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Monday, May 04, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Leading Actress in a Musical

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The last of the performance categories! We're coming into the home stretch...

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical
Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
Alice Ripley, next to normal
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical
Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
Alice Ripley, next to normal
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story
Amy Spanger, Rock of Ages

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Stephanie J. Block, 9 to 5: The Musical
Brandi Burkhardt, A Tale of Two Cities
Lauren Graham, Guys and Dolls
Kate Jennings Grant, Guys and Dolls
Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical
Kerry O'Malley, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Meredith Patterson, Irving Berlin's White Christmas

MODFAB THINKS...the real question is: what woman carried their show on their own? Janney, of course. Scaglione, in one of the great debuts of the year. Channing, doing yeoman's work in an imperfect piece with a troubled rehearsal period. Ripley, in a show built around her character's mental illness. And with the other candidates being less than inspiring -- Grant, Burkhardt, Patterson -- it's relatively clear that perennial Tony nominee Foster will rise to the fifth and final slot.

DARK HORSE: Lauren Graham didn't do much with the part of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls...but it's still one of the great female parts in musical theatre history.

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