May is a mad month. A month of random musings about various topics related to musical theatre. Feel free to share your thoughts on each topic in the comment box below.
Musicals That Didn’t Win Tony Awards
What do Gypsy, Funny Girl, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!, Marie Christine and The Wild Party all have in common? All of them missed out on Tony Awards in their original runs. Not just on Best Musical. Completely. Everyone involved went home empty handed.
So, dear reader, which of these is your favourite? Which do you think deserved the award over its competition? Which composers, actors and directors do you think were shafted?
The three that I would choose are Gypsy, Marie Christine and The Wild Party. Gypsy was cheated twice when not one, but two inferior shows (The Sound of Music and Fiorello!) tied for Best Musical instead. The other two were beaten for Best Musical by a show that shouldn’t even have been nominated for the award Contact, which is not even a musical and robbed Marie Christine of the nomination it deserved. And to see the award for Best Score go to Aida over either of these brilliant shows? Ridiculous!
The only other show that I think should have received awards the first time around was Hair, which lost to 1776, a yawnfest of a show that holds an understandably special place in the hearts of American musical theatre fans. I’m also sad that Jesus Christ Superstar didn’t win anything, because I think it is a great musical. The thing is, the even better Follies should have swept the awards that season, so Jesus Christ Superstar doesn’t make the list for me based on that technicality. (Of course, pretty much anything that was beaten by The Two Gentlemen of Verona was shafted in that year.)
So what are your thoughts? Head to the comment box and share them, if you’d like!