The 2019 Tony Awards- Nominations and Predictions


Tony nominee Eva Noblezada and co-star Reeve Carney share the stage in Hadestown, a nominee for Best Musical.

Eva Allison, Staff Writer

With the last day of school peeking around the corner, another exciting day awaits all theatre geeks – the Tony Awards. Premiering on June 9 on CBS, James Corden will host the event and lead the award ceremony, recognizing nine musicals and 15 plays.


Best Musical nominees: The Prom, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, Ain’t To Proud, and Tootsie.

Hadestown, The Prom, and Tootsie are the alleged top competitors for the prize. Previous winners of the award tend to be the darker, gloomier musicals, which gives Hadestown an advantage.


Best Play nominees: Choir Boy, Ink, The Ferryman, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.

Competition between The Ferryman and What the Constitution Means to Me is growing as To Kill A Mockingbird has, to fans surprise, been left out of the race.


Best Revival of a Musical nominees: Oklahoma! and Kiss Me Kate.

In this narrow race of two, Oklahoma!, with it’s critical acclaim and intelligent use of staging in the round, may be enough to claim the prize. However, Kiss Me Kate poses a strong threat with a story tweaked to revolve around the #MeToo era.


Best Revival of a Play nominees: Burn This, The Boys in the Band, All My Sons, Torch Song, and The Waverly Gallery.

The Waverly Gallery faces a tough race due to it’s closing in January. All My Sons’s powerful dynamic and performance may be enough to score a win.


Best Score nominees: Joe Iconis, Be More Chill; Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown; Adam Guettel, To Kill a Mockingbird; Eddie Perfect, Beetlejuice; David Yazbek, Tootsie; Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, The Prom.

Although Yazbek was the previous winner of this award, Hadestown seductive, imaginative music has led the musical to be the alleged winner of this category.


Best Book of a Musical nominees: Robert Horn, Tootsie; Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The Prom; Scott Brown and Anthony King; Beetlejuice; Dominique Morisseau, Ain’t Too Proud; Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown.

Tootsie, having been updated from the 1982 material, contains multiple hilarious bits and one-liners that may take the musical to the top.


Best Actress in a Musical nominees: Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show; Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom; Beth Leavel, The Prom; Eva Noblezada, Hadestown; Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me, Kate.

This is a complex call – these leading ladies of Broadway have incomparable talent. However, Block’s spirited portrayal of Star will likely land her as the winner.


Best Actor in a Musical nominees: Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud; Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!; Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice; Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom; Santino Fontana, Tootsie.

While the men of the musicals all have impressive onstage presences, Fontana’s energetic performance will likely cause the award to favor men in drag.


Best Actress in a Play nominees: Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman; Annette Bening, All My Sons; Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery; Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me; Janet McTeer, Bernhard/Hamlet; Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton.

May, the comedic 87-year-old icon, is the alleged top competitor, for she delivers an unforgettable performance as a mentally-decaying proprietor.


Best Actor in a Play nominees: Bryan Cranston, Network; Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy; Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird; Adam Driver, Burn This; Paddy Considine, The Ferryman.

Cranston and Daniels pose as tough competitors to each other – both men serve strong, honorable performances in their respective shows.


Best Featured Actress in a Musical nominees: Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!; Amber Gray, Hadestown; Sarah Stiles, Tootsie; Lilli Cooper, Tootsie; Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

Stroker’s sharp performance in a wheelchair is no less of a threat than Gray’s goddess-like performance in Hadestown. However, Stiles onstage comedic personality makes it a tough call.


Best Featured Actor in a Musical nominees: Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie; André De Shields, Hadestown; Patrick Page, Hadestown; Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud; Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud.

De Shields has a large chance of winning a Tony for the first time this year, although Page and Sykes offer tough competition.


Best Featured Actress in a Play nominees: Ruth Wilson, King Lear; Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird; Kristine Nielsen, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Julie White, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Fionnula Flanagan, The Ferryman;.

Keenan-Bolger, the 40-year-old actress who has a knack for playing children and teens alike, may take the win for her portrayal of Scout.


Best Featured Actor in a Play nominees: Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This; Robin de Jesus, The Boys in the Band; Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird; Benjamin Walker, All My Sons; Bertie Carvel, Ink.

Carvel, for his charming character Rupert Murdoch in Ink, is favored in this race. However, Walker may turn the tide for his acting in All My Sons.


Best Direction of a Musical nominees: Scott Ellis, Tootsie; Daniel Fish, Oklahoma!; Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown; Casey Nicholaw, The Prom; Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud.

Having previously been nominated for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Chavkin is a strong competitor for her take on Hadestown.


Best Direction of a Play nominees: Rupert Goold, Ink; George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird; Sam Mendes, The Ferryman; Ivo van Hove, Network.

Due to To Kill a Mockingbird’s lost nomination for Best Play, the award may land in the hands of Mendes, for he also successfully directed humans and animals alike.


Best Choreography nominees: Denis Jones, Tootsie; Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy; David Neumann, Hadestown; Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate; Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud.

In this spunky revival, Kiss Me Kate holds the advantage for their choreography in “Tom, Dick, or Harry” and “Too Darn Hot.”


Best Scenic Design of a Musical nominees: Rachel Hauck, Hadestown; David Korins, Beetlejuice; Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Ain’t Too Proud; Peter England, King Kong; Laura Jellinek, Oklahoma!.

Korins, director of extremely successful musicals such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Passing Strange, may at last land a win for his exciting take on Beetlejuice.


Best Scenic Design of a Play nominees: Jan Versweyveld, Network; Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird; Rob Howell, The Ferryman; Bunny Christie, Ink; Santo Loquasto, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.

Every play holds an advantage in this race – Network and Ink have the most complex sets; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus has the craziest; The Ferryman and To Kill A Mockingbird  are both eloquently realistic.


Best Costume Design of a Musical nominees: William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice; William Ivey Long, Tootsie; Michael Krass, Hadestown; Paul Tazewell, Ain’t Too Proud; Bob Mackie, The Cher Show.

Mackie´s oh-so-dazzling costumes, paired with Block´s 29 quick-changes throughout the show, is the leading contender in this race.


Best Costume Design of a Play nominees: Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet; Rob Howell, The Ferryman;Clint Ramos, Torch Song; Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Roth and James are the leading competitors – while Roth has simultaneous nominations for differing shows, James’ lush period costumes provide for a tough call.


Best Lighting Design of a Musical nominees: Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice; Kevin Adams, The Cher Show; Bradley King, Hadestown; Peter Mumford, King Kong; Howell Binkley, Ain’t Too Proud.

The mystical, moody design of Hadestown, paired with a musical number involving swinging lights, may score a win for King.


Best Lighting Design of a Play nominees: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Neil Austin, Ink; Peter Mumford, The Ferryman; Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, Network; Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird;.

This category creates a tough race between Tipton’s complex work To Kill A Mockingbird and flashy, intense designs of Ink and Network.


Best Sound Design of a Musical nominees: Peter Hylenski, King Kong; Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice; Drew Levy, Oklahoma!; Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud; Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown.

Despite incorporating larger-than-life gorilla noises for King Kong, Hylenski’s design for Beetlejuice is more likely to win. However, back-to-back Hylenski battle may turn into a win for Steinberg and Paz.


Best Sound Design of a Play nominees: Nick Powell, The Ferryman; Fitz Patton, Choir Boy; Eric Sleichim, Network; Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird; Adam Cork, Ink;.

Network and Ink both pose as threats for their extreme amount of sound design. However, the award may favor the sound portrayal in The Ferryman.


Best Orchestrations nominees: Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud; Simon Hale, Tootsie; Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate; Daniel Kluger, Oklahoma!; Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown.

Although Kluger took a refreshing new take on the original Oklahoma! score, Hadestown may score the prize with it’s jazzy blues and rhythm.