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Sunday, May 03, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Lighting Design

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Continuing our Tony Predix, here's

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

WILL BE NOMINATED:
David J. Lander, 33 Variations
Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Peter Mumford, The Seagull
Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
David Hersey, Equus
David J. Lander, 33 Variations
Damien Cooper, Exit the King
Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Paul Anderson, All My Sons
Howell Binkley, To Be or Not to Be
David Castaneda, Irena's Vow
Rick Fisher, The Philanthropist
David Howe, The Norman Conquests
Peter Kaczorowski, Waiting For Godot
Natasha Katz, Hedda Gabler
Natasha Katz, Impressionism
David J. Lander, A Man for All Seasons
Brian MacDevitt, Accent on Youth
Brian MacDevitt, Blithe Spirit
Brian MacDevitt, Speed-the-Plow
Mark McCollough, The American Plan
Michael Phillippi, Desire Under the Elms
Rui Rita, Dividing the Estate
Hugh Vanstone, God of Carnage
David Weiner, reasons to be pretty

MODFAB THINKS: The key to this category, I think, is not to think of it as "best" but as "most dramatically noticeable"...which means that the beautiful, but plain, living room lighting of Accent on Youth and Blithe Spirit can probably focus elsewhere in their search for glory. The transcendant moments I remember this year were (in order of preference) the sunlight through the rain in Mary Stuart, the spinning walls of light in 33 Variations, and the final, foggy scene of Exit The King.

DARK HORSE: If the nominators are interested in recognizing nontraditional lighting, they might go for the fluorescent warehouse dinge of reasons to be pretty.

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BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Kevin Adams, Hair
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, 9 to 5: The Musical
Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Howell Binkley, West Side Story

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Kevin Adams, Hair
Kevin Adams, next to normal
Jason Lyons, Rock of Ages
Howell Binkley, West Side Story

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Ken Billington, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz, [title of show]
Ken Billington and Paul Toben, The Story of My Life
Howell Binkley, Guys and Dolls
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Pal Joey
Brian MacDevitt, 13
Richard Pilbrow, A Tale of Two Cities
Hugh Vanstone, Shrek The Musical

MODFAB THINKS: If you've been reading these posts all afternoon, you're probably starting to see some patterns. Namely...I hated next to normal. But if there's any nomination it DOES deserve, it's probably the one it won't get...for lighting. Those gazillion light bulbs everywhere were pretty dazzling. And speaking of dazzling, the rock-concert glare of Rock of Ages was as accurate as it was spectacular.

DARK HORSE: Shrek The Musical had a lot of lights. I mean, if we're going on sheer volume.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Vance said...

you hated N2N too? I have yet to read a blogger (I read and respect) who loved it yet there's so much love on the msg boards (is it the producers faking posts?) and critics so I was wondering if I missed something too (I was meh on it but I LOVED the lighting and the set, and loved Tveit and Damiano).

5/3/09, 11:56 PM  
Blogger ShoNuff said...

i didn't hate it, just didn't think it was all that well put together. i thought alice ripley gave a full-throttle performance, and both aaron tveit and jennifer damiano were both terrific, but the score utlimately had no connection to the book, or the material. an upbeat rock musical about depression and schizophrenia? conceptually, it was a tough sell, but the score was two keys too high, and it just wasn't enough for me. but, i'm a tough sell.

5/4/09, 9:45 PM  

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