Predictions: What will win the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Play in 2022?

With the Tony Awards slated for June 12, our critics have been predicting the winners all week. Finally, we come to the two grand prizes: Best Musical and Best Play. You can read their predictions below:

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Lester starred in Stefano Massini The Lehman Trilogydirected by Sam Mendes, at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway.
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best game

THE NOMINEES:
Clyde’s
hanged
The Lehman Trilogy
Minutes
Skeleton crew

Zachary Stewart:
Will win: The Lehman Trilogy
Should win: Skeleton crew

The cynical leftist living in my brain suspects that Tony voters (many of whom are Broadway producers) will vote their class and support Stefano Massini’s fairy tale of American entrepreneurship (which, to be clear, I found excellent). But my heart is with Dominique Morisseau’s incisive, timely and bittersweet ode to American workers: It says a lot more about where we’re headed than where we’ve been.

David Gordon:
Will win: The Lehman Trilogy
Should win: The Lehman Trilogy

This is another category where there’s not really any suspense, and The Lehman Trilogy will rightfully bring him home. For the sake of argument, I’d probably vote for Skeleton crewwhich is a more “relevant” piece, and if I was a proposer I would have suggested Dana H., Thoughts of a colored manand Go over instead of Clyde’s, hangedand Minutesthree middle drawer pieces by their respective authors.

Hayley Levitt:
Will win: The Lehman Trilogy
Should win: The Lehman Trilogy

This year’s pick for best game seems pretty clear. Stefano Massini’s sparse but epic walk through generations of Lehman financiers (and Ben Power’s beautiful translation) goes far beyond the world of banking, tackling themes of heritage, culture, and the American dream with ease. corruptible. Massini even manages to educate his audience on the growing complexities of the American banking system without putting a single note holder to sleep. The play is a success in many ways, and I believe we can expect it to be duly rewarded.

Pete Hempstead:
Will win: The Lehman Trilogy
Should win: The Lehman Trilogy

From the moment I left the theater after seeing The Lehman TrilogyI thought to myself, and to anyone who wanted to hear it, that it was the play of the year, and despite the great work we’ve seen on stage this season (some of which, like Go overdid not make the list of nominees), my opinion is valid. The Lehman Trilogy was by far the most compelling and exciting play to hit Broadway. He will in all likelihood win, and he should.


James Jackson Jr., L Morgan Lee, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, Jaquel Spivey, Jason Veasey and John-Michael Lyles star in Michael R. Jackson’s A strange loopdirected by Stephen Brackett, at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway.
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Best Musical

THE NOMINEES:
North country girl
GM
Mr Saturday night
Paradise Square
Six
A strange loop

Zachary Stewart:
Will win: A strange loop
Should win: A strange loop

It’s original. It’s American. It pushes buttons and boundaries in a way no other Broadway show currently does. A strange loop has a lot to offer; and Tony voters, who want to see themselves as part of the force driving American musical comedy into its next phase, will jump at the chance to support Michael R. Jackson’s bold new musical with a Tony Award.

David Gordon:
Will win: A strange loop
Should win: A strange loop

A strange loopTony will go down very well alongside his Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. For Six and GMthe top prize will be the money printing factories they’re building across the country on tour, which isn’t too shabby either.

Hayley Levitt:
Will win: A strange loop
Should win: Six

Michael R.Jackson A strange loop arrives at the Tonys armed with a Pulitzer Prize and rave reviews that are only a month old. Jackson is unabashedly expanding the genre of musical theater with his much-loved play — and with it fresh in critics’ minds, it looks like he’s all but certain to add another trophy to his bookshelf. Let’s not forget, however, the buzz of innovation that the banger filled with Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Six was rolling when it was scheduled to open in March 2020. It ended up opening in October 2021, receiving the rave reviews it was always expected to win. But even though he’s stable with healthy earnings and a thriving fan base, Six may have lost that new spectacle flavor that voters love to reward.

Pete Hempstead:
Will win: A strange loop
Should win: A strange loop

I really appreciated GMand I walked out Six the impression of having spent an excellent evening at the theater, but A strange loop stuck with me as Broadway’s most original musical this season. It’s a punch that makes you laugh, a raging carnival that makes you cringe. When something new is done so well, it deserves recognition.

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