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The 2015 Tony Awards: Winners, Losers, and a Surprising Snub

As with most awards shows, the buzz won’t just be about who wins and who loses. With so many awards going to just 37 qualifying show, snubs tend to stand out. One neglected show is Finding Neverland, which I saw in Cambridge, prior to its arrival on Broadway. This was a surprise for a number of reasons. Director Diane Paulus has had a Midas touch over the past few years, earning multiple awards for her revivals of Hair, Porgy & Bess, and Pippin. Neverland broke box office records at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater and received solid reviews both locally and from national media. Unfortunately, changes in cast (Jeremy Jordan and Michael McGrath were replaced by the more bankable stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer), and an additional $10 million in budget seem to have hurt rather than helped the show. My guess is that some of the charm my family and I appreciated was lost on the road to New York.

Nevertheless, the Tonys will include a live performance by Finding Neverland’s cast and the casts of Gigi and It Shoulda Been You, as well as all of the nominated musicals. If you’re planning a trip to New York in the near future and plan to catch a show, the telecast is a great way to sample some of your options. Presenters include an array of theater’s A-list stars, past Tony winners and nominees, like Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, David Hyde Pierce, and the very great (and very tall) Tommy Tune, this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree.

The Tony Awards will also present its first red-carpet special, hosted by two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Glee’s Darren Criss, currently starring in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. A live stream will be hosted by George Takei.

The Tony Awards will air live on CBS  on Sunday, June 7, at 8 p.m. You can participate in the pre-show red carpet stream at TonyAwards.com, CBS.com, Playbill.com, or TimeOut.com, from 5:30 p.m. to  8 p.m. ET.

 

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  • Roz Warren June 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I saw FUN HOME pre-Broadway. It’s terrific and well worth seeing.

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