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Monday, April 27, 2015

The 2015 Tony Awards: Jeff and Mike's Nomination Predictions


I can't think of a better way to come back to the blogosphere than to carry on a JKTS tradition with our Tony Awards nominations predictions.  My best buddy and theatre companion Mike and I got to 19 of the 20 new musicals and musical revivals this season (Holler If Ya Hear Me closed before we got there, and we don't see it being remembered tomorrow).

We saw eye-to-eye on most shows, though we differed somewhat on An American in Paris and On the Town.  And you'll see from our "should be" picks that we differed from the critics on The Last Ship, On the Twentieth Century and Finding Neverland (and The Visit, depending on who you read).

If we were on the nominating committee, we'd honor Fun Home, Finding Neverland, The Visit, Something Rotten!, and The Last Ship with the most nods, with The King and I  getting most of our love among the revivals.

Since we are not on that nominating committee, we predict that they will give the most Tony love to: An American in Paris, Fun Home and Something Rotten!, each with nominations in the double digits, and The King and I, The Visit, On the Town and On the Twentieth Century doing well, too.  We also think that, unfortunately, Gigi, Side Show, Finding Neverland and Honeymoon in Vegas  will be coming away with barely a notice, if any at all.  Dr. Zhivago got zero notice in any column.

Here are our picks for what should be nominated and our predictions of what will be nominated:


Two of our favorites: Finding Neverland and The Last Ship 

BEST MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Finding Neverland
Fun Home
An American in Paris
An American in Paris
Fun Home
The Last Ship
Fun Home
Fun Home
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
Something Rotten!
Something Rotten!
The Visit
The Visit
The Visit
The Visit


5th Nominee:
The Last Ship
5th Nominee:
The Last Ship
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
The King and I
Gigi
The King and I
The King and I
On the Town
The King and I
On the Town
On the Town
Side Show
Side Show
On the 20th Century
On the 20th Century
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Bill Condon
Side Show
John Doyle
The Visit
John Doyle
The Visit
John Doyle
The Visit
John Doyle
The Visit
Sam Gold
Fun Home
Sam Gold
Fun Home
Sam Gold
Fun Home
Sam Gold
Fun Home
Joe Mantello
The Last Ship
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Bartlett Sher
The King and I
Bartlett Sher
The King and I
Bartlett Sher
The King and I
Bartlett Sher
The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Joshua Bergasse
On the Town
Joshua Bergasse
Gigi
Joshua Bergasse
On the Town
Joshua Bergasse
On the Town
Denis Jones
Honeymoon in Vegas
Joshua Bergasse
On the Town
Warren Carlyle
On the 20th Century
Warren Carlyle
On the 20th Century
Mia Michaels
Finding Neverland
Mia Michaels
Finding Neverland
Graciela Daniele
The Visit
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Casey Nicholaw
Something Rotten!
Josh Rhodes
It Shoulda Been You
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris
Christopher Wheeldon
An American in Paris



We think that the Tony nominators will be as kind to 
Fun Home, Something Rotten! and The Visit as we are!

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
James Graham
Finding Neverland
James Graham
Finding Neverland
Brian Hargrove
It Shoulda Been You
Brian Hargrove
It Shoulda Been You
Karey Kirkpatrick
and John O’Farrell
Something Rotten!
Karey Kirkpatrick
and John O’Farrell
Something Rotten!
Karey Kirkpatrick
and John O’Farrell
Something Rotten!
Karey Kirkpatrick
and John O’Farrell
Something Rotten!
Lisa Kron
Fun Home
Lisa Kron
Fun Home
Lisa Kron
Fun Home
Lisa Kron
Fun Home
Terrence McNally
The Visit
Terrence McNally
The Visit
Craig Lucas
An American in Paris
Craig Lucas
An American in Paris
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Fun Home
Jeanine Tesori, Music
Lisa Kron, Lyrics
Fun Home
Jeanine Tesori, Music
Lisa Kron, Lyrics
Fun Home
Jeanine Tesori, Music
Lisa Kron, Lyrics
Fun Home
Jeanine Tesori, Music
Lisa Kron, Lyrics
Something Rotten!
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Music and Lyrics
Something Rotten!
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Music and Lyrics
Something Rotten!
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Music and Lyrics
Something Rotten!
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Music and Lyrics
The Last Ship
Sting, Music and Lyrics
The Last Ship
Sting, Music and Lyrics
The Last Ship
Sting, Music and Lyrics
The Last Ship
Sting, Music and Lyrics
The Visit
John Kander, Music, Fred Ebb, Lyrics
The Visit
John Kander, Music, Fred Ebb, Lyrics
The Visit
John Kander, Music, Fred Ebb, Lyrics
The Visit
John Kander, Music, Fred Ebb, Lyrics
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
An American in Paris
Christopher Austin,
Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott
Fun Home
John Clancy
An American in Paris
Christopher Austin,
Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott
An American in Paris
Christopher Austin,
Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott
Fun Home
John Clancy
Honeymoon in Vegas
Don Sebesky, Larry Blank,  
Jason Robert Brown,
Charlie Rosen
Fun Home
John Clancy
Fun Home
John Clancy
The Last Ship
Rob Mathes
The Last Ship
Rob Mathes
Something Rotten!
Larry Hochman
On the 20th Century
Larry Hochman
The Visit
Larry Hochman
The Visit
Larry Hochman
The Visit
Larry Hochman
Something Rotten!
Larry Hochman






Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Lisa Howard, Tyne Daly, Kristin Chenoweth,
Andy Karl, Ken Watanabe, Kelli O'Hara, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Michael Esper
Megan Fairchild and Christian Borle gave some of our favorite performances this season.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
John Cariani
Something Rotten!
Michael Cerveris
Fun Home
Michael Cerveris
Fun Home
Michael Cerveris
Fun Home
Michael Cerveris
Fun Home
Michael Esper
The Last Ship
Robert Fairchild
An American in Paris
Robert Fairchild
An American in Paris
Michael Esper
The Last Ship
Brian D’Arcy James
Something Rotten!
Brian D’Arcy James
Something Rotten!
Brian D’Arcy James
Something Rotten!
Matthew Morrison
Finding Neverland
Matthew Morrison
Finding Neverland
Ken Watanabe
The King and I
Ken Watanabe
The King and I
Roger Rees
The Visit
Roger Rees
The Visit
Tony Yazbeck
On the Town
Tony Yazbeck
On the Town
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Lisa Howard
It Shoulda Been You
Lisa Howard
It Shoulda Been You
Kristin Chenoweth
On the 20th Century
Kristin Chenoweth
On the 20th Century
Laura Michelle Kelly
Finding Neverland
Laura Michelle Kelly
Finding Neverland
Lisa Howard
It Shoulda Been You
Leanne Cope
An American in Paris
Beth Malone
Fun Home
Beth Malone
Fun Home
Beth Malone
Fun Home
Beth Malone
Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara
The King and I
Kelli O’Hara
The King and I
Kelli O’Hara
The King and I
Kelli O’Hara
The King and I
Chita Rivera
The Visit
Chita Rivera
The Visit
Chita Rivera
The Visit
Chita Rivera
The Visit
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Christian Borle
Something Rotten
Christian Borle
Something Rotten
Christian Borle
Something Rotten
Christian Borle
Something Rotten
Kelsey Grammer
Finding Neverland
Tony Danza
Honeymoon in Vegas
Kelsey Grammer
Finding Neverland
Tony Danza
Honeymoon in Vegas
Josh Grisetti
It Shoulda Been You
Jay Armstrong Johnson
On the Town
Andy Karl
On the 20th Century
Kelsey Grammer
Finding Neverland
Andy Karl
On the 20th Century
Collin Kelly-Sordelet
The Last Ship
Brad Oscar
Something Rotten!
Andy Karl
On the 20th Century
Max von Essen
An American in Paris
Brad Oscar
Something Rotten!
Max von Essen
An American in Paris
Max von Essen
An American in Paris
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Victoria Clark
Gigi
Victoria Clark
Gigi
Victoria Clark
Gigi
Veanne Cox
An American in Paris
Megan Fairchild
On the Town
Judy Kuhn,
Fun Home
Tyne Daly
It Shoulda Been You
Tyne Daly
It Shoulda Been You
Judy Kuhn,
Fun Home
Sydney Lucas
Fun Home
Megan Fairchild
On the Town
Judy Kuhn,
Fun Home
Sydney Lucas
Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles
The King and I
Judy Kuhn,
Fun Home
Sydney Lucas
Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles
The King and I
Emily Skeggs
Fun Home
Sydney Lucas
Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles
The King and I



The Visit, The King and I and An American in Paris
have some beautiful design elements.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Finding Neverland
Scott Pask
Finding Neverland
Scott Pask
An American in Paris
Bob Crowley and
59 Productions
An American in Paris
Bob Crowley and
59 Productions
Fun Home
David Zinn
Fun Home
David Zinn
The King and I
Michael Yeargan
Fun Home
David Zinn
Something Rotten!
Scott Pask
The King and I
Michael Yeargan
Something Rotten!
Scott Pask
The King and I
Michael Yeargan
The Visit
Scott Pask
The Visit
Scott Pask
The Visit
Scott Pask
The Visit
Scott Pask
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Finding Neverland
Kenneth Posner
Finding Neverland
Kenneth Posner
An American in Paris
Natasha Katz
An American in Paris
Natasha Katz
Fun Home
Ben Stanton
Fun Home
Ben Stanton
Finding Neverland
Kenneth Posner
Fun Home
Ben Stanton
The King and I
Donald Holder
The Last Ship
Christopher Akerlind
Fun Home
Ben Stanton
The King and I
Donald Holder
The Visit
Japhy Weideman
The Visit
Japhy Weideman
The Visit
Japhy Weideman
Something Rotten!
Jeff Croiter
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
JEFF: SHOULD
MIKE: SHOULD
JEFF: WILL
MIKE: WILL
Finding Neverland
Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Fun Home
David Zinn
Gigi
Catherine Zuber
An American in Paris
Bob Crowley
Gigi
Catherine Zuber
The King and I
Catherine Zuber
The King and I
Catherine Zuber
Fun Home
David Zinn
Side Show
Paul Tazewell
Side Show
Paul Tazewell
On the 20th Century
William Ivey long
The King and I
Catherine Zuber
Something Rotten!
Gregg Barnes
Something Rotten!
Gregg Barnes
Something Rotten!
Gregg Barnes
Something Rotten!
Gregg Barnes


What do you think of our picks?  What do you think we missed?  Drop me an email (jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com), Tweet me (@jkstheatrescene) or leave a comment below!

Jeff

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