Monday, June 16, 2008

Tony Awards: Win Place Show

Tony Awards: Win Place Show

The American Theatre Wing’s 62nd annual Tony Awards are now history, and in case you didn't notice, last evening was a huge night for winning shows focused on places. You know, places like Washington Heights in the upper reaches of Manhattan, Osage County, Oklahoma and the South Pacific. Those three distinct locales provided the basis for the year's Best Musical, Best Play and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively.

And if you happened to notice that the envelope for Best Revival of a Play had flown the coop during the Tony broadcast (it had already been awarded among the technical awards handed out during the hour before the CBS telecast), it's a little apropos that the winning show's title is based on a preferred means of getting to all those destinations named in paragraph one by air.

Here are all the nominees and winners (* denotes whom I said "will win"; ** denotes those I said "should win"; *** denotes those who at some point last evening connected with yours truly; while **** denotes those who allowed me to hold their Tony):

Best Play
August: Osage County - Author: Tracy Letts WINNER * **
Rock ‘N’ Roll - Author: Tom Stoppard
The Seafarer - Author: Conor McPherson
The 39 Steps - Author: Patrick Barlow

Best Musical
Cry-Baby
In The Heights WINNER
Passing Strange *
Xanadu **

Best Book of a Musical
Cry-Baby - Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
In The Heights - Quiara Alegría Hudes
Passing Strange - Stew WINNER * ** ***
Xanadu - Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Cry-Baby - Music & Lyrics: David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
In The Heights - Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda WINNER * ***
The Little Mermaid - Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Passing Strange - Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Lyrics: Stew **

Best Revival of a Play
Boeing-Boeing WINNER * **
The Homecoming
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Macbeth

Best Revival of a Musical
Grease
Gypsy
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER * **
Sunday In The Park With George

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Ben Daniels - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood
Mark Rylance - Boeing-Boeing WINNER ** ***
Rufus Sewell - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Patrick Stewart - Macbeth *

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eve Best - The Homecoming
Deanna Dunagan - August: Osage County WINNER * **
Kate Fleetwood - Macbeth
S. Epatha Merkerson - Come Back, Little Sheba ***
Amy Morton - August: Osage County

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Daniel Evans - Sunday In The Park With George
Lin-Manuel Miranda - In The Heights
Stew - Passing Strange ***
Paulo Szot - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER * ** ***
Tom Wopat - A Catered Affair

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kerry Butler - Xanadu
Patti LuPone - Gypsy WINNER * **
Kelli O’Hara - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Faith Prince - A Catered Affair ***
Jenna Russell - Sunday In The Park With George

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale - Mauritius
Raúl Esparza - The Homecoming
Conleth Hill - The Seafarer
Jim Norton - The Seafarer WINNER * **
David Pittu - Is He Dead? ***

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Sinead Cusack - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Mary McCormack - Boeing-Boeing
Laurie Metcalf - November
Martha Plimpton - Top Girls ***
Rondi Reed - August: Osage County WINNER * ** *** ****

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Daniel Breaker - Passing Strange **
Danny Burstein - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Robin De Jesús - In The Heights
Christopher Fitzgerald - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein ***
Boyd Gaines - Gypsy WINNER *

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
de’Adre Aziza - Passing Strange ***
Laura Benanti - Gypsy WINNER * **
Andrea Martin - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Olga Merediz - In The Heights ***
Loretta Ables Sayre - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Peter McKintosh - The 39 Steps
Scott Pask - Les Liaisons Dangereuses **
Todd Rosenthal - August: Osage County WINNER *
Anthony Ward - Macbeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network - Sunday In The Park With George * **
Anna Louizos - In The Heights
Robin Wagner - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Michael Yeargan - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER

Best Costume Design of a Play
Gregory Gale - Cyrano de Bergerac
Rob Howell - Boeing-Boeing **
Katrina Lindsay - Les Liaisons Dangereuses WINNER *
Peter McKintosh - The 39 Steps

Best Costume Design of a Musical
David Farley - Sunday In The Park With George
Martin Pakledinaz - Gypsy * **
Paul Tazewell - In The Heights
Catherine Zuber - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER ***

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Kevin Adams - The 39 Steps WINNER
Howard Harrison - Macbeth
Donald Holder - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Ann G. Wrightson - August: Osage County * **

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington - Sunday In The Park With George
Howell Binkley - In The Heights
Donald Holder - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER * **
Natasha Katz - The Little Mermaid

Best Sound Design of a Play
Simon Baker - Boeing-Boeing
Adam Cork - Macbeth *
Ian Dickson - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Mic Pool - The 39 Steps WINNER ** ***

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners - In The Heights
Sebastian Frost - Sunday In The Park With George
Scott Lehrer - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER * **
Dan Moses Schreier - Gypsy

Best Direction of a Play
Maria Aitken - The 39 Steps
Conor McPherson - The Seafarer
Anna D. Shapiro - August: Osage County WINNER * **
Matthew Warchus - Boeing-Boeing

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Buntrock - Sunday In The Park With George
Thomas Kail - In The Heights
Arthur Laurents - Gypsy
Bartlett Sher - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific WINNER * **

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford - Cry-Baby
Andy Blankenbuehler - In The Heights WINNER * ***
Christopher Gattelli - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Dan Knechtges - Xanadu **

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr - Sunday In The Park With George
Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman - In The Heights WINNER * **
Stew & Heidi Rodewald - Passing Strange
Jonathan Tunick - A Catered Affair

I'll provide more commentary later, but despite not predicting a couple major categories correctly, I'm pleased that I won the Tony pool I was in. How about you?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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5 Comments:

At 16 June, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

Congrats on winning the pool! I didn't have one going but was so damned happy to see Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines and Patti Lupone honoured. Patti's speech was a blast and Boyd and Laura seemed so genuine.

Now I'm wishing more than ever too that I'd seen more shows when I was in NY. I'm dancing as fast as I can!

 
At 17 June, 2008, Blogger Esther said...

Rondi let you hold her Tony!!!! She is the best! Ok, you've already held an Oscar this year, so now all you need is the Grammy and the Emmy. You're halfway there! Plus, you met Stew AND Lin-Manuel Miranda AND Paulo Szot!!!! I can't wait for the details! Did you ever imagine when you went to see "Annie" in London all those years ago that you'd end up writing about the theatre and seeing every Broadway show and going to the Tonys?! You're floating so high right now you're never coming down, right? ;-)

 
At 17 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Dale, I joked to Mic Pool (who won for The 39 Steps) how thanks to my last minute switch to him for my official pool, I won. I quipped that thanks to him, I won the Tony MicPool. Great guy, by the way.

 
At 17 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, Yes, Rondi Reed - as gracious as ever - let me hold her Tony. Of all the award winners, hers made me the happiest.

 
At 17 June, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

A most excellent anecdote Steve! Sounds so exciting!

 

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