And the nominees are:
- Leap of Faith
- Nice Work If You Can Get It
Poor Spider Man. He tried so hard. And yet, his ambitious (often painful) show did not garner a nomination for Best Musical. I am a little sad the Tonys left Peter Parker hanging, but that's simply because I'm partial to U2 and comics books and I don't care for Leap of Faith. I didn't like the ol' Steve Martin film, and the music soundtrack of the Broadway show has left me unimpressed.
This year's nominees seem to be a tepid bunch. Of course, it's a lot better than 1995 when only Sunset Boulevard and Smokey Joe's Cafe were the only selections. If you want the not-so-humble opinion from a West Coaster who only listens to the soundtracks and watches YouTube clips, I'd say that Once looks like the most musically innovative (despite the fact that it's yet another Broadway musical adapted from a film). Newsies has an enormous cult following from its film origins (featuring a singing dancing Chistian Bale). Nice Work If You Can Get It seems like the most traditional of the musicals, creating a romantic comedy built around Gershwin tunes. So, that's the musical round up. Which one do you think deserves the award?