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TONY AWARDS 2018

The 2018 Tony Awards finished off following a turbulent night, tied down by has Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

TONY AWARDS 2018It’s Broadway’s Night of Nights. The three-hour Tony Awards ceremony hosted by Broadway stars Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will be broadcast live (ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network and CBS All Access from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Or stream the Tony Awards live across platforms with the CBS All Access subscription service. (Live stream is available in select markets. Visit CBS.com/allaccess for details. The awards will be followed by the invite-only Tony Gala.

A few noteworthy classes saw dark horse contenders lead the pack, and Robert De Niro had some decision words for President Trump.

As expected, The Band’s Visit won Best Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Best Play, and Angels in America won Best Revival of a Play.

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Orin Wolf, center, and the cast and crew of “The Band’s Visit” accept the award for best musical at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.

But Once On This Island landed an underdog triumph for Best Revival of a Musical, pushing out both Lincoln Center’s ravishing My Fair Lady and the more polarizing Carousel.

The Band’s Visit walked away with an aggregate of ten grants off eleven assignments, including Best Actor (Tony Shalhoub), and Best Actress (Katrina Lenk), and Best Supporting Actor (Ari’el Stachel), Best Score, and Book. It was a greater pull than numerous normal, with intellectuals thinking the acting and configuration honours would be part with SpongeBob SquarePants or Carousel.

What’s more, Robert De Niro stunned CBS blue pencils. As he exhibited a sentimental number by Bruce Springsteen, he yelled “F- – k Trump!”, which must be bleeped out on communicated and sent web-based social networking into a tantrum.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” grabbed best play and “The Band’s Visit” was perceived as the best melodic

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” grabbed best play and “The Band’s Visit” was perceived as the best melodic in an enthusiastic Tony Awards. And this blended Broadway razzle-astonish with politically-charged invitations to battle.

“Angels in America,” a sprawling two-section show about the AIDS emergency, and that was named the year’s best play recovery. The respect, one of three statues it got on Sunday, while came around 25 years after the first creation of “Angels in America” cleared the 1993 Tonys.

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Sunday was likewise a night of bombshells. And in one striking section buster, “Once on This Island” was named best restoration of a melodic over the intensely supported “My Fair Lady” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.” It was the main honour it grabbed out of eight designations.

Apparently a festival of theatre, the Tonys were an open door for Broadway to talk up the ideals of consideration. And assorted variety, while likewise attracting regard for gay rights, firearm control. And the difficulties confronting workers. The majority of those messages were conveyed persuasively, others came trimmed with four-letter words. While presenting an execution by Bruce Springsteen. For example, moderator Robert De Niro said “fuck Trump” twice sending CBS blue pencils scrambling to bleep his disagreeable comments. Stagehands inside the Radio City Music Hall looked obviously paralyzed even. Because the horde of on-screen characters, makers, and executives in their gathering of people rose to their feet in their help.

De Niro’s blazing words are the well on the way to evoke a Twitter reaction from President Donald Trump, move link news pontificating, and prompt scores of think pieces.

De Niro’s blazing words are the well on the way to evoke a Twitter reaction from President Donald Trump, move link news pontificating, and prompt scores of think pieces. They were, notwithstanding, something of a peculiarity. Most victors and moderators abstained from specifying President Donald Trump or Trump-ism by name while influencing it to clear that their sensitivities are with the opposition consequently. Numerous wore pins trumpeting developments, for example, Time’s Up or strips featuring left-inclining associations, for example, the ACLU.

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Tony Kushner, the writer behind “Angels in America,” was one of the communicate’s more express instigators, asking individuals to get out and vote in the mid-term races in November. Telling watchers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.”

He wasn’t the only one sounding a note of alarm. Andrew Garfield, the best driving on-screen character in a play victor for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the focal point of “Angels in America,” changed the Supreme Court for maintaining the privilege of a Colorado pastry specialist to decline to heat a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple. “Let’s bake a cake for everyone,” Garfield said.

