I don't think "I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters/story" is a valid critique of the objective value of something. I was emotionally invested in Great Comet. Not so much Dear Evan Hansen. I don't think that's a success on the part of the former or a failure from the latter, but rather just my own preferences.
Only the new elements of the Broadway production (set, lights, Benton, and Groban) were eligible for both OCC and Drama Desk. It seems Chavkin's direction was considered a new element for the Drama Desk, as well, despite having received a nomination for it off-Broadway
Remember: Dear Evan Hansen and Great Comet were not eligible for the OCC or Drama Desk Awards, creating a vacuum that other musicals had to fill. That's partly why these awards are not reliable indicators of Tony success.
If we are going to be doing works from or set in eras of segregation, then casting them in a way that would be historically accurate just perpetuates a lack of diversity on stage and creates a vicious cycle.
The plot really is quite simple. The only element I was ever somewhat puzzled by was what made Natasha's visit to the Bolkonskys so disastrous- I was pleased that this was clarified a great deal in the Broadway production.
bjh2114 said: "I don't deny that it's possible!!! But there's something about the WAY he writes both things, and I can't put my finger on it."
Well, just glancing at the likes/shares of the most recent hottest chorus people list... it's far more popular than the vast majority of the reviews. The writers of Time Out as under immense pressure to deliver traffic.
bjh2114 said: "Remember that these are the people who snubbed Kelli O'Hara a few years ago for King and I. There's even less correlation with the DDs and the Tonys than the OCCs and the Tonys. Don't put too much stock in these."
Indeed. The DD have, I think, the widest net of potential nominees- Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway, not to mention special events like productions at the Armory. You have far more competition for each indivi