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Looking at the Tony Award nominated plays and musicals, that are produced in about forty Broadway theatres, you need to be Woody Allen, a Disney movie, Adele Dazeem (AKA Idina Menzel), or hit by lightning to get your new works produced on Broadway. This is why Broadway Global with the Third Annual Broadway Global Producer of the Year is looking for Broadway/Regional Producers who are leaving a legacy for our society, are available through social media and have given back to HIV/AIDS funding or other not for profits that bring good to our society. Broadway Global share the Tony Award nominations so you may choose those leaving a legacy for our society.

Normally we focus on musical theatre, but we share the Tony Award noniated Best Play list first because nominated is Terrence Macnally's "Mothers and Sons", one of the most powerful plays of our lifetime. You can also share and view all Broadway Global's Tony Award nomination predictions, with links to the #1 Broadway Global reviews. Save this article link first, and read all the Tony Award nominations with our top pick.

Best Play: Act One, All the Way, Casa Valentina, Mothers and Sons and Outside Mullingar. Mothers and Sons is our top pick best play, opening doors for those with HIV/AIDS past and present questions...

Next we share Best Musical nominations, becuase Aladdin took over 20 years to get to Broadway, and After Midnight are favorites among the nominated. Sadly "Bullets Over Broadway" was not acknowledged in this catergory! But, "Bullets Over Broadway" is nominated for Woody Allen's Book and Susan Stroman's Choreography.

Best Musical: After Midnight, Aladdin, Beautiful and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Best Book of a Musical: Chad Beguelin - Aladdin, Douglas McGrath - Beautiful, Woody Allen - Bullets Over Broadway, and Robert L Freedman - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The Broadway Global pick would be Bullets Over Broadway - (should have been nominated for Best Musical) or A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder for a clever script!

Best Direction of a Musical: Warren Carlyle (After Midnight), Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Leigh Silverman (Violet), Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) which should win. Susan Stroman (Bullets Over Broadway) is not listed for Best Direction and was sadly overlooked! Once again women Directors are not given the credit they deserve.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Andy Karl - Rocky, Ramin Karimloo - Les Miserables, Neil Patrick Harris - Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jefferson Mays - A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Bryce Pinkham- "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder". A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder has a win here!

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle (After Midnight), Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine (Rocky), Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin) and finally Susan Stroman (Bullets Over Broadway). Warren Carlyle (After Midnight) and Susan Stroman (Bullets Over Broadway) are toe to toe!

Best Orchestrations: Doug Besterman (Bullets Over Broadway), Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County), Steve Sidwell (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), and Jonathan Tunick (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). "After Midnight" was overlooked and has the Best Orchestrations by far!

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Peter Hylenski (After Midnight), Tim O'Heir (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Mick Potter (Les Miserables), and Brian Ronan (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Les Miserables and Violet. Broadway Global pick is Les Miz!

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Christopher Akerlind (Rocky), Howell Binkley (After Midnight), and Donald Holder (The Bridges of Madison County).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Idina Menzel - (If/Then), Mary Bridget Davis - (A Night with Janice Joplin), Jessie Mueller - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kelli O'Hara- The Bridges of Madison County and Sutton Foster- Violet. Kelli or Sutton would be our top picks!

Best Original Score: Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin - (Aladdin), Jason Robert Brown - (The Bridges of Madison County), Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman - (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - (If/Then). Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin - (Aladdin) and Jason Robert Brown - (The Bridges of Madison County) are in the fighting ring!

Best Revival of a Play: The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun and Twelfth Night. and the winner should be A Raisin in the Sun!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Samuel Barnett - (Twelfth Night), Bryan Cranston- (All the Way), Chris O'Dowd - (Of Mice and Men), Mark Rylance - (Richard III), Tony Shalhoub - Act One. Your turn, pick who you think should win and post it by sharing this article on social media with your top picks!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Audra McDonald - (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Gril), Tyne Daly - (Mothers and Sons), Estelle Parsons - (The Velocity of Autumn), Cherry Jones- (The Glass Menagerie) and LaTanya Richardson Jackson - (A Raisin in the Sun). Tyne Daly - (Mothers and Sons) is our pick!

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: : Reed Birney - (Casa Valentina), Paul Chahidi - (Twelfth Night), Stephen Fry - (Twelfth Night), Mark Rylance - (Twelfth Night) and Brian Jacob Smith- (The Glass Menagier).

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: Sarah Green- The Cripple of Inishmaan, Celia Keenan - Bolger- The Glass Menagerie, Sophie Okonedo - A Raisin in the Sun, Mare Winningham - Casa Valentina, Anika Noni Rose - A Raisin in the Sun.

Best Director of a Play: Tim Carroll - Twelfth Night, Michael Grandage - The Cripple of Inishmaan, Kenny Leon - A Raisin in the Sun, John Tiffany- The Glass Menagerie.

Best Book of a Musical: Aladdin Chad Beguelin, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway Woody Allen, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Robert L. Freedman. Bullets Over Broadway is our top pick!

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Aladdin Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, The Bridges of Madison County Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Music: Steven Lutvak Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak, If/Then Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Brian Yorkey.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Samuel Barnett (Twelfth Night), Bryan Cranston (All The Way), Chris O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men), Mark Rylance (Richard III) and Tony Shalhoub (Act One).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill) and Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Andy Karl (Rocky), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Mary Bridget Davies (A Night with Janis Joplin), Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County).

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), William Ivey Long (Bullets Over Broadway), Arianne Phillips (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and Toledo (After Midnight).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Reed Birney (Casa Valentina), Paul Chahidi (Twelfth Night), Stephen Fry (Twelfth Night), Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night), Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie), Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun), Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun), Mare Winningham (Casa Valentina).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Danny Burstein (Cabaret), Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Joshua Henry (Violet), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Linda Emond (Cabaret), Lena Hall,(Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Anika Larsen (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Adriane Lenox (After Midnight), Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder).

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt (Act One), Bob Crowley (The Glass Menagerie), Es Devlin (Machinala) and Christopher Oram (The Cripple of Inishmaan).

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca (Rocky), Julian Crouch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch),
Alexander Dodge (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), and Santo Loquasto "Bullets Over Broadway". Christopher Barreca (Rocky) wins in the ring, with the biggest finale ever on Broadway!

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jane Greenwood (Act One), Michael Krass (Machinal), Rita Ryack (Casa Valentina), Jenny Tiramani (Twelfth Night).

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Paule Constable (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Jane Cox (Machinal), Natasha Katz (The Glass Menagerie), and Japhy Weideman (Of Mice and Men).

Best Sound Design of a Play: Alex Baranowski (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill), Dan Moses Schreier (Act One), and Matt Tierney (Machinal).

Best Direction of a Play: Tim Carroll (Twelfth Night), Michael Grandage (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) and John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie). Heck, pick another one. If you listened to critics, would you jump off a bridge in madison county?

If you choose the Tony Award safe bets, or don't go the extra mile to promote life changing plays or musicals, then you are just like the Broadway Producer, made up of a handful of arts leaders investing in movies that have done well at the box office. Live a little! Go see a small production, way off Broadway, support your local theatre and do what you can to share and fund new writers, new works, new artists to help them get to the forty Broadway venues, that will someday honor them with a Tony Award. Now pick you 2014 Broadway Global Producer of the Year!

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