2018-2019 Theatre: Musical Categories

My recap thus far of the 2018-2019 theatre season:

Today: Musical Categories!

This is as good a time as any to note that I feel no obligation to fill out each category with the conventional number of “nominees”; rather, I prefer to include ALL work that I consider the best of the season’s best. Often, there are more than five per category! Sometimes, fewer (par exemple: sincerest apologies to the supporting musical gents this year); why should the subpar enter the historical record — er…my historical record — as “award-worthy” due simply to a lack of competition?


ACTRESS
  1. Yngvild Aspeli, Chambre Noire
  2. Eden Espinosa, Lempicka
  3. Nikki M. James, Twelfth Night

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  1. Jess Watkins, Ryan Raftery: The Obsession of Calvin Klein
  2. Carmen Cusack, Lempicka
  3. Renée Fleming, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

ACTOR
  1. Taylor Mac, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  2. Gideon Irving, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  3. Ryan Raftery, Ryan Raftery: The Obsession of Calvin Klein
  4. Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
  5. Eric Berryman, The B-Side

SUPPORTING ACTOR
  1. Machine Dazzle, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  2. Andrew Kober, Twelfth Night

BOOK
  1. Taylor Mac, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  2. Ryan Raftery, Ryan Raftery: The Obsession of Calvin Klein
  3. Gideon Irving, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  4. William Burke, Variations on the Main
  5. Will Eno & Nathaniel Lawlor, Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical
  6. Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
  7. Bryan Doerries, Antigone in Ferguson
  8. Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night
  9. Dave Malloy, Octet

CHOREOGRAPHY
  1. Savion Glover, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope
  2. Third Rail Projects, Confection
  3. Jerry Mitchell, My Very Own British Invasion
  4. Karla Puno Garcia, Gone Missing

COSTUMES
  1. Machine Dazzle, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  2. Sylvia Denais, Chambre Noire
  3. Andrea Hood, Twelfth Night

DIRECTION
  1. Yngvild Aspeli & Paola Rizza, Chambre Noire
  2. Taylor Mac & Niegel Smith, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  3. Nicholas A. Cotz & Gideon Irving, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  4. Oskar Eustis & Kwame Kwei-Armah, Twelfth Night
  5. William Burke & Bryn Herdrich, Variations on the Main
  6. Annie Tippe, Octet

All directorial collaborations save one! What’re the odds!


LIGHTING
  1. Xavier Lescat & Alix Weugue, Chambre Noire
  2. Stephen Terry, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  3. JAX Messenger, Peter Pan
  4. Anthony Doran, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
  5. Barbara Samuels, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
  6. Brittany Shemuga, Confection

ORCHESTRATIONS
  1. Matt Ray, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
  2. Gideon Irving, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  3. Andrew R. Butler & Co., Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

SCORE
  1. Dave Malloy, Octet
  2. Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night
  3. The Civilians, The Lobby Project
  4. Catherine Brookman, Variations on the Main
  5. The Bengsons, Anything That Gives Off Light
  6. Gideon Irving, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  7. Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
  8. Ryan Raftery, Ryan Raftery: The Obsession of Calvin Klein
  9. Sean Hagerty, Confection

SET
  1. Silovsky Studios, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually
  2. Amy Rubin & Brittany Vasta, Octet
  3. Megan Lang, Variations on the Main

SOUND
  1. Donato Wharton, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
  2. Eric Sluyter, The B-Side
  3. Antony Aubert, Chambre Noire
  4. Hidenori Nakajo, Octet

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