda Cho 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Linda Cho 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
William Ivey Long 
Bullets Over Broadway
William Ivey Long 
Bullets Over Broadway
William Ivey Long 
Bullets Over Broadway
William Ivey Long 
Bullets Over 
Broadway
Clint Ramos 
Violet
David Zinn - Rocky
Isabel Toledo 
After Midnight
Isabel Toledo 
After Midnight
Jeff: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arianne Phillips’ Hedwig design.
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
Kevin Adams
Hedwig and the
Angry Inch
Kevin Adams
Hedwig and the
Angry Inch
Kevin Adams
Hedwig and the
Angry Inch
Christopher  Akerlind  Rocky
Christopher  Akerlind  Rocky
Christopher  Akerlind  Rocky
Christopher  Akerlind  Rocky
Donald Holder
The Bridges of
Madison County
Mark Barton
Violet
Donald Holder
Bullets Over Broadway
Donald Holder
The Bridges of
Madison County
Peter Kaczorowski  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Kenneth Posner  If/Then
Phillip L.Rosenberg – 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Kenneth Posner  If/Then
Natasha Katz  Aladdin
BEST SOUND DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SOUND DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SOUND DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
BEST SOUND DESIGN
OF A MUSICAL
Carl Casella 
A Night with Janis Joplin
Peter Hylenski 
After Midnight
Peter Hylenski 
Bullets Over Broadway
Peter Hylenski 
Bullets Over Broadway
Peter Hylenski 
After Midnight
Peter Hylenski 
Bullets Over Broadway
Peter Hylenski 
Rocky
Peter Hylenski 
Rocky
Mick Potter
Les Miserables
Mick Potter
Les Miserables
Tim O’Heir
Hedwig and the
Angry Inch
Brian Ronan  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Jon Weston  
The Bridges of
Madison County
David Moses Schreier 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Mick Potter
Les Miserables
David Moses Schreier 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jeff: This is another area I know little about.  I’m not sure the Tony nominators do, either.  I’m betting that shows with obvious sound effects, and shows with nominating love and momentum.

THE ACTING CATEGORIES
JEFF – SHOULD
JEFF – WILL
MIKE – SHOULD
MIKE – WILL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Andy Karl  Rocky
Ramin Karimloo
Les Miserables
Andy Karl  Rocky
Ramin Karimloo
Les Miserables
Jefferson Mays 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Andy Karl  Rocky
Jefferson Mays 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Andy Karl  Rocky
Steven Pasquale
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Jefferson Mays 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Steven Pasquale
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Jefferson Mays 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Steven Pasquale
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Bryce Pinkham 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Steven Pasquale
The Bridges of
 Madison County
Jeff: I would love it if Zachary Levi were remembered here.
Mike:  Zachary Levi is next in line on my list, and a dark horse for the "will" category.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS
IN A MUSICAL
Sutton Foster  Violet
Sutton Foster  Violet
Sutton Foster  Violet
Sutton Foster  Violet
Idina Menzel   If/Then
Idina Menzel   If/Then
Idina Menzel   If/Then
Idina Menzel   If/Then
Jessie Mueller  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Jessie Mueller  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Jessie Mueller  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Jessie Mueller  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Kelli  O’Hara
The Bridges of
Madison County
Kelli  O’Hara
The Bridges of
Madison County
Kelli  O’Hara
The Bridges of
Madison County
Kelli  O’Hara
The Bridges of
Madison County
Michelle Williams  Cabaret
Michelle Williams  Cabaret
Michelle Williams  Cabaret
Michelle Williams  Cabaret
Mike: This is definitely the clearest category for me, though I wouldn't be shocked to see Mary knock off Idina in the "will" column.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR
IN A MUSICAL
Nick Cordero 
Bullets Over Broadway
Danny Burstein  Cabaret
Nick Cordero 
Bullets Over Broadway
Danny Burstein  Cabaret
Joshua Henry  Violet
Nick Cordero 
Bullets Over Broadway
Colin Donnell  Violet
Nick Cordero 
Bullets Over Broadway
James Monroe Iglehart  Aladdin
Joshua Henry  Violet
Joshua Henry  Violet
Jake Epstein  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
James Snyder  If/Then
James Monroe Iglehart  Aladdin
James Monroe Iglehart  Aladdin
Joshua Henry  Violet
Jarrod Spector  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Jarrod Spector  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Anthony Rapp  If/Then
James Monroe Iglehart  Aladdin
Jeff and Mike:  This was not Burstein's greatest performance, but the committee loves him.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Linda Emond  Cabaret
Linda Emond  Cabaret
Fantasia Barrino  After Midnight
Linda Emond  Cabaret
Lena Hall Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Lena Hall Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Linda Emond  Cabaret
Lena Hall Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen  Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
Adriane Lennox 
After Midnight
Lena Hall Hedwig and
the Angry Inch
Marin Mazzie  Bullets Over Broadway
Lisa O’Hare 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Lisa O’Hare 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Caissie Levy  Les Miserables
Margo Seibert  Rocky
Margo Seibert  Rocky
Margo Seibert  Rocky
Margo Seibert  Rocky
Helene Yorke  Bullets Over Broadway
Jeff: I had a hard time narrowing this down.  I’d be OK with Fantasia Barrino, Caissie Levy, Adriane Lennox or Marin Mazzie here.
Mike:  Other worthy nominees for me: LaChanze, Marin Mazzie, Cass Morgan. The "will" column is anybody's guess.

JEFF AND MIKE'S PREDICTION TOTALS
2014 TONY AWARDS NOMINATIONS PREDICTIONS – TALLY BY SHOW
* - Total includes the possibility of a 4th Best Musical Revival and a 5th Best Musical nomination
SHOW
JEFF 
SHOULD
JEFF 
WILL
SHOW
MIKE 
SHOULD
MIKE
WILL
After Midnight
2
4*
After Midnight
4
3
Aladdin
8
9
Aladdin
8
8
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
4
8
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
1
3
The Bridges of Madison County
8
6
The Bridges of Madison County
9
6
Bullets Over Broadway
5
6
Bullets Over Broadway
4
9
Cabaret
3
4*
Cabaret
3
4
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
10
10
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
8
11
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
6
4
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
5
5
If/Then
6
2
If/Then
8
1
Les Miserables
1
2
Les Miserables
3*
3*
A Night with Janis Joplin
0
0
A Night with Janis Joplin
1
0
Rocky
8*
7
Rocky
4
8
Violet
3
3
Violet
7
4
How do we compare to your predictions?  Will we be close to tomorrow's nominations?  Check back tomorrow after the Tony nominations are announced.  (Blogcast LIVE right here at JK's TheatreScene!!)

Jeff
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