Saturday, 11 June 2016

Tony Awards Hopes and Predictions!

Tomorrow, June 12th, marks the long-awaited arrival of the annual Tony Awards. Unfortunately I'm going to be unable to watch the awards live as I have done previously which is disappointing because it's such an exciting year but I'll definitely be catching up with all the details as soon as I can. That said, I'm still super excited by the nominees and have been fully immersing myself in the Tony Awards hype so I thought I'd put together a little impromptu post about my thoughts, hopes and predictions for the night!

Obviously I couldn't write a post about the Tony Awards without mentioning the wonderful Hamilton which came out with a record-breaking 16 nominations. I adore the show - it's such a breakthrough in musical theatre and has proven such an inspiration to so many people. For that reason I'm almost certain it will win Best Musical as well as many other awards from the nominations. However, I think it's important to note that there are so many other amazing shows on Broadway at the moment that could easily be overshadowed by Hamilton, so please remember to give as much love as possible to all the other nominees!

In my opinion, the most difficult category to predict is Best Revival of a Musical. All four of these shows (The Colour Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me and Spring Awakening) are amazing shows that I love and feature so many talented performers so I really don't know how the cookie will crumble here but I think that I'll be happy whoever wins which doesn't often happen- I guess it's testament to what a great Broadway season it's been!

I suppose I should speak a little about my hopes and predictions for the night. I'm rooting for Leslie Odom Jr. to win Best Actor in a Musical although everyone in that category is truly extraordinary from what I've seen/heard. It's a similarly tough call for Best Actress but I'm secretly hoping that British girl Cynthia Erivo takes it home. I've also got my fingers crossed for Daveed Diggs, Renee Elis Goldsberry and Lupita Nyong'o, but there are too many incredible nominees this year to really narrow it down to one favourite per category.

Of course, there are always going to be shows that miss out. I'm a huge fan of the new musical Waitress with score by Sara Bareilles and despite 4 nominations, I think it's unlikely to win as it's up against some huge names (surprise, surprise, Hamilton again!). The same could be said for American Psycho, which had some fantastic reviews but only scored one nomination and has since closed on Broadway. For me, the show that completely missed out was Allegiance. Living in the UK I didn't get to see it but the songs I'd heard and what I'd read about the show sounded wonderful- it had a diverse Asian cast, something that is rarely seen on Broadway, and explored a piece of history that is often forgotten about (the Japanese American internment in WW2) but it was just overshadowed and unfortunately closed after just 4 months on Broadway. 

I'm incredibly excited for the ceremony itself presented by James Cordon who I think will do a really great job. There's a huge list of presenters (see it for yourself here) and I cannot wait to see the performances from all my current favourite Broadway. I think it's going to be a truly spectacular night and a Tony Awards to remember. Be sure to let me know your hopes and predictions either in the comments or @oliviaellen97 on Twitter!

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