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    Contiuing the trend and also one that might be a little harder, I figured we could all put down our choices for who should have won the Tonys back in the 1990s:

    BEST MUSICAL:

    1990-City of Angels

    1991-The Secret Garden (Once on This Island was another possibility)

    1992-Falsettos

    1993-Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1994-Passion (although I want to say that “Beauty and the Beast excelled in the score category next to Sondheim, whose work was beautiful though not very memorable…and “A Grand Night for Singing”, a show that recently got to be in, is a wonderful revue show that more than earned this nomination)

    1995-Smokey Joe’s Cafe

    1996-Rent

    1997-The Life

    1998-Ragtime (The Lion King may have had stunning visuals and superb direction, but Ragtime was a stunning achievement and had the better book, score, and also performances.)

    1999-Parade

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    BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL:

    1994-This one is tough….Carousel and She Loves Me were both great productions….I may have to think this one over and then come back to revise it.

    1995-Show Boat

    1996-A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    1997-Chicago

    1998-Cabaret

    1999-These were all great productions, but I will give it to ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

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    BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:

    1990-Gregg Edelmann, City of Angels

    1991-Jonathan Pryce, Miss Saigon

    1992-Gregory Hines, Jelly’s Last Jam (Michael Rupert, though, comes from one of my favorite shows and it was so tough to not choose him)

    1993-Brent Carver, Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1994-Boyd Gaines, She Loves Me

    1995-Mark Jacoby, Showboat

    1996-Nathan Lane, A Funny Thing……Forum

    1997-James Naughton, Chicago

    1998-Strong category and while Alan Cumming was great in “Cabaret”, I have to say this belonged to Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime

    1999-Another tough one….Martin Short was a fun delight in “Little Me” while Brent Carver was heartbreaking in “Parade”…two completely different performances….

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    BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:

    1990-While she wasn’t my favorite, the category is slim: Tyne Daly, Gypsy

    1991-Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

    1992-Faith Prince, Guys and Dolls

    1993-Chita Rivera, Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1994-Donna Murphy, Passion

    1995-Glenn Close, Sunset Boulevard

    1996-Though she declined her nomination, Julie Andrews for Victor/Victoria

    1997-Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago

    1998-Natasha Richardson, Cabaret

    1999-Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun (though I have to say Carolee Carmello was also stunning in “Parade”…a performer who doesn’t get as many chances or the better roles that she deserves)

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    BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:

    1990-Michael Jeter, Grand Hotel

    1991-Hinton Battle, Miss Saigon

    1992-Jonathan Kaplan, Falsettos

    1993-Anthony Crivello, Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1994-Gary Beach, Beauty and the Beast

    1995-George Hearn, Sunset Boulevard

    1996-Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rent

    1997-Chuck Cooper, The Life

    1998-Close category, no one was absolutely outstanding though one came from the strongest production in the category and was the most heartwarming: Ron Rifkin, Cabaret

    1999-Roger Bart, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

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    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:

    1990-Randy Graff, City of Angels

    1991-This category is interesting in the fact that Daisy Eagan and LaChanze are nominated here but they are both the leads of and pretty much everything their shows revolve around….I think they both should have been in Leading. My vote goes to Alison Fraser, The Secret Garden

    1992-Tonya Pinkins, Jelly’s Last Jam….even though I so badly want to say Barbara Walsh, Falsettos

    1993-Andrea Martin, My Favorite Year

    1994-Strong Category: Audra McDonald, Carousel

    1995-Gretha Boston, Showboat

    1996-Ann Duquesnay, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk

    1997-Lillias White, The Life

    1998-Audra McDonald, Ragtime (if the only moment she had onstage was the song “Your Daddy’s Son”, I STILL would have given her the Tony)

    1999-Kristin Chenoweth, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
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    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
    1990-City of Angels
    1991-The Secret Garden (just like Musical, Once On This Island was another possibility.)
    1992-Falsettos
    1993-Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994-Beauty and the Beast (if only because I felt it was more memorable)
    1995-Sunset Boulevard (one of Lloyd Weber’s more tolerable scores, but I wish it had competition)
    1996-Rent
    1997-The Life
    1998-Ragtime
    1999-Parade
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    BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL:
    1990-City of Angels
    1991-The Secret Garden
    1992-Falsettos
    1993-Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994-Passion
    1995-Sunset Boulevard (I prefer the book to the score, but it is still the same scenario)
    1996-Rent
    1997-Titanic
    1998-Ragtime
    1999-Parade
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    adamunc
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    BEST MUSICAL

    1990 City of Angels
    1991 Miss Saigon
    1992 Falsettos
    1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Passion
    1995 Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Rent
    1997 Titanic
    1998 Ragtime
    1999 Parade

    BEST ACTOR
    1990 James Naughton, City of Angels
    1991 Jonathan Pryce, Miss Saigon
    1992 Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls
    1993 Brent Carver, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Boyd Gaines, She Loves Me
    1995 Matthew Broderick, How to Succeed…
    1996 Adam Pascal, Rent
    1997 James Naughton, Chicago
    1998 Alan Cumming, Cabaret
    1999 Brent Carver, Parade

