October 29, 2018 at 8:08 am #1202664067
Inspired by Kevin Jacobsen’s podcast (titled ‘And the Runner-Up Is’) where he takes a deep dive into a film that was the (likely) runner-up in the Best Picture race of any previous Oscar year, I’ve created my own series which you can find on my blog page.
In ‘And the Tony Almost Went to…’ I take a deep dive into a show that was the (likely) runner-up in the Best Musical race of any previous Tony Awards year. I’ve already written seven of them during Tony season this past year, and I plan to do some more.
In honor of Wicked‘s 15th anniversary on Broadway tomorrow, a concert special titled A Very Wicked Halloween airs on NBC tonight at 10:00. So I thought now would be a good time to take a look back at this very feature I wrote during Tony season this past year.
And the Tony Almost Went to…WICKEDOctober 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm #1202665347
I think Bernadette Peters barely missed the Tony for her GYSPY revival to Marissa Jaret Winokur (HAIRSPRAY) after Peters had to call out of a ton of crucial performances during the voting period due to Bronchitis.October 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm #1202665349
I am planning to eventually dive into past acting races, but for now, I’m only focusing on the shows that came closest to winning Best Musical. So far, I’ve covered Beauty & the Beast, Ragtime, The Full Monty, Wicked, Next to Normal, Newsies, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Throughout the 2018-19 theatre season, you can expect to see some features on Sunday in the Park with George, The Who’s Tommy, Parade, The Light in the Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, Passing Strange, and Matilda.November 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm #1202675793
The Drowsy Chaperone really should have won Best Musical that year in addition to all the awards it rightfully did win. Plus, Danny Burstein should have also won Featured Actor In A Musical. I mean, that performance…WOW!November 15, 2018 at 7:56 pm #1202676025
What about Ethel Merman in Gypsy?November 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm #1202676043
As I previously said in an earlier post, I am planning to eventually dive into acting races of years past. There are a lot of great ones to talk about. Though at this point, I’m only focusing on previous contenders for Best Musical.November 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm #1202679098
Miss Saigon might be another one you should do, since there are still many people who are furious that it lost to The Will Rogers Follies. I personally am neutral in that debate since I have not seen either show or listened to either of its scores.November 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm #1202679110
I am planning to do that in September next year in honor of the 30th anniversary of Miss Saigon‘s world premiere in London. Other shows you can expect me to cover in the future are West Side Story, Oliver!, Mame, Follies, Pippin, Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, Grand Hotel, Falsettos, Urinetown, Come From Away, and more.November 20, 2018 at 2:48 pm #1202679124
I doubt Miss Saigon came anywhere close to winning. People in the theater guard wanted to deliver a message to Cameron Mackintosh.November 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm #1202679137
I did debate for a while as to what was the likely runner-up to The Will Rogers Follies. I have read reports that Miss Saigon was the favorite to win Best Musical before Tommy Tune came in at the last minute with Will Rogers just like he did with Nine back in 1982, which defeated the presumed front runner, Dreamgirls.
In any case, Miss Saigon managed to win three acting awards (including Jonathan Pryce despite all the controversy surrounding the fact that he was playing a Eurasian), and fit into the mold of several previous Best Musical winners of the 1980’s. Though The Secret Garden did win Book, so I could see that being a possible runner-up, though it was the only Best Musical nominee that year which didn’t have its director recognized.November 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm #1202679144
Pryce was an interesting case. Salonga and Battle had zero competition (not that they weren’t worthy) so it’s no surprise they won. I have to imagine Pryce won based on industry respect, because the show got smacked down in every other category, even where it was obviously superior (lighting design, for example).November 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm #1202679169
Dreamgirls vs. Nine you definitely have to do. Michael Riedel went into great detail about it in his book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway if you need some great behind-the-scenes information.November 20, 2018 at 7:48 pm #1202679259
Oh, I definitely am planning to reference Riedel when I eventually get to that famous Tony race. I also plan to mention the fact that both Dreamgirls and Nine were later adapted into feature films, yet the former proved to be all around much more successful than the latter.December 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm #1202686923
50 years ago tonight, theatrical producer David Merrick debuted a new musical with a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Today, we’ll be looking back at this very show’s success at the Tony Awards.
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