Bam! Bam! Tony Nominations Or St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? Jeremy Gerard’s Analysis

The day after the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations is always emotional in the Broadway precincts, as the selected few begin to enjoy their five weeks of glory ahead of the awards ceremony itself while the un-nominated masses are left licking their wounds.

Yesterday’s unveiling of the nominees for the 69th annual Tonys may be remembered, as I say above in my video overview of the event, as even bloodier than usual. They will be awarded on CBS’ live telecast on June 7.

Big musicals from Finding Neverland to Doctor Zhivago to Honeymoon In Vegas were ignored, as were appearances by such stage and film luminaries as Glenn Close and Hugh Jackman.

Still, the slaughter in Shubert Alley was neither exclusively pro-commerce nor exclusively pro-art. A good case can be made that the nominating-committee members voted for the shows they simply liked the most.

Some are large-scale spectacles like Something Rotten!  and An American In Paris, which will compete for the all-important Best Musical medallion. But others were small, like Fun Home, the adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel/memoir and also a Best Musical contender.

Similarly, in the Best Play category, big shows like Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 and The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time are competing with that scrappy, yappy terrier of a show, Hand To God.

What did you think of the nominations? Which shows have you seen, and who do you predict will walk off with the Tonys? Let us know your thoughts.

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