The list of ladies in the Featured Actress in a Musical category have notable differences in age, character type and performance approach. But all of the nominated women have one trait in common: magic. Whether they were using physical magic to turn a peasant into a princess or becoming a family to a lonely little girl, all of the nominees stand out with some of the most heartfelt and inspiring performances on Broadway.
Below is a peek at each of the nominated women in their respective categories and my picks for who will take home the Tony. Sound off and let me know who you think will be the big winners on June 9!
With a Tony award already under her wing, Clark flies again as Cinderella’s magical fairy godmother. She can make a pumpkin a carriage, so it’s not “impossible,” that this fairy godmother might just take another Tony.
Ashford has taken on the major roles of Glinda in Wicked, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical, so the shoe (or should I say boot) fits. In Kinky Boots she shines as a hometown girl with an adorable British accent who falls heads over heels for her boss.
Andrea Martin, Pippin:
This 60-year-old shows that she still got it, as she wows audiences as Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe. Martin’s big performance is jaw dropping and surprising. For a woman who has been in this industry for so long, she doesn’t fail to surprise us with new talents.
Ward’s performance as Miss Honey is the one thing that brings some light into this dark musical. She goes head to head with Miss Trunchbull and wows audiences with her stellar musical performances including “This Little Girl,” “Pathetic,” and “My House.”
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody:
In this musical based on a documentary about 10 Texas trying to win a truck and the American Dream, Settle steals the show with her belting out of the show stopping number ‘Feel The Joy.’ In the show she plays a devout Christian, whose faith eventually brings together the characters of the show.
My Prediction: Her boots are clearly made for walking, as Annaleigh Ashford has taken on many larger than life roles. Her modest role as a hometown girl has gained her long time coming respect and recognition in the theatre community. With Kinky Boots nominated in 13 categories, it is sure to sweep the Tonys, and Ashford is bound to win in her category. Ashford has an undeniable sweetness to her, and big talent to go with it. With Kinky Boots, I think she will receive the recognition that she has deprived of for so long as she has performed spectacularly in other prominent roles.