The 75th Tony Award Nominations, My Predicitons, And Now the Winners 🏆

The cast of Broadway’s A STRANGE LOOP. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

Who Will (And Who Should) Win at the 75th Annual Tony Awards and Now, The Winners 🏆

Nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards were revealed on May 9 by Broadway favorites Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry, with A Strange Loop becoming the most nominated production of the season with 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. See the full list of nominees below. But who will win Sunday Night, June 12th? That’s the big question. With the other one being; Who should win?

And now we know. just scroll down and look at each category. The symbol 🏆 shows who won.

A Strange Loop is definitely leading the pack, with strong support for its inventiveness and daring. And I concur. It’s definitely the standout here, as with the lead, Jaquel Spivey. Although I did miss the chance to see Myles Frost in MJ. Both times I was scheduled he was out, and whenever a lead is out, the press reps try to reschedule so we can see the intended leads. Unfortunately, for me and MJ, I just ran out of time.

I want Sharon D Clarke from Caroline, or Change to take home the Tony, as she was all up there, raw and incredible, but I think it will go to Joaquina Kalukango from Paradise Square for her electric eleven o’clock number in a sadly, mediocre, over-the-top earnest show that failed to find its footing overall. And just to be clear, I want SIX: The Musical to win as many as it can, paricularly music/lyrics, because I can’t stop listening to it, and I’ve seen it like three times. Once in the Weest End, and twice on Broadway. And I still LOVE it.

In regards to revivals. Company is the standout, and I hope it wins Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Director, and for Patti and Matt. Three out of the four I think are in the bag. For revival plays, well, that’s a harder one to gauge as I’d really be happy if Take Me Out or Trouble in Mind won the award. Both are exceptional, but I am leaning a little towards the flawless How I Learned to Drive and its star, Mary Louise Parker. Not that I would mind it David Morse also won, because, well, he is just plain wow, but I will also be very happy it if it is a four-way tie, with him and the three actors from the most nominated play of the season, The Lehman Trilogy taking home the award. Will it win best new play? I sure hope so, cause it is beyond magnificent.

Myles Frost and cast in MJ. Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Definitely winning a Special Tony Award is New York Theatre Workshop‘s departing Artistic Director James C. Nicola. The honor recognizes his 34-year tenure with the Off-Broadway company, which has seen works developed and produced that have gone on to win a Pulitzer Prize and 25 cumulative Tony Awards, including RentHomebody/KabulDirty BlondeThe Most Fabulous Story Ever ToldPeter and the StarcatcherOnceLazarusHadestownWhat the Constitution Means to Me, and Slave Play.

As previously announced, Robert E. Wankel will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award at the 2022 Tony Awards in recognition of his dedication, commitment, and leadership in supporting The Actors Fund, Broadway Cares, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and more.

Following last year’s two-part broadcast shared by CBS and Paramount+, the 2022 Tony Awards will include an hour of exclusive programming streaming on Paramount+ on June 12 from 7 PM ET, followed by the three-hour awards ceremony airing live on CBS and streaming simultaneously on Paramount+ (for premium-level subscribers only) from 8 PM ET, making this year’s ceremony the first in Tony Awards history to be available live nationwide. The broadcast will also be available to stream on-demand on Paramount+ for all membership tiers following the live stream.

Here’s my best guess.

⭐️ = Who I thought Would Win

👍 = Who I think Should Win

🏆 = Who Did Win

Let the games begin.

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale, Adrian Lester in The Lehman Trilogy New York, 2021 Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

See the full list of nominees: 

Best Play

Clyde’s, by Lynn Nottage

Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and Ben Power

The Minutes, by Tracy Letts

Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau

Best Musical

Girl From The North Country

MJ

Mr. Saturday Night

Paradise Square

SIX: The Musical

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 A Strange Loop

David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker in How I Learned to Drive at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Photo by Jeremy Daniel (2022)

Best Revival of a Play

American Buffalo

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

👍 How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel

🏆 ⭐️ Take Me Out

Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress

Best Revival of a Musical

Caroline, or Change

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Company

The Music Man

Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Katrina Lenk, and Patti LuPone in Company on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night

🏆 Myles Frost, MJ

Hugh Jackman, The Music Man

Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire

⭐️ 👍 Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

👍 Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change

Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset

Sutton Foster, The Music Man

🏆 ⭐️ Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square

Mare Winningham, Girl From The North Country

Chilina Kennedy, Joaquina-Kalukango, and Ensemble in Broadway’s Paradise Square. Photo by ©Kevin-Berne

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Matt Doyle, Company

Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square

Jared Grimes, Funny Girl

John-Andrew Morrison, A Strange Loop

A.J. Shively, Paradise Square

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy

Adam Godley, The Lehman Trilogy

Adrian Lester, The Lehman Trilogy

David Morse, How I Learned to Drive

Sam Rockwell, American Buffalo

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues

David Threlfall, Hangmen

Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photographed at Lyceum Theatre in Manhattan. CREDIT: CHAD BATKA

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth

LaChanze, Trouble in Mind

Ruth Negga, Macbeth

🏆 👍 Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.

