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    What show do you think came in 5th (or in some cases, 6th) place for a Tony nomination for Best Musical? Below, I’ve listed rankings of other musicals from their respective seasons as well as nominations they actually did receive (or in some cases, good will they might’ve had) in order from most likely to least likely. For this post, I’m focusing on the 2010s. I’ll get to more later.

    2019:
    1. The Cher Show – Three nominations, two wins for Lead Actress and Costume Design
    2. Be More Chill – Best Original Score nominee
    3. King Kong – Three design nominations

    2018:
    1. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – Two acting nominations
    2. Prince of Broadway – Revue about a giant of the theater
    3. Escape to Margaritaville – The only other new musical of that season…

    2017:
    1. Bandstand – Two nominations, won Best Choreography
    2. War Paint – Four nominations, two for Lead Actress
    3. Anastasia – Two nominations, including Featured Actress
    4. Holiday Inn – Best Choreography nominee

    2016:
    1. On Your Feet! – Best Choreography nominee
    2. Disaster! – Best Featured Actress nominee
    3. American Psycho – Two design nominations
    4. Tuck Everlasting – Best Costume Design nominee

    2015:
    1. Honeymoon in Vegas – Well reviewed by critics
    2. The Last Ship – Two nominations, including Best Original Score
    3. It Shoulda Been You – Maybe?

    2014:
    1. The Bridges of Madison County – Four nominations, won Best Original Score
    2. Bullets Over Broadway – Six nominations, including Best Book of a Musical
    3. If/Then – Two nominations for Best Lead Actress and Best Original Score
    4. Rocky – Four nominations, won Best Scenic Design
    5. A Night with Janis Joplin – Best Lead Actress nominee

    2013:
    1. Hands on a Hardbody – Two acting nominations, plus Best Original Score
    2. Motown: The Musical – Four nominations, two for acting
    3. Chaplin – Best Lead Actor nominee
    4. Scandalous – Best Lead Actress nominee

    2012:
    1. Bonnie & Clyde – Two nominations for Lead Actress and Original Score
    2. Lysistrata Jones – Best Book of a Musical nominee
    3. Ghost the Musical – Three nominations, including Best Featured Actress
    4. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark – Two design nominations

    2011:
    1. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – Two nominations, including Best Book
    2. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Two nominations, including Best Lead Actor
    3. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Two acting nominations, plus Best Original Score
    4. Baby It’s You!/The People in the Picture – Best Lead Actress nominees

    2010:
    1. Everyday Rapture – Two nominations for Best Lead Actress and Best Book
    2. The Addams Family – Two nominations for Featured Actor and Original Score
    3. Six By Sondheim – Two nominations, including Best Featured Actress
    4. Come Fly Away – Two nominations for Featured Actress and Choreography

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    I’d guess Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson for 2011, The Addams Family for 2010, Be More Chill for 2019, Prince of Broadway for 2018.

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    Now onto the 2000s…

    2009:
    1. 9 to 5 – Four nominations, all in major categories
    2. (title of show) – Best Book of a Musical nominee
    3. White Christmas – Two nominations, including Best Choreography

    2008:
    1. A Catered Affair – Three nominations, two for acting*
    2. Young Frankenstein – Three nominations, two for acting
    3. The Little Mermaid – Two nominations, including Best Original Score

    *In Michael Riedel’s coverage of the 2008 Tony nominations, he reported that at first, there was a tie for the fourth slot in Best Musical. So the nominators had to take a second ballot where Cry-Baby ended up taking the fourth slot by just one or two votes ahead of A Catered Affair.

    2007:
    1. Legally Blonde – Seven nominations, six of them in major categories
    2. LoveMusik – Four nominations, three for acting
    3. Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me – Best Featured Actor nominee
    4. High Fidelity – Best Scenic Design nominee

    2006:
    1. Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life – Best Lead Actress nominee
    2. The Woman in White – Best Original Score nominee
    3. Lestat – Two nominations, including Best Featured Actress
    4. Tarzan – Best Lighting Design nominee

    2005:
    1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Five nominations, three for acting
    2. Little Women – Best Lead Actress nominee

    2004:
    1. Taboo – Four nominations, three of them in major categories
    2. Never Gonna Dance – Two nominations for Best Featured Actress and Best Choreography
    3. Bombay Dreams – Three nominations, including Best Choreography

    2003:
    Urban Cowboy – Two nominations for Best Original Score and Best Choreography

    2002:
    Thou Shalt Not – Two nominations for Best Featured Actor and Best Original Score

    2001:
    1. Seussical – Best Lead Actor nominee
    2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Two design nominations

    2000:
    1. Aida – Five nomination, four wins, including Best Lead Actress and Best Original Score
    2. Marie Christine – Five nominations, three of them in major categories
    3. Putting It Together – Best Lead Actor nominee

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