Broadway's Tony Awards: Are Drama Desk Award Wins Accurate Predictors? - Page 3
There was a surprise, an upset for me. The Drama Desk for Outstanding Actor in a Play went to James Corden for his hysterically funny performance in One Man, Two Guvnors and not Philip Seymour Hoffman for Death of a Salesman. The roles one comedy, the other a modern day tragedy cannot be drawn in the same breath. They should not be compared in terms of acting depth and soul requirements. Granted, comedy in many ways is much more difficult to perform with reality than drama. But one is slapstick, the other is the historic downward spiral of a human being. And that requires breadth to convey the electricity of compelling humanity. Hoffman's phenomenal acting talents are well known. And that might be why Cordon, a new kid on the block, and a very funny Brit, will walk away with the Tony. To my mind, he shouldnt.