With Constitution making all this money (and the next to nothing running costs of this show), I am surprised they have not yet announced recoupment; it leads me to believe they're sitting on the announcement and waiting for maximum publicity. I thought that was true Pre-Tonys and they would do it in the lead up but still no. It HAS to have made back the investment by now, right? It is bringing in money hand over fist.
I know there's enough boasting on these boards but the below from a few days ago, in response to my saying that it's a two-horse race between Ferryman and Constitution, is too sweet not to re-post :)
"A woman telling her own story and people listening is a great narrative. But an awards-darling producer with a production of an American literary classic (by a much-respected writer who has never won) chock-full of Broadway veterans that is sellin
"Heidi Schreck is clearly brilliant and charming, but it felt like a beautifully personal stand-up routine/ law school lecture. Hard to think of her along the same lines as Sorkin or Metcalf, if that makes any sense? Just not sure what dictates a production into that "special category"....?"
The very fact that you say this proves exactly WHY Heidi is deserving of a nomination. It's a non-traditional performance but an astounding performanc
I think it's insane to count out Constitution in the best play race. I actually think it's a two-horse race between it and Ferryman. The fact that it's a mostly one-woman show does not work against it and in fact, sort of adds to this great narrative the play has had (a woman telling her story, and people listening).
With all plays officially open now (except INK which does not have a female lead) we can more safely predict this category. I think the lukewarm reviews for All My Sons mean Bening will not make the cut (though she received positive notices, they weren't positive enough to transcend the show). My official prediction is:
Laura Donnelly Glenda Jackson Elaine May Laurie Metcalf Heidi Schreck
That The Ferryman and Constitution are grossing just about the same, while the former's operating costs must be astronomically higher is interesting. (Of course, it's also been open for much longer I know, but still.)
I'm sure it's somewhere in this thread, but I think one of the most interesting races will be Fish VS. Chavkin for direction. For my money, it's the latter all the way but I could see it going the other way. (And I don't think anyone else in the race comes close.)
As far as best play is concerned, I could see the more "traditionalist" voters splitting between TKAM and Ferryman, leaving a clear pathway for What the Constitution Means to Me, particularly if it wins the Pulitzer.
Fairview and Slave Play as the finalists with a win for Constitution. I would be utterly shocked if the latter in particular didn't come to fruition (which would also IMO lock up a nom for it as best play).