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  • FreemanGriffin
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    I love Audra McDonald but I still believe that Cherry Jones will win the Tony on June 8th. The Glass Menagerie got tremendous love from the nominators, it is considered a legendary performance, and even though the production is closed, that was the case for Tracy Letts and the revival of Virginia Woolf last year. Some voters will feel that Audra gives a MUSICAL performance as well. I saw Ms. Jones play Amanda twice: once in Cambridge and once in New York, and it was one of the greatest performances I have ever seen! In fact, all four actors were phenomenal!

    I haven’t seen Audra’s performance (has anyone seen it?) I’ve heard that she transforms herself, but the photos I’ve seen she looks so scrubbed clean and not at all like a drug addicted woman at the end of her life…. I saw a production years ago and the actress was completely convincing – it helped that I didn’t know the actress and had no previous knowledge of her work, I think…

    Who do you think will win on June 8th? (feel free to pick Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, or LaTanya Richardson Jackson if you wish)…

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    I do think Audra’s vocal work is stunning and she also has the weird head movements and faical tics Ms. Holliday had, but I also agree she looks to clean and polished to be the same woman who died in pure anguish and pretty much poverty not even a half a year after the events of the play.

    If Audra wins, I would definitely be happy for her but I think Cherry Jones deserves it more and is worthy of a 3rd Tony. 

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    Voters love it when actors give brilliant interpretations of the classic roles, so I think that will put Jones over the top.

    It would be interesting to do a study on ratios of acting wins for new works vs. revivals. 

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    I just read that this is the first time any production of “The Glass Menagerie” has EVER been nodded at the Tonys. Is that possible? That has to give some type of edge to Cherry Jones at least, since she’s already a former winner in a well-received production (though the Zachary Quinto snub is still stinging). I’m Team Audra now and forever, and seeing her make history with a record six Tony acting wins would be everything. It’s a very confounding race. And the rest of the nominees all have positives in their corners for a possible upset too (Daly being a beloved former winner; Jackson in a role that won her predecessor the win in this category a couple years ago; Parsons being an Oscar veteran and legend winning her first Tony after multiple nominations would be a great SO moment). This will be one of my most anticipated categories of the year to watch unfold.

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    The Velocity of Autumn has already posted a closing notice, so that probably flushes any remote chance Parsons had down the toilet.

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    Audra McDonald delivers the finest performance I have ever witnessed on any stage in Lady Day. Cherry Jones is a treasure, and while her production of The Glass Menagerie was running, everyone in town knew that she was a slamdunk for the Tony. Then Audra’s show started performances, and the tides have changed. There is not one ounce of Audra in that performance. Anyone who knows anything about her or her pristine soprano would be knocked over by how there is no trace of the traditional Audra-isms. She transforms her voice, her speech, her body language, hell, even her soul. She plays a damaged woman in the twilight of not only her performing career, but her natural life. She is so good, that it is actually scary. This woman is the real deal. 

    McDonald always gets her Tony. 

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    Her look was a marketing decision. Audra has fairly strong name recognition now, but if they were to put the image of a drug riddled, withering Billie Holiday on the marquee and posters, no one would come in to buy tickets.  But that doesnt mean she doesnt tap into that part of Holiday’s life in the show.

    I think this will be the biggest coin toss of the night as to who wins. The other three dont really have a shot unfortunately. Id love to see Parsons come back to Broadway…in anything but Velocity of Autumn (which is closing on Sunday, and Parsons has been out sick for a week and is not even guaranteed to make it back to the stage in time for closing night, so I doubt ANY Tony voters will even see the performance). LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Tyne Daly got wonderful reviews and audiences are eating them up. But I dont think any two performers have been more well received all season than McDonald and Jones (I suppose one could make arguments for NPH and Iglehart in the men’s corner). It also doesnt help that both shows share the same lead producers who have gone on record saying theyre rooting for a tie!   

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    It’s been a really long time since there has been a tie in an acting category (1979? Constance Cummings and Carole Shelley) – if there were a season in which ties could happen, it would be this one! In more than one category, too!

    Are there any clips of Audra’s performance out there?

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     I think this will be the biggest coin toss of the night as to who wins. The other three dont really have a shot unfortunately. Id love to see Parsons come back to Broadway…in anything but Velocity of Autumn (which is closing on Sunday, and Parsons has been out sick for a week and is not even guaranteed to make it back to the stage in time for closing night, so I doubt ANY Tony voters will even see the performance). LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Tyne Daly got wonderful reviews and audiences are eating them up. But I dont think any two performers have been more well received all season than McDonald and Jones (I suppose one could make arguments for NPH and Iglehart in the men’s corner). It also doesnt help that both shows share the same lead producers who have gone on record saying theyre rooting for a tie!   

    Don’t forget about Mays! I think he got the best reviews of any performer in anything across the board this season. 

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    Lady Day:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyfkgDvpfvM

    Thanks for sharing this great clip! But again, I have to say it: Audra belongs in the MUSICAL actress category!!!!

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    Lady Day:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyfkgDvpfvM

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    I just read that this is the first time any production of “The Glass Menagerie” has EVER been nodded at the Tonys. Is that possible? That has to give some type of edge to Cherry Jones at least, since she’s already a former winner in a well-received production (though the Zachary Quinto snub is still stinging).

    It’s true.  As I wrote in my article earlier in the year, the original production starring Laurette Taylor opened the season prior to the first Tony awards.  The subsequent revivals were not well received and received not a single nomination.  The original production was really the only one to get it right, until this production.

    As for Audra, it’s downright criminal that she’s been put in the play category…especially when Mary Bridget Davies was put in the musical category for doing pretty much the same thing as Janis Joplin.  audra was put in the play cateogry because they thought she would have a better shot winning there, where Cherry Jones is really her only competition.  In musical, she would have had to contend with O’Hara and Mueller.

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    [quote=”Atypical”]I just read that this is the first time any production of “The Glass Menagerie” has EVER been nodded at the Tonys. Is that possible? That has to give some type of edge to Cherry Jones at least, since she’s already a former winner in a well-received production (though the Zachary Quinto snub is still stinging).

    It’s true.  As I wrote in my article earlier in the year, the original production starring Laurette Taylor opened the season prior to the first Tony awards.  The subsequent revivals were not well received and received not a single nomination.  The original production was really the only one to get it right, until this production.

    As for Audra, it’s downright criminal that she’s been put in the play category…especially when Mary Bridget Davies was put in the musical category for doing pretty much the same thing as Janis Joplin.  audra was put in the play cateogry because they thought she would have a better shot winning there, where Cherry Jones is really her only competition.  In musical, she would have had to contend with O’Hara and Mueller.[/quote]

    But Audra’s said that she’s fine with the Play placement, b/c the songs in “Lady Day” don’t drive the story along in a narrative or conversational sense. I don’t know if that’s the case or not with Davies and “Joplin,” but I’d like to give the nominating committee a bit more credit here than simply placing Audra in the less competitive field so she can win easier.

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    To be fair (re: Janis vs Lady Day placement) A night with Janis Joplin was structured differently than Lady Day. Janis was set up more as a jukebox musical. Whereas the patter, or monolouging in Lady Day is where much of the story comes in, and the songs she sings compliment the story point. A very fine line, yes. Obviously it does come down to where the producers thought she had the best shot, though I can see the argument for either placement.

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