I will start: 2003 Best Actress in a Musical goes to Marissa Jaret Winokur in "Hairspray" over Bernadette Peters in "Gypsy."
What Tony Award upset still sting you?
No Patti jokes please. They wound people.
Chita Rivera in "The Rink" over BP in "Sunday." I get it, they had to finally give it to Chita, who'd later deservedly win for "Kiss" but the two performances were not comparable. Rivera's turn is already forgotten while Peters' has grown infinitely in stature.
r1 Huh? Did you see Bernadette in Act 2 of SUNDAY. Was she playing MAMA'S FAMILY? Chita was fantastic as chief cook and bottlewasher
Agreed OP, that Hairspray girl whould hand that Tony over to Bernadette TODAY.
I am a bit miffed over Angela Lansbury's loss to Katie Finneran two seasons ago.
You can't catch a break if your name is Raul:
Ben Harney in Dreamgirls over Raul Julia in Nine - I was very underwhelmed by the acting in Dreamgirls.
Broadway Papi Raul Esparza has been robbed two times (IMO). He should have won on his first nom for Taboo, instead of boring Cerveris and again for Company. If it weren't for Geoffrey Rush he would have been deserving again for Speed The Plow.
The guy that won for La Cage a couple of years ago (can't remember his name) over every single actor in that category. One of the worst performances, tony winning or not, that I have seen in a musical. Just dreadful.
Ruth Brown won for Black and Blue, didn't she? That was another underwhelming night at the theater.
Frances de la Tour over Tyne Daly!!! The History Boys is a POS.
OP, did you by chance SEE Bernadette in Gypsy? It was painful. If she was a lesser name she wouldn't have even been nominated; she certainly didn't deserve it. The day I was there, the audience was bewildered at intermission, wondering why in the hell the director was thinking and she was doing. Just terrible.
Carol Channing for Hello, Dolly over Streisand in Funny Girl. Barbra got the last laugh, though.
Jennifer Ehle winning over Cherry Jones back in the year 2000 was all sorts of wrong.
Watch the clip from the 2000 Tony Awards that I am linking to from YouTube. When Cherry Jones' name is read as one of the nominees, the audience gives her the strongest response as though she had won and not just had her name read as one of the nominees.
Angela in A little Night Music?? No way, Katie Finneran deserved that award.
The three little Billy Elliot kids winning was another low for the Tonys. In fact, the best leading actor in a musical has made some really poor choices lately. The last truly great win was Paulo Szot for South Pacific.
Agree that Raul should have won for Taboo, if not him then Michael McElroy for Big River.
Olivo had no business winning for West Side Story. Gwynne or Martha Plimpton would have been better picks.
The original three Billies also won in London.
Two Gentlemen of Verona winning for Best Musical instead of FOLLIES in 1972.
Avenue Q winning for Best Musical instead of Wicked in 2004.
Mary Martin winning for Best Actress in a Musical for The Sound of Music instead of Ethel Merman for Gypsy.
Cherry Jones in DOUBT winning over Kathleen Turner for VIRGINIA WOLFF. Jones admitted later that Turner deserved it.
Boyd Gaines (a solid but unexceptional performance) in GYPSY over Daniel Breaker's astonishing tour-de-force in PASSING STRANGE.
The score for SPRING AWAKENING over the score for GREY GARDENS.
Every single Tony won by MEMPHIS.
No fan of Boyd Gaines but Passing Strange was just a horrid.
I am sure there was a worthy nominee that year.
Forgot to mention that Danny Burstein in SOUTH PACIFIC was also way more deserving than Gaines.
Dan Fogler for SPELLING BEE. Obnoxious, mugging, shticky performance. Jose Lana was the one who should have been nominated.
Peters was in way over her head with GYPSY and even she knows it. Winokaur was terrific in HAIRSPRAY and deserved the Tony.
I was stunned this year when Philip Seymour Hoffman lost to some porcine British guy in some utterly forgettable performance. Ridiculous.
Peters not being nominated for Follies was ridiculous. I've heard she was sometimes just not there vocally on some evenings, but I saw her in previews and she was heartbreaking as Sally.
Oh, and Two Gentlemen of Verona winning any Tony Awards. Seriously, that score with the exception of maybe three songs is just cringeworthy.
The Phantom of the Opera beating Into the Woods.
Betty Buckley Wining for "Drood"
LaChanze winning for the dreadful The Color Purple instead of either Sutton Foster for The Drowsy Chaperone or Patti Lupone for Sweeney Todd.
