The Color Purple
"The show leaves the impression that Celie’s redemption comes mainly from entrepreneurial zeal."
The Drowsy Chaperone
"Comedy has a special theatricality…Delightfully, this show exploits every bit of it."
Jersey Boys (Winner)
"After years as the butt of the nation’s jokes, the Garden State is getting a kiss from Broadway."
The Wedding Singer
"Lovingly sends up the eighties and all but shivers with irony."
The History Boys (Winner)
"Though Bennett skimps on the story’s grief, the play is never less than smart and compelling."
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
"A uniquely potent way to indict militancy, power, false patriotism."
"Belongs to a swollen class of plays that have all sorts of storytelling virtues but no particular theatrical virtues."
"A tiny panorama of lonely Dubliners, with the occasional burst of the supernatural."
Best Musical (Revival)
The Pajama Game (Winner)
"A tuneful exploration of mid-century labor relations and interoffice romance."
"Stephen Sondheim’s bloody masterpiece, with just ten actors playing all the roles and musical instruments."
The Threepenny Opera
"How seriously can you take a socioeconomic critique when a guy onstage is wearing purple hot pants and thigh-high boots?"
Best Play (Revival)
Awake and Sing! (Winner)
"An almost-great play that dared to end with a flicker of hope."
The Constant Wife
"If you've been cheating on the missus, The Constant Wife is the show for you."
"Director Jonathan Kent succeeds in making a drab, tedious play as drab and tedious as possible."
"A long-married couple venture to the beach one day and unaccountably meet a pair of talking lizards."
Best Book (Musical)
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, The Wedding Singer
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Jersey Boys
Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Marsha Norman, The Color Purple
Best Original Score
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, The Wedding Singer
Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel, The Woman in White