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Tony Awards 7 Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From ‘Once on This Island’ to Tina Fey

Monday, June 11, 2018

SURPRISE: “Once on This Island” 

Director Michael Arden’s spirited production of “Once on This Island” pulled off an upset win in the Best Musical Revival category — over more the more traditional (and equally well-reviewed) competitors, “My Fair Lady” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.”

SNUB: Tina Fey 

CBS was so counting on the “30 Rock” star to win Best Book of a Musical for the adaptation of her own hit movie “Mean Girls” that it moved the category to its primetime broadcast — but Itamar Moses won instead for the script for eventual Best Musical winner “The Band’s Visit.”

SURPRISE: Tony Shalhoub

The “Monk” star and Broadway veteran won his first Tony Award for the musical “The Band’s Visit” — beating out equally stellar competitors like Joshua Henry for “Carousel” and Ethan Slater for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.”

 

SNUB: “Mean Girls” 

The adaptation of the 2004 high school-set hit came in with 12 nominations, including Best Musical, but walked away empty-handed. (Even the 12-times-nominated “SpongeBob SquarePants” won for best scenic design.)

SURPRISE: Lindsay Mendez  

The featured actress in “Carousel” pulled off an upset over more established stars like Diana Rigg for “My Fair Lady” and her co-star, opera singer Renee Fleming.

SNUB: Norbert Leo Butz 

Many Broadway fans were expecting Butz to win his third Tony as featured actor in a musical playing Eliza Doolittle’s Cockney father in “My Fair Lady.” But he lost to Ari’el Stachel for “The Band’s Visit.”

 

Source: the wrap feed