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Revisiting 'Whorehouse' and 'Sweeney' at the Tonys & Drama Desks
Last Edit: WaymanWong 02:06 am EST 01/14/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 01:56 am EST 01/14/21
In reply to: Was it considered shocking that Sweeney Todd OBC didn't get any Tony noms for the featured actors? - bobby2 07:27 pm EST 01/13/21

Carlin Glynn and Henderson Forsythe were nominated in Featured at the 1979 Tonys because they were underneath the title of ''The Best Little Whorehouse.'' If they had been bumped up to Leading, they surely would've lost to Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou from ''Sweeney Todd.'' I'm not even sure they would've been nominated there. Forsythe had the largest male role in ''Whorehouse,'' but Sheriff Dodd has only one song. And if Lucie Arnaz couldn't get a Tony nomination for ''They're Playing Our Song'' (which was a crime), would Glynn's chances have been any better?

I imagine Glynn and Forsythe were happy to be in Featured at the Tonys because it gave them better odds to win, which they did.

For the record, Glynn and Forsythe were nominated as leads of a musical at the 1978 Drama Desks Awards ... and both lost.

Merle Louise and Ken Jennings of ''Sweeney Todd'' WON for Featured at the 1979 Drama Desks ... but were passed over for Tony nominations.

And Carol Hall (''Whorehouse'') won for Lyrics and tied for Music at the 1978 Drama Desks, but alas, also was passed over for Tony recognition.
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