    BEST ACTRESS
    1990 Tyne Daly, Gypsy (Uck. They should have cancelled the award this year.)
    1991 Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon
    1992 Faith Prince, Guys and Dolls
    1993 Chita Rivera, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Donna Murphy, Passion
    1995 Glenn Close, Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Donna Murphy, The King and I
    1997 Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
    1998 Marin Mazzie, Ragtime
    1999, Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR
    1990 Michael Jeter, Grand Hotel
    1991 Hinton Battle, Miss Saigon
    1992 Scott Waara, The Most Happy Fella
    1993 Anthony Crivello, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Jarrod Emick, Damn Yankees
    1995 George Hearn, Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rent
    1997 Chuck Cooper, The Life
    1998 Ron Rifkin, Cabaret
    1999 Roger Bart, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS
    1990 Randy Graff, City of Angels
    1991 LaChanze, Once on this Island
    1992 Tonya Pinkins, Jelly’s Last Jam (Barbara Walsh in Falsettos is thisclose in 2nd place)
    1993 Andrea Martin, My Favorite Year
    1994 Audra McDonald, Carousel
    1995 Gretha Boston, Show Boat
    1996 Idina Menzel, Rent
    1997 Lillias White, The Life
    1998 Audra McDonald, Ragtime (Hey, if all she had was the end sequence of “Wheels of a Dream” (Beyond that road/Beyond this lifetime, etc.) I still would’ve voted for her.
    1999 Kristin Chenoweth, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
    1994 Carousel
    1995 Show Boat (Though I did find it somewhat bloated)
    1996 The King and I
    1997 Chicago
    1998 Cabaret
    1999 Annie Get Your Gun

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    1990 City of Angels
    1991 Miss Saigon
    1992 Falsettos
    1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Passion
    1995 Sunset Blvd. (Though I would have preferred no award rather than an uncontested one.)
    1996 Rent
    1997 Titanic (Though I have a soft spot for Steel Pier.)
    1998 Ragtime
    1999 Parade

    BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
    1990 City of Angels
    1991 Miss Saigon
    1992 Falsettos
    1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Passion
    1995 Sunset Blvd. (See comment under original score)
    1996 Rent
    1997 Titanic
    1998 Ragtime
    1999 Parade

    It’s surprising how often my votes lined up with the winners. For some of the oddball things the Tonys do, they reward the right people more often than the other Big Four awards, IMO.

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    1998 Audra McDonald, Ragtime (Hey, if all she had was the end sequence of “Wheels of a Dream” (Beyond that road/Beyond this lifetime, etc.) I still would’ve voted for her.

    This is true, and I would also say that even her brief moment in “Justice” when she quotes Colehouse’s bridge from “Wheels of a Dream” and proclaims “Well, you’ll have your due, Colehouse! Yes, you’ll have your due!” and then goes into the badly written but wonderfully sung and acted “President”….such a brief amount of time, but she knocks even this moment out of the park. Of course, she shows off her sultry and jazzy side in “Sarah Brown Eyes”….heck, her brief moment in “New Music” is wonderful…(play that melody, you’re sweet melody). It may not be the longest performance but whenever she is onstage, the show is hers easily. Her performance of “Your Daddy’s Son” is probably the greatest vocal and acting performance of a song I witnessed live. Thankfully, there is video of her performing it on YouTube so others can witness how stunning she was.

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    BEST MUSICAL

    1990 City of Angels
    1991 Miss Saigon
    1992 Falsettos
    1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Passion
    1995 Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Rent
    1997 Titanic
    1998 The Lion King
    1999 Fosse

    BEST ACTOR
    1990 James Naughton, City of Angels
    1991 Jonathan Pryce, Miss Saigon
    1992 Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls
    1993 Brent Carver, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Boyd Gaines, She Loves Me
    1995 Matthew Broderick, How to Succeed…
    1996 Adam Pascal, Rent
    1997 James Naughton, Chicago
    1998 Alan Cumming, Cabaret
    1999 Brent Carver, Parade

    BEST ACTRESS
    1990 Tyne Daly, Gypsy
    1991 Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon
    1992 Faith Prince, Guys and Dolls
    1993 Chita Rivera, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Donna Murphy, Passion
    1995 Glenn Close, Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Donna Murphy, The King and I
    1997 Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
    1998 Natasha Richardson, Cabret
    1999, Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR
    1990 Michael Jeter, Grand Hotel
    1991 Hinton Battle, Miss Saigon
    1992 Scott Waara, The Most Happy Fella
    1993 Anthony Crivello, Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1994 Jarrod Emick, Damn Yankees
    1995 George Hearn, Sunset Blvd.
    1996 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rent
    1997 Chuck Cooper, The Life
    1998 Ron Rifkin, Cabaret
    1999 Roger Bart, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS
    1990 Randy Graff, City of Angels
    1991 Daisy Eagen, The Secret Garden
    1992 Tonya Pinkins, Jelly’s Last Jam
    1993 Andrea Martin, My Favorite Year
    1994 Audra McDonald, Carousel
    1995 Gretha Boston, Show Boat
    1996 Idina Menzel, Rent
    1997 Lillias White, The Life
    1998 Audra McDonald, Ragtime
    1999 Kristin Chenoweth, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
    1994 Carousel
    1995 Show Boat
    1996 The King and I
    1997 Chicago
    1998 Cabaret
    1999 Annie Get Your Gun

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    It may not be the longest performance but whenever she is onstage, the show is hers easily. Her performance of “Your Daddy’s Son” is probably the greatest vocal and acting performance of a song I witnessed live. Thankfully, there is video of her performing it on YouTube so others can witness how stunning she was.

    It was truly stunning. Audra’s been responsible for several of the most thrilling theatrical moments I’ve experienced–there were several in Ragtime, then her entrance in her Broadway debut in Carousel was like being smacked in the head–you just instantly knew that this girl had it. And her rendition of “Old Maid” to close Act 1 of 110 in the Shade left the audience immoble–seriously, no one moved for about 30 seconds after the house lights came up. Can’t wait to see her in Porgy and Bess (excuse me, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) next month.

    I think only Idina Menzel’s “Defying Gravity” early in her Wicked run and Paolo Szot’s “This Nearly Was Mine” in South Pacific  come even close to rivalling Audra for thrilling live performances I’ve seen.

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