Random Tony Thoughts

Random Tony Thoughts

The 2013 Tony Award nominations have been announced, and the gongs will be handed out June 9. What is there to jeer or cheer about between now and then? The following is purely subjective.

SHOCK!
• No nomination for Bette Midler. Her show, I'll Eat You Last, must have given the nominating committee indigestion because it came up empty-handed, too.
• No recognition for Jessica Hecht, and she had not one, but two remarkable star turns on Broadway this season, as Veta Louise Simmons in
Harvey and Julie Bascov in The Assembled Parties. She was robbed (see HORROR! below).

HORROR!
Bring It On: The Musical nominated for Best Musical over Hands on a Hardbody. Go figure (FYI: Both are no longer running).
• Condola Rashad nominated for Featured Actress in a Play over (1) her co-star Vanessa Williams in
The Trip to Bountiful and (2) Jessica Hecht in Harvey.

AWE!
• So many great actresses, so few available Tony slots. Special kudos to nominees Cecily Tyson, Laurie Metcalf, Holland Taylor, Judith Ivey, Annaleigh Ashford, Keala Settle and Andrea Martin (the last two because they literally took our breath away).

DISBELIEF!
• Call me naïve, but didn’t a Tony nomination once carry box-office clout? The Testament of Mary closed on May 5 in spite of its nomination for Best Play. Orphans has posted a closing notice for May 19 in spite of its Best Revival of a Play nod. Both were limited engagements to begin with, but both were struck down before their time.

OUTRAGE!
• In the battle of the princes, Santino Fontana as Prince Charming in Cinderella vs. Matthew James Thomas as Prince Pippin in Pippin, Fontana got the nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, but Thomas deserved the crown.
• Raymond Luke Jr. as young Berry Gordy Jr., young Stevie Wonder and young Michael Jackson in
Motown The Musical stops the show cold every performance. Each of the four Matilda girls will receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater, but Luke doesn’t even get an honorable mention.

JOY!
• No recognition (in any category) for Alan Cumming's self-indulgent turn in Macbeth as not only the Thane of Glamis, but also Lady M, Banquo, the three witches, the whole sorry lot.
• Kristine Nielsen elevated to leading lady status (Best Actress in a Play) for her zany, daffy, 100-percent true performance as Sonia in
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. A star is born.