We’ve seen the crowding out of women’s voices in movie coverage, Supreme Court speculation, crap TV, and just about everywhere else, but I thought just maybe that my beloved theatre, which (backstage, anyway) is something of a haven for those who don’t relentlessly toe the sex/gender line, might offer a little hope to this weary Harpy’s soul.
Wrongo dongo, as an old troll once said.
Today, the Tony Award nominations (named for Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing) were announced, and you can see the whole list here. However, let me just quickly run down the top nod-getters (VAGUE SPOILERATION AFTER THE JUMP):
Billy Elliot, The Musical (Little Dude gender deviates, sorta) -15
Next to Normal (Mom is crazycakes, family copes) – 11
Hair (Dudes get laid, dodge draft) – 8
Shrek The Musical (Gross Dude finds love with Hot Girl) – 8
Mary Stuart (Two Queens battle to the death, thanks to major personal/political pressure from Dudes) – 7
The Norman Conquests (Dude tries to get with his wife and two sisters-in-law) – 7
God of Carnage (Bougie couples tear each other to pieces) – 6
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Displaced African-Americans struggle in 1910s US) – 6
Rock of Ages (Cock-rock jukebox with whisper-thin plot; you’re just there to pump your fist) – 5
33 Variations (Lady professor obsessed with Beethoven dies slowly) – 5
Exit the King (Crazy king dies as his two wives bicker) – 4
9 to 5: The Musical (3 female employees take vengeance on their asshole boss) – 4
Pal Joey (Gigolo has professional and romantic misadventures, learns nothing) – 4
West Side Story (Gangs of Dudes rumble, die. Girl feels pretty, sad.) – 4
Reasons to Be Pretty (Dudes compare notes, learn Important Lessons re: the hotness of chicks) – 3
Waiting for Godot (4 Dudes ponder the bleakness of Dude-ity) – 3
Blithe Spirit (Ghost of dead wife harrasses put-upon Dude and his new wife) – 2
Dividing the Estate (Adult siblings squabble over inheritance, suffer horrible old mother) – 2
Equus (Screwy passionate young Dude gets his head shrunk by old Dude, who mourns his passionless life) – 2
Guys and Dolls (Cartoon Dudes bet on bagging a chick, reluctantly marry) – 2
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Dudes honor war buddies, hook up with cute sister act) – 2
Pretty Dude-centric. And I’m just talking about on-stage representation here; I don’t have the heart to see how few directors, writers and designers are non-Dudes.
Even better, we get this lovely little nugget from NYT live-blogger Patrick Healy (guess what? A Dude.) during the coverage of this mornings announcements:
Cat Fight Alert! | 8:53 a.m.
Patrick Healy writes: Wow, the Tony nominators are casting their lot with feuding ladies in the category of Leading Actress in a Play. The two women in “God of Carnage” are almost as vicious as the two women in “Mary Stuart” — though, of course, there’s no beheading in “Carnage.” Of these four deliciously, colorfully, nasty roles, which proved the most memorable?