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What the Tony Nominations Got Right — and Wrong

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Joanna Glushak, Lauren Worsham, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O'Hare and Jefferson Mays on a 'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' (Joan Marcus)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder received 10 Tony Award nominations Tuesday and Hedwig and the Angry Inch got eight, including one for its star Neil Patrick Harris.

But other people and shows were snubbed, including Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, Michelle Williams and James Franco — plus critical darlings like the revival of Cabaret and the Will Eno play The Realistic Joneses.

Theater critics Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post and Adam Feldman of TimeOut New York joined Amy Eddings to talk about where they think the Tonys got it right — and where they blew it.

Vincentelli, for one, was not a fan of A Gentleman's Guide. "It's one of the most overrated musicals of the season," she said. "It's trying so hard to be cutsey, I couldn't stand it."

Feldman disagreed: "I think it's an adorable musical, smart and entertaining," he said.

Vincentelli and Feldman also disagreed on Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris, though they both liked the musical. 

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig (Photo by Joan Marcus)

 "I am not convinced he is right for the part," Vincentelli said. "He's a little too milquetoast for the part."

"It's worth saying Elisabeth is in the minority in this particular position," responded Feldman. "Hedwig happens to be a terrific show."

Then there were the snubs. Why didn't the committee nominate big stars like Washington, Williams or Franco?

The critics said there were a lot of great actors competing there, and only five could get the nod. "There just isn't room for all those," said Feldman. Instead, he said, the real issue was the shows that were left out.

The big loss, they both agreed, was not nominating The Realistic Joneses for best play.

"It's ambitious, it's complex — it's trying something," Vincentelli said. "To see dreck nominated . . . really made me choke."

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