The greatest amazement at the current year's Tony Awards was that there weren't any surprises.
Though a year threw some curveballs our way, this year the matched up unequivocally with the forecasts made by Variety (and a great deal of different outlets, as well). That gave everybody on Broadway bounty to celebrate, from the main win for an actor who uses a wheelchair to a function that pushed for much more prominent assorted variety and incorporation — yet it additionally gave intellectuals somewhat less to discuss after the blind descended. All things considered, there were a bunch of snubs and surprises to be found in the night's procedures. Here they are.
Amazement: "The Boys in the Band"
Assortment anticipated this one would win, however in the days preceding the function, despite everything it appeared a crapshoot. The starry restoration of "The Waverly Gallery" — which scored a Tony for Elaine May — set up an impressive battle for the trophy, as did the Roundabout Theater Company's recovery of "All My Sons." In the end, the 50th commemoration recovery of Mart Crowley's landmark dramatization asserted the prize, abetted by a major name cast (which included Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer) and a production (directed by Joe Mantello) that found as much humor as heartbreak in this pre-Stonewall snapshot of gay life in Manhattan.
SNUB: "What The Constitution Means to Me"
See, we as a whole expected Sam Mendes' carefully built, stunningly organized creation of "The Ferryman" to win the honor for new play. Yet, a great deal of Broadway watchers had their fingers crossed that "Constitution," Heidi Schreck's brilliant, moving, topical memoir-cum-constitutional-debate, would pull off an upset. It didn’t.
Amazement: Jez Butterworth's improvisation
Industry types who went to the Tony Awards dress practice Sunday morning know "Ferryman" writer Jez Butterworth had prepared a staid discourse about his play for the telecast. Be that as it may, in the ceremony itself, the writer went off book, turning his "Ferryman" section into a tribute to Laura Donnelly, the Tony-designated star of "Ferryman" (and the mother of his two children) whose real-life family history inspired the drama set in Ireland during the time of the Troubles.
SNUB: “The Prom”
“Hadestown” and “Tootsie” were considered the frontrunners for the new musical award, but musical comedy “The Prom” had become a sentimental favorite for many in the industry, on account of a storyline that affectionately pierced Broadway as it lectured an endearing message of acknowledgment. In the end, the musical walked away empty-handed — but, silver lining: its segment on the Tony telecast was strong enough that it seems sure to boost sales.