Taking On The Tony Nominees

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‘Kinky Boots.’ Courtesy Matthew Murphy)

The Tony Award nominees have been announced, and now it’s time to look back, reflect and start placing bets on the best plays, musicals and performances. Here’s what The Observer thought of this year’s contenders.

Best Play:

The Assembled Parties

Lucky Guy 

The Testament of Mary

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (also see Rex Reed’s review).

Best Musical:

Bring It On: The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical 

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

Best Book of a Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical (Joseph Robinette)

Kinky Boots (Harvey Fierstein) 

Matilda The Musical (Dennis Kelly)

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Douglas Carter Beane)

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater

A Christmas Story, The Musical (Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

Hands on a Hardbody (Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. Lyrics: Amanda Green)

Kinky Boots (Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper)

Matilda The Musical (Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin)

 

Best Revival of a Play

Golden Boy 

Orphans

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Annie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood 

Pippin

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

 

Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy)

Nathan Lane (The Nance)

Tracy Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike)

Tom Sturridge (Orphans)

 

Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf (The Other Place)

Amy Morton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

Kristine Nielson (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike)

Holland Taylor (Ann)

Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful)

 

Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Bertie Carvel (Matilda The Musical)

Santino Fontana (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella)

Rob McClure (Chaplin)

Billy Porter (Kinky Boots)

Stark Sands (Kinky Boots)

  

Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)

Carolee Carmello (Scandalous)

Valisia LeKae (Motown The Musical)

Patina Miller (Pippin)

Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella)

 

Best Direction of a Play

Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

Nicholas Martin (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike)

Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy)

George C. Wolfe (Lucky Guy)

Best Direction of a Musical

Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)

Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)

Diane Paulus (Pippin)

Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical)