It’s Hamil-time! My reaction to the 2016 Tony Nominations.

It’s #Hamiltime!

Hamilton just made history (ironic, wouldn’t you say?) when it garnered 16 Tony Nominations this morning, besting The Producers and Billy Elliot.

As usual, it was a morning of “Yep, as expected” and “Oh no they didn’t!”  So let’s start my recap with how I did in my predictions from yesterday.

1.  Best Musical

I predicted . . .

Shuffle Along
American Psycho

And those smarter-than-I nominators slipped in Steve Martin’s Bright Star and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock over the shock-and-awe American Psycho, once again proving that the fourth (and in this case, fifth!) slot can be a toss-up.  Man, oh man, I wish I could see how close the vote was on that one.

Score for Ken?  3 out of 5.

2.  Best Play

I predicted . . .

The Humans
King Charles III
The Father

And I nailed.  This one was an easier category to pick, mostly because of the limited number of new plays this year.  Oh, and I think I know why we may be seeing fewer and fewer plays.  But more on that in a future blog.

Score for Ken . . . 7 out of 9.

3.  Best Revival of a Musical

Um, so first, let me say . . . YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOOHOO!!!!  Well, how about them apples!?!?!?!?!?!

Ok, and now back to my regularly scheduled blog.

I predicted . . .

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
Spring Awakening

And, you know what happened?  The system worked!  As I discussed yesterday, with only five eligible shows for this category, there could have only been three nominees, which would have put one of the four terrific revivals out on the street.  But, a rule that allows there to be a fourth nominee if there is a close enough race (three votes!) was enacted and boom time, in addition to my predictions above, She Loves Me gets added to the list. I have to give credit to the Tony Admin Committee for not only this tie-breaking rule, but also for expanding the number of nominators over the years.  This year there were 49.  Just a few short years ago, that number was in the 20s.  Ties like this wouldn’t be possible without more nominators, and all four of these great productions wouldn’t have gotten a nom.

Also . . . Yippppppeeeeeee!!!!!

Happy to get one wrong in this case.

Score for Ken . . . 10 out of 13.

4.  Best Revival of a Play

I predicted:

A View from the Bridge
The Crucible
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

And dang it, wouldn’t you know that the nominators pulled another “Ahh, let’s add another great production to the mix” in this category too!  I’m a big time Blackbird fan, so I was glad to see that production get included.

FINAL Score for Ken . . . 14 out of 18 or a 78% . . . or in Elementary School scoring . . . a C+.

Eh.  Not great.  But you know what?  This year, I don’t care so much. 😉

Other tidbitty takeaways from this year’s nominations:

  • Surprised to see so few noms for On Your Feet! (1).  I expected some performance nods, but those acting categories were tough this year.
  • Proof of that is no nomination for 6-time winner Audra McDonald.
  • Super pumped for Spring Director Michael Arden and his well deserved nod. Remember when he was solely an Actor?  Nope.  Herr Director is born.
  • Hollywood stars were left out in the cold this season, with no noms for Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley and Al Pacino (who I dreamed about last night for some reason – he told me to “tweet” at him).

For a full list of the 2016 Tony Award nominations, click here.

What did you think of the nominations?  How did you fare in your predictions?  What was the biggest shocker for you?

And, do you think #Hamiltime will roll on through the awards and will they beat the record for most wins evah???

Comment below . . . and then gear up for a fun five years of awards drama!


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