April 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm #432752
Kelli O’Hara is a Broadway and Tony darling, racking up a total of four nominations to date. She will most likely be nominated this year for her stunning performance in The Bridges of Madison County, and also in 2015 for The King and I at Lincoln Center. What do you think she either should have won her Tony for considering her four nods thus far, or alternatively do you think she’ll take the Tony this year if nominated, or will voters wait ’til next year to award her for her Mrs. Anna in King and I?April 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm #432754
While I do love The Light in the Piazza, I think Ramirez deserved her Tony, the nominations in LuPone and McDonald’s years were the reward, and I think LaChanze also deserved more than her. This year is a weak field, let’s give her the Tony already (even if I think Mueller e Williams are threat).April 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm #432755
I’m a big fan of hers. She has such a lovely, natural singing voice. She is to the Tonys what Annette Bening is to the Oscars: gives award-worthy performances in years when she has no chance to beat a stronger contender.
With If/Then not meeting expectations, she could finally be on her way to victory this year with Bridges, especially if she’s as good as the reviews imply.April 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm #432756
I thought she was brilliant in The Light in the Piazza and thought she should have won for that.April 12, 2014 at 12:09 am #432757
She’s always great and if she does not win for Bridges she will be locked for whatever she does next.April 12, 2014 at 12:37 am #432758
Never actually seen her live, but she is amazing on the Piazza album! Although I love Ramirez too and she probably was a tad more deserving ! Lover her in South Paciific, and think shes better then Lupone. Never really warmed to that version of Gypsy and prefer Lupone’s other works (Evita, Sweeney, Anything Goes, Les Mouches, concert work).April 12, 2014 at 8:34 am #432759
I know O’Hara was the runner-up that year, but I would still place Jenna Russell before her.April 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm #432760
I don’t think Bridges will get a Best Musical nomination; Heather Headley’s Tony for Aida back in 2000 was the last time an actress won for a musical that wasn’t nominated for either Best Musical or Best Revival of a musical – not seeing it won’t happen, but statistically it’s incredibly rare (Vivien Leigh, Patricia Routledge. Angela Lansbury (for Dear World), and Miss Headley – Helen Gallagher’s No, No Nanette and Angela Lansbury’s Gypsy wins happened before there was a Best Revival category). I’m not seeing it won’t happen for Kelli O’Hara, only that it is statisically rare (assuming that Bridges doesn’t get a Best Musical nomination)April 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm #432761
I know O’Hara was the runner-up that year, but I would still place Jenna Russell before her.
JENNA. RUSSELL. WAS. AMAZING.April 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm #432762
I don’t think Bridges will get a Best Musical nomination; Heather Headley’s Tony for Aida back in 2000 was the last time an actress won for a musical that wasn’t nominated for either Best Musical or Best Revival of a musical – not seeing it won’t happen, but statistically it’s incredibly rare (Vivien Leigh, Patricia Routledge. Angela Lansbury (for Dear World), and Miss Headley – Helen Gallagher’s No, No Nanette and Angela Lansbury’s Gypsy wins happened before there was a Best Revival category). I’m not seeing it won’t happen for Kelli O’Hara, only that it is statisically rare (assuming that Bridges doesn’t get a Best Musical nomination)
Yeah, it’s strange and rarely happens. But, hey, this is a bizarre year. I kinda love it!April 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm #432763
This year seems strange as there is no clear frontrunner. Menzel got good notices but not winning ones, Foster has won twice but maybe when the show opens things could change and Williams show has not opened but I feel people will have not forgotten Natasha in the role and hold it aganist Williams. I think it comes down to Muller versus O’Hara (Carrie Pipperidge vs. Julie Jordan) and which ever one is in a musical nomination. O’Hara will win one day whether it is for The King and I or when The Light in the Piazza revival happens and she plays Maragaret.April 22, 2014 at 8:45 am #432764
Kelli O’Hara is the only person to this day that I can vividly remember picking out of an ensemble (the bland 2001 Follies revival) and being like “She is wonderful!” and lo and behold, she eventually got Sweet Smell of Success and then soon enough got Piazza.
I am all for Kelli O’Hara winning this year. She is doing some of, if not, her best vocal work yet and is absolutely lovely in this role…and in the fact that she is overdue and it is kind of an average year for actresses, I think this is a perfect opportunity to not only finally give her the award but it is also for a performance that is possibly her best.
So going back in time:
The Light in the Piazza is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Its loss of Best Musical to Spamalot is truly a black-eye in the same sense of Ragtime losing to Lion King and Parade losing to Fosse and Contact just winning in general. While the show’s real scene-stealer was its lead Victora Clark and then Adam Guettel’s stunning score, Kelli O’Hara was also lovely in this and would’ve made a very worthy winner. Despite my dislike of Spamalot, I can contend that it had funny moments and hilarious performances, with the gold standard being Sara Ramirez, whose over-the-top looks were worth enough to be conisdered.
The Pajama Game was a HUGE shocker. I saw her as a Soprano and didn’t she had the range to pull off songs like There Once was a Man. Patti LuPone was considered a co-frontunner at most but I am one of the few who really didn’t like her in that role, so for me, Kelli O’Hara was my 2nd choice behind the winner, LaChanze, who finally got her due at that time!
And then there was South Pacific. This, for me, was her best performance and it still contends closely with Bridges. She had a certain quality in the role that truly made me care about Nellie in a way I never had before…and her last moment when Emile returns and she is crying at the table and then reaches for his hand when he says “Bonjour, Nellie” is one of my favorite endings to a show I’ve seen….but how unfortunate that she had to be up against Patti LuPone….and O’Hara gets placed in a strong 2nd place yet again.
Her Nice Work nom for me was exactly for that: nice work. It wasn’t that amazing and she kind of sleep-walked through the role for me (though not as much as Matthew Broderick but that’s another story), and her nomination was filler for me.
Bridges is the perfect opportunity to reward her and I feel she truly deserves it. I think Jessie Mueller would be my 2nd choice and I do feel Sutton Foster would be worthy to win a 3rd Tony but with the race being so close, I don’t see how they could pass this up.
Who knows with The King and I? It has won Tonys for Gertrude Lawrence and Donna Murphy and it could very well get Kelli O’Hara one.
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