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Sunday, May 03, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Scenic Design

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Continuing our Tony Predix (with two categories in one!), here's

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

WILL BE NOMINATED:
John Lee Beatty, Accent on Youth
David Gallo, reasons to be pretty
Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests
Derek McLane, 33 Variations

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
Derek McLane, 33 Variations
Mark Thompson, God of Carnage
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Hildegard Bechtler, Hedda Gabler
Hildegard Bechtler, The Seagull
Jeff Cowie, Dividing the Estate
Peter J. Davison, Blithe Spirit
Jonathan Fensom, The American Plan
Kevin Judge, Irena's Vow
Santo Loquasto, Waiting For Godot
Santo Loquasto, A Man for All Seasons
Anna Louizos, To Be or Not to Be
John Napier, Equus
Scott Pask, Speed-the-Plow
Scott Pask, Impressionism
Tom Pye, All My Sons
Tim Shortall, The Philanthropist
Walt Spangler, Desire Under the Elms
Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

MODFAB THINKS...that he doesn't know enough about set design to accurately predict this category (Problem #1), and he didn't see some of the big plays in this category (Problem #2). But he does know what he likes, and that carpet-as-walls set of Exit The King was pretty damn fabulous.

DARK HORSE: Like Streep at the Oscars, one should never count out Santo Loquasto at the Tonys. And Godot's minimalism might be a counterintuitive stroke of brilliance.

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BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Scott Pask, Hair
Mark Wendland, next to normal
James Youmans, West Side Story

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Scott Pask, Hair
No Fourth Nominee

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Beowulf Boritt, Rock of Ages
Robert Brill, The Story of My Life
Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls
David Farley, 13
Anna Louizos, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Scott Pask, 9 to 5: The Musical
Scott Pask, Pal Joey
Neil Patel, [title of show]
Tony Walton, A Tale of Two Cities

MODFAB THINKS...this year, sets for musicals broke down into three categories: Overwrought (Guys and Dolls), Overthought (Billy Elliot), or Over It (Next To Normal, with the completely pointless deconstructed suburban tract house). Only Hair truly achieved something close to sublimnity. And for sheer volume of stuff on stage, I credit Shrek and Billy for managing the load far better than 9 To 5 or A Tale of Two Cities.

DARK HORSE: A small but vocal minority of industry folk really dug that Pal Joey set.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Vance said...

sorry, but LOVED the N2N set. though I also dug Pal Joey's set too. I thought Shrek's was TERRIBLE and flatter than the cartoon is was based on.

5/3/09, 11:59 PM  

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