In a mournful discourse, Garfield regarded the LGBTQ people group, saying, “It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong.”

The best performer in a play winner Glenda Jackson, perceived for her turn as a feeble doyenne in “Three Tall Women,” adulated the multi-social nature of the theatre business.

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“There are people in this audience, in this country, in this city from every other country in the world,” said Jackson. And you as always are welcoming and kind and generous, and America has never needed that more, but then America is always great.”

“There are people in this audience, in this country, in this city from every other country in the world,” said Jackson. And you as always are welcoming and kind and generous, and America has never needed that more, but then America is always great. “It wasn’t only the substance of the discourses that made this release of the Tonys appear to be all the more ideologically energized. A considerable lot of the demonstrates that were perceived think about political issues that have reverberation with current occasions. “Angels in America,” unfurls in the 1980’s as AIDS was killing off an age of gay individuals — it’s additionally a period in which a more forceful type of conservatism was on the ascent.

Most of all, “The Band’s Visit,” the narrative of a gathering of Egyptian artists who end up holding with the inhabitants of a little Israeli town, is a request to resistance and fraternity at a minute when strains are ascending in the Middle East.

The stage rendition of a 2007 film of a similar name earned a main 10 wins, including statues for driving performing artist ( Tony Shalhoub) and performer (Katrina Lenk) in a melodic.

“Angels in America’s” Nathan Lane grabbed a best-included performer statue for his execution as Roy Cohn, a dishonest power-agent who was a coach to President Trump. Calling “Holy messengers in America” one of the best plays of the Twentieth Century, Lane stated, “it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity.”

Garfield and Lane weren’t the main entertainers to sound lobbyist notes in their acknowledgement talks. Lindsay Mendez, grabbing Tony for best highlighted on-screen character for her work in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel,” noticed that she was advised to change her last name to Matthews when she initially began working professionally. She won’t.

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“I want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality,” said Mendez.

Holding back tears, best included performing artist in a melodic victor Ari’el Stachel (“The Band’s Visit”) said he had veiled his Middle Eastern legacy after 9/11, notwithstanding abstaining from conveying his folks to occasions. That changed to some degree with “The Band’s Visit,” and its picture of Arabs and Israelis joining over their common mankind.

“I’m part of a cast of actors who never believed they’d be able to play their own races and we’re doing that,” said Stachel. He closes with a message to more youthful watchers, letting them know “Your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”

In addition, Stachel’s chief David Cromer was likewise regarded for his work on the play and utilized his opportunity to make an impression on individuals experiencing misery. “The Band’s Visit” concerns individuals who have lost expectation, he stated, imploring the individuals who are enduring to “call out.” His discourse came days after superstar culinary expert Anthony Bourdain and mould originator Kate Spade conferred suicide.

“Three Tall Women’s” Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony Award in the same number of years for the best-highlighted performer in a play. She grabbed the main on-screen character statue in 2017 for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

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Co-has Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban commenced the function with an energetic opening number that jabbed fun at their consolidated absence of honours acknowledgement.

Taking note of that 90% of individuals in the gathering of people would go home failures, they ameliorated the Tony-less by taking note of, “in a world that is scary and hard to endure if you make are at all you’re part of the cure.”

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who co-hosted the awards show, kicked things off with a piano duet and they poked fun at the fact that neither of them has won Tony or Grammy Awards.
“Neither one of us has ever won anything. So this is for the people who lose,” the hosts sang.
Both have made their Broadway debuts, Groban in 2016’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” and Bareilles in 2017’s “Waitress.”

Bareilles and Groban showed up sporadically finished the course of the three-hour broadcast, inclining intensely on their melodic abilities, rather than grasping a more joke-arranged approach. Notwithstanding keeping the show moving, they were entrusted with banishing all recollections of a year ago’s emcee, Kevin Spacey, whose vocation has imploded in the wake of lewd behaviour affirmations.