Say what you will, but I think they were very kind to give Glenn some recognition.
CZJ! Nuff said.
The reason I think Winokur really deserved it is that I think anyone playing Mama Rose has an innate advantage over anyone playing Tracy. Having seen hairspray with winokur and without, I can say her particular brand of humor elevated the piece monumentally. I later saw it with Harvey and someone else, who sang it better than Winokur and landed all the jokes and looked a decade younger, but it did not fly in the same way at all.
r 20 WTF? Betty won for CATS. Not Drood. Move along...nothing to see here.
that never happened
That no show was worthy of winning Best Musical in 1997 ( Titanic, Steel Pier, The Life, Juan Darien).
AS IS loses to yet another Neil Simon dindon.
What do you mean, R28? TITANIC won Best Musical that year.
Nine winning over Cats.
Best Musical injustices:
The Music Man over West Side Story
Fiorello! (tying with Sound of Music) over Gypsy
1776 over Hair
[quote] Nine winning over Cats.
Try again, R30. They each won, a year apart.
What musical did Nine upset?
Dreamgirls, and deservingly so!
1968: Alice Playten in "Henry, Sweet Henry" losing Best Featured Actress in a Musical to Lillian Hayman in "Hallelujah, Baby!"
[quote] Nine winning over Cats.
If this had been true, it would have been justified. Cats is a steaming pile of dog shit.
[quote] Carol Channing for Hello, Dolly over Streisand in Funny Girl. Barbra got the last laugh, though.
How did she do that? By getting the film role of HD and making one of the worst movies of her career?
"The day I was there, the audience was bewildered at intermission, wondering why in the hell the director was thinking and she was doing."
So you speak for the whole audience in addition to all of the voices in your head?
Best face ever was Lena Horne reading the BEST MUSICAL in the race between NINE and DREAMGIRLS. "And the winner is.....NINE"
Bernadette AGYG winning over Carolee in PARADE
Didn't like parade, but Carolee was OUTSTANDING
Bernie was doing a completely different show than anyone else.
When they tied for the Drama Desk, Bernie was giving Carolee the stink eye while she was accepting
Bernadette losing to the fat girl in Hairspray was a true Tony absurdity and Harrrvey beating Antonio Banderes that year turned the ceremony into an embarrassment.
Tonya Pinkins should have won over both underwhelming Bern and fat girl.
There, I said it.
Cherry was brilliant in DOUBT. Kathleen was admirable but you have an edge if you create a role.
PS> Cherry is always going to say the sporting thing.
Oh, please, R38. Hello, Dolly! is one of the most beloved film musicals of all time. The critics and Broadway fanatics may not like it, but the general public adores the movie, as well as Streisand's performance.
Barbra stuck it to that corn-shitter for stealing her Tony.
[quote] Hello, Dolly! is one of the most beloved film musicals of all time.
This is quite possibly one of the most absurd statements ever made on Datalounge. Or in the entire Milky Way.
Peters was spectacularly good in GYPSY. It was a travesty that Miss Okra got it for being fat and singing loud.
Ah yes, the public adores Hello, Dolly! Which is why it flopped big when it was released.
I love the Hello Dolly movie!
A Chorus Line sweeping the Tony Awards in 1976 and shutting out Chicago.
and, r50, Pacific Overtures (except for some minor awards).
There are lots of injustices but Winokur and Olivo are particularly notable as their performances are the worst in their respective roles ever seen on Broadway. Also they were women in dance roles and neither of them could dance which Winokur went on to show us on TV as a DWTS loser. Though I would have preferred Peters over Winokur and Plimpton over Olivo, I would have settled for any of the nominees rather than the winners.
Most of the Tonys for Billy Elliott, Next to Normal, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sunset Boulevard and Spring Awakening could have been given to more deserving nominees or just eliminating the category that year.
Bonnie Franklin losing to Melba Moore in 1970.
R48, Hello, Dolly was the 4th highest grossing picture in 1969. And it's found a huge audience on TV, who adore it.
Only Sound of Music, Grease and Funny Girl are more beloved.
r31: Have you ever read the libretto for HAIR? It's dribble. Add to that the fact that the individual songs, while entertaining, do not advance any plot and the words are oftentimes meaningless:
"Singing our space songs on a spider web sitar
Life is around you and in you
Answer for Timothy Leary, dearie"
-- Flesh Failures
The show was a gimmick -- the first hippie rock musical -- but certainly NOT worthy of awards.
r44: You can't buck a nun.
r53. I'm afraid I'm old enough to have seen Bonnike Franklin and Melba Moore -- the former was perfectly fine in a role many girls could've made extraordiinary. Melba MMoore sang thrillingly and got her laughs in the comedy scenes. ("His heart stopped BEATIN, didn't it?")
