Oh my GOD do I want to be at the Tony's this year. My beloved Sondheim is getting the lifetime achievement award. And there's a special award being given to Robert Russell Bennett for achievement in orchestrations. (yes, I'm aware he died in 1981.)
Show is June 15th at 8pm on CBS. Yeah, Whoopi is hosting. Not sure how that one will be. Can we have Hugh Jackman back? Please? *points to icon*
The most surprising thing? Young Frankenstein
garnered THREE noms. Quite a cry from the 13 (I think?) noms that The Producers
got years ago. Hell, it's not even up for best musical!
*g* though, my Sunday in the Park with George
did QUITE well with 9 nods.( Full list of Noms as taken from Playbill.com )
The top nominees?In The Heights
, 13Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
, 11Sunday in the Park with George
, 9August: Osage County
, 7Passing Strange
Couple of things in closing: I'm glad none of the kids chosen by America for Grease got nominees. Somehow, it'd cheapen the whole thing just to have two kids chosen by America win Tonys. I'm sure they're wonderful, but because people can pick up the phone and vote doesn't mean a damn thing.
And yes, I'm rooting for Sunday
to take home all 9. I'm sure it won't but I want it to. And I will be seeing Sunday
after the Tonys, so it'll be interesting to see how everyone fawns over the show. It'd be wonderful for Sondheim to win best revival for it, as he really lost out in 1984 with Jerry Herman and La Cage Aux Folles
. And, of course, Jerry Herman was so
gracious in his acceptance speech: "the simple, old-fashioned musical was still alive and well at the Palace". Because, you know, Sondheim's score is on the very verge of atonality. But I digress.
*sigh* And it makes me sad to think of Sunday and Dr H and half of the stuff in this post were things we talked about in his office. Woe.
So, it'll be interesting to see how things pan out. Who do you think will take home the awards?