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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


2006 Tony Predictions: The Designers and Directors

The Tony Award nominations will be announced next Tuesday, May 16th. And to celebrate, Modern Fabulousity will be laying out our predictions all week. Today, we start with the design and directing categories. If you think you know better than we do (and let's face it, most of you actually do), speak up and tell us where we went wrong.

ModFab Predicts: John Lee Beatty, Rabbit Hole; Bob Crowley, The History Boys; Alan Moyer, The Constant Wife; Scott Pask, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Spoiler: Santo Loquasto, A Touch of the Poet

All of the irritatingly dull living rooms on Broadway this season, from Barefoot in the Park to Well, were put to shame by Rabbit Hole's turntable house. The blood spattering alone will get Inishmore invited to the party, as will the MTV-like videos of History Boys. Will people remember the gorgeous period detail of The Constant Wife? We hope so.

ModFab Predicts: Christopher Akerlind, Awake and Sing!; Christopher Akerlind, A Touch of the Poet; Jean Kalman, Festen; Paul Gallo, Three Days of Rain
Spoiler: Michael Chybowski, The Lieutenant of Inishmore

2005 Tony winner Akerlind (The Light in the Piazza) designed five shows on Broadway this year...how many will he get nominated for? We're guessing two. These might be the wrong two, but still. Two.

ModFab Predicts: Bob Crowley, The History Boys; William Ivey Long, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; Joan Wadge, Festen; Catherine Zuber, Awake and Sing!
Spoiler: Issac Mizrahi, Barefoot in the Park

Mizrahi's continuing career reinvention includes a serious play to become a Broadway costumer. I don't think he'll make the cut in this category, but his designs for Threepenny Opera will definitely get noticed elsewhere.

Nicholas Hytner, The History Boys; Johnathan Kent, Faith Healer; Wilson Milam, The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Bartlett Sher, Awake and Sing!
Spoilers: Robert Falls, Shining City; Joe Martello, Three Days of Rain

There's no doubt that the European exports are the story of the year; Hytner, Kent, and Milam simply blew American directors off the map this season. The rain effect in Three Days might be dazzling enough to get Mantello into the clubhouse; the last time he did water onstage, in Take Me Out, he won the Tony. Another recent winner is Sher (The Light in the Piazza), and his work is arguably the most nuanced of the bunch.

ModFab Predicts: Bob Crowley, Tarzan; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd; Derek McLane, The Threepenny Opera; Derek McLane, The Pajama Game
Spoilers: John Lee Beatty, The Color Purple

Only the reputation of Beatty keeps him in the mix here...the other four sets were exemplary, even if some of them (are you listening, Mr. McLane?) totally missed the point of Brecht's script.

ModFab Predicts: Howell Binkley, Jersey Boys; Richard G. Jones, Sweeney Todd; Jason Lyons, The Threepenny Opera; Peter Kaczorowski, The Pajama Game
Spoilers: Kenneth Posner; Lestat; Brian McDevitt, The Color Purple

After Parade, The Full Monty, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, Howell Binkley is the lighting designer most overdue for a Tony Award. His major competition are relative newcomers (Jones, Lyons, Kaczorowski), but don't count out The Color Purple's McDevitt, who could score back-to-back Tonys after winning last year for The Pillowman.

ModFab Predicts: Gregg Barnes, The Drowsy Chaperone; Jess Goldstein, Jersey Boys; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd; Issac Mizrahi, The Threepenny Opera; Martin Pakledinaz, The Pajama Game
Spoilers: Susan Hilferty, Lestat; Paul Tazewell, The Color Purple

Can John Doyle be nominated this many times in one year? At some point, Tony voters are going to stop honoring this talented British newcomer...and if it's here, the well-liked and well-regarded Susan Hilferty (Wicked) waits in the wings with swooping romantic necklines (perfect for vampire bites).

ModFab Predicts: John Doyle, Sweeney Todd; Kathleen Marshall, The Pajama Game; Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys; Casey Nicholaw, The Drowsy Chaperone
Spoiler: Bob Crowley, Tarzan

Unless the industry wants to recognize Crowley's long-gestating, long-suffering process on Tarzan, the four are pretty set here.
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