This week Tony Award ballots are due and although I am not one of the 700-plus voters, it’s still fun to do a virtual ballot.
So in a combination of wishful thinking and strategic predictions my Tony Award votes go to: Best musical (“Matilda”); best play (“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”); best musical revival (“Pippin”); best play revival (“The Trip to Bountiful”); best actor in a play (Tom Hanks, “Lucky Guy”), best actor in a musical (Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots”); best actress in a play (Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”); best actress in a musical (Patina Miller, “Pippin”); best supporting actor in a play (Richard Kind, “The Big Knife”); best supporting actor in a musical (Terrence Mann, “Pippin”); best supporting actress in a play (Condola Rashad, “The Trip to Bountiful”); best supporting actress in a musical (Andrea Martin, “Pippin”); best director of a play (George Wolfe, “Lucky Guy”); best director of a musical (Diane Paulus, “Pippin”); best musical score (Cyndi Lauper , “Kinky Boots”), best musical book (Dennis Kelly, “Matilda”).
I’d love to see Ann Roth, 81, get her first Tony after 87 Broadway productions going back to the ‘50s and four nominations -- for her costumes for “The Nance.”
I’d also like to see John Gromada get his first Tony (it’s also his first nomination) for his sound design in a play for “The Trip to Bountiful”), after 36 Broadway productions.
Set design of a musical (Rob Howell, “Matilda”); set design of a play (John Lee Beatty, “The Nance”); orchestrations (Danny Troob, “Cinderella”); choreography (Chet Walker, “Pippin”), costumes of a musical (Dominique Lemieux, “Pippin”); lighting of a play (Japhy Welderman, “The Nance”); lighting of a musical Kenneth Posner, “Pippin”); sound design of a musical (Nevin Steinberg, “Cinderella”);
Watch for major ovations for Hanks, Tyson and Martin.
Cringe moment: special Tony for non-Equity. historical society-produced, outdoor community epic, “The Lost Colony.”
Semi-local hero moment: fellow New England theater -- Boston’s Huntington Theater Company -- getting a regional theater Tony.
Will Bette be there?: You bet. Well, I bet.
Best moment seen in a nano-second of TV time: Ming Cho Lee of the Yale School of Drama getting a lifetime achievement,.
How will Neil Patrick Harris do as host?: We go in slightly jaded (he’s good but...again?) and will be won ever, especially in the show’s closing moments.
Like to see: The now unemployed boys from the since-closed “Billy Elliot” hanging around the stage door for the girls of “Matilda.” (“Want to see my real Tony?”)