I have been away from the theatre scene for a while, in fact the last show I saw was the revival of Follies, I just have not made it to New York as often as I would like. The show I want to see most from this season is the second most nominated show of the year, Hedwig and the Angry Inch with 8 nominations. I love the film, and am excited for NPH to hopefully win a Tony.
Without being to invested in the season I noticed a few things, about the musical and play categories. Aladdin is the only movie turned musical (in the Best Musical category( to be nominated in the musical category. Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County were all snubbed here. Speaking of Big Fish, it and earlier musicals like Date Night were missing in action, for the most part, which usually happens. Cabaret was snubbed in the revival, and they went with only three nominated shows, the show also only managed two nominations.
In the Best Play category there were five nominees, instead of the typical nominations, which means there was probably a tie. The other thing I noticed from mainly this category, but also the musical category, is that celebrities making the leap to the main stage were once again ignored. I mean big named film celebrities like James Franco, Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, Michelle Williams, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan.
The big players in Broadway did manage to end up back in different categories, two time Tony winner Sutton Foster, five time Tony winner Audra McDonald, two time winner Cherry Jones, and Idina Menzel who has one win.
Here is a full list of nominees below, I think this will be a fun year.