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    This topic is simple: which Broadway roles were never nominated for a Tony, but should have been? I’ve got a few below; bear in mind, I’m overall more familiar with recent musicals for no good reason, hence the recency bias of my picks, but surely you’ll diversify it, and I’ll probably add more in the future:

    • Laura Dreyfuss (Dear Evan Hansen)
    • George Salazar (Be More Chill)
    • Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill)
    • Michelle Federer (Wicked)
    • John Vickery (The Lion King)
    • Reeve Carney (Hadestown)
    • Sarah Brightman (The Phantom of the Opera)
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    Other classic musical theater roles I can think of that have never been recognized at the Tonys include:

    The Baker in Into the Woods
    Bill Sikes in Oliver!
    Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret
    Dorothy in The Wiz
    Fantine in Les Misérables
    Gabe Goodman in Next to Normal
    Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
    Lily Craven in The Secret Garden
    Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate
    Mark Cohen in Rent
    Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray
    The Title Character in Pippin
    Tony in West Side Story

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    Other classic musical theater roles I can think of that have never been recognized at the Tonys include: The Baker in Into the Woods Bill Sikes in Oliver! Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret Dorothy in The Wiz Fantine in Les Misérables Gabe Goodman in Next to Normal Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Lily Craven in The Secret Garden Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate Mark Cohen in Rent Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray The Title Character in Pippin Tony in West Side Story

    I should probably have clarified; I was thinking about actors who had gotten snubbed for those roles. That said, it’s super surprising that Fantine, Jesus, Pippin, and Tony (or also Bernardo) haven’t resulted in nominations, especially since Fantine and Bernardo have been Oscar-winning roles.

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    Not to mention that the role of Jesus actually earned John Legend a Primetime Emmy nomination for his performance in NBC’s 2018 live telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar. Sara Bareilles was also recognized there as well for her performance as Mary Magdalene, which is another role that has never been nominated by the Tonys. With some of my other choices, it’s easier to tell the performers I’m referring to because shows like Hairspray, Next to Normal, Rent, and The Secret Garden all only had one Broadway production so far.

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    Chip Zien definitely should’ve gotten a Tony nomination for Into The Woods. He was truly the heart and soul of the show. The Baker may not been have been as showy of a role as, say, The Witch (and Bernadette Peters was also wrongfully robbed of a nomination, too), but if the actor who plays The Baker doesn’t do a good job, then the show doesn’t work. Luckily, Chip Zien did make it work, and a nomination should have been his reward.

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    One more I thought of:

    Mandy Gonzalez (In the Heights)

    I remember thinking of more, but can’t recall them off the top of my head.

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