re: Aaron Tveit
Last Edit: WaymanWong 04:49 pm EDT 03/27/20
Posted by: WaymanWong 04:40 pm EDT 03/27/20
In reply to: Aaron Tveit - mikem 03:27 pm EDT 03/27/20

I love awards and seeing wonderful performers get their rewards. But they also can be so aggravating and infuriating. Because there are almost always more worthy candidates than slots, it's inevitable that some terrific performers get snubbed/overlooked. And getting that nomination depends on so many things: the type of role it is; the talent of the performer; timing; the competition, and the tastes of the nominators.

To me, Tveit should've gotten a Tony nomination for his haunting performance as the son in ''Next to Normal,'' alongside his onstage family members: Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano, all of whom got nominated. For the record, Damiano wasn't nominated for Outer Critics or Drama Desk, yet she got a Tony nomination. It's just the luck of the draw. When ''Next to Normal'' was Off-Broadway, Tveit was the only cast member to get nominated at the Lucille Lortel Awards. When ''Next to Normal'' did its pre-Broadway tryout at the Arena Stage, Tveit won for Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production. And he won Actors Equity's Clarence Derwent Award that season for Most Promising Male Performer.

Tveit was snakebit again by the Tonys when he starred in ''Catch Me If You Can.'' He got nominated by the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League, but came up empty-handed at the Tony nominations. (He was overshadowed by his showier castmate Norbert Leo Butz, who should've been Featured.)

If the third time is the charm, ''Mouliin Rouge!'' should finally net Tveit his first Tony nomination, but with the current crisis, who knows?

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