Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Tony Winners and Oscar Buzz for tick...tick...Boom!

Andrew Garfield with director
Lin-Manuel Miranda filming
at the Strand Book Store
Credit: Netflix
In the last blog post, I listed all the Tony winners and nominees on the first episode of The Gilded Age. (There were no new Tony winners to report in last night's second episode, but Kristen Nielsen as Mrs. Bauer did get to do some sobbing because she owed some tough guy $50.) Before watching that sophomore effort of the HBO Julian Fellowes series, I finally caught up with tick...tick..Boom on Netflix which is also stuffed with Tony recipients and nominees. This adaptation of Jonathan Larson's posthumously-produced autobiographical musical is a top contender for Oscar nominations according to internet buzz. Here is a list (below) of the strong Oscar favorites that I've seen so far. At first, I thought I wasn't going to get caught up in the Academy Awards this year, but then, just like last year, a whole bunch of the potential nominees became available on streaming platforms, so I figured, why not see as many as possible. The Oscar noms will be out Feb. 8.

West Side Story (in the actual cinema)
The Power of the Dog (Netflix)
The Lost Daughter (Netflix)
tick...tick..Boom! (Netflix)
Don't Look Up (Netflix)
Passing (Netflix)
Being the Ricardos (Amazon)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple Plus)
CODA (Apple Plus)
Belfast (iTunes)

Back to Tony winners in tick. Here's a rundown of those I was able to spot. So I would say tick...tick has The Gilded Age beaten for highest number of theater elite per capita:

Leading and featured roles:
Andrew Garfield, Tony Award for Angels in America
Robin de Jesus, Tony nominee for In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles, The Boys in the Band
Judith Light (as Jonathan's agent), two Tony Awards for Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties
Joshua Henry, Tony nominee for Carousel, Violet, The Scottsboro Boys
Danny Burstein (as Jonathan's father) Tony Award for Moulin Rouge
Judy Kuhn (as Jonathan's mother) Tony nominee for Les Miz, Chess, She Loves Me, Fun Home
Richard Kind (pretentious composer sucking up to Sondheim), Drama Desk Award for The Big Knife
Laura Benanti (Focus group leader) Tony Award for Gypsy
Danielle Ferland (Focus Group participant) Original cast of Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods
Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim, Three Days of Rain

Sunday Brunch cameos:
Chita Rivera enjoys an early-morning
martini in the Sunday Brunch sequence
Credit: Netflix
Lin-Manuel Miranda (cook, also making his debut as a film director), 4 Tonys for In the Heights, Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony Award for Kiss Me, Kate
Andre de Shields, Tony Award for Hadestown
Chuck Cooper, Tony Award for The Life
Joel Grey, Tony Award for Cabaret
Beth Malone, Tony nomination for Fun Home
Bebe Neuwirth, 2 Tonys for Sweet Charity, Chicago
Bernadette Peters, 2 Tonys for Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun
Chita Rivera, 2 Tonys for The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman
Phylicia Rashad, Tony winner for A Raisin in the Sun
Howard McGillin, Tony nomination for Anything Goes, longest-running Phantom in Phantom of the Opera
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tony nomination for Rent
Adam Pascal, Tony nomination for Rent
Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Tony Award for Rent
Phillipa Soo, Tony nominee for Hamilton
Renee Elise Goldberry, Tony Award for Hamilton

Musical Theater Workshop Audience:
Bernadette Peters with
Andrew Garfield
(These are the ones I recognized)
Stephen Schwartz, Tony nominee for Wicked, Rags, Godspell, Working, Pippin 
Jeanine Tesori, Tony Award for Fun Home
Marc Shaiman, Tony Award for Hairspray

I also loved all the satiric names of hot Broadway shows in the rap sequence: White People Talking About Marriage; A New Play But It Has That Guy from That TV Show So You Will Like It; Gypsy (Again); Old Songs You Already Like.

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