“Angels in America,” unfurls in the 1980’s as AIDS was killing off an age of gay individuals — it’s additionally a period in which a more forceful type of conservatism was on the ascent.

Most of all, “The Band’s Visit,” the narrative of a gathering of Egyptian artists who end up holding with the inhabitants of a little Israeli town, is a request to resistance and fraternity at a minute when strains are ascending in the Middle East.

In spite of the fact that intrinsically appraisals tested, the Tony Awards are viewed as a vital open door for Broadway appears. And most noteworthy musicals, to goose their ticket deals. “My Fair Lady,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Frozen,” and “Mean Girls” were among the demonstrates that presented shower numbers with an eye towards changing over watchers at home into the future group of onlookers individuals.

“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. “So, let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”
Bruce Springsteen won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.” He also performed “My Hometown” later in the night.
Furthermore, Actor Robert DeNiro caused a stir while introducing Springsteen’s performance. The actor cursed twice saying, “f**k Trump.” He received a standing ovation.

Like the vast majority of the plays up for grants, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” didn’t indicate film from its two-section take a gander at the kid wizard in adulthood. It didn’t have to.

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In spite of hitting New York with a $68.5 million spending that makes it the costliest play at any point delivered, the new “Harry Potter” is an affirmed crush.

In spite of hitting New York with a $68.5 million spending that makes it the costliest play at any point delivered, the new “Harry Potter” is an affirmed crush. Tickets as of now cost a huge number of dollars and are as difficult to get as those for “Hamilton.” The six Tony wins for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” are only sauce for what has been a record-shattering run.

The broadcast didn’t need for star control. Denzel Washington, Michael Cera, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer were altogether selected and showed up amid the communicate.

Bruce Springsteen, as of now pressing them in with his private show “Springsteen on Broadway,” is relied upon to perform. He was regarded with a unique Tony Award toward the start of the communication. And introduced to him by kindred rocker Billy Joel.

Bareilles and Groban showed up sporadically finished the course of the three-hour broadcast, inclining intensely on their melodic abilities, rather than grasping a more joke-arranged approach. Notwithstanding keeping the show moving, they were entrusted with banishing all recollections of a year ago’s emcee, Kevin Spacey, whose vocation has imploded in the wake of lewd behaviour affirmations.

Therefore, in any case, the greatest work of art, and one of the passionate features of the night originated from entertainers who aren’t easily recognized names. Individuals from the dramatization office at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivors of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. And that killed seventeen individuals, got a deafening applause for their interpretation of “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”

TONY AWARDS 2018: FULL LIST OF WINNERS

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Best Play

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ⇒ WINNER
  • The Children
  • Latin History for Morons
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Junk

Best Musical

  • The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Mean Girls
  • Frozen

Best Revival of a Play

  • Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • Three Tall Women
  • Lobby Hero
  • Travesties
  • The Iceman Cometh

Best Revival of a Musical

  • My Fair Lady
  • Once On This Island ⇒ WINNER
  • Carousel

Best Book of a Musical

  • The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses ⇒ WINNER
  • Frozen, Jennifer Lee
  • Mean Girls, Tina Fey
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

  • Angels in America, Music: Adrian Sutton
  • The Band’s Visit, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek ⇒ WINNER
  • Frozen, Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Mean Girls, Music: Jeff Richmond Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
    • Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • Tom Hollander, Travesties
  • Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
  • Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women ⇒ WINNER
  • Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
  • Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
  • Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”
  • Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
  • Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
  • LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
  • Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
  • Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Susan Brown, Angels in America
  • Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Deborah Findlay, The Children
  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women ⇒ WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
  • Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Grey Henson, Mean Girls
  • Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel ⇒ WINNER
  • Ashley Park, Mean Girls
  • Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
  • Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ***
  • Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
  • Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
  • Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
  • Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
  • Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
  • David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical ⇒ WINNER

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
  • Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
  • Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
  • Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
  • Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady ⇒ WINNER

