The Race to the 2013 Tonys: A look at the candidates for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

The nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical are exciting as always. From mysterious Dickens characters to Motown legends to glittering princesses, these leading ladies are this year’s singing, dancing, acting stars of the Great White Way.

Stepahnie J. Block as Drood in 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Stepahnie J. Block as Drood in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Block stars as Edwin Drood in this choose-your-own-ending musical based on the unfinished novel of Charles Dickens.  Her rendition of “The Writing on the Wall” is spirited and enjoyable. Reviews for the show were good but some reviewers thought that other members of the cast outshined Block which could be her downfall in the category.

Carolee Carmello as in 'Scandalous'

Carolee Carmello as Aimee Semple McPherson in ‘Scandalous’

Carolee Carmello, Scandalous

Two-time Tony Award nominee Carmello stars as Aimee Semple McPherson in Scandalous, which tells the story of her fame and failure in 1920’s Los Angeles. Her standout song in the show is “Why Can’t I?” which is both strong and funny.  Though Carmello was praised for her performance the show received negative reviews, so I wouldn’t call her a front runner in this category.

Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross in 'Motown'

Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross in ‘Motown’

Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical

LeKae stars as the iconic Diana Ross in this musical which tells the story behind the legendary artists of Motown.  Her charismatic performance as Ross and her appropriately silky voice create a performance both authentic and enjoyable to watch. It’s just possible she sings her way to a win.

Patina Miller as Leading Player in 'Pippin'

Patina Miller as Leading Player in ‘Pippin’

Patina Miller, Pippin

Miller stars as Leading Player in Broadway’s revival of Pippin, the story of a prince struggling to find meaning in his life but instead gets tangled up in showbiz.  Miller struts on the stage with a stellar voice and amazing stage presence.  The Associated Press said she “has got a manic grin on her face, sings with power and has a menacing air.” She could be a top contender this year.

Laura Osnes as Cinderelle in 'Cinderella'

Laura Osnes as Cinderelle in ‘Cinderella’

Laura Onses, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

In this new take on the classic story, previously Tony-nominated Osnes stars as Cinderella and has already received much acclaim for her performance. “In My Own Little Corner” sounds just like a princess and the lighter than air “Ten Minutes Ago I Saw You” may very well float Osnes right up to the Tony Award.

My Prediction:

I believe Laura Osnes is the fan favorite to win and has a lot of potential to grab the Tony. However, she definitely has competition from Valisia LeKae for Motown since she embodies Diana Ross so spectacularly. This category may be the hardest to predict since there’s so much great competition. Who’s your favorite?

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