2022 Tony Awards nominations surprise: Supersized Best Actor category

In a Broadway season filled with outstanding productions – 34 musicals, plays and revivals opened during the 2021-2022 eligibility window – it’s no surprise that the 29 Tony Award nominees have taken theatergoers to heart. unprepared with some of their choices. Below, we list the biggest surprises from the 2022 Tony Awards nominations.

Of the parts, the biggest dropper was the number of contenders in the Best Actor category. The extraordinarily tight race was expected to have only five nominees, but wafer-thin margins between the top voters led to that race being widened to seven lucky scholarship winners: Simon Russel Beal, Adam Godleyand Adrian Lester who make up the entire main cast of “The Lehman Trilogy”, David Morse from “How I Learned to Drive”, Sam Rockwell of “American Buffalo”, Ruben Santiago-Hudson for his one-man show “Lackawanna Blues” and David Threlfall of “Hanged”.

TO SEE the full list of nominees for the 2022 Tony Awards

The new late-breaking comedy “POTUS: Or Behind Every Great Asshole Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive” also exceeded our expectations with three offers. Although some of our savviest experts and editors have enrolled in one or another of the artists Rachel Drach or Julie White in starring actress, few thought the two would break through. This race also has one more place than expected. In addition to Dratch and White, Kara Young (“Clyde’s”) also made an offer.

Nominators clearly struggled to decide in the Featured Actor category, which has also been expanded to six slots. Half of those nominations went to cast members of the ensemble show “Take Me Out.” While Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Michel Oberholtzer were predicted to land deals, jesse williams also came for the ride. Williams’ role had previously earned a nomination for Daniel Sunjata in 2003 for the original production.

TO SEE 2022 Tony Awards nominations: “A Strange Loop” leads with 11, “The Lehman Trilogy” at 8

Among musicals, few expected “Paradise Square” to perform as well as it ultimately did, especially in the Featured Actor category. Sidney Dupont and AJ Shivly the two broke into the race on the likes of Elder Claybourne (“Company”), former Tony winner Jefferson May (“The Musician”), and David Payer (“Mr. Saturday Night”), who is reprising the role that earned him an Oscar nomination.

Tied with “Paradise Square” for the second most nominations, “MJ The Musical”, which also outperformed. Along with its Best Musical nomination, “MJ” landed in all four design categories, which include stage, costume, lighting and sound design. The musical, which recounts a particularly difficult moment in the career of the pop superstar michael jacksonalso earned a nomination in the competitive Best Director category for Christophe Wheeldon.

DISCUSS Tony nominations with Broadway insiders in our notorious forums

Make your Gold Derby predictions now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone or Android (Google Play) devices to compete against legions of other fans as well as our experts and editors for the highest prediction accuracy scores. Check out our latest betting champions. Can you then top our estimated rankings? Always remember to keep your predictions up-to-date as they impact our latest racetrack odds, which are terrifying chefs and Hollywood stars. Don’t miss the fun. Have your say and share your opinions on our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders hide out every day to follow the latest awards rumours. Everyone wants to know: what do you think? Who do you predict and why?