Sunday, June 11, 2006

Will The Drowsy Chaperone win the Tony for Best Musical tonight?

Beats me. The New York Times says it's going to Jersey Boys, but USA Today predicts Drowsy Chaperone. The New York Post's Michael Riedel says Drowsy all the way, but the L.A. Times Gold Derby says the Boys will win it. The Derby has the odds as 5 to 3 for J.B. and even odds for D.C.

If Drowsy Chaperone wins, it will be the first time a musical written and composed by Canadians wins. If Jersey Boys wins, it will be the first time a jukebox musical -- ie. musical based on pre-existing popular songs -- wins. That may actually be more significant.

The race recalls the close recent contests between Urinetown and Thoroughly Modern Millie (TMM won) and Avenue Q and Wicked (Wicked won).

If Drowsy loses, I'm going to blame Ben Brantley. That guy totally didn't get it. "Unfortunately the musical in "The Drowsy Chaperone" isn't as astute or amusing on its own as what the Man has to say about it." Well, duh!

(Imagine Brantley reviewing A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Unfortunately, the show put on by the mechanicals just doesn't stand up on its own and is only redeemed by the sly commentary from the wedding party.")

Anyway, if you want to watch the Tony ceremony it's from 8p.m. to 11p.m. on CBS. The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone will perform Show Off, which is definitely the musical's best number...

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