‘Harry Potter’ is the one to beat at this year’s Tonys

The Tony Award nominators are like Regina in “Imply Women.”

And whereas they don’t all put on pink, their energy is absolute — which is why they’ve received the theater world on edge till Tuesday morning’s announcement of their chosen nominees.

The anointed one shall be “Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby,” which ought to snap up a number of nominations, together with for Greatest Play, Greatest Director, Greatest Costumes, Wands, Owls, Toads, Newts and for forged members Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle.

“Potter,” budgeted at $68 million, is eclipsing the whole lot on Broadway proper now, even musicals with massive budgets (“Frozen”) and demanding acclaim (“The Band’s Go to”).

“It’s going to be the prime story on Tuesday,” says a supply concerned in “The Band’s Go to.”

“The remainder of us are preventing for oxygen.”

“The Band’s Go to” must also have a lot to rejoice. It should choose up nominations for Greatest Musical in addition to nods for its rating, guide, path and stars Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub and supporting gamers John Cariani and Ari’el Stachel.

It’s additionally going to win plenty of Tonys, together with Greatest Musical. However this beautiful, clever present is struggling to discover its footing in a theater season dominated by the model names “Potter,” “Frozen” and “Imply Women.”

“Frozen” and “Imply Women” will make the Greatest Musical lower, as will “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Overlooked like a cake in the rain shall be “Summer time: The Donna Summer time Musical,” “Escape to Margaritaville” and “Prince of Broadway.”

However search for Jimmy Buffett to seem on the Tony telecast main his forged in “Margaritaville,” and LaChanze, one of the stars of “Summer time,” singing “Final Dance.”

CBS isn’t going to go up an opportunity to broadcast two of the largest songs in the karaoke catalog.

“Harry Potter” is set to win the Tony for Greatest Play, however honorable point out — in the type of nominations — will go to “Farinelli and the King,” “Junk” and “The Youngsters.”

Shoo-ins for Greatest Revival of a Play are “Three Tall Girls,” “Travesties” and “Angels in America.” The fourth slot will go both to “The Iceman Cometh” or “Foyer Hero.”

Glenda Jackson, Alison Capsule and Laurie Metcalf in “Three Tall Girls”Brigitte Lacombe

The battle right here is between Edward Albee’s “Girls” and Tony Kushner’s “Angels,” each main American performs which have been given very good revivals. The grumbling about “Angels” is that Half 2, “Perestroika,” is not so good as Half 1, “Millennium Approaches.” Nonetheless, “Angels” has an edge — although you’ll be able to financial institution on the towering Glenda Jackson of “Three Tall Girls” being nominated for, and successful, the Tony for Greatest Actress in a Play.

“Carousel,” “My Truthful Woman” and “As soon as on This Island” are the solely three musical revivals this 12 months, in order that they’ll fill out that slate. There’s nice affection for “As soon as on This Island,” a captivating present given a terrific revival, however “Carousel” and “My Truthful Woman” are classics, in order that they dominate the area.

However search for Michael Arden, who directed “Island,” to get a nomination — and lots of extra jobs on Broadway.

Tina Fey shall be nominated for her “Imply Women” script and her husband, Jeff Richmond, will get a nod for his rating.

“Imply Women” isn’t going to beat “The Band’s Go to” on many fronts, however Fey is positive to activate the attraction throughout the Tony marketing campaign and, given her star energy, she’ll make an aggressive play for Greatest Ebook of a Musical.

Tony officers meet Friday to make one final determination: Ought to Bruce Springsteen get a Particular Tony Award for his Broadway present?

You don’t have to be the Superb Kreskin to determine that one out.

However right here’s one thing else they need to do: reinstate a particular Tony for Greatest Solid Alternative.

Bernadette Peters deserves it for “Hi there, Dolly!”

You possibly can hear Michael Riedel each weekday morning on “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” on 710 WOR radio.


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