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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


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The first of the major theatrical award groups, the Outer Critics Circle, announced their nominations yesterday...and I already call bullshit. Because if anyone within 1,000 miles of New York City (besides the Outer Critics) truly believes that the most-nominated, most-worthy show of the season is Young Frankenstein, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn reasonably priced to move.

Frankenstein received 10 nominations, including head-scratching nods for direction and choreography (the cult of Stroman will never die!). Following close was Les Liaisons Dangereuses, still in previews but showing strong with 9, and South Pacific with 8. (The full list of nominations is here). Here are what I see as truly significant signs, although it should be noted that the OCCs are the least historically predictive of all the awards:

- Passing Strange and In The Heights, two of the critical darlings of the season, went unrecognized for Best Musical. In their place? The much-maligned Cry-Baby. (And if you've heard, as I have, that Boeing-Boeing is the funniest play on Broadway in years, you'll be as amazed as I am that it had no nominations. Bad news for The Country Girl and Top Girls, too.)

- Boyd Gaines was placed in Best Actor for Gypsy. Many of you made fun of me when I suggested it as a possibility. It still may not happen, but this is a sign that I'm not the only one impressed by Mr. Gaines' work.

- Major Omissions: Amy Morton in August: Osage County; Ian McShane in The Homecoming; Terrence Howard in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Nathan Lane in November; Cheyenne Jackson in Xanadu

A better indication of things (yes, I'm biased) will be made this morning, when the Drama League Awards announce their nominations. You can watch the nomination announcement live on BroadwayWorld.com starting at 10:30AM US EDT, read by Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Norbert Leo Butz (Is He Dead?) and Hunter Bell (Title of Show).

The final awards to announce before the Tonys will be the Drama Desk, next weekend...but with their very ugly, very public scandal still echoing down 42nd Street, who knows what they'll be like this year.

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Blogger will g said...

It's weird - when you point out the various gaffes, the nominations seem cuckoo, but when you look at the list as a whole it doesn't seem half bad, and even shows a little originality, not always going for obvious choices. But all those noms for YF and not for my Megan?

4/22/08, 12:25 AM  
Blogger Vance said...

Even from Canada I could tell those noms were a joke. Alright, can you double check the Drama League noms and fill in some blanks if it doesn't seem right?


4/22/08, 12:58 AM  
Blogger Ludlow Lad said...

Hey Mod Fab -

While I agree that ANYTHING could/should have been nominated over Young Frankenstein, In The Heights and Passing Strange were probably not eligible this year as they were both produced Off-Broadway and eligible last year. Actually In The Heights was nominated last year...

4/22/08, 8:09 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Ludlow, I agree that's probably the case. However, the articles I saw yesterday (maybe they've been updated since) made no mention of ineligble shows...something they have always done in previous years.

4/22/08, 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I just came across a new website that does something pretty cool. You can check out a funny little icon to see if the NY Times enjoyed the show or not! No kidding! A little Ben Brantley icon either gives the thumbs up, sits on the fence, or looks like he's going to hurl! It's hilarious. You all have to check this out and tell me what you think. Are these people on? Let me know your thoughts. Go to www.didhelikeit.com No, I'm serious, that's the name of the site!

4/22/08, 4:33 PM  
Blogger will g said...

The site is genius. Aside from the Brantley bobblehead, a review compendium like this was badly needed. (There isn't another one, is there?)

4/23/08, 3:13 AM  

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