Why people will be upset with the 2017 Tony Awards & Nominations
The 2016-2017 Broadway season has been unusually crowded with new musical productions. It’s like producers were waiting until the season after Hamilton in hopes of being up for some Tonys, knowing Hamilton would sweep. But by doing this, they failed to recognise many other shows were doing the same. Of course, some shows weren’t even ready last year, but let’s look at this objectively.
Shows that have the potential to be nominated for Best Musical:
A Bronx Tale
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Natashia, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Obviously not all of these shows will get nominated, only 4-5 will. Which is a travesty, as some shows that will miss out probably would be nominated in any other season. As for a winner, I’ll be surprised if Dear Evan Hansen doesn’t win. Although I will be RAGED if Amélie and Anastasia aren’t at least nominated.
Best Revival is unusually crowded too, with shows that might be nominated include:
Sunday in the Park with George - although I think I read somewhere that it will not be eligible/they pulled themselves out or something.
Miss Saigon is most likely to take the win for this one. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I could be wrong
This is where it get’s really frustrating, because some amazing actresses and actors will not be nominated for Leading Role in a Musical, even though they carry the entire show on their backs. (I’m not going to list Supporting Roles, but I’m sure you can imagine the snubs)
Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical potential nominees:
Stephanie J Block
(Not sure which/if any of the Dear Evan Hansen girl will be up for this. Maybe Rachael Bay Jones or Laura Dreyfuss)
Actor in a Leading Roll in a Musical potential nominees:
Christian Borle (yes he’s up for 2 leading roles)
I mean, it’s just INSANE how many snubs there will be this year for deserving actresses and actors. I just wanted to prepare everyone that not all of your favorites will be nominated this year. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way it is. Show the actors your love and support on their social medias to let them know their work matters to you. And let’s be grateful for all of the new shows this year. Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.
From Paper Mill to Broadway, congratulations to everyone involved with Bandstand for an incredible run. Thank you to Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor and Andy Blankenbuehler especially for dedicating yourselves to this project. The story that Bandstand tells is one of passion, determination and faith. It has helped so many people and will continue to help people for years to come. Thank you for reminding us that music can heal people, that it can save lives and that the men and women who risk their lives for our freedom every single day deserve to have their stories told.