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My Tony Predictions of 2014.

Wines Of Spain 2014I wanted to say that this was a divine Broadway season and I have loved most of the plays and musicals. It was a great season and I wish all the nominees the greatest night!

Best Play
“Act One”
“All the Way”
“Casa Valentina”
“Mothers and Sons”
“Outside Mullingar”

My prediction: ” All The Way”

Cranston gives an amazing performance and the play is a favorite. It was my favorite play this season. It is a tough race and I loved all of the plays in this category. I really adored ” Act One” and ” Outside Mullinger” but ” All The Way” is the favorite.

Best Musical
“After Midnight”
“Aladdin”
“Beautiful”

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

I loved all of these shows. What an amazing category this season but I predict a tie between ” Beautiful” and ” A Gentleman’s Guide”  I loved every show and adored the choregraphy in ” After Midnight” and “Aladdin” Such an incredible season for musicals. Will they tie?

Best Revival of a Play
“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
“The Glass Menagerie”

“A Raisin in the Sun”
“Twelfth Night”

My prediction: ” Glass Menagerie” it was my favorite this season but I also adored ” A Raisin in The Sun” and would be happy if either won.

Best Revival of a Musical
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

“Les Miserables”
“Violet”

I loved ” Hedwig” and “Violet” but I liked “Hedwig” most and predict the star power will make this a no brainer.
Will Win: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel Barnett, “Twelfth Night”
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Chris O’Dowd, “Of Mice and Men”
Mark Rylance, “Richard III”
Tony Shalhoub, “Act One”

I loved Chris O’ Dowd, Tony Shalhoub and Bryan Cranston but I believe Cranston will win this award. All in the category are strong so it is a tough category and full of incredible talent.
Will Win: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly, “Mothers and Sons”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Cherry Jones, “The Glass Menagerie”

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Estelle Parsons, “The Velocity of Autumn”

Should Win: Cherry Jones, “The Glass Menagerie”
and Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Will Win: Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
 Cherry Jones was so incredible in a perfect world they would tie. I loved both I also adored La Tanya Richardson in ” A Raisin in the Sun” and would be happy if she won as well. Such incredible talent!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Ramin Karimloo, “Les Miserables”
Andy Karl, “Rocky”
Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Bryce Pinkham, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Neil is incredible but so is Mays. They tied at the Drama Desk Awards hoping that happens again. I love Andy Karl but I don’t think he will win.
Will Win: Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, “A Night with Janis Joplin”
Sutton Foster, “Violet”
Idina Menzel, “If/Then”
Jesse Mueller, “Beautiful”

Kelly O’Hara, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Should Win: Jesse Mueller, “Beautiful”
Will Win: Jesse Mueller, “Beautiful”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, “Casa Valentina”
Paul Chahidi, “Twelfth Night”
Stephen Fry, “Twelfth Night”
Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, “The Glass Menagerie”

Should Win: Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night”
Will win: Hoping Mark Rylance. He is a favorite.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sarah Green, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Anika Noni Rose, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Mare Winningham, “Casa Valentina”

Should win: Celia Keenan it is her year. I loved Sophie Okonedo’ s performance as well from ” A Raisin in the Sun”
Will Win: Celia Keenan-Bolger, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein, “Cabaret”
Nick Codero, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Joshua Henry, “Violet”
James M. Iglehart, “Aladdin”

Jarrod Spector, “Beautiful”

I loved everyone in this category but James M. Inglehart was my favorite. I also adore Danny and would love him to win. In a perfect World they would tie.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Linda Emond, “Cabaret”
Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Anika Larson, “Beautiful”

Adriane Lenox, “After Midnight”
Lauren Worsham, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

I loved Anika’s performance but I also adored Lauren Worsham. They tied in this years Drama Desk hoping that will happen during this years TONYS! They were both so wonderful.

Best Direction of a Play
Tim Carroll, “Twelfth Night”
Michael Grandage, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun”
John Tiffany, “The Glass Menagerie

Will Win: John Tiffany, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Direction of a Musical
Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”
Michael Mayer, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Leigh Silverman, “Violet”
Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

I loved all of the above but I believe it will go to ” After Midnight”
Will Win: Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Best Book of a Musical
Chad Beguelin, “Aladdin”
Douglas McGrath, “Beautiful”
Woody Allen, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Robert L. Friedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Will Win: Robert L. Friedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
“Aladdin” (Music: Alan Menkin; Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin)
“The Bridges of Madison County” (Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown)
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak)
“If/Then” (Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey)

Will win:” Aladdin”

Best Choreography
Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, “Rocky”
Casey Nicholaw, “Aladdin”
Susan Stroman, “Bullets Over Broadway”

This is a tough category and I love both ” Aladdin” and “After Midnight” but  this is a definite. ” After Midnight”
Will Win: Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”
Steve Sidwell, “Beautiful”
Jonathan Tunick, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”

Bob Crowley, “The Glass Menagerie”

Es Devlin, “Machinal”
Christopher Oram, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

Will Win: Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”
Julian Crouch, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Alexander Dodge, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Santo Loquasto, “Bullets Over Broadway”

Will Win: Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”


Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, “Act One”
Michael Krass, “Machinal”
Rita Ryack, “Casa Valentina”
Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night”

Will Win: Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night” I personally think this should go to Linda Cho in ” A Gentleman’s Guide” The best costumes in my opinion.

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

William Ivey Long, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Arianne Philips, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Isabel Toledo, “After Midnight”

Linda Cho is my choice!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Alex Baranowski, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Dan Moses Schreier, “Act One”
Matt Tierney, “Machinal”

Will Win: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, “After Midnight”
Tim O’Heir, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Mick Potter, “Les Miserables”
Brian Ronan, “Beautiful”

Will Win: Brian Ronan, “Beautiful”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Jane Cox, “Machinal”
Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”

Japhy Wideman, “Of Mice and Men”

Should Win: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”
Will Win: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Christopher Akerlind, “Rocky”

Howell Binkley, “After Midnight”
Donald Holder, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Will Win: Christopher Akerlind, “Rocky”

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