The Tony Awards are fast approaching and as such, not diving into the shows nominated would be a mistake. This season on Broadway saw Disney bring magic to the stage once again and brought a now revered classic back to Broadway.
This category is filled with so many different shows. The Band’s Visit is led by the remarkable Katrina Lenk playing a diner owner who fosters a traveling band and feelings of longing and loneliness are explored. Follow that up with uptempo and more pop musicals like Mean Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Frozen, and you’ve got quite a competitive category for the top prize.
Best Revival of a Play
This category is interesting in that Angels in America more than earned its nomination, and what appears to be a clear win, but has come up against strong material in shows like The Iceman Cometh and Three Tall Women. This is a hotly contested category but Angels in America should secure its much-deserved win.
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Here is where the individual performers are given a chance to shine. In a rather uncommon move, the nomination committee for the Tony Awards has nominated 6 actresses rather than the traditional 5. Broadway debutante, Hailey Kilgore, earned a nomination for her portrayal of Ti Moune in Once on This Island. She finds herself up against Broadway veterans such as LaChanze and Jessie Mueller. However, it appears that predictions are pointing to Lauren Ambrose taking home the prize for her flawless portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in the revival of My Fair Lady.
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Another competitive category has veterans, first-time nominees, and an opera singer. Diana Rigg received rave reviews for her portrayal of Mrs. Higgins in the revival of My Fair Lady as did Renée Fleming as Nettie in the revival of Carousel. However, the Tony seems to be finding its way to first-time nominee Lindsay Mendez for playing Carrie in the revival of Carousel. Having already won the two bigger lead-up awards, this year seems to be full of praise and recognition for Lindsay Mendez.
Whichever way the American Theatre Wing decides to vote, the Tony Awards promise to be a night of surprises and thrills for the winners after a ceremony that, last year, was filled with obvious winners and no surprises. The telecast will happen on Sunday, June 10th at 8 PM EST.