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  • adamunc
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    I would say Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Swinging on a Star being up for the 1996 Best Musical Tony was baffling, considering there were higher profile shows such as Big, State Fair and Victor/Victoria.

    I can’t speak to the others, but I did see Victor/Victoria and it was wretched save Julie Andrews, so it’s not surprising it was left out.

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    So Victor/Victoria wasn’t egregiously overlooked as much as it wasn’t that good. And I didn’t think the Mean Girls score was that bad. However I’m sure a lot of you are surprised that Bravo Giovanni was nominated for Best Score instead of Forum.

    Some consider Starmites the worst Best Musical nominee, however it came out in a year where there wasn’t much else in terms of new Broadway musicals–Welcome to the Club, Chu Chem, Legs Diamond and Carrie.

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    A recent example is Mean Girls’ score getting nominated. It makes sense why it made the cut as there were so few eligible scores that year, but the music was so widely panned (by seemingly everyone except pop obsessed teenagers) some people thought it still wouldn’t make the cut.

    A lot of people were also baffled by Mean Girls‘ nomination for Best Orchestrations as well. In fact, I rightfully predicted that Mean Girls would walk away with zero Tonys. https://www.goldderby.com/view-predictions/alexmeyer/tony-awards-2018/

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    Me too. I know a number of people were predicting Mean Girls to win Best Book of a Musical as its token prize, but I never bought into that at all. Especially given how just the year before, a lot of us predicted Come From Away would win Book as its token prize (though Jenn Colella was in the hunt for Best Featured Actress), and that definitely would’ve made sense given how competitive it was for Best Musical. Yet, Dear Evan Hansen was able to win Book as part of its haul. I just remember thinking that if Tony voters couldn’t have done a split between Book and Score in 2017, I highly doubted they were all of the sudden gonna do it with Mean Girls and The Band’s Visit in 2018, especially given how the former show lacked snob appeal and skewed very young.

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    When Mean Girls was up for Best Book, the Tonys televised the Best Book award for the first time in years, mainly since Tina Fey had a chance of winning. I think they should televise Best Book every year, even if there aren’t any big names nominated, because after all the book is the heart of the musical.

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    Book was also presented on the telecast instead of Score in 2011. I guess it might’ve been because The Book of Mormon was definitely guaranteed a win in the former category while the latter did have some suspense. There was a feeling that Tony voters would spread the wealth by giving Best Original Score to The Scottsboro Boys as not only the best place to award the show itself, but it also probably would’ve been the last chance voters would have of celebrating the songwriting team of Kander & Ebb. Yet, The Book of Mormon took that prize as part of its sweep.

    As for having Best Book of a Musical televised every year, I think it would be great if the Tonys would go back to having that, Score, and Best Choreography all presented on the telecast again or at least have all below-the-line awards presented before the main ceremony and have them streamed online for people to watch.

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    When Mean Girls was up for Best Book, the Tonys televised the Best Book award for the first time in years, mainly since Tina Fey had a chance of winning. I think they should televise Best Book every year, even if there aren’t any big names nominated, because after all the book is the heart of the musical.

    THIS! THIS! THIS!

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    Anton Spivack
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    THIS! THIS! THIS!

    What does that mean, if I may ask?

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I think Alex was referring to having the Tonys present both categories of Book and Score on the telecast as opposed to having one of them shifted to before the show or during commercials in favor of performances from productions that weren’t even nominated for Best Musical nor Best Revival.

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    Anton Spivack
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    I’m all for including Best Book and Score in the telecast. It used to be that the Tonys were about two hours long and they presented 20 awards, but now they only present 15 in three hours.

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