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2017 Tony Awards – Who YOU Want As Winners

Here are the results of the survey in which I asked you to pick your personal preferences (not predictions) in 15 of the 24 categories in the 71st annual Tony Awards.

Best Musical

Nominated:Come From Away, Dear Evan HansenGroundhog DayNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, 

*Your preference: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,

 

Best Play

Nominated:A Doll’s House, Part 2Indecent  Oslo
Sweat

Your preference: A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Nominated: Hello, Dolly!FalsettosMiss Saigon

Your preference: Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Revival of a Play

Nominated: JitneyPresent LaughterSix Degrees of SeparationThe Little Foxes

Your preference: Jitney

 

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

Your preference: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

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
Your preference: Ben Platt, 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

Your preference: Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

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

Your preference: Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

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

Your preference: Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

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

Your preference: Lucas Steele,Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

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

Your preference: Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

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, Jitney

Your preference: Danny DeVito, The Price

Best Choreography

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

Your preference: Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Direction of a Musical

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!

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

Best Direction of a Play

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

Your preference: Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2

* Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is separated by only a single percentage point from Dear Evan Hansen,
Jitney is separated by three percentage points from The Little Foxes.

More than 350 people have replied to this survey,  which is still open.

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2017 Tony Award Winners — YOUR Pick?

Make your pick for 15 of the 24 categories in the 71st annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway’s best. The awards ceremony will take place on June 11th at Radio Music Hall in New York City. Most of it will be broadcast live on CBS.
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This is for who and what YOU want to win, not who you think the Tony voters will pick — preference, not prediction. I’ll post the results later this month.

Poll: Favorite Feud on Broadway?

Poll: Favorite Broadway Show Opening in April, 2017

Which of the 14 plays and musicals opening on Broadway in April are you most looking forward to?
Below they are listed chronologically by opening date.

For more information about the shows, check out April, 2017 New York Theater Openings

Poll: Best Broadway Show Adapted From A Movie?

What is the best Broadway show adapted from a movie? Choose from the two dozen below, listed alphabetically, or add one that’s not on the list.

It wasn’t until 1970 that a Broadway show based on a movie won the Tony for best musical. Fittingly, the musical was Applause, inspired by All About Eve, a movie about the theater. Now every major Hollywood studio has a theatrical division, looking to create shows for Broadway, and every Broadway season includes a number of musicals that are based on movies. Next month alone, four new shows will open on Broadway based on original  movies (whose movie posters are picured above.) Add  to these the seven screen-to-stage adaptations already currently on Broadway.

Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2017 Show?

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Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway in the Spring 2017 as of this writing, and they are listed chronologically by opening date.

For more information about any of the shows, see the Broadway Spring 2017 Preview Guide

Poll: The Worst Broadway Show of 2016

Welcome to my fifth annual Worst Broadway Show poll. I chose these ten nominees; this is my Bottom 10 list this year (a counterbalance to my Top 10 list.) If you disagree with my choices, you can express this by 1. not voting for a show on the list that you liked; 2. adding your choice for worst in the “Other” slot if it’s not one of the ten below; 3. Making a comment in the comments section beneath the poll.
Judge the quality of the show as you see it, not whether it did well at the box office.
The ten choices below are arranged alphabetically. (Only shows that opened in 2016 qualify.)

 

Below are links to my reviews of these shows, which make clear why I did not like them:

American Psycho

Blackbird

Disaster

Heisenberg

Holiday Inn

Hughie

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Oh, Hello

Our Mothers Brief Affair

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4th of July Poll: Your Favorite American History Musical

Broadway musicals that take American history as their subject have been called a “vastly underexplored genre”…until recently. Which is your favorite?

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2016 Tony Awards — Who YOU Want as Winners

Here are the results of the survey in which I asked you to pick your personal preferences (not predictions) in 15 of the 24 categories in the 70th annual Tony Awards.

Tony Awards StatuetteBest Play

Nominated: Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, King Charles III

Your preference:The Humans

Best Musical

Nominated: Bright Star, HamiltonSchool of Rock—The MusicalShuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That FollowedWaitress

Your preference: Hamilton

Best Revival of A Play

Nominated: Arthur Miller’s The CrucibleArthur Miller’s A View from the BridgeBlackbirdLong Day’s Journey Into NightNoises Off

Your preference:  Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical

Nominated: The Color PurpleFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeSpring Awakening

Your preference: Spring Awakening

Best Lead Actor in a Play

Nominated: Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Your preference: Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lead Actress in a Play

Nominated: Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Your preference: A tie between Jessica Lange and Lupita Nyong’o

Best Lead Actor in a Musical

Nominated: Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Your preference: Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Lead Actress in a Musical

Nominated: Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Your preference: Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Nominated: Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Your preference:  Reed Birney, The Humans

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Nominated: Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Your preference: Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Nominated: Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Your preference: Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Best Featured Actress in Musical

Nominated: Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Your preference: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Best Choreography

Nominated: Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Your preference: Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Nominated: Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Your preference: Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Best Direction of a Play

Nominated: Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Your preference: Joe Mantello, The Humans

 

 

More than 300 people replied to the survey, which is still open.

 

2016 Tony Award Winners — YOUR Pick?

Tony Awards StatuetteMake your pick for 15 of the 22 categories in the 70th annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway’s best. The awards ceremony will take place on June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City,, and will be broadcast on CBS.
This is for who and what YOU want to win, not who you think the Tony voters will pick — preference, not prediction.

 

 

Here’s what the majority chose: 2016 Tony Awards: Who YOU Want as Winners