Reba should have gotten a special award for AGYG.
Why the Brooke Shields WONDERFUL TOWN got a cast CD and the Reba AGYG did not is a travesty.
Let's not forget that Winokur had Ricki Lake's performance in the original (and superior!) film of Hairspray as a template to study and copy.
R29, the post said that no show was WORTHY of winning the Tony, but they HAD to give it to somebody.
I did see Bernadette in Gypsy which is why I started the thread.
Glad to check back and see all these comments.
Always wondered why she didn't win for Sunday. (Second act not withstanding.)
R55: for future reference, it's "drivel", not "dribble".
Nice try, r54.
"Hello, Dolly!" cost $25 million to make, an astonishing amount in 1968 (when it was made).
It earned 15 million.
There were bigger nails in the coffin of movie musicals - Dr. Doolittle, Star!, Paint Your Wagon, On a Clear Day - but "Hello, Dolly!" was a nail in the coffin just the same.
Had the lead not been so shockingly miscast with someone so wrong for the part, it might have fared a little better, but still ... by December 1969 (when it was released) - the fat lady had sung for movie musicals.
Most movies that are "beloved" score better than 6.9 on IMDB and 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Paula Porkhurst in Bam Bam - Story of a Woman winning over Gayle Bethesda Grinds for The Swollen Vagina Diaries in 1998. All kinds of WRONG!
Saw both Merman and Peters in "Gypsy." Merman should have won, but "The Sound of Music" was a much bigger hit. Peters tried very hard, but just was not right for Mama Rose.
Peters is one of the worst actors ever. She should win nothing in theater.
My feelings exactly, r66. Bernadette wasn't horrible, but it was clear she was trying very hard. You saw the effort in every scene. It was proof that not every great performer can play every great part. It just wasn't a good fit.
On the other hand, after seeing the recent SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, it was clear that Peters is irreplaceable as Dot. I kept wishing that she was up there instead of the other actress. Peters would have aced it all over again.
Yet for all its many flaws, DOLLY holds up where the others don't.
It was the last hurrah for that era of musical filmmaking crafted by the great masters of the classic MGM & Fox musicals.
THE PRODUCERS crushing THE FULL MONTY.
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS not coming in the season before to win the Tonys that MEMPHIS undeservedly got.
You know, r168, I would have agreed with you re: Peters as Dot.
Melissa Errico (who is actually very Peters-esque) gave an INCREDIBLE Dot at the KC.
[quote] Tonya Pinkins should have won over both underwhelming Bern and fat girl.
Bernadette vs. Marissa was 2003. Tonya Pinkins wasn't nominated that year - Caroline, or Change was 2004.
[quote] Most of the Tonys for Billy Elliott, Next to Normal, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sunset Boulevard and Spring Awakening could have been given to more deserving nominees or just eliminating the category that year.
Smokey Joe's Cafe won 0 Tony Awards.
[quote]I'm afraid I'm old enough to have seen Bonnike Franklin and Melba Moore -- the former was perfectly fine in a role many girls could've made extraordiinary. Melba MMoore sang thrillingly and got her laughs in the comedy scenes. ("His heart stopped BEATIN, didn't it?")
Me too. Franklin was good but anyone could have done that role. Not a big fan of PURLIE although I do like some of the songs. Melba Moore knocked it out of the park and deserved that Tony.
Hello, Dolly! was one of the last pictures shot in the wonderful 70MM Todd-AO process.
You're IN the show with Todd-AO!!
The Todd -AO Troll
That "you can see her trying" was the argument John Simon used against Angela Lansbury's Rose. On the other hand, he loved Peters' interpretation of the role.
Robert Duvall, Kenneth McMillan and John Savage all getting snubbed by the nominating committee for the original production of "American Buffalo". Truly a fucking crime.
And Geoffrey Rush winning over Thomas Sadoski a few seasons back. Rush was fucking boring, Sadoski was exhilarating.
This year . . .
Bernadette Peters not being awarded her special Tony on camera.
The In Memoriam segment being shown during a commercial break.
Franklin's turn in "Applause" is the same tiresome, overeager performance she's given all her life. Her rendition of the title number doesn't compare to Moore's "I Got Love."
Yet Melba Moore would be unnoticeable in a green polyester cowlnecked sweater.
I think Jane Houdydhell's loss for WELL was hard to swallow - but HISTORY BOYS was a juggernaut. I just hate seeing the Brits take these awards, especially against really great work by American unknowns.
Well, Melba was one of the few to have smaller titties than Bonnie.
I was so mad when he lost to DHP
Not that I was there, but it seems strange in retrospect that Chita Rivera wasn't even nominated for West Side Story. Carol Lawrence was nominated but lost to Barbara Cook for The Music Man. The surprise isn't that Barbara Cook won, it's that she wasn't in the best actress category.
I'd call Bonnie Franklin a cunt but she lacks the depth and the warmth.
[quote]The surprise isn't that Barbara Cook won, it's that she wasn't in the best actress category.
I feel her pain.
[quote]Only Sound of Music, Grease and Funny Girl are more beloved.
Funny Girl is more known than loved. People LOVE Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, even Gigi. Funny Girl is famous for putting Streisand over the top. For christ's sake, even Willie Wonka is loved more than Funny Girl.
Ellen Barkin over Elizabeth Rodriguez
R86, The average American has never seen Gigi or An American in Paris. Singin' in the Rain is not shown on TV that much anymore, either, so it's popularity has waned considerably. Funny Girl is on TV all the time, as is Hello, Dolly.
[quote]The average American has never seen Gigi or An American in Paris. Singin' in the Rain is not shown on TV that much anymore, either, so it's popularity has waned considerably.
See, this is a perfect example of the perils of drunkposting. Gigi, American in Paris, and Singin' in the Rain are shown ALL THE TIME on many channels, particularly TCM, which is a station people who like musicals are likely to watch fairly often.
You're nothing but a deranged Streisand freak, who needs to go back to drinking and stop typing stupidities.
Or perhaps you've sustained a head injury
Funny Girl is a piece of shit. Even Funny Lady has aged better than Funny Girl, with Streisand wearing her 1968 hairdos and make-up when she's pretending it's 1918.
The original stage musical is not very good. The movie's better, but only because it looks better.
And it's hardly "beloved," certainly not on a par with "Singin' in the Rain" or "The Wizard of Oz" or "Gigi."
Drunk Streisand fan alert at r88! Stay indoors until the danger has passed.
The Wizard of Oz is not a musical, dumb bunny!
When was the last time you heard a group of people talking about Gigi or An American in Paris? That's right...NEVER. No one outside of the bowels of NYC has seen either movie. That's just a fact.
Why wasn't John Benjamin Hickey even nominated for Love! Valour! Compassion! ?
Joe Mantello not winning best actor last year for The Normal Heart.
R92 is psychotic! How is Wizard of Oz NOT a musical?
On what planet is it a FACT that Gigi and American in Paris are completely unknown outside of NYC?
BITCH PLEASE! You are talking out of your flabby, boil-ridden ass!
[quote]Had the lead not been so shockingly miscast with someone so wrong for the part, it might have fared a little better, but still ... by December 1969 (when it was released) - the fat lady had sung for movie musicals.
Yet, two years later, "Fidder On The Roof" grossed 50 million.
"Cabaret", "Lady Sings The Blues" and "1776" came along the next year in '72, all fairly successful. And let's not forget "Grease".
I actually love the movie "Hair". Wrong movie for time. It's time had passed, yet had it been made years later, it might have succeeded as nostalgia. John Savage and Treat Williams..mmm.
Seriously OP? Bernadette Peters is a good singer but SHE CAN'T ACT FOR SHIT! She was DREADFUL in that lousy "Method Gypsy" production. Her "Some People" was a mess! She just wandered all over the stage just "feeling" for her "motivation". Give me the tightly choreographed Tyne Daly version any day! She was awful in the rest of the show too. Like a Kewpie Doll with a hangover.
Wasn't there some scandal about Nathan Lane turning down a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Love! Valour! Compassion! feeling he should be nominated for Best Actor?
And thereby letting John Glover win the Supporting award for the same play (which he deserved more than Nathan anyway).
And then maybe Nathan wasn't nominated at all? Or am I crazy?
Yeah, Fiddler, Cabaret and Lady Sings the Blues came along in the 1970s - but the movie musical was dying by that time, done in by Star!, Dolly, Paint Your Wagon, Dr. Doolittle and On a Clear Day. The success of Fiddler, Cabaret, and Lady Sings the Blues (and Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease) couldn't save the genre.
1776 was actually a flop. A big one.
