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2017 Tony Award Winners — Who SHOULD Win

Below are my preferences — not my predictions. See my article in DC Theatre Scene for an explanation of each choice.

Best Musical

Nominated:

Dear Evan Hansen
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Groundhog Day
Come From Away

My preference: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Tickets to Great Comet

 

Best Play

Nominated:

A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
Oslo

Sweat

My preference: Sweat

Tickets to Sweat

Best Revival of a Musical

Nominated:

Hello, Dolly!
Falsettos
Miss Saigon

My preference: Hello, Dolly!

Tickets to Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Revival of a Play

Nominated:

Jitney
Present Laughter
Six Degrees of Separation
The Little Foxes

My preference: Jitney

Best Book of a Musical

Come From Away
Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Dear Evan Hansen
Steven Levenson

Groundhog Day The Musical
Danny Rubin

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Dave Malloy

My preference: Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen

Tickets to Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)
written for the Theatre

Come From Away
Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Dear Evan Hansen
Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Groundhog Day The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

My preference: Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Tickets to Great Comet

 

Best Lead Actress in a Musical

Nominated:
Denee Benton, Great Comet
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello Dolly
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

My preference: Patti LuPone, War Paint

Tickets to War Paint

 

Best Lead Actor in a Musical

Nominated:

Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Great Comet
David Hyde Pierce, Hello Dolly!
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
My preference: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Tickets to Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Lead Actress in a Play

Nominated:

Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

My preference: Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Tickets to The Little Foxes

 

Best Lead Actor in a Play

Nominated:

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo

My preference: Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Tickets to Oslo

 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Nominated:

Kate Baldwin, Hello Dolly
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

 

My preferences: Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen and Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

 

Tickets to Dear Evan Hansen

Tickets to Anastasia

 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Nominated:

Gavin Creel, Hello Dolly
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Great Comet
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

My preference: Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen

Ticket to Dear Evan Hansen

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Dolls House Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Dolls House Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

My preference: Jayne Houdyshell, A Dolls House Part 2

Tickets to A Dolls House Part 2

 

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Nominated:

Michael Aranov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, Jitne

My preference: John Douglas Thompson, Jitney

 

Best Choreography

Nominated:

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

My preference: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Tickets to Bandstand

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Nominated:

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

My preference: Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Tickets to Great Comet

 

Best Direction of a Play

Nominated:

Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

My preference: Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Tickets to Indecent

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Nominated:

David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

My preference: Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Nominated:

Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

My preference: Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Tickets to Great Comet

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Nominated:

Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

My preference: Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Nominated:

Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

My preference: Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Tickets to War Paint

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Nominated:

Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

My preference: Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Tickets to Indecent

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Nominated:

Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

My preference: Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Tickets to Great Comet

 

Best Orchestrations

Nominated:

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

My preference: Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand

Tickets for Bandstand

 

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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