Show-Score: How did you spend your winnings?
Matt: I spent my winnings by going to several shows, redeeming my points mostly for mezzanine seats, so I could see as many shows as possible and take friends and family! I saw “An American in Paris”, “Matilda”, “Cats”, “Falsettos”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”, and I still have a few hundred points left to go towards another show!
S-S: Who do you think will win top categories this year?
- I think “Dear Evan Hansen” or “The Great Comet” will win Best Musical. There's a possibility “Come From Away” could pull off an upset, but I doubt it.
- “Oslo” will win Best Play (though that's the only one I haven't seen of the four nominees in that category!)
- Ben Platt will definitely win Best Actor in a Musical (his performance in “Dear Evan Hansen” was brilliant and devastating.)
- Bette Midler is a shoo-in for “Hello, Dolly!” (Though I haven't seen it.)
- Best Actor in a Play will go to Kevin Kline - wonderful performance in “Present Laughter”!
- Best Actress in a Play will go to Laurie Metcalf, Jennifer Ehle, or Laura Linney.
S-S: Do you have any advice for this year's players?
Matt: My advice to this year's players is to study up on the shows, even if you haven't seen them. (That being said, see everything you can! I try to.) Actor categories tend to be easier for people. Sometimes the design/creative team awards are more difficult for people to properly predict, but if you do a little bit of research on the productions of the nominated plays and musicals (including reading reviews of said productions), you might find that you discover something about what might be honored come June 11!
S-S: How are you celebrating the Tonys this year?
Matt: I will likely be watching the Tonys this year with my family, and possibly with some friends!