Tony Awards Predictions: How’d We Do?


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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.

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud



The Prom


Verdict: correct! To no one’s surprise, the powerhouse folk jazz musical swept, culminating in a Best Musical win. 

Best Play

Choir Boy

The Ferryman



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

Burn This

Torch Song

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.

Best Choreography

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. 

Best Orchestrations

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. 


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