Predict The Tony Nominees For a Chance to Win Big! (And Four Races to Watch Out For)
April 11th, 2014
by Josh Ferri
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And since we are talking Tony’s, let’s break down the four toughest races of the 2014 season:
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
So Ramin Karimloo and Neil Patrick Harris are big-time frontrunners for their performances in Les Miz and Hedwig, respectively, but my goodness does that Steven Pasquale deliver a performance in Bridges of Madison County. Jefferson Mays is already a Tony winner and he plays a thousand characters to perfection once again, so he might be making himself comfy in one of those slots. Then you have three young actors who are all knockouts this season, carrying major musicals on their backs for the first time on Broadway: Andy Karl (Rocky), Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman’s Guide) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin). Meanwhile, you can never count Big Fish headliner and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz out. And lest we forget charmers Eric Anderson, Zachary Levi and Zach Braff, who are all still in play for this season’s big award.
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
It’s an embarrassment of riches over in Best Actor in a Play. Tony winners, Oscar winners, Emmy winners and Olivier winners are all going head-to-head for five slots. It’s literally anyone’s guess; so we aren’t even going to break it down.
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
While Best Actress in a Musical is going to be tough to win this year, it’s going to be even harder to be nominated for Best Featured Actress in Musical. You have all those Les Miz women, all those Bullets women and all those After Midnight women. That’s a category right there! Then you also must consider Beautiful’s Anika Larsen, Cabaret’s Linda Emond, Hedwig’s Lena Hall, If/Then’s LaChanze, Rocky’s Margo Seibert and Aladdin’s Courtney Reed. Plus those dark horses who we adored this season like Lisa O’Hare, Kate Baldwin, Amber Iman and Whitney Bashor. How can you narrow that down to five?!
In recent years, this is the most obvious category (Once Vs. Newsies; Kinky vs. Matilda). In fact in 1995, it was so poultry they only had two nominees in the whole category! This year, however, there are 12 new musicals in play with no clear frontrunner. Everyone enters awards season on equal footing. Will the category be filled with big-budget musicals like Aladdin, Beautiful, Rocky, If/Then and Bullets; or the smaller musical that critics and audiences have gone wild for: Bridges of Madison County, Gentleman’s Guide and After Midnight? Also, a recent trend has been nominating “flops” (Bring It On, Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can); which means although Big Fish, First Date, Soul Doctor and A Night with Janis Joplin didn’t last long, it doesn’t mean they won’t see a second life during Tony season.
Okay, so now you're really ready to predict the Tony nominees!