The 2020 Tony Awards!

Award Show Nominations

Hey everyone!  Last Sunday were the Emmy Awards, and this Sunday are the Tony Awards!  This is an exciting time for me because I am such a TV and Theater Nerd, and the Emmy and Tony Awards are literally my favorite awards shows because these are the award shows that highlight both the best in TV and theater for the year.  In my last article, I picked what TV shows and performers I’d hoped to see pick up an Emmy Award.  In this week’s article, I will be talking about this year’s Tony Awards, along with what shows and performers I hope to see pick up a 2020 Tony Award at this year’s show!

As many of you know, Broadway was shut down for 18 months, because of that the Broadway theater season of 2019- 2020 never fully happened the way it was supposed to.  As in, many of the shows that were set to open during that season were still in the process of their preview period of performances when Broadway shut down.  

When Broadway shut down in March of 2020 only a handful of shows had officially opened for the season.  Many of the new and highly anticipated shows that began previews in March of 2020 didn’t make it to their opening night before the Broadway shut down.  Many of the new shows of the season such as SIX, Diana: The Musical, and Mrs. Doubtfire, along with the revivals of Company and Caroline and Change, had to shut down after just a few preview performances.  The new musical SIX was just hours away from their opening night after a month of preview performances.  The show was set to officially open on Broadway on March 12th, 2020.  The very day that the Broadway shut down began.  

In order for a show and the performers within a show to be nominated for a Tony Award a show needs to have officially opened on Broadway.  When it came time to pick what shows and performers would be nominated for the 2020 Tony Awards, not as many shows were eligible to be nominated because they had not yet officially opened on Broadway.  The decision was made that for the 2020 Tony Awards a show needed to have officially opened on Broadway by February of 2020.  Hence, why only a few shows received nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards.

This year’s Tony Awards, as with every year, are a celebration of theater.  This year’s Tony Awards are once again a celebration of theater, but are also very much about the return of live theater on Broadway and in NYC again.  This year’s Tony Awards are not just about awards and the new shows that are nominated for the season.  It’s about the cast and crew of every production on Broadway getting back to doing what they love to do again.  It’s about live theater on stage again.  It’s about a theater full of audience members getting to see a show live and in person again vs at home on TV.  As great as it is to get to see a Broadway show at home on TV, nothing, nothing compares to getting to see a Broadway show live and in person.  I am so happy Broadway has returned!  

I was originally going to list every category of this year’s Tony Awards, and say my picks for what shows and performers I hope to see pick up a Tony Award at this year’s show.  But, I decided instead of saying my picks for every category, I would just say my picks for some of the musical categories of the awards.  The reason behind this decision is that I only got to see one show that got nominated for this year’s awards, which was the wonderful musical Moulin Rouge.  When it comes to what shows and performers I’d like to see take home an award I’d like to have seen most of the shows nominated to make an informed pick, and since I only saw one of the nominated shows for this year’s awards it felt silly to discuss every category of the awards in this article.  Regardless, I am a huge fan of Broadway, and thought it would still be fun to talk about some of the categories of the awards and pick my favorites for what shows and performers I hope to see win a 2020 Tony Award!

So, without any further ado, A Few Of The Musical 2020 Tony Award Nominations!

Best Scenic Design Of A Musical

Riccardo Hernandez and Lucy Mackinnon – Jagged Little Pill

Derek McLane – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

My Pick For Best Scenic Design Of A Musical

Derek McLane – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Performance By An Actress In A Featured Role In A Musical

Kathryn Gallagher – Jagged Little Pill

Celia Rose Gooding- Jagged Little Pill

Robyn Hurder – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Lauren Patten – Jagged Little Pill

Myra Lucretia Taylor – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

My Pick For Best Performance By An Actress In A Featured Role In A Musical

Robyn Hurder – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Musical

Danny Burstein – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Derek Klena – Jagged Little Pill

Sean Allan Krill – Jagged Little Pill

Sahr Ngaujah – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Daniel J. Watts – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Snubbed

Tam Mutu – Moulin Rouge! The Musical. 

Like, seriously though, how did Tam Mutu not get nominated for his performance in Moulin Rouge?!?!?!?!  Mutu is so flipping good in this show!  Serious snub here folks!

My Pick For Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Musical

Danny Burstein – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Musical 

Karen Olivo – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Elizabeth Stanley – Jagged Little Pill

Adrienne Warren – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

My Pick For Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Musical

Adrienne Warren – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical

Aaron Tveit – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

My Pick For Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical

Aaron Tveit – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

You might be wondering about now, only one actor is nominated?  Yeah, that’s the 2020 Tony Awards for ya.  Despite only one actor being nominated in this category, it’s not a given Tveit is going to win.  For you see, at least 60% of Tony Award voters have to pick Tveit in order for him to win in this category.  

Even with that being the case, Tveit getting nominated for a Tony Award is very much long overdue.  Before Tveit’s Tony Award nomination for Moulin Rouge, I’d like to say Aaron Tveit was like the Susan Lucci of the Tony Awards, but instead of not winning after being nominated he was overlooked time and time again for his work on Broadway with performances that at the very least deserved a Tony Award nomination.  

I will never, ever understand why he didn’t receive a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musicals Next to Normal or Catch Me If You Can.  His performance in the musical Next to Normal is, in my opinion, why award shows were created.

Best Direction Of A Musical

Phyllida Lloyd – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Diane Paulus – Jagged Little Pill

Alex Timbers – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

My Pick For Best Direction Of A Musical

Alex Timbers – Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Every time Timbers is the director of a show I know it’s a show worth checking out.  His shows are always fantastic, shows that keep your attention, shows unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  His work on Broadway includes the productions of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Beetlejuice, Peter and the Starcatcher, along with the theater gem Oh, Hello!.  It would be amazing to see Timbers win for his work on Moulin Rouge!

Best Musical

Jagged Little Pill

Moulin Rouge: The Musical!

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

My Pick For Best Musical

Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge!

Yes, this was the only show I saw for the season, but it was literally one of the best shows I have ever seen!

Well, that’s all the categories I’m going to discuss for this year’s Tony Awards.  Be sure to tune into Paramount + from 7- 9pm, and then CBS from 9- 11pm this Sunday, September 26th, for this year’s Tony Awards which are set to take place on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater!  Until next time Theater Nerds!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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Author: Jodi Fisher

Hi! I’m Jodi! My dream is to live in NYC, see a Broadway show every single day, and write about the arts for a living. Until that delightful day arrives, I’ll be over here blogging about my love of the arts!

11 thoughts on “The 2020 Tony Awards!”

    1. Thanks so much! The Broadway show is such a great adaptation of the movie! Seeing Moulin Rouge on Broadway was one of the best times I’ve ever had seeing a show. I hope you get to see the show one day, it’s so good! There’s actually going to be a national tour of the show so if you can’t make it to the Broadway show you can always see the show that way.

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