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
  • Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
  • Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
  • Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
  • Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Tyler Micoleau –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Adam Cork, Travesties
  • Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
  • Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Tom Gibbons, 1984
  • Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Kai Harada –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER
  • Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
  • Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
  • Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play

  • Marianne Elliott – “Angels in America”
  • Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Patrick Marber, Travesties
  • John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Michael Arden – “Once On This Island”
  • David Cromer –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER
  • Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography

  • Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
  • Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel ⇒ WINNER

Best Orchestrations

  • John Clancy, Mean Girls
  • Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
  • Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

  • Chita Rivera
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

  • John Leguizamo
  • Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

  • La MaMa E.T.C.
  • New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

  • Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

  • Sara Krulwich
  • Bessie Nelson
  • Ernest Winzer Cleaners

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who co-hosted the awards show, kicked things off with a piano duet and they poked fun at the fact that neither of them has won Tony or Grammy Awards.
“Neither one of us has ever won anything. So this is for the people who lose,” the hosts sang.
Both have made their Broadway debuts, Groban in 2016’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” and Bareilles in 2017’s “Waitress.”
In addition, Andrew Garfield gave a passionate speech while accepting the award for lead actor in a play for his work in “Angels in America. He referenced a recent Supreme Court decision relating to a Colorado baker to who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. “So, let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”
Bruce Springsteen won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.” He also performed “My Hometown” later in the night.
Furthermore, Actor Robert DeNiro caused a stir while introducing Springsteen’s performance. The actor cursed twice saying, “f**k Trump.” He received a standing ovation.
“First, I wanna say, ‘f**k Trump.’ It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘f**k Trump.'”
In addition, Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Broadway star, Chita Rivera both received lifetime achievement awards.
TONY AWARDS 2018

Tony nominated shows, ranked from worst to best

With the Tony Awards 2018 upon us, it’s obvious that this past season was not an especially good one for Broadway — especially coming after a run of seasons that brought such shows as “Hamilton,” “Fun Home,” “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away.” (The 2018 Tony Awards telecast airs on June 10, on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. The Tony Awards will be hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.)

The two most Tony-nominated shows this year, “Mean Girls” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical,” are both likable, but deeply flawed efforts. The show’s that many expected to dazzle this year — revivals of “Carousel” and “The Iceman Cometh,” Disney’s “Frozen,” new plays by Beau Willimon (“The Parisian Woman”) and Steve Martin (“Meteor Shower”) — all disappointed.

While hardly the worst show of the season — the likes of “Escape to Margaritaville,” “M. Butterfly,” and “The Parisian Woman” would all duke it out for that dishonor — Disney’s stage adaptation of their animated blockbuster was surely the most disappointing. A show about magic that was anything but magical, its visual drabness and lack of invention was even more notable in the year that brought us “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It earned three nominations, including Best Musical, but don’t expect it to win anything.

  1. Meteor Shower

A better title would have been “Trainwreck.” Steve Martin’s insufferable absurdist comedy earned just one nomination for its star, Amy Schumer. The actress was likable enough in an incoherent role. But her nod seems more an attempt to just star power to the Tonys telecast than anything else.

  1. Frozen

While hardly the worst show of the season — the likes of “Escape to Margaritaville,” “M. Butterfly,” and “The Parisian Woman” would all duke it out for that dishonor. Disney’s stage adaptation of their animated blockbuster was surely the most disappointing. A show about magic that was anything but magical, its visual drabness and lack of invention was even more notable in the year that brought us “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It earned three nominations, including Best Musical, but don’t expect it to win anything.

  1. Farinelli and the King

British actor Mark Rylance has collected three Tonys over the past decade. But don’t expect him to add a fourth for this odd and emotionally remote vanity project, written by Rylance’s wife, Claire van Kempen, in which he played King Philippe V of Spain, as slips into the throes of madness. The show picked up a total of five nominations, including Best Play, but will also likely go home empty-handed.

