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

By Ben Rimalower
07 Jun 2014

4. Susan Browning

1971 Tony Award nominee, Best Actress In A Musical for Company

Should have been nominated for Best Featured Actress In A Musical

It was all well and good for me to advocate leading role consideration for some poor, unfortunate souls relegated to the featured category, but it's a little trickier for me to come out and claim an actress in the lead slot should have been nominated for featured. I hope I don't offend — as the queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race" say, "No tea, no shade." This is not a comment on anyone's work, just a proper classification of the size of their role. A clear-cut transgression of this nature occurred when Susan Browning was nominated as Best Actress In A Musical for her April in Company. Remember which one April is? In the song "Barcelona," Bobby calls her, "June." That's right; she's his leading lady and he can't even remember her name. A likely story.

Susan Browning, Donna McKechnie and Pamela Myers
photo by Martha Swope