When New York, New York couldn't make it, it was all over. There were little blips of success, like Victor, Victoria, and little blips of flops (like Little Shop of Horrors), but it wasn't till Chicago that the genre had really returned - and it still remains shaky.
Yet to come to prove the musical might still have a pulse is "Les Miserables" with Hugh Jackman.
Unlike the travesty that was the film of "Phantom", this one could work.
NYNY didn't make it because it was a piece of shit that ran over two and a half hours. Liza and DeNiro were almost as believeable a couple as Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson in "The Shining."
Helen Lawson should have won for Coco. She replaced Kate Hepburn you know. Her performance was low-key--this was the first show where she didn't pass out before the second act.
And there were shots in NYNY that either deliberately or unintentionally copied exact shots in Garland's "Star Is Born".
My guess is Scorsese was still so coked up at that point, he just plagiarized.
[quote]My guess is Scorsese was still so coked up at that point...
shhooo wassh I!!
Hello, sophisticated socialite or the Female Forrest Gump? Of course, they chose Mercedes Ruehl over moi.
There was a resurgence in the 80s which was directly tied to music videos. "Footloose", "Flashdance", "Purple Rain". By the time "A Chorus Line" came along only a few years later, the concept of the quick cut music video had already pretty much run its course.
You're all conveniently forgetting the HUGE success of Grease.
Dorothy Loudon for "The Fig Leaves Are Falling.". That bitch Lansbury beat me twice.
[r123] Helen Lawson rocks!! Helenesque will clear any clogged drain!!
There's got. To be...
*** snort ***
Grease was mentioned at r100, Olivia. You must be drunk again.
Benajmin Walker and his sexypants should have been nominated for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Honestly didn't think Josh Gad or Norbert were anything special.
Also, same year - WAR HORSE winning over JESUSALEM was ridiculous.
If Josh Gad hadn't been nominated, that Tony would have been all mine!
The movie of Les Miz will work only if it is in 3-D and we get to see limbs being blown off. Cosette needs to show tit, and she and Marius must engage in hot sex. Only then can it be successful. Otherwise, Evita-like success.
Did Hepburn win the Tony for Cocoa?
Irene Bordoni over Marilyn Miller in 1929.
No, R111, she lost to Lauren Bacall for "Applause," the "All About Eve" musicalization. She also won 10 years later for the musicalization of Hepburn's "Woman of the Year." I was surprised to learn that Bacall had not one but TWO Tonys for Actress in a Musical. I never took her for a singer.
And don't forget Bacall's thrilling musical numbers in "The Fan".
Bacall thrilling? I recall Michael Biehn in the pool as thrilling. I remember Maureen Stapleton, even with her role cut to shit, as thrilling.
Don't recall Bacall in "The Fan" as even competent.
Of course, I knew you were being ironic, weren't ya?
Linda Ronstadt gave a high school caliber performance in "Pirates of Penzance" but if she hadn't insulted the awards committee by saying she never shows up for awards ceremonies, she might have taken the Tony. I think everyone was looking for any reason not to give it to Bacall again, especially for a performance widely thought to be a joke.
Is "Applause" considered a good musical? Is it good enough to make into a movie? I can't name any songs from it.
I can - Applause
The Encores production a few seasons back simply proved what a piece of prehistoric shit "Applause" really is.
And keep that fucking Cantone off the stage, willya?
The TV version of "Applause" is on YT. Thankfully, no Bonnie Franklin but unfortunately, Lauren Bacall is in it.
Were the performers in "Oh, Calcutta!" really nude? Just how much nudity was there? Did any of you see it on Broadway?
Patty Duke not even being nominated (featured actress)for her role as Helen in The Miracle Worker
Danny Radcliffe gave the best performance of the year in H2S last year. Just watch Ms. Jonas to see that you need real charm and talent to make that role work.
r128 he should have a least been nominated.
I thought Radcliffe was better in EQUUS. He wasn't nominated for that, either.
Remember when people thought the Tony committee was crazy not to nominate Peter Gallagher for GUYS AND DOLLS?
They certainly had foresight on that one.
Lee J. Cobb not winning for "Death of a Salesman"
Barbra Streisand not winning for "Funny Girl"
Kathy Bates not winning for "Night Mother"
Another vote for Tonya Pinkins in Caroline, or Change losing to Idina Menzel.
Also, the lack of nomination for Melissa Van der Schyff in "Bonnie & Clyde". She was the best thing in the whole damn show, which should have been nominated over "Leap of Faith" to fill that final slot.