  1. Saint Joan

A very talky, very stodgy play best left to A. P. English class, George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” is tough to take under even the best of circumstances. And this revival was definitely not the best of circumstances. The production notched only one nomination, for star Condola Rashad’s turn as Joan of Arc. Though the nod seems more an acknowledgment of this gifted actresses’ vast potential than this particular (and peculiarly unremarkable) performance.

  1. The Iceman Cometh

This George C. Wolfe-directed revival of the epic Eugene O’Neill tragedy starring Denzel Washington was greeted with mostly favorable reviews and eight nominations. Though the enthusiasm strikes me as having more to do with the show’s pedigree than what’s actually onstage. From my seat, Best Actor nominee Washington was fundamentally miscast and resorted to way too many Denzel-isms. As the drunken ne’er-do-well Theodore “Hickey” Hickman. The production, while handsome, was only intermittently engaging. And seemed to have no clear take on O’Neill’s magnum opus.

  1. The Children

This is one of those British imports that you know you’re supposed to like — it’s well-acted, nicely designed, intriguingly written. But that never quite gets you in the gut. It likely won’t win for either for its two nominations (for Best Play and Best Featured Actress, Deborah Findlay). Still, I’m curious to see what playwright Lucy Kirkwood comes up next.

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  1. Travesties

Tom Stoppard’s gratingly “clever” play — which imagines a meeting of the minds between James Joyce, Lenin and Tristan Tzara.Which can test the patience of even the biggest Stoppard fans (and I count myself in the group). This handsome but emotionally remote revival, directed by Patrick Marber and starring the impressive Tom Hollander (both Tony nominees), never makes the case that the play is anything more than intellectual show-offery.

  1. Carousel

A lovely dud, this Jack O’Brien-directed revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic picked up eleven nominations, and two of its stars — lead actor Joshua Henry and featured actress Lindsay Mendez — could prove Tony winners. But it’s hard to imagine this fundamentally static production lasting much beyond the New Year on Broadway.

  1. 1984

This in-your-face, often-ear-splitting violent stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel seemed to be trying a little too hard to be relevant, and its jarring violence was certainly not to everyone’s taste. But there was no denying the show’s technical savvy; it could end up a winner in the Best Sound Design category.

  1. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

This jukebox musical about singer Donna Summer wins no points for coherence, as it skips from one incident to the next in the life of its title figure, barely explaining anything. Still, you could do a lot worse than the show’s propulsive disco soundtrack, especially as sung by LaChanze and Ariana DeBose (above), who play Summer at different points in her life. They deservedly earned the shows only two nominations — LaChanze in the lead category, DeBose for featured actress.

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  1. Mean Girls

Some found it fetch, but I was only occasionally amused by this brightly colored, but overlong adaptation of the Tina Fey movie comedy. Its twelve nominations illustrate how weak a year it was for new musicals, and it’s hard to imagine it winning many. Still, the show has proven a hit, and you can expect Fey to pick up a consolation prize for Best Book of a Musical.

  1. My Fair Lady

For me, the season’s most confounding effort — a sumptuous and beautifully sung revival of a retrograde musical-comedy that looks starkly out of place in our current #MeToo moment. My reservations aside, expect it to follow two superior Lincoln Center revivals, “South Pacific” and “The King and I” to Tonys glory and snap up the Best Revival of a Musical, as well as prizes for featured performers Diana Rigg and Norbert Leo Butz. And though not without stiff competition, stars Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Patton could make it a clean sweep.

  1. The Band’s Visit

A show so slight and whispery it sometimes seems in danger of evaporating right before your eyes, David Yazbek’s adaptation of the 2007 Israeli comedy of the same name has nonetheless become a critic’s darling and a modest hit at the box office. In the absence of anything resembling formidable competition, it will almost certainly take home the Best Musical and Best Score prizes, and the lovely lead actress Katrina Lenk is a strong contender as well. Whether in a few years time anyone will remember that this show even existed is another matter entirely.

