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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    As we’ve seen in the past, whenever an actor/actress wins a Tony Award for a role they played on stage then reprise it on TV, they get nominated for an Emmy, but lose.

    In the Post-Show video last night, someone said that the reason for that is probably because the actor/actress was already able to nail their character(s) on stage, that they were just giving the same performance on screen.

    However, I don’t think that gives them enough credit because acting on stage is not the same thing as acting on screen. They always have to re-interpret their stage performances just for the cameras.

    For example, Samantha Barks who spent a year playing Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables got to reprise that role in the 2012 film adaptation.

    Here is a clip of her performing On My Own on stage…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpkbYVZcU8I

    Here she is performing On My Own in the film…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB0n3FUbRKc

    If you watched those two clips back-to-back, you’d realize that her performance in the film is not the same performance she gave on stage.

    Obviously, we’ve seen 10 people win Tonys and Oscars for the same character, 8 of them started on the stage. The last time an actor has even been nominated for reprising his Tony-Winning role on screen was Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon.

    I will say that if Harvey Fierstein receives an Emmy nomination next year for reprising his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray Live!, it would probably be a safe bet to not predict him to win.

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    Andrew Carden
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    On occasion, though, the Tony winner will also take home the Emmy. Off-hand, I’m thinking of Robert Morse in Tru but I believe a few others have pulled off the same as well.

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