And the Winner Isn't: Famous Tony Award Snubs Through the Years

By Carey Purcell
14 May 2013

Kristin Chenoweth in The Apple Tree.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Laura Benanti shared the stage with many a talented woman in the 2003 revival of Nine, but her passionate performance of Claudia, the actress and muse to Antonio Banderas' filmmaker Guido Contini, was not nominated for a Tony Award, leading many to conclude that the nominators overlooked her in a very "unusual way."

Kristin Chenoweth, a previous nominee and winner, gave a tour-de-force performance in three different roles in the 2006 revival of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical The Apple Tree, but despite her proudly declaring, "I'm gorgeous!" every night (and hitting a famously high note in said song), she did not receive a nomination for the role.

In his first role after the Harry Potter movies, Daniel Radcliffe bared all when making his Broadway debut in Peter Shaffer's Equus, but, despite receiving positive reviews from both critics and the sell-out crowd, his performance as Alan, the troubled teenager, was not nominated for a Tony Award.

Aaron Tveit was considered a life force in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's musical Next to Normal, where he played the mysterious son Gabe and declared, "I'm Alive" every night, and critics and fans both agreed, but he was the only actor in the onstage family not nominated for a Tony Award. Two years later, many expected him to receive a nomination for his role as Frank Abignale Jr. in the musical adapation of Catch Me If You Can, but he came up empty-handed a second time around. He went on to console himself by playing Enjolras in the "Les Miserables" film and headline a sell-out concert engagement at 54 Below where fans gathered in droves to see him "live in living color."