April 27, 2013

My Tony Award Picks 2013 (Musicals)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year..... for the Broadway lover!  On Tuesday, April 30, Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson will announce the highly-anticipated 2013 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on June 9th. 

As I eagerly await Tuesday’s nominations, I’ve made a list of my own Tony picks for some of the musical categories. 

I hope you enjoy- please comment and share your own Tony picks below! 

BEST MUSICAL
1.) Hands on a Hardbody- a very unique and original musical that closed far too soon. With its creative choreography, solid music, heart-warming story, and stand-out performers, this musical deserves a Tony nod. 

2.) Kinky Boots- book by Harvey Fierstein + music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper + Billy Porter’s amazing voice = great entertainment. Need I say more?

3.) Matilda- The dark children’s book by Roald Dahl has been transformed into a stage production. Matilda is well-written, well-staged, and boasts several stand-out performances- particularly Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchbull. 

Who will win? 
Matilda. 
However, I would love to see Hands on a Hardbody take home this Tony Award. 

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
**All five eligible productions- Annie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cinderella, Jekyll and Hyde, and Pippin- were very solid and any of these shows would, in my opinion, be deserving of a nomination. However, two shows did stand out for me. 

1.) Pippin- with its spectacular circus choreography, this production brings something new and exciting to the Broadway stage and quite possibly employs the most talented ensemble on Broadway right now. 

2.) The Mystery of Edwin Drood- How many musicals have more than one possible
ending? This killer cast (no pun intended) had me in stitches. 

Who will win?
Pippin

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
1.) Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda- an outstanding, formidable, transformative performance. 

2.) Rob McClure as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin- He transfixed the audience with his perfect embodiment of Charlie Chaplin. 

3.) Billy Porter as Lola in Kinky Boots- the heart of the show. 

4.) Constantine Maroulis as Jekyll and Hyde in Jekyll and Hyde- Constantine carried the entire show and transformed effortlessly between good and evil.... and that voice. 

5.) Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks in Annie- some of the best moments in this show were the scenes between Daddy Warbucks and Annie thanks to the great chemistry between him and Lilla Crawford. 

Who will win?
Bertie Carvel. 
However, I would love to see Rob McClure win for his role in Chaplin

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
1.) Carolee Carmello as Aimee Semple McPherson in Scandalous- a powerhouse performance. 

2.) Patina Miller as the Leading Player in Pippin- she gave a mysterious and manipulative performance, while mastering Fosse’s choreography. In this role, Patina has proven that she is the ultimate triple threat. 

3.) Laura Osnes as Cinderella in Cinderella- she was born to play this part. 

Who will win?
Patina Miller

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
1.) Will Chase as John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood- Did he really do it?

2.) Hunter Foster as Benny Perkins in Hands on a Hardbody- his character started out as a jerk but ended up having so much depth. 

3.) Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda- one word: hilarious. 

Who will win?
Gabriel Ebert. 

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
1.) Andrea Martin as Bertha in Pippin- With one musical number, she somehow managed to steal the show while simultaneously dangling from a trapeze. (Note: she plays a grandma......)

2.) Annaleigh Ashford as Lauren in Kinky Boots- It’s about time this talented funny girl got a Tony nomination!

3.) Keala Settle as Norma in Hands on a Hardbody- with her killer pipes, she brought the house down with her big number. 

Who will win?
Andrea Martin. But I would not be sad if Keala Settle won....

What were your favorite Tony-worthy performances this season??

2 comments:

  1. Loved Constantine in Jekyll and Hyde...would love to see him win.

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