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May 3, 2010

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2010 Tony Awards: Nominee Predictions

by Jesse North
It’s been a Broadway season dominated by straight plays and Hollywood names adorning marquees. It’s also been a weak year for the original musical, with only two entries (The Addams Family and Memphis) having original scores. Nevertheless, the Tony nominations are upon us. Before Lea Michele and Jeff Daniels announce the 2010 Tony Award nominations Tuesday morning over a live webcast on the Tony website, check out Stage Rush’s predictions on which names will make the cut and will be seen at Radio City Music Hall on June 13.
Best Play
In The Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Red by John Logan
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
Best Musical
American Idiot
Everyday Rapture
Fela!
Memphis
Best Revival of a Play
Fences by August Wilson
Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig
The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller
Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Ragtime

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Daniel Craig, A Steady Rain
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View From The Bridge
Denzel Washington, Fences
Christopher Walken, A Behanding In Spokane
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Abigail Breslin, The Miracle Worker
Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
John Gallagher Jr., American Idiot
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Nathan Lane, The Addams Family
Sahr Ngauja, Fela!
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Eric Bogosian, Time Stands Still
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Russell Hornsby, Fences
Eddie Redmayne, Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)
Jessica Hecht, A View From The Bridge
Marin Ireland, After Miss Julie
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me A Tenor
Alicia Silverstone, Time Stands Still
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow
Hunter Foster, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime
Tony Vincent, American Idiot
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Rebecca Naomi Jones, American Idiot
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Lillias White, Fela!
Terri White, Finain’s Rainbow
Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage, Red
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View From The Bridge
Daniel Sullivan, Time Stands Still
Best Direction of a Musical
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Michael Mayer, American Idiot
Trevor Nunn, A Little Night Music
Best Choreography
American Idiot
Come Fly Away
Fela!
Promises, Promises
Best Book of a Musical
Everyday Rapture
Fela!
Memphis
Sondheim On Sondheim
Best Original Score Music and/or Lyrics Written for the Theatre
The Addams Family
Enron
Fences
Memphis
Note the lack of four nominees in the Best Original Score category. The only musicals eligible for a nomination are The Addams Family and Memphis. And although they are straight plays, Enron and Fences both have extensive scores specifically written for these productions and the Tony Awards Administration Committee has deemed them eligible for nomination. I don’t foresee the Tony Nominating Committee leaving this category shy of four nominations, although in light of this season’s dismal entries in this category, it would be admirable (and dramatic, to say the least) if the category was left devoid of nominations.

Best Orchestrations

American Idiot
Fela!
Memphis
Sondheim On Sondheim
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Collected Stories
Enron
In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)
Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
The Addams Family
American Idiot
Fela!
La Cage aux Folles
Best Costume Design of a Play
Fences
In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)
The Royal Family
A View From The Bridge
Best Costume Design of a Musical
The Addams Family
Fela!
A Little Night Music
Memphis
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Enron
Fences
Red
A Steady Rain
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
The Addams Family
American Idiot
Fela!
La Cage aux Folles
Best Sound Design of a Play
Enron
Fences
In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)
Red
Best Sound Design of a Musical
The Addams Family
American Idiot
Come Fly Away
Fela!
What do you think, Rushers? Do you agree with my predictions? What do you think I got wrong? Who do you think will be nominated? Leave all your Tony excitement in the comments!
6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Steve On Broadway (SOB)
    May 3 2010

    Great predictions. The only one you may want to reevaluate is Eddie Redmayne in the Best Actor category. The Tony Administration Committee just ruled last week that he is eligible for Best Featured Actor.

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  2. Jesse North
    May 3 2010

    @Steve On Broadway: Thanks, Steve! I knew he won the Olivier for Best Actor, so that's why I got confused. Change made! Swapped in Christopher Walken in his place.

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  3. Liz Lovejoy
    May 3 2010

    I'm curious to see if you're correct in most of your predictions!

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  4. Jesse North
    May 3 2010

    @Liz: When I post the nominations tomorrow, I'll highlight where I was on/off base.

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  5. Carlos Alvarado
    May 4 2010

    Agreed, I feel like your list is pretty solid. I do think Ragtime will get nominated for costume design for a musical, and Kevin Chamberlin is a stretch… I think i'd be truly shocked if it happened, but anything can happen! Stoked for tomorrow morning.

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  6. Jesse North
    May 4 2010

    @Carlos: You're very right about RAGTIME for Costume Design. I paused over that, but ultimately I went with NIGHT MUSIC, because I think the committee is going to ultimately lean toward shows that are successful and still running, which RAGTIME wasn't and isn't. Regarding Kevin Chamberlin, keep in mind that these predictions aren't my desires—they're a reflection of what I've been reading and hearing recently. And I've been hearing support for him.

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