It’s the beginning of May, so all you theater fans know what that means. Tony nominations are here! Tomorrow, bright and early nominations will be announced by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and current headliner of Waitress: The Musical, Katherine McPhee.
Unlike last season, this season didn’t offer quite as many new musicals as the previous one. The only new musicals to open the season starting in the summer and fall were The Prince of Broadway, The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical. This spring, the new musicals included that of Escape to Margaritaville, Frozen (based on the film), Mean Girls (based on the film), and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. On the musical revival side, there were few revivals to return to Broadway as well. This season offered revivals which included Once On This Island, Carousel, and My Fair Lady.
As always, with any new theater season there are stage plays in addition to the musicals available to see. I have to admit that when seeing Broadway shows, my go- to’s are usually for the most part musicals. Every once in awhile I do see a play, but it’s rare. I can’t really comment on the play front simply because I only saw one play this season.
The only play I saw this season was that of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance. Because as I always say, anytime Mark Rylance is on Broadway in a show, you see it! He is most definitely the greatest actor of our time right now. I’ve seen him in every show he’s ever done since Boeing, Boeing. A true talent, who more than likely will see his name nominated tomorrow.
This Broadway season up to this point before nominations, the shows that I have seen so far: as previously mentioned Farinelli and the King, Escape to Margaritvaille, SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical, and The Band’s Visit. Not my busiest theater season, but what I have been able to see so far I did enjoy.
If I were to predict new and revival nominations for both musical and plays, the shows most likely be acknowledged with nominations are The Band’s Visit (for new musical), My Fair Lady (musical revival), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (new play), Angels in America (play revival).
I predict that actor nominations will go to Katrina Lenk for The Band’s Visit, Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller for Carousel, Lauren Ambrose for My Fair Lady, Mark Rylance for Farinelli and the King, Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane for Angels in America, Patti Murin and Casey Levy for Frozen, and Ethan Slater for SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical.
Yes, I haven’t seen all the shows from this season, but based on reviews and word of mouth, those are my predictions. Did I make a few good guesses? We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow morning when they are announced. All I know is this theater nerd is super excited!
Any favorites you hope get nominatied tomorrow?