I wonder why Carrie didn't open in time for the 1988 season. I guess it was struggling creatively. 1988 was pretty competitive with the leading ladies of the two major musicals (Bernadette and Sarah Brightman) missing the cut.
1989 was a desert. Pity they didn't plan ahead and get the nominators in on time. I doubt Buckley would have won but she probably would have been nominated.