Tony Awards 2022: Who Will Win (and Who Should)

Though I see hundreds of shows a year, I’m not a seer. Nor am I the kind of theater lover who easily sorts treasured experiences into tranches of good, better and best. Still, here I am with prognostications and preferences for the Tony Awards that will be given out on June 12.

The Will Win category simply lists my predictions in a hard-to-predict year. The Should Win category indicates how I would vote if I were allowed to, with an exception: I get more wiggle room, including the chance to select two “winners ”In some cases. Even then, I was often torn, cherishing nearly equally some shows and artists likely to win and some that weren’t nominated at all.

Which brings us to the Should Have Been Nominated category. A larkish Times tradition allows me to include not just other work seen on Broadway but also (as indicated by an asterisk) artists and productions hailing from Off Broadway and other, odder climes.

Potential “nominees” in this category are always too numerous to acknowledge — and this year I’m skipping some I’ll probably get to champion next year, like the cast and team behind “Kimberly Akimbo,” a terrific musical that played at the Atlantic Theater Company this past winter and transfers to Broadway in the fall.

But even then I wanted to celebrate more of the work that helped us feel less alone in a chaotic year — hence my introduction of a noncanonical best ensemble category. After all, this was a season when merely making theater was a victory.


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