Stage Door Etiquette 

This morning, I saw a tweet attacking Ben Platt, the Tony-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen, for not greeting fans after the show at the stage door. The Twitter user went so far as to call him an asshole. Ben, as the classy man he is, wrote a thoughtful post about needing to take care of himself in order to do his best work. For him, this often means going home right after a show. (His Twitter handle is @bensplatt. Go read it.)

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Tony Award Nomination Predictions

It’s that time of year again: awards season in the New York theater community! Here are my predictions for six of the major awards that will be given out on June 12th. The Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2nd from the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

A few disclaimers:

  1. I have not yet seen War Paint or Hello Dolly!, but I do have plans to see them both.
  2. I have not seen enough plays this season to feel comfortable making

Best Musical

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Come from Away
  • Groundhog Day

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Falsettos
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Miss Saigon

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Bette Midler, Hello Dolly!
  • Christine Ebersole, War Paint
  • Patti LuPone, War Paint
  • Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Laura Osnes, Bandstand

Best Actor in a Musical

  • Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
  • Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
  • Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • David Hyde Pierce, Hello Dolly!

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
  • Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Jenn Colella, Come From Away
  • Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

  • Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
  • Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Gavin Creel, Hello Dolly!
  • John Bolton, Anastasia
  • Fred Johanson, Sunset Boulevard


So what do you think? I want to hear your thoughts too!


Fans of the 1997 animated film Anastasia will not be disappointed by the musical adaptation that is in previews at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Anastasia is based on the rumor that Czar Nicholas II’s youngest daughter, Anastasia, survived the murder of her family at the hands of communist revolutionaries in 1917. Two men, Dmitri (Derek Klena) and Vladimir (John Bolton) meet a street sweeper named Anya (Christy Altomare). Anya has no idea who she is, and Dmitri and Vlad suspect that she might be the missing princess. They convince her to come to Paris to meet Russia’s Dowager Empress (Mary Beth Peil). Dmitri and Vladimir teach Anya everything she needs to know to convince the Empress that she is Anastasia.

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