Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Tonys: If I Could Vote....for Best Play

The Tonys: If I Could Vote....for Best Play

As the lone American nominated in the Tony's Best Play category, David Lindsay-Abaire would seem to have a built-in lock on the the award. While his play Rabbit Hole was an interesting dissection of a family coping with the unexpected death of a child and including outstanding performances by most of its cast, I'm betting on Alan Bennett's critically-acclaimed The History Boys to take home the Tony. Not only was the Nicholas Hytner-helmed import from the London stage the best reviewed play of the year, by virtually every account, it was also the singular best.

Quite frankly, Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore is perhaps just a wee bit bloody for Tony voters. And despite the glowing reviews by The New York Times' Ben Brantley for Conor McPherson's Shining City, most critics were not nearly as enamored by the production, which inexplicably assumed Tony's fourth spot in place of the more-deserving Well.

Personally, I'm looking forward to an eloquent speech by Bennett a week from tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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The Tonys: If I Could Vote....for Best Revival of a Play (June 5, 2006)
The Tonys: If I Could Vote....for Best Revival of a Musical (June 4, 2006)
The Tonys: If I Could Vote...for Best Musical (May 31, 2006)
Tony Award Nominations Announced (May 16, 2006)

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