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"A glut of great acting talent and a scarcity of distinguished new plays and musicals — the Tony nominations for the 2008-09 season, announced this morning, reveal that the more things economically change, the more they commercially stay the same.
No surprise that “Billy Elliot, The Musical,” the Lee Hall-Elton John juggernaut, pulled in a record 15 nominations, with the three tykes alternating in the leading role sharing a nomination. Might as well roll out the red carpet and hand the production its bric-a-brac right now. The suspense over whether this overstuffed, overpraised British import will receive single- or double-digit Tonys isn’t exactly killing anyone. The relative crown, whose gilt seems to be peeling more and more each year, is already being proudly worn.
Ah, distinctions, distinctions. The Tony nominating committee members have had no choice but to become connoisseurs of Happy Meals, differentiating among burgers and fries as they wipe the grease from their upper lips. Blockbusters with a theme-parkish hook have a way of financially prevailing, come critical rain or even Tony cloud cover.
The good news concerning the best play category is that three of the four nominated works are by Americans, with nary an Englishman or Irishman in sight, if you can believe it. The bad news is that Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate,” Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” and Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations” don’t stand a chance against Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” whose entire cast (Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini, above) was lavished with lead actor nominations and whose ensemble brilliance went a long way toward making Reza’s schematic manipulations not just theatrically robust but almost human.""A glut of great acting talent and a scarcity of distinguished new plays and... more
"There are four slots for nominees in the Tony race for best play. Three shows seem like sure shots to get in. There's much sentiment behind "Dividing the Estate" by recently deceased Horton Foote, largely because none of his plays ever won the top Tony. But this one closed back in January. Front-runner is "God of Carnage," the hit comedy starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, written by Yasmina Reza, whose "Art" won best play of 1998 (beating "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" — outrage!). There's suddenly a lot of buzz for Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty," which just opened in early April, but probably not enough to deliver a win.
Nominees will be unveiled in mid-May. Winners will be announced on June 7.
"Dividing the Estate" by Horton Foote (closed)
"God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton)
"reasons to be pretty" by Neil LaBute
"The American Plan" by Richard Greenberg (closed)
"Impressionism" by Michael Jacobs
"Irena's Vow" by Dan Gordon
"33 Variations" by Moises Kaufman"
Please God please don't let "reasons to be pretty" get nominated."There are four slots for nominees in the Tony race for best play. Three shows... more