You Obviously Don't Adore Me: 9 Women Who Were Robbed of a Tony

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31 May 2014

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers the top nine should-have-won female performances that the Tonys neglected over the past 30 years.

The Tonys are coming, the Tonys are coming! Hurry, children, gather round the flat screen and fire up your snark. Too harsh? How about relive your childhood wonderment? Maybe something in between; the Tonys stir up a who gamut of emotions for theatre lovers each season.

When the envelopes are all opened, sometimes you’re happy and sometimes you’re sad, but the world goes round. This season, like any other, has its share of front-runners and dark horses and more open categories where we’ll all be biting our nails until the winner is announced. And there will always be disappointment. The Tony voters can’t possibly please everybody all the time.

History is rife with shocking Tony losses, including Ethel Merman in Gypsy, Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, to name just a few. Heck, why stop there? Andrea McArdle lost for Annie, Georgia Brown went home empty-handed for Oliver!, and you probably don’t need me to tell you Elaine Stritch had to wait decades past her Company nomination before being handed the award. Keeping with this theme of great Broadway musical actresses, here are some more recent triumphs that failed to make Tony gold.

Click through to read my selections for the Tony Awards’ Top Nine Non-Winning Nominees of the last 30 years.



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