Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The Interested Bystander's 2022-23 Tony Award Nomination Predictions - Early April 2022

Some Like It Hot (c) Marc J. Franklin

It is way too early to talk Tony Predictions. I know. But award shows are my sporting events, and I’m sure baseball fans are already talking about which teams will make it to the world series already and yet the season is only a week old. There are a lot of shows which haven’t even opened yet to make the cutoff date of April 27. But let’s see where we’re at based on reactions: on- off- and regionally. 

Crazy that this season, which started on May 4, will have had productions of 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning works running sometime during the season. Between Riverside and Crazy, Cost of Living, Death of a Salesman, Fat Ham, The Piano Lesson and Topdog/Underdog all had productions on Broadway while we had holdovers like Hamilton, How I Learned to Drive, The Skin of Our Teeth and A Strange Loop from previous seasons. And if we add Off-Broadway in the mix – we also had Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Delicate Balance. 

So, here are my prediction (and two possibilities)  in each of the major categories for early April. And I will, of course, send out my predictions once all the productions have opened. 

The Interested Bystander’s 2022-23 Tony Award Nomination Predictions 

Leopoldstadt (c) Joan Marcus

Best Play 

Cost of Living by Martyna Majok 
Fat Ham by James Ijames 
Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard 
Prima Facie by Suzie Miller 
Summer, 1976 by David Auburn 

Good Night, Oscar by Doug Wright 
The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse 

Best Musical 

& Juliet 
A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical 
Kimberly Akimbo 
New York, New York 
Some Like It Hot 

Almost Famous 

Play Revival  

Death of a Salesman 
A Doll’s House
Ohio State Murders
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 

The Piano Lesson 

Parade (c) Joan Marcus

Musical Revival 

Into the Woods 
Sweeney Todd


Actor in a Play 

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Topdog/Underdog 
Corey Hawkins – Topdog/Underdog 
Stephen McKinley Henderson – Between Riverside and Crazy 
Jefferson Mays – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 
Wendell Pierce – Death of a Salesman 

Sean Hayes – Good Night, Oscar 
Oscar Isaac – The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 

Actress in a Play 

Jessica Chastain – A Doll’s House 
Jodie Comer – Prima Facie 
Jessica Hecht – Summer, 1976 
Laura Linney – Summer, 1976 
Audra McDonald – Ohio State Murders 

Rachel Brosnahan – The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 
Zoe Wanamaker – Pictures From Home 

Ain't No Mo' - Joan Marcus

Featured Actor in a Play 

Jordan E. Cooper – Ain’t No Mo’ 
Samuel L. Jackson – The Piano Lesson 
Gregg Mozgala – Cost of Living 
Seth Numrich – Leopoldtstadt 
Brandon Uranowitz – Leopoldtstadt 

Julian De Niro – The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 
Arian Moayed – A Doll’s House 

Featured Actress in a Play 

Faye Castelow – Leopoldstadt 
Sharon D Clarke – Death of a Salesman 
Crystal Lucas-Perry – Ain’t No Mo’ 
Miriam Silverman – The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 
Katy Sullivan – Cost of Living 

Emily Bergl – Good Night, Oscar 
Kara Young – Cost of Living 

Actor in a Musical 

Christian Borle – Some Like it Hot 
Andrew Burnap – Camelot 
J. Harrison Ghee – Some Like it Hot 
Josh Groban – Sweeney Todd 
Ben Platt – Parade 

Colton Ryan – New York – New York 
Will Swenson – A Beautiful Noise 

Actress in a Musical 

Annaleigh Ashford – Sweeney Todd 
Sara Bareilles – Into the Woods 
Victoria Clark – Kimberly Akimbo 
Micaela Diamond – Parade 
Phillipa Soo – Camelot 

Adrianna Hicks – Some Like it Hot 
Crystal Lucas-Perry – 1776 

Featured Actor in a Musical 

Justin Cooley – Kimberly Akimbo 
Kevin Del Aguila – Some Like it Hot 
Jordan Donica – Camelot 
Kennedy Kanagawa – Into the Woods 
Gaten Matarazzo – Sweeney Todd 

Gavin Creel – Into the Woods 
Zachary Noah Piser – KPOP 

& Juliet (c) Matthew Murphy

Featured Actress in a Musical 

Bonnie Milligan – Kimberly Akimbo 
Patrena Murray – 1776  
NaTasha Yvette Williams – Some Like it Hot 
Betsy Wolfe – & Juliet 

Carolee Carmello – Bad Cinderella 
Alli Mauzey – Kimberly Akimbo 

Director of a Play 

Saheem Ali – Fat Ham 
Michael Arden – Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol 
Patrick Marber – Leopoldstadt 
Justin Martin – Prima Facie 
Max Webster – The Life of Pi 

Jo Bonney – Cost of Living 
Anne Kauffman – The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 

1776 (c) Joan Marcus

Director of a Musical 

Michael Arden – Parade 
Thomas Kail – Sweeney Todd 
Casey Nicholaw – Some Like It Hot 
Jessica Stone – Kimberly Akimbo 
Susan Stroman – New York – New York 

Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus – 1776 
Bartlett Sher – Camelot

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