June 5, 2014 at 5:23 am #433494
Any way at all? I’d much rather her win than Jessie Mueller to be honest, as much as I love Mueller – she’s the greatest Broadway discovery since Sutton Foster… Kelli truly deserves it for this role, and I’d hate to see her get a make-up Tony down the road for something else… Thoughts? Could we see a big spoiler or is Mueller too obvious to bet against?June 5, 2014 at 5:39 am #433496
Mueller is the it girl of the moment. She’s gonna win. And she benefits additionally from Gentleman’s Guide not having a lead actress as well, so voters who vote that as Best Musical can toss Beautiful a major bone by voting for Jessie.June 5, 2014 at 5:41 am #433497
See, I’d have to agree with all of that. Shame! But Mueller’s quite deserving.June 5, 2014 at 5:53 am #433498
I still think Kelli will get her Tony one day for a deserving performance. She’s been good in everything she’s done whether it was a hit or not, she’s respected and reliable as a star (though she’s not a big box office draw on her own) and she seems determined to build her career around Broadway rather than trying to run off to movies or TV. It’ll happen for her; the only thing left to fall into place is the timing.June 5, 2014 at 5:58 am #433499
^ Actually, she has stated recently that she’d love to do more TV and film, but it appears that she’s gone to auditions for said mediums, and they’ve told her she’s not really right physically for them. I’d rather her be on Broadway though any day. If she pulls Anna out of the bag, she may get her Tony for that. That is, if Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t get there first for On the Twentieth Century!June 5, 2014 at 6:09 am #433500
I don’t know when she’d have time to do TV, it seems she’s always in development for some stage show or she has the next one lined up, lol. King and I could do it for her–though there’s still that chance that Heather Headley will come in with The Bodyguard next season and sweep everyone else out of the way. But the theatres are getting full, so that one may delay since there’s been no announcement yet. I can’t wait for K&I–I’d love to see Kelli on the Beaumont stage again after having been wowed by her in Light in the Piazza and South Pacific there.June 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #433501
I believe she has run the best campaign! Other people have TV FYC ads but her campaign has been the bestJune 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm #433502
I am still holding out hope that she can squeeze out a win.June 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm #433503
I do think she has a better chance then most people believe, she certainly has respect in the theatre community for her work and for her commitment to the show, but respect doesn’t often equal awards (Amy Adams and Julianne Moore at the Oscars) unfortunately. Jessie Muiler has passion behind her and I think that will carry her to a win. Really hoping I’m wrong though.June 6, 2014 at 4:17 am #433504
I love Jessie Mueller and she has been wonderful in everything she has done since stealing the trainwreck that was the revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever….and she is also really good in Beautiful. If (honestly at this point, I’d be more inclined to see when) she wins the Tony for Beautiful, it’ll be deserving but I won’t be able to completely support it.
Kelli O’Hara is the ultimate Tony bridesmaid. With the exception of Nice Work, I feel all of her other nominations were cases where she gave lovely, if not, tremendous performances that could’ve won in some other years or just had one performance that was slightly better from a co-nominee that inched her out.
2005: As much as I am a mixed supporter of the messy show that is SPAMALOT, Sara Ramirez dominated in that role. I can’t begrudge her that win, but O’Hara was nothing short of breathtaking in PIAZZA. That is a tough apples-to-oranges comparison.
2006: I loved her in The Pajama Game and it was a change of pace for her, but she had to contend with LaChanze.
2008: This one was painful. That production of South Pacific was magnificent and it deservingly won Revival and Director….but it was Patti LuPone who took home the Tony deservingly even though O’Hara was just shy of deserving to take it. When I first saw the production, I actually considered that she deserved it over LuPone….but over time, I grew to feel LuPone DID deserve to win but that O’Hara was the Jessica Lange to LuPone’s Meryl Streep in the 1982 Actress race.
This year is the perfect opportunity to give it to her for what may be her best work to date….it can be a deserved AND overdue win for a glorious performance.
Mueller probably wouldn’t even be my second choice. It is a solid list of performances.
#4-Mary Bridget Davies