There was plenty to cheer about when the 2018 Tony Awards nominations were announced on May 1. Deserving performers like Michael Cera (“Lobby Hero”), Deborah Findlay (“The Children”) and both LaChanze and Ariana DeBose from “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” were recognized. However, a slew of talent was left off the list of nominees. Vote in our poll below to let us know which Tony Awards snub made you the angriest and sound off in the comments section.
Though Nathan Lane reaped a bid for playing Roy Cohn in “Angels in America,” he was the only performer from that revival mentioned in the Featured Actor category. That left out Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and James McArdle. McArdle was particularly shocking, as he had ranked within the top five contenders for the category from the day Gold Derby launched the predictions center.
Another ensemble ignored in the nominations was the cast of “Once on This Island.” Newcomer Hailey Kilgore scored a Lead Actress nomination, but how could the committee overlook Alex Newell and Tony winner Lea Salonga? Newell stops the show dead with powerhouse vocals on ‘Mama Will Provide’ while Salonga’s voice soars with a tender interpretation of ‘The Human Heart.’ The Tonys also could have followed the lead of the Drama Desk Awards and nominated fan favorite Kenita R. Miller, who made a meal out of her smaller role, Mama Euralie. And while we are on the subject of “Once on This Island,” where is Camille A. Brown’s Choreography nomination? She could have won the Tony, and without her the category is an all-boys club.
“Junk” and “Latin History for Morons” were both recognized in the coveted Best Play category, yet their stars Steven Pasquale and John Leguizamo were shunned. Leguizamo’s omission is made all the more surprising considering the Special Tony Award he will be receiving. Yet they couldn’t find room in Lead Actor?
The same scenario befell the leading ladies of “Frozen”, Caissie Levy and Patti Murin. A Best Musical nomination didn’t help either Broadway mainstay break into Lead Actress in a Musical. I’m guessing the droves of young fans singing ‘Let it Go’ as they pour out of the St. James every night have some complaints to file with the Tony nominators.
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