April 16, 2017 at 9:27 am #1202067867
So I’m trying to nail down my predictions for this year’s Featured Actress nominees, but I’m having trouble nailing it down. I’m certain that Stephanie J. Block, Rachel Bay Jones, and Jenn Collela are getting nominated. The other two noms, I’m pretty sure are going to either Jennifer Laura Thompson, Brittain Ashford, or Kate Baldwin. I know everything I need to know about Ashford, but can anyone tell me anything about Baldwin or Thompson’s performances so I can nail this down?April 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm #1202067987
I currently have Brittain Ashford, Kate Baldwin, Stephanie J. Block, Jenn Collela, and Rachel Bay Jones getting in.
The reason why I have Baldwin taking the fifth slot is because since Hello, Dolly! looks like it’s going to be such a strong contender in nominations, she’s probably going to go along for the ride.April 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm #1202068246
Baldwin is incredible in Dolly. She won’t need to “go along for the ride”, she will be nominated because she deserves it. And if Dolly is strong enough (which it well could be) then it might be able to sneak Beanie Feldstein in as well, who is absolutely hilarious.
There’s also past Tony winner Beth Leavel in the yet to open Bandstand to keep in mindApril 16, 2017 at 10:37 pm #1202068324
Leavel received little mention in the Papermill reviews, and my primary concern isn’t whether or not Baldwin will be nominated, but if Ashford will manage to elbow out Jennifer Laura Thompson, who happens to have A LOT of support on this site. I’ve seen Dear Evan Hansen and Thompson is doing a lovely job, but I’m wondering if both she and Rachel Bay Jones will be nominated.April 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm #1202073619
Any chance for Jackie Hoffman to sneak in for Charlie? I know the shows isn’t getting the best reviews but Jackie is always a reliable scene stealer. What about Jennifer Simard for Dolly? Is the buzz just for Baldwin?April 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm #1202073628
Saw Dolly last night and Simard’s part is too small. Just saw Evan Hansen and Rachel Bay Jones may be unbeatable anyway.April 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm #1202073767
Would be great to see Stephanie J Block win this. One of Broadway’s most reliable leading ladies of the past decade and perhaps the best vocalist working in theatre today.April 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm #1202073782
But unfortunately, she won’t be able to win because Falsettos is long gone. It’s slightly easier for performances from closed shows to win on the Play side as we’ve seen wins by Tracy Letts, Mark Rylance, and Annaleigh Ashford within the past few years.April 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm #1202074638
Starting to feel like Jenn Colella v Rachel Bay Jones for this.April 24, 2017 at 5:19 am #1202074826
I’ve now seen likely nominees Kate Baldwin, Jenn Colella, Rachel Bay Jones, and Stephanie J. Block. Of that group, I would lean very very slightly to Block if I were a voter, but it’s hard to imagine Jones not winning. She has THE emotional capper moment in a show full of them and is in the breakout hit of the season. It’s a meaty role with a gamut of emotions and lots of powerful book scenes too.April 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm #1202078119
I see what you mean Jeffrey but I still wouldn’t count her out though to not win. A lot of experts have overall picked her for top choice. She gave a standout performance this season. I hope she wins. Just my opinionApril 28, 2017 at 3:40 am #1202078610
I personally feel that there are four locks: Kate Baldwin, Stephanie J Block, Jen Colella, and Rachel Bay Jones. At the moment I have Mary Beth Peil in my fifth slot.April 28, 2017 at 4:49 am #1202078626
I currently have Brittian Ashford taking the fifth slot for The Great Comet. She has such a remarkable narrative, similar to Alex Sharp’s in Curious Incident two years ago, where she wasn’t even an actress before The Great Comet (she led a band), but learned how to act through this role and this show.