  1. Children of a Lesser God

Perhaps the season’s most underrated effort, this heartfelt and beautifully acted revival of Mark Medoff’s play about the romance between a deaf woman and her hearing teacher earned just one nomination, for lead actress Lauren Ridloff (her acting debut — and an astonishing one). Her equally impressive co-star Joshua Jackson, however, was stiffed, and the show itself deserved a slot among the Best Revival nominees. A victim of poor reviews and ho-hum box office, it closed weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

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  1. The Spongebob Squarepants Musical

Much like the cartoon it’s based on, this musical is a lovable mess —alternately enchanting and inane, beautiful and garish. Save for a couple of numbers, the patched-together score (there are songs here from the likes of Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum and Cyndi Lauper) is forgettable, and the story inexplicable. But you also can’t take your eyes off David’s resplendently weird set, and Ethan Slater serves up the most eccentric star-is-born performance in recent memory. (It’s a tight category, but my money is on Slater to take home the Best Actor award.)

  1. Lobby Hero

Perhaps the season’s biggest revelation was this revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 morality play about a Manhattan doorman trying to figure out what to do with information he probably shouldn’t have. The play had previously struck me as slight, but this staging — superbly directed by Trip Cullman and expertly acted by Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Brian Tyler Henry and Bel Powley — made the show feel fresh and urgent. Both Cera and Henry earned well-deserved Best Featured Actor nods, though will probably lose on Tony night to stiffer competition.

  1. Once on this Island

Far and away the year’s strongest musical revival — even if the show itself isn’t all that strong — Michael Arden’s ravishingly imagined take on Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 mashup of Caribbean rhythms and Greek myth deserves to take home more awards than it likely will. Still, if “SpongeBob” doesn’t suck up all the oxygen in the room, though, it could get a couple of technical nods for its lighting and set design.

  1. Latin History for Morons

Three cheers to the nominating committee for recognizing John Leguizamo’s funny and very touching monologue in the Best Play category. The latest project in Leguizamo ongoing (and one of a kind) project of comic self-analysis. Leguizamo will already be receiving a Special Tony Award for career achievement, so he’s got no chance of winning the Best Play prize. But let the nomination be a reminder that he is a national treasure.

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  1. Junk

The year’s most unsung play, this rip-roaring financial melodrama — written by Ayad Akhtar, whose “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer a few years back. It tells a loosely fictionalized version of the Michael Milken-Ivan Boesky-junk bond scandal of the 1980s with wit and subtlety. It’s nominated for two awards, Best Play and Best Lighting Design. But its superb cast (especially lead actor Steven Pasquale) deserved recognition.

  1. Three Tall Women

This revival of Edward Albee’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning play sneaks up on with its mix of biting humor and insidious anguish. Its power is in large part due to three unforgettable performances: Glenda Jackson (a lock for the Best Actress Tony), Laurie Metcalf (a possible spoiler for Best Featured Actress — even though she won a Tony just last year) and Alison Pill (sadly not nominated — though the competition in Best Featured Actress this year was fierce).

  1. Angels in America

Both of the season’s best shows were two-part epics, with Marianne Elliot’s ravishing revival of the Tony Kushner modern classic “Angels in America” clocking in at nearly eight hours. But Elliot (a strong contender for the Best Director prize) keeps springing invention upon invention, and the astonishing cast — four of whom, including Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, are up for Tonys — makes the minutes fly by.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

It offers stagecraft unlike any you’ve ever seen — a swirl of special effects and visual surprises and “how-they’d-do-that” moments that leaves a smile plastered on your face for the better part of five-and-a-half-hours. But the real marvel of J.K. Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany’s stage continuation of Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels is how much feeling, intelligence, whimsy, and wit it contains — in other words, how much it seems all of a piece with all things “Harry Potter.” Expect the show to win Best Play, as well as a host of technical awards; and if there’s an upset of the evening, it will be Anthony Boyle — so inventive and appealing as Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s very awkward teenage son — beating out Nathan Lane for Best Featured Actor.

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Source: independent.co.uk, edition.cnn.com, nj.com, deadline.com, forbes.com

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