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Monday, May 04, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Musical

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And finally...

BEST MUSICAL

WILL BE NOMINATED:
9 to 5: The Musical
Billy Elliot: The Musical
next to normal
Shrek The Musical

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Rock of Ages
Shrek The Musical
[title of show]

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
13
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
The Story of My Life
A Tale of Two Cities

MODFAB THINKS...that you shouldn't put too much stock in those bad reviews for 9 To 5 last week. Sure, it's mediocre at best. But it's also the sole old-school, big-style musical to open this spring (Dolly Parton, singlehandedly fending off the recession!), and it's catnip to the tour operators. (Remember This Truism: Tonys, contrary to whatever else you might think, are only good for one thing: getting a National Tour. In New York, a Tony won't necessarily save your show, or make it run longer. But on the road, a Tony is virtually the Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval, and will directly affect ticket sales.)

The other three -- Billy, normal and Shrek -- are rock-solid. Still, I fantasize about a Broadway where stupid fun like Rock of Ages could be recognized, even lauded, for being nothing more than a good time. Ah, well...

DARK HORSE: Hmmmm. Of the also-rans, 13 probably has the best shot. Which is different from actually having a shot.

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