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Monday, May 04, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Direction of a Musical

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Continuing our Tony Predix, here's

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Michael Greif, next to normal
Arthur Laurents, West Side Story
Diane Paulus, Hair

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Michael Berresse, [title of show]
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Jason Moore, Shrek The Musical
Diane Paulus, Hair

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Walter Bobbie, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Warren Carlyle, A Tale of Two Cities
Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
Richard Maltby, Jr., The Story of My Life
Joe Mantello, Pal Joey
Joe Mantello, 9 to 5: The Musical
Des McAnuff, Guys and Dolls
Jeremy Sams, 13

MODFAB THINKS...there are two absolute locks in this category: Daldry and Paulus. The former has impeccable credentials (Oscar nominee, etc.), and the latter reinvigorated a musical beyond what anyone thought possible. I'm guessing Grief's frenzied stair-crawling will net him a nomination from the N2N adherents, and even though no one seems to like him as a person, Laurents is a legend who probably won't get too many more chances. Yes, that means I'm skipping over perennial awards-bait McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and Mantello (Wicked), who both turned in sub-par work this year.

DARK HORSE: Walter Bobbie is well-liked in the industry, and White Christmas could become an annual tradition on the Great White Way. I'm not saying it's going to happen, only that it might.

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