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

By Ben Rimalower
07 Jun 2014

John Cameron Mitchell and Daisy Eagan in The Secret Garden
Photo by Bob Marshak

3. Daisy Eagan

1991 Tony Award winner, Best Featured Actress In A Musical for The Secret Garden

Should have been nominated for Best Actress In A Musical

I suppose The Secret Garden is another one of those ensemble shows, where there isn't a crystal-clear lead role, but I think most audiences would feel that to be Mary Lennox. The Secret Garden is her story, its plot hinges on her arrival and centers on her even as it momentarily focuses on the periphery. I actually think that the producers of The Secret Garden knew this, but also knew Lea Salonga was all but assured the 1991 Tony Awards for Best Actress In A Musical and figured the nominating committee would be willing to see it either way. Both things proved true and it paid off, with Eagan winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress In A Musical.