Lysistrata Jones, Douglas Carter Beane
Newsies, Harvey Fierstein
Nice Work If You Can Get It, Joe DiPietro
Once, Enda Walsh
Bonnie & Clyde
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Don Black
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Jack Feldman
One Man, Two Guvnors
Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding
Peter and the Starcatcher
Music: Wayne Barker
Lyrics: Rick Elice
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Frank Langella, Man and Boy
John Lithgow, The Columnist
I haven't seen most of these performances yet, but Philip Seymour Hoffman totally made up for Othello with his performance in Death of a Salesman. I also saw Frank Langella, but I blocked out Man and Boy because I was so bored. I would have given his spot to Hugh Dancy. It may be hard to notice the subtle work he's doing next to Nina Arianda, but I've seen Venus in Fur three times, and his performance makes such a difference. The power shifts are much more effective when the two actors are on an equal playing field.
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon, Wit
No surprises here, but I was hoping Jennifer Lim would get a nomination for Chinglish. Hope she gets cast in something too. I'm team Nina Arianda. I don't think Venus in Fur would have even made it to Broadway without her.
Danny Burstein, Follies
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Steve Kazee, Once
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines, Follies
Is Raul Esparza doomed to never win a Tony? Leap of Faith was nominated for best musical, but Raul Esparza wasn't nominated? Maybe it wasn't the performance of his career, he makes that show watchable. I'm happy for Danny Burstein, but Ron Raines? He didn't do much acting. I think Steve Kazee has a really good shot here.
Jan Maxwell, Follies
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, Once
Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde
Laura Osnes is the biggest surprise. And not an unwelcome one. A lot of people are upset by Bernadette Peter's snub for Follies, but in my opinion, she didn't deserve a nomination. I'm pretty happy with this list, but I would have probably included Evita's Elena Roger.
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park
CHRISTIAN BORLE AND JEREMY SHAMOS!!! Two of my favorites. I haven't seen Michael Cumpsty or Tom Edden yet, so I can't comment on those, but Andrew Garfield, Christian Borle, and Jeremy Shamos all deserve to be there and all own a piece of my heart. However, I am heartbroken that Michael Esper was not nominated for The Lyons. His performance to me made that play, even more than Linda Lavin's. I also would have liked to see Finn Wittrock get a nomination (and not just cause I interviewed him). Also, Hamish Linklater for Seminar.
Linda Emond, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly
I haven't seen Don't Dress for Dinner yet, but Spencer Kayden used to work at Scholastic, so go Spencer Kayden. And yes on all the rest of these. I can't even make up my mind who I want to win. Let's just make it a 5-way tie.
Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Michael Cerveris, Evita
David Alan Grier, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar
Remember when I interviewed Phillip Boykin about playing Crown and Michael Cerveris about playing Peron and then they both got nominated for those roles? I'm sensing a trend here. Future Tony hopefuls, take note. Cerveris took what is almost a thankless role and made it one of the most memorable aspects of the show, all while wearing a bad wig. And Boykin, who is a doll in real life, was perfectly scary as crown. Michael McGrath was also one of the best things about Nice Work, so happy to see him recognized. Josh Young missed so many performances that I'm surprised to see him nominated. Though I'm sure Young is good, it's too bad Jeremy Kushnier wasn't eligible. I will love Ricky Martin always and forever, but while he looked and sounded great, his acting was not worthy of a nomination.
Elizabeth A. Davis, Once
Jayne Houdyshell, Follies
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical
Honestly, I didn't remember who Elizabeth A. Davis was in Once until someone reminded me. She's good, but I'm surprised that she was singled out when the rest of the ensemble is just as good. I'm glad that Jessie Mueller was remembered. Da'Vine Joy Randolph was good in Ghost the Musical, but that role is such a crowd-pleaser and gets the best lines (like in the movie), so I think whoever is playing it would be nominated. Although I heard the actress playing the role in London was not very good, so maybe I'm wrong. Also, if Laura Osnes was remembered for Bonnie & Clyde, why wasn't Melissa van der Schyff?
John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities
Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Donyale Werle. That is all. Well, not all because WHERE IS THE NOMINATION FOR DAVID KORINS'S CHINGLISH SET?
Bob Crowley, Once
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies
George Tsypin, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
Best Costume Design of a Play
William Ivey Long, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Follies
ESosa, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It
ESosa didn't win season 7 of Project Runway, but now he's a Tony nominee, so take that Heidi Klum. Another nomination that Spider-Man deserved, but again, I can't believe Christopher Oram's costumes from Evita weren't nominated. Elena Roger's dress during "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is stunning.
Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca
Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities
I missed The Road to Mecca, but it must have had really good lighting if that's all it was remembered for.
Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Natasha Katz, Follies
Natasha Katz, Once
Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical
I never have much to say about lighting, but congrats on your two nominations, Natasha Katz!
Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors
Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Kind of running out of steam here. And I don't know much about sound design.
Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies
Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Rob Ashford, Evita
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Steven Hoggett, Once
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
I didn't see Newsies yet, and I don't think Nice Work is Kathleen Marshall's best choreography (there's not even a tap number). I'm torn between Rob Ashford and Steven Hoggett. So different, so it's hard to compare.
Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park
Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher
Good list, but Walter Bobbie is also deserving. Any problems that play has are in the writing and not his direction.
Best Direction of a Musical
Jeff Calhoun, Newsies
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
John Tiffany, Once
Should the Tony committee expect a letter from Stephen Sondheim about Paulus's nomination? Again, haven't seen Newsies yet, but I think this is John Tiffany's award.
William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Martin Lowe, Once
Danny Troob, Newsies