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  • adamunc
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    We already know that Bette Midler is playing Dolly come April. But there are a couple of other ladies you may have heard of in a new show likely to be Broadway-bound. They would be two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone and two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole in War Paint, about the rivalry between cosmetics queens Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden. The show is in early previews at the Goodman in Chicago and plays there through August 14. Initial word of mouth is the most positive for any new musical I can remember recently; it’s apparently selling very well; and the writers, composers and director are from the Grey Gardens team. With those stars attached, it’s likely the show would fast-track to NY, so could we see a Bette/Patti/Christine showdown?

    We also have some other major female roles presumably opening later this year, with Miss Saigon‘s Eva Noblezada and Amelie‘s Phillipa Soo. Additionally, the lead in Anastasia got strong notices in its tryout.

    Could be a lot of fun!

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    Andrew Carden
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    Could be a good one. Good luck, however, ever topping barn burners like Mary Martin (The Sound of Music) vs. Ethel Merman (Gypsy) in ’60 or Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!) vs. Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) in ’64.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    We’ve often seen so many heavyweights nominated for Lead Actress in a Musical in the same year. It looks like we’ll continue to see it happen next year.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    As of now, the candidates we have for this season are…

    Christy Altomare-Anastasia
    Denee Benton-Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812
    Christine Ebersole-War Paint
    Patti LuPone-War Paint
    Bette Midler-Hello, Dolly!
    Eva Noblezada-Miss Saigon
    Laura Osnes-Bandstand
    Phillipa Soo-Amelie

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    EmmyWinner
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    Maybe “Sweet Charity” will move to Broadway before the deadline and Sutton Foster will be a contender too!

    And don’t forget about Lead Actress in a Play! Blanchett, Field, Lane, just to name a few.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I think considering the underwhelming response to The Cherry Orchard, I don’t see Diane Lane getting nominated…
    http://www.goldderby.com/article/2016/the-cherry-orchard-reviews-diane-lane-broadway/

    But yes, there are also some potential candidates for Lead Actress in a Play such as…

    Cate Blanchett-The Present
    Jennifer Ehle-Oslo (Unless everyone in that play ends up being eligible as Featured Actors)
    Sally Field-The Glass Menagerie
    Allison Janney-Six Degrees of Separation
    Laura Linney-The Little Foxes
    Laurie Metcalf-A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Could she once again be the sole nominee from her production?)
    Cynthia Nixon-The Little Foxes
    Mary-Louise Parker-Heisenberg

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    Alex Meyer
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    Maybe “Sweet Charity” will move to Broadway before the deadline and Sutton Foster will be a contender too!

    The only problem there is Sutton Foster’s shooting schedule for her TV show Younger.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Which is why it could transfer next season, thus making this year’s Tony race a little less crowded.

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    Alex Meyer
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    If it does, it will probably be a limited engagement, unless Younger ends up getting cancelled, which I don’t think will happen.

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    clay bryce
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    Unless something goes very, very wrong with her performance, Bette Midler is a slam dunk to win Leading Actress in a Musical. It will be her 2nd trip to Broadway in four years and they will more than make it up to her for shamefully not having nominated her the last time for “I’ll Eat You Last.”

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I wouldn’t call Bette Midler a slam dunk just yet for two reasons:

    1. We haven’t even see how she’ll do in Hello, Dolly! yet.
    2. Even if she does well, she could still have some competition.

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    clay bryce
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    Not sure who the fifth nominee wil end up being but PAtti & Christine will cancel each other out, And I can’t seem them rewarding Philippa Soo over Broadways legends, so that leaves Bette.

    As always, I’m quite sure of this, The Divine Miss M will be fabulous. Never underestimate the power and star quality of actual, God-given talent. Ha ha.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    They’ve awarded newbies over legends before.

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    clay bryce
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    That’s true, but I still don’t see Phillipa Soo or even Sutton Foster in Sweet Charity breaking through. This is Bette’s to lose and she won’t. I promise you.

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    Andrew Carden
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    I could see Soo win. Just because it’s Bette Midler and she’s headlining one of the all-time great musicals doesn’t mean she’ll be a shoo-in.

    Everyone under the sun, for instance, thought in 1995 that the Tony-less Julie Andrews would be a lock for the win for Victor/Victoria. Then, the production ended up underwhelming and garnered just one Tony nom for its leading lady, which she promptly rejected in protest of their snubbing of the show. Newcomer Donna Murphy instead won for The King and I.

    If Hello, Dolly ain’t good, there’s no reason to presume Midler will win anyway.

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