The 2022 Tony Awards are a done deal and the show/production gets an A- (that’s four and ¾ stars) for a job well done. As for the killer opening number, that gets an A++++, as does Ariana DeBose for her glorious non-stop turn as both performer and host.
As for my 2022 predictions, I amazed myself—and certainly anyone whose followed my notoriously inaccurate picks over the years—by scoring 13 out of 17 correct! All in all, a very good year for the Tonys and yours truly!!
AND THE TONY GOES TO…
A Strange Loop. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
A Strange Loop
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Myles Frost for MJ
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Joaquina Kalukango for Paradise Square
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Matt Doyle for Company
Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk in Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Patti LuPone for Company
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Marianne Elliott for Company
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
A Strange Loop written by Michael R. Jackson
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE)
SIX: The Musical - Music and Lyrics by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
Christopher Wheeldon for MJ
The Lehman Trilogy, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
The Lehman Trilogy
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Take Me Out
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Simon Russell Beale for The Lehman Trilogy
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Deirdre O'Connell for Dana H.
Photo by Catherine Wessel.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Take Me Out
Phylicia Rashad in Skeleton Crew. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Phylicia Rashad for Skeleton Crew
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Sam Mendes for The Lehman Trilogy