Happy New Year, Everyone! May 2016 be the year where Danny Burstein follows in Kelli O’Hara’s footsteps and makes his 6th Tony Nomination the one where he is victorious! May the year also be the year where the entire Best Actress in a Musical category be made up of exclusively women of color.
Since I started, here are my early 2016 Tony Predictions for these two categories:
Best Actor in a Musical
- Alex Brightman, School of Rock
- Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
- Austin P. McKenzie, Spring Awakening
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
- Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
It’s funny that these shows opened in the fall. I’m still pulling for Telly Leung from Allegiance, but also wouldn’t be surprised if whoever is deemed the lead actor from Shuffle Along shuffles into the mix.
Best Actress in a Musical
- Cynthia Ervio, The Color Purple
- Audra McDonald, Shuffle Along
- Lea Salonga, Allegiance
- Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
- Ana Villafane, On Your Feet!
I suspect this category won’t hold up, but how great would it be if they were all people of color? I wouldn’t be surprised to see a nod for Jessie Mueller for Waitress and it’s too early to tell what someone from American Psycho, Bright Star, or Tuck Everlasting could do to this race.
Regardless, I’m excited for all the show goodness that 2016 will bring!