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"Fats" Waller and His Music in 3 Tony Best Musical Nominees (including 1 Winner)
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 12:13 pm EDT 10/17/21
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 12:09 pm EDT 10/17/21
In reply to: re: EUBIE! and its Nomination for Best Score - Singapore/Fling 02:25 pm EDT 10/15/21

It took me a couple of days to figure out your point -- and then it hit me right between the eyes. Of course, it was a nice gesture that the Tonys understandably (and deservedly) rewarded the very alive and spry (at 92 years young) Eubie Blake with a Tony nom in 1979. Given that Sondheim was the prohibitive favorite for his Sweeney Todd score, it was a harmless gesture that would not make any waves.

"Fats" Waller's music was featured prominently in two Best Musical nominees, Bubbling Brown Sugar and Black and Blue, and immortalized in the Best Musical winner, Ain't Misbehavin'. One would think that those achievements would have merited at the very least a Special Tony Award, but so far (at least that I can recall) only white guys (T.S. Eliot, Fred Ebb) have received Tony noms for book or score after they had passed away. Of course, Alexander Borodin posthumously won a Best Musical Tony (but not a separate score award) for Kismet. He was of Georgian ancestry, which would make his racial ID a matter for debate on ATC.
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