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Sunday, May 03, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Costume Design

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Here's the last Tony Predix for Sunday...all the big ones come your way on Monday!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

WILL BE NOMINATED:

Jane Greenwood, Waiting For Godot
Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart
Catherine Zuber, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Hildegard Bechtler, The Seagull
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
John Napier, Equus
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Gregg Barnes, To Be or Not to Be
Laura Bauer, Speed-the-Plow
Astrid Brucker, Irena's Vow
Jonathan Fensom, The American Plan
Jane Greenwood, Accent on Youth
Sarah J. Holden, reasons to be pretty
Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests
Ana Kuzmanic, Desire Under the Elms
Tobin Ost, The Philanthropist
Tom Pye, All My Sons
Janice Pytel, 33 Variations
Ann Roth, Hedda Gabler
Mark Thompson, God of Carnage
David C. Woolard, Dividing the Estate
Catherine Zuber, Impressionism
Catherine Zuber, A Man for All Seasons

MODFAB THINKS...that betting against titans of the industry is foolish, so he's going with Greenwood, Pakledinaz and Zuber mostly on reputation. For the fourth slot, the dueling queens' fierce gowns, set against all those contemporary men's suits in Mary Stuart, was effective and smart. (But in my secret place, I dream of a world where the wacky designs for Exit The King or the homoerotic horses of Equus might find some love, too.)

DARK HORSE: The hothouse atmosphere of Desire Under The Elms is as much about the costumes (or lack thereof) as it is about the acting.

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical
William Ivey Long, Pal Joey
Michael McDonald, Hair

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical
Carrie Robbins, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Michael McDonald, Hair

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
David Farley, 13
Wade Laboissonniere, The Story of My Life
William Ivey Long, 9 to 5: The Musical
Jeff Mahshie, next to normal
Paul Tazewell, Guys and Dolls
Chase Tyler, [title of show]
David C. Woolard, West Side Story
David Zinn, A Tale of Two Cities

MODFAB THINKS...you'd never guess, from these technical categories, how much he disliked Pal Joey. But here at the end of the season, it's pretty clear that it was better than the rest of the pack...and in this category, Mr. Long is the greater among equals. If there's a god, though, there will be a nomination for the impeccable white-trash creations of Rock of Ages. Spot-on recreations of the era, with a delightfully knowing irony thrown into the designs.

DARK HORSE: If nominators want some big period gowns represented in this category, they will have to choose A Tale of Two Cities.

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Blogger FleshPresser said...

Michael (from HAIR) is a local designer here in the Valley... I was THRILLED to see his name come up this morning!!! Can I say that I've got a little vicarious Tony rub-off if I've worn a costume from a Tony-Awrd nominated designer now? :)

5/5/09, 9:38 AM  

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