The Tony Awards' 7 Deadly Sins: Actresses Who Were Nominated in the Wrong Category

By Ben Rimalower
07 Jun 2014

Annaleigh Ashford
Photo by Matthew Murphy

5. Annaleigh Ashford

2013 Tony Award nominee, Best Featured Actress In A Musical for Kinky Boots

Should have been nominated for Best Actress In A Musical

Adorable, charismatic, gifted Annaleigh Ashford is a star on the rise, no doubt. I remember her catching my eye even in her Broadway debut in the minor role of one of Elle Woods' sidekicks in Legally Blonde. There was certainly no denying this talent as she originated her first Broadway leading role in Kinky Boots in 2013. Anything sound weird about that statement? No? Of course, not — because Lauren in Kinky Boots is a leading role. Everyone knows that. Why was Ashford nominated for Best Featured Actress In A Musical? I really haven't the foggiest idea. I suppose it's not an enormous part, she doesn't have all that much solo singing material and the show is really pitched as a non-romantic love story between Lola and Charlie with the Charlie-Lauren relationship more of a B-plot. I guess I can buy that, but I certainly hope Ashford got a leading lady salary!