Broadway's Tony Awards: Are Drama Desk Award Wins Accurate Predictors? - Page 2
For Outstanding Revival of a Play, the incredible Death of a Salesman won the Drama Desk and Mike Nichols won for Outstanding Direction. Though The Best Man was superb, Death of a Salesman was better; there was no comparison perhaps because of the play's intense humanity and its electric currency trending resonant themes for today. Even a car park attendant on 46th street last Wednesday, May 30th (I saw the play a second time; first time I saw ot early in the run.) told me Death was the best play on Broadway. Maybe he had already placed his bets. My guess is he had heard his customers' commentary. Odds in favor of a Salesman Tony win are currently at 74%. We'll see how canny the parking lot attendant is.
Will Follies beat out The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess? Follies took the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical Revival and most likely will again Tony night. The odds favor Follies by 66 percent. But Porgy and Bess was rewarded when Audra McDonald won for her portrayal as Bess beating out Bernadette Peters Follies star for the Drama Desk. Peters is not nominated for a Tony. Audra McDonald will most likely receive the Tony for a phenomenal performance, and 69 percent of the experts agree on this.
Finally, there are no surprises that Once won the Drama Desk for Outstanding Musical, since the building momentum has been moving with intensity for the show. It has already won the Outer Critic's Circle and the Drama League award. If the producers are canvassing support in these next few days, it may exceed support for Newsies which is 49 percent the favorite over 41 percent for Once.Continued on the next page