The New York Times theatre critics have long been treated as the defining opinion on the art.
One bad review from the New York Times can sink an entire production—a power that many believe critics have misused in the past
So when the Times theatre critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green published their predictions of who would win in the 2019 Tony’s, as well as who should win, people naturally had some opinions.
NYT picks are in. Don't agree with their assessment of will or should for Best Musical.https://t.co/UhK4kziBD8
— Turkey Leg Jeff (@TurkeyLegJeff) May 14, 2019
— Samantha Tatro (@SamanthaTatro) May 14, 2019
Hmmm…. I agree with some; disagree with others. Tootsie??? Really?
Tony Awards 2019: Who Will Win (and Who Should) https://t.co/k9D9Uy3XS2
— Theater With A Twist 🍸 (@theater_twist) May 14, 2019
if Ben Brantley didn't get dragged so hard for his shitty Head Over Heels review, I guarantee you he wouldn't stan Tootsie this hard: https://t.co/89SP59fl2B
— Anthony Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) May 14, 2019
Inexplicably, Brantley and Green also included off-Broadway shows, such as the production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, in the category of who should have been nominated, despite the productions being ineligible for Tony Awards. Some found this infuriating.
I'm confused why Jesse and Ben are listing so many off-Broadway shows that *should have been nominated* as if they're not talking about THE TONYS. https://t.co/xepEAvOiS2
— Jeremy West (@JeremyWest) May 14, 2019
Ridiculous article. Why so many off-Bway shows are included in the “should have been nominated “ category show how these two outdated critics view their readership. Off Bway shows are not eligible. https://t.co/0rXvYjMqFk via @nytimes
— Gina Leonetti (@GINA57) May 14, 2019
— Lisa Fung (@lfung) May 14, 2019
Which shows do you think will sweep the Tony’s? Let us know in the comments!