Friday, June 6, 2014

The 2014 TONY Awards Predictions

This Sunday evening, the Broadway Theater will be saluting itself and honoring its artists with the Annual Antoinette Perry Awards, better known as the Tony Awards. 

This means it is time for The Grandstander to turn it over to long time friend, Bill Montrose, aka "Big Poppy", aka The Grandstander's Official Broadway Correspondent for his annual Tony Awards Predictions.

So, take it away, Bill.....

This year, I'm calling the results of 12 categories, hoping for (at least) 9 winners.  Only one slam-dunk as I see it. That's the Best Musical category ... should be "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder".  Some of my predictions are based on shows that I've read about, some are just hunches, and some are from shows I've seen and really enjoyed; (I know, shouldn't bet from the heart).  Here goes:

Best Musical ..................... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder  (very deserving)

Best Play .......................... All The Way

Best Actor in a Musical ....  Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig...)   (Should win: Jefferson Mays (Gentleman's Guide ...)

Best Actress in a Musical .. Kelli O'Hara (Bridges of Madison County) Her 5th Tony nomination ....
                                            She has never won.  C'mon Man!

Best Revival, Musical ........ Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Tony's LOVE Neil Patrick Harris)              
                                                            (Should win:  Violet)

Best Score of Musical ....... Robert Jason Brown - Bridges of Madison County

Best Book of a Musical ..... Freedman - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Featured Actor, Musical .... James Monroe Iglehart - Aladdin   (might win: Nick Cordero (Bullets..)

Best Featured Actress, Musical .. Lena Hall - Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Director, Musical ...... Darko Tresnjak - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Actor in a Play .......... Bryan Cranston - All The Way  (It's his year)

Best Actress in a Play ......  Audra McDonald  (as they say, simply the BEST!)

So there you have it.  You see that Bill will only claim success if he has a minimum of nine (out of twelve) correct predictions.  He sets very high standards for himself.

Results will be reported come Monday morning.

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