The 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced on May 2 (the awards ceremony is June 11). So, what does this former Tony voter think?
• With zero nominations, “A Bronx Tale” should take out a contract on the nominating committee.
• Said commissars assassinated “Anastasia” all over again. Two nods only: Best Featured Actress (the regal Mary Beth Peil) and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho). See the show anyway: It rocks, and audiences love it.
• Overlooking “Bandstand” (recognized for Choreography and Orchestrations only) is cause enough for World War III. But how do you single out orchestrations for a Tony when the score, according to nominators, is chopped liver? Makes no sense. But do the Tonys ever make sense?
• Bette Midler cakewalks her way to the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. You don’t even have to see her in “Hello, Dolly!” to know that. She’s this year’s “Hamilton.” A no-brainer.
• Go, Andy Karl. Broadway’s hunky leading man has another chance at Best Actor in a Musical. This is Karl’s year: He’s great in “Groundhog Day.”
• “Come From Away” glides to Best Musical.
• Laura Linney as Birdie in “The Little Foxes” is the best drunk in all my years of theatergoing. Her big second-act scene assures her of Best Actress in a Play honors. About time for this versatile actress.