My 2019 Tony Award Picks — Who Should Win

Below are my preferences — not my predictions — for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. See my article in DC Theatre Scene for an explanation for each of my choices, and shout-outs to other nominees.

 

Best Musical

Nominated

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

Beetlejuice

Hadestown

The Prom

Tootsie

 

My preference: Hadestown

 

Best Play

Nominated
:Choir Boy, The Ferryman, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Ink, What the Constitution Means to Me 

My preference: The Ferryman

 

Best Revival of a Play

Nominated:

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

The Boys in the Band

Burn This

Torch Song

The Waverly Gallery

 

My preference: The Boys in the Band

 

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Nominated:

Kiss Me, Kate

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

 

My preference: Oklahoma!

 

Best Book of a Musical

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Dominique Morisseau

Beetlejuice
Scott Brown & Anthony King

Hadestown
Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom
Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin

Tootsie
Robert Horn

My preference: Dominique Morisseau

 

 

 

Best Original Score

Nominated:

Be More Chill
Music & Lyrics: Joe Iconis

 

Beetlejuice
Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect

 

Hadestown
Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

 

The Prom
Music: Matthew Sklar
Lyrics: Chad Beguelin

 

To Kill a Mockingbird
Music: Adam Guettel

 

Tootsie
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

My preference: Anais Mitchell, Hadestown

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Nominated:

Paddy Considine, The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston, Network
Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird
Adam Driver, Burn This
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy

 

My preference: Bryan Cranston

 

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

 

Nominated:
Annette Bening, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

My preference Elaine May

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Nominated

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
Damon Daunno, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie

 

My preference: Santino Fontana

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Nominated:

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show
Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Eva Noblezada, Hadestown
Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me, Kate

My preference: Stephanie J. Block

 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

 

Nominated

Bertie Carvel, Ink
Robin De Jesús, The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This
Benjamin Walker, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

 

My preference: Benjamin Walker

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Nominated

Fionnula Flanagan, The Ferryman
Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird
Kristine Nielsen, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Julie White, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ruth Wilson, King Lear

My preference: Celia Keenan-Bolger

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

André De Shields, Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie
Patrick Page, Hadestown
Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

My preference: Andre De Shields, Hadestown

 

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Nominated
Lilli Cooper, Tootsie
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

My preference: Amber Gray

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird
Bunny Christie, Ink
Rob Howell, The Ferryman
Santo Loquasto, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Jan Versweyveld, Network

 

My preference: Santo Loquasto, Gary

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Peter England, King Kong
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
David Korins, Beetlejuice

 

My preference: Peter England, King Kong

 

Best Choreography

Nominated

Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

My preference: Warren Carlyle

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, The Ferryman
Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Clint Ramos, Torch Song
Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird

My preference: Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, Hadestown
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paul Tazewell, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

My preference: Bob Mackie

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Ink
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Peter Mumford, The Ferryman
Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird

Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, Network

My preference: Peter Mumford, The Ferryman

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, The Cher Show
Howell Binkley, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Bradley King, Hadestown
Peter Mumford, King Kong

Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice

My preference: Peter Mumford, King Kong

 

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Ink
Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird
Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Nick Powell, The Ferryman
Eric Sleichim, Network

My preference: Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice
Peter Hylenski, King Kong
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Drew Levy, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

My preference: Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

 

Best Direction of a Play

Nominated

Rupert Goold, Ink
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird
Ivo van Hove, Network
George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

My preference: Sam Mendes

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Nominated

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom

My preference: Rachel Chavkin

 

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown
Simon Hale, Tootsie
Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate
Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

My preference:  Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

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Author: 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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