this, for example, is one of the most ridiculous, embarrassing things i've ever heard of. broadway's tony voters this year have a really difficult decision when it comes to their choice for best performance by a leading actor in a musical.
here are the
- gavin creel in the revival of hair,
- the not-terribly-funny but big and loud brian d’arcy james in the big and loud and almost not as funny shrek the musical,
- brooding douchebag constantine maroulis in rock of ages;
- j. robert "i'm cleaning up my wife's blood with a sponge and a bucket" spencer in next to normal;
- or the character of billy elliot in billy elliot: the musical.
it's an incredibly demanding role, and a grueling 8-show a week schedule, so triple casting it is understandable. however, the show is so moving and wonderful that the tony committee or the tony administration or nathan lane and hugh jackman in a backroom somewhere decided that all three boys should not only share a role, but share a tony nomination.
so in all fairnesss, that last slot, amended, should read:
- david alvarez, trent kowalik and kiril kulish in billy elliot: the musical.
this is insight into what a joke all of this awards crap is. and how political it is. not that i wouldn't like to have one sitting somewhere in my apartment, on the mantle, on an end table (although, we have lots of "stuff" already – blown-glass from okinawa, dog ashes in a box, people ashes in an urn – i'd have to move something to make room for it. and even then, i'm not sure i'd like it featured so prominently. shouldn't it be something that people at a dinner party sort of notice by accident? after forty-five minutes or so? "wait... what's that? you have a tony award?" ...oh yes, well. you know. more cheeseballs?)
i'd be willing to bet that nine out of ten tony voters couldn't name all three actors playing billy elliot. and now, the tony administration (or whomever) has decided, hey! it doesn't really matter! in fact, you don't even need to see the actor perform to cast a vote for him.
a recently uncovered
Tony award voters have to see only one of the three boys rotating in the title role of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” before voting on their joint nomination for leading actor in a musical.i.e. you're not voting for an actor or a performance, you're voting for a role. shouldn't the writer then get this acting award? this is the nature of theater awards. silly. political. crap.
on a back bookshelf in the office, maybe?
(a sidenote: dear milwaukee theater community – [who for ten minutes considered giving themselves awards] – you wanna get together for a big party every year? throw a friggin' barbecue in the pickering's backyard, don't give some silly actress "a milwaukee theater award" because she needs another line for her bio. that'd be as silly as, well, nominating a character for best actor.)