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re: Idina's Tony win wasn't 'inevitable'; it was a 'Wicked' surprise
Posted by: Quicheo 10:51 am EDT 08/21/19
In reply to: re: Idina's Tony win wasn't 'inevitable'; it was a 'Wicked' surprise - PlayWiz 01:58 pm EDT 08/20/19

I thought Avenue Q's marketing push with the tagline "Vote Your Heart" and the party at John's Pizza for the road producers was fantastic.

I know many of the regionals felt duped when they announced the Vegas "Sit Down" a few weeks later, but when that failed, the Ave. Q people regrouped and managed to run a successful tour for several years, and certainly the Vegas failure didn't seem to hurt regional/tour interest.

In the audience that night at the Tonys, the number of people wearing "Vote Your Heart" buttons was unlike anything I had seen before or since. It felt like a David and Goliath moment.

Wicked, of course, has managed to weather its Best Musical loss just fine.

And I agree--Idina's win was a palpable surprise. Not unwelcome, but an upset.
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