NY1's Frank Dilella takes a look at the contenders ahead of Tuesday morning's announcement of this year's Tony Award nominations.
It's that time of year again…
Just like those wizards who disappear and reappear nightly in the smash hit "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child," Tony time is magically upon us once more. The revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" starring Denzel Washington opened on Thursday night and was the final entry for shows eligible for this year's awards ceremony.
As I glance down the list of potential contenders for the 2018 Tony class, there's a sense of familiarity with both the shows and the players. For the Best Musical category, three eligible contenders derive from film properties, "Mean Girls," "Frozen" and "The Band’s Visit." "SpongeBob SquarePants" stems from the popular Nickelodeon franchise, "Escape to Margaritaville" has Jimmy Buffett, "Prince of Broadway" has Hal Prince and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" has the late disco diva. Expect to see multiple noms for the critically acclaimed "Band's Visit," including nods for its star Katrina Lenk and director David Cromer. Original "Mean Girl" and Broadway newbie Tina Fey will also receive a nomination for her inaugural musical theater venture.
In the Best Play category, there's no denying that the British import of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts 1 and 2" will get a lot of love come Tuesday. The wizard will pick up nods in all the design categories, plus Harry himself, Jamie Parker, and Scorpius Malfoy, Anthony Boyle, will be recognized in the performance categories. The other nine contenders for Best Play include Ayad Akhtar's financial thriller "Junk," the Mark Rylance vehicle "Farinelli and the King" (written by Rylance’s wife Claire van Kampen) and Lucy Kirkwood's "The Children."
For Best Musical Revival, all three eligible shows will be recognized on Tuesday: Michael Arden's re-imagined production of Ahrens and Flaherty's "Once on This Island," Bartlett Sher's "My Fair Lady" and Jack O’Brien's "Carousel." And the principals in all three, Hailey Kilgore, Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller, will get noms too.
In the Play Revival category, 10 shows are eligible, but expect to see praise for The National’s presentation of "Angels in America" parts 1 and 2 starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, and the Edward Albee revival of "Three Tall Women" with Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill.
For the FULL announcement of the 2018 nominations, tune in to NY1 on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.