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As we’re all recovering from Broadway’s biggest night of the year, we here at Curtain Call revisited our readers’ Tony predictions. Overall, our readers guessed 11 out of the total 26 categories correctly! The biggest surprise to the readers? To Kill a Mockingbird brought home far fewer trophies than expected. However, the readers saw the Hadestown sweep from a mile away. See below for the breakdown on what we got right, and what surprised us at the ceremony.
Thanks for joining us this year in our predictions, and for following along Alecia and Moira’s coverage on Instagram and Twitter! We’ve had such a great time celebrating the Tony Awards with you and we can’t wait for next year.
Ain’t Too Proud
Verdict: correct! To no one’s surprise, the powerhouse folk jazz musical swept, culminating in a Best Musical win.
What the Constitution Means to Me
Verdict: correct! With the absence of a To Kill a Mockingbird Best Play nomination, many of us were a little unsure which play would take home the top honor of the night (and pointed out the snub when we asked!), but ultimately, The Ferryman triumphed both in our hearts and the envelope.
Best Revival of a Musical
Kiss Me, Kate
Verdict: correct! We had a 50/50 shot on this one, and while we didn’t place bets like Andrew Rannells and Sutton Foster, our guess was right: Oklahoma! won Best Revival.
Best Revival of a Play
All My Sons
The Boys in the Band
The Waverly Gallery
Verdict: correct! The Boys in the Band was a favorite for many this season, and its Tony win and the touching acceptance speech from author Matt Crowley solidified its place in our hearts forever.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud
Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Verdict: incorrect. Unfortunately, this award didn’t go to the hilarious and lovable Alex Brightman, who wowed audiences with “The Whole Being Dead Thing” earlier in the night, like we all hoped. Santino Fontana, who plays the titular character in Tootsie, ended up with the trophy. This is disheartening to all of us who pointed out the transphobia, sexism, and other problematic elements to no avail this season, but we want to extend our congratulations to all the other incredible nominees in this category.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show
Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Eva Noblezada, Hadestown
Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me Kate
Verdict: incorrect. However, this was a fantastic category with many incredible women nominated and we’re happy that Stephanie J. Block went home with a win for her performance as Cher! This is also very heartening to all of us who were rooting for her in 2017 for Falsettos.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Paddy Considine, The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston, Network
Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird
Adam Driver, Burn This
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy
Verdict: incorrect. It was a surprisingly uneventful night for To Kill a Mockingbird, which many of us thought would take home a multitude of awards, including this one for Jeff Daniels’ impressive performance as the iconic Atticus Finch. However, in the end, it went to Bryan Cranston for Network, whose powerful speech credited the media. “The media is not the enemy of the people,” he declared, “demagoguery is the enemy of the people.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Annette Bening, All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Shreck, What the Constitution Means to Me
Verdict: incorrect. This was another surprise; Laurie Metcalf has been a frequent winner over the past few years, but Elaine May is a wonderful actress as well and we’re very thrilled that her performance (doubly impressive for an octogenarian!)
Best Book of a Musical
Dominique Morisseau, Ain’t Too Proud
Scott Brown and Anthony King, Beetlejuice
Anais Mitchell, Hadestown
Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Robert Horn, Tootsie
Verdict: incorrect. Another unfortunate win for Tootsie, whose offensive material has been given the honor over musicals that respectfully amplify voices of women, people of color, and queer folks.
Best Original Score Written for the Theatre
Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Eddie Perfect, Beetlejuice
Anais Mitchell, Hadestown
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Adam Guettel, To Kill a Mockingbird
David Yazbek, Tootsie
Verdict: correct. No surprises here! We’re thrilled that Anais won and Hadestown had another victory. Plus, after the performance of “Wait for Me,” no one could argue that they truly do have the best score of the season.
Best Direction of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom
Verdict: correct. Again, not a surprise, but we’re really pleased! And it was so touching that Rachel pointed out the lack of diversity in her category (in a season with 34 new shows, she was the only female director) and challenged the industry to solve the hegemony of nominees.
Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, Ink
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird
Ivo van Hove, Network
George C. Wolfe, Gary
Verdict: incorrect. Again, I think we were all a little surprised at how few wins Mockingbird ended up with; however, Sam Mendes’ play was undoubtedly a highlight of the season and it’s not hard to see why he took home the Tony for Best Direction of a Play.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andre De Shields, Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie
Patrick Page, Hadestown
Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud
Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud
Verdict: incorrect. However, we were close! While we picked Patrick Page, Hadestown‘s own Hades, Andre De Shields ended up with the trophy for his Hermes. He then knocked our socks off with his role in “Wait for Me” later that night, proving how deserving he is!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lilli Cooper, Tootsie
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, Oklahoma!
Verdict: incorrect. This was a highly contested category but in the end, the award went to Ali Stroker. This was a huge step forward for representation. Ali was the first performer on Broadway in a wheelchair and is the first disabled person to win a Tony Award. Her acceptance speech left all of us in tears and gave hope to many disabled folks out there wanting to have a career in theatre!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Bertie Carvel, Ink
Robin De Jesus, The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This
Benjamin Walker, All My Sons
Verdict: incorrect. This went to Bertie Carvel in Ink, a play with which many of us were unfamiliar before Tony night. However, in his portrayal of Rupert Murdoch, this play set in the 1960s reflects the state of the world today–and after earning the Olivier Award for the same role in London, it’s really no surprise that he earned the Tony, too.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Fionnula Flanagan, The Ferryman
Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird
Kristine Nielson, Gary
Julie White, Gary
Ruth Wilson, King Lear
Verdict: correct. The beloved Celia Keenan-Bolger brought home her first Tony Award on her fourth nomination for portraying one of the greatest literary heroines of all time: Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud
Verdict: incorrect. Many of us assumed Hadestown would completely sweep, but Sergio Trujillo won for his recreation of the iconic and revolutionary moves of the original Temptations in Ain’t Too Proud. He also delivered a tearjerker of an acceptance speech about arriving in New York as an illegal immigrant thirty years ago.
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown
Larry Hochman, Kiss Me Kate
Daniel Kluger, Oklahoma!
Simon Hale, Tootsie
Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud
Verdict: correct. With such a superb score, it’s not shocking that the orchestrations took home the big prize.
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Ain’t Too Proud
Peter England, King Kong
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Oklahoma!
David Korins, Beetlejuice
Verdict: incorrect. Beetlejuice has been praised all season for its otherworldly sets, but Hadestown‘s flawless underworld was the champion at the ceremony.
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird
Bunny Christie, Ink
Rob Howell, The Ferryman
Santo Losquato, Gary
Jan Versweyveld, Network
Verdict: incorrect. Rob Howell won his first trophy of the night for his sets for The Ferryman, while Mockingbird was again overlooked.
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Michael Krass, Hadestown
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paul Tazewell, Ain’t Too Proud
Verdict: correct. As Cher’s original costume designer who also contributed to The Cher Show, it was completely expected that Bob Mackie would win the Tony.
Best Costume Design of a Play
Rob Howell, The Ferryman
Toni-Lesli James, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Clint Ramos, Torch Song
Ann Roth, Gary
Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird
Verdict: incorrect. Despite the tie vote in this category, neither prediction was correct. Rob Howell won his second Tony of the night for The Ferryman‘s costumes.
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice
Peter Hylenski, King Kong
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud
Drew Levy, Oklahoma!
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
Verdict: correct. Everything about Hadestown‘s sound is stunning and a third win for their creative team on that front continued to prove it.
Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Ink
Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird
Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Nick Powell, The Ferryman
Eric Sleichim, Network
Verdict: incorrect. Mockingbird snubbed again, while Fitz Patton took the trophy for sound design of a unique play that involves a capella music.
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Ink
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary
Peter Mumford, The Ferryman
Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, Network
Verdict: incorrect. Ink received this honor as well.
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, The Cher Show
Howell Binkley, Ain’t Too Proud
Bradley King, Hadestown
Peter Mumford, King Kong
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice
Verdict: correct. After seeing the beautiful sight of those lamps during “Wait for Me,” we can’t imagine Best Lighting going to anyone else.