⭐️ Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned to Drive

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Jeannette Bayardelle, Girl From The North Country

Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night

Jayne Houdyshell, The Music Man

L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Patti LuPone, Company

Jennifer Simard, Company

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Alfie Allen, Hangmen

Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind

🏆 ⭐️ Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out

👍 Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s

Michael Oberholtzer, Take Me Out

Jesse Williams, Take Me Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Uzo Aduba, Clyde’s

👍 Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

🏆 ⭐️ Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew

Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kara Young, Clyde’s

Joshua Boone, Brandon J. Dirden, Phylicia Rashad, and Chanté Adams in MTC’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Best Book of a Musical

Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson

MJ, Lynn Nottage

Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel

Paradise Square, Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Flying Over Sunset; Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Michael Korie

Mr. Saturday Night; Music by Jason Robert Brown, Lyrics by Amanda Green

Paradise Square; Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare

🏆 👍 SIX: The Musical, Music and Lyrics by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

⭐️ A Strange Loop, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson

John-Michael Lyles(Thought 3)Jason Veasey (Thought 5)James Jackson, Jr. (Thought 2)L Morgan Lee(Thought 1)John-Andrew Morrison (Thought 4)Antwayn Hopper(Thought 6) in Broadway’s A STRANGE LOOP. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, Skeleton Crew

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy

Anna Fleischle, Hangmen

Scott Pask, American Buffalo

Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, Flying Over Sunset

🏆 👍 Bunny Christie, Company

⭐️ Arnulfo Maldonado, A Strange Loop

Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, MJ

Allen Moyer, Paradise Square

Best Costume Design of a Play

🏆 Montana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth

Sarafina Bush, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

👍 Emilio Sosa, Trouble in Mind

Jane Greenwood, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite

⭐️ Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Fly Davis, Caroline, or Change

Toni-Leslie James, Paradise Square

William Ivey Long, Diana, The Musical

⭐️ Santo Loquasto, The Music Man

🏆 👍 Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical

Paul Tazewell, MJ

(l-r) Abby Mueller (Jane Seymour), Samantha Pauly (Katherine Howard), Adrianna Hicks (Catherine of Aragon), Andrea Macasaet (Anne Boleyn), Brittney Mack (Anna of Cleves), & Anna Uzele (Catherine Parr) in Six. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus ©

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Joshua Carr, Hangmen

Jiyoun Chang, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy

Jane Cox, Macbeth

Yi Zhao, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

👍 Neil Austin, Company

Tim Deiling, SIX: The Musical

Donald Holder, Paradise Square

🏆 Natasha Katz, MJ

Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset

⭐️ Jen Schriever, A Strange Loop

Best Sound Design of a Play

Justin Ellington, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

🏆 👍 Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.

Palmer Hefferan, The Skin of Our Teeth

⭐️ Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy

Mikaal Sulaiman, Macbeth

Jeannette Bayardelle and the Cast of Girl From The North Country on Broadway – photo by Matthew Murphy.

Best Sound Design of a Musical

👍 Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country

Paul Gatehouse, SIX: The Musical

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company

⭐️ Drew Levy, A Strange Loop

🏆 Gareth Owen, MJ

Best Direction of a Play

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

🏆 ⭐️ 👍 Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy

Neil Pepe, American Buffalo

Les Waters, Dana H.

Katrina Lenk (center) and the company of Company on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Best Direction of a Musical

⭐️ Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop

🏆 👍 Marianne Elliott, Company

Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country

Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brownfor colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

👍 Warren CarlyleThe Music Man

Carrie-Anne IngrouilleSIX: The Musical

Bill T. JonesParadise Square

🏆 ⭐️ Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, and the cast of Broadway’s The Music Man. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Best Orchestrations

David Cullen, Company

Tom Curran, SIX: The Musical

🏆 Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country

Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, MJ

⭐️ 👍 Charlie Rosen, A Strange Loop

Productions with multiple nominations:

A Strange Loop – 11; MJ – 10; Paradise Square – 10; Company – 9; The Lehman Trilogy – 8; SIX: The Musical – 8; for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf – 7; Girl From The North Country – 7; The Music Man – 6; The Skin of Our Teeth – 6; Clyde’s – 5; Hangmen – 5; Mr. Saturday Night – 5; American Buffalo – 4; Flying Over Sunset – 4; Take Me Out – 4; Trouble in Mind – 4; Caroline, or Change – 3; Dana H. – 3; How I Learned to Drive – 3; Macbeth – 3; POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive – 3; Skeleton Crew – 3

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