Saturday, June 14, 2008
Happy Mother-Monsters Day!
Most people think of this June 15 as Fathers Day, but at the Tonys I think it's going to be all about the Mothers.
Having seen the Saturday matinee of "Gypsy," I get what all the commotion is about over Patti LuPone's performance as the all-time stage mother, Mama Rose.
LuPone nails it in an over-the-top performance as the mother trying to lead her life through her daughters -- one of whom she turns into America's most famous stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee.
All hail Patti LuPone! Before Saturday's show they announced LuPone had injured her foot but was going ahead with the show wearing isotones. (I had to ask the lady next to me what that was.) You can sort of make them out in the photo above, they're basically dance slippers. Ethel Merman was notorious for never missing a performance and I'm thrilled LuPone decided to go "on with the show."
Light the lights! It's time for my Tony predictions. Last year I got 18 out of 25 predictions right, for a 72% accuracy rate. There are 26 awards this year -- so let's see how I do:
Best Play -- August: Osage County
Best Musical -- Passing Strange
Best Book of a Musical -- Passing Strange
Best Original Score -- In The Heights
Best Revival of a Play -- Boeing - Boeing
Best Revival of a Musical -- South Pacific
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play -- Patrick Stewart/Macbeth
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play -- Deanna Dunagan/August: Osage County
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical -- Paulo Szot/South Pacific
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical -- Patti LuPone/Gypsy
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play -- Raul Esparza/The Homecoming
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play -- Rondi Reed/August: Osage County
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical -- Boyd Gaines/Gypsy
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical -- Laura Benanti/Gypsy
Best Direction of a Play -- Anna D. Shapiro/August: Osage County
Best Direction of a Musical -- Bartlett Sher/South Pacific
Best Choreography -- Rob Ashford/Cry-Baby
Best Orchestrations -- Stew and Heidi Rodewald/Passing Strange
Best Scenic Design of a Play -- Todd Rosenthal/August: Osage County
Best Scenic Design of a Musical -- David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network/Sunday in the Park with George
Best Costume Design of a Play -- Rob Howell/Boeing-Boeing
Best Costume Design of a Musical -- David Farley/Sunday in the Park with George
Best Lighting Design of a Play -- Kevin Adams/The 39 Steps
Best Lighting Design of a Musical -- Howell Binkley/In The Heights
Best Sound Design of a Play -- Mic Pool/The 39 Steps
Best Sound Design of a Musical -- Acme Sound Partners/In The Heights
See for yourself at 8 p.m. on CBS.