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re: 3-time Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James on his journey 'Into the Woods' (spoilers!)
Last Edit: WaymanWong 11:37 am EDT 08/06/22
Posted by: WaymanWong 11:22 am EDT 08/06/22
In reply to: re: 3-time Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James on his journey 'Into the Woods' - mikem 09:44 am EDT 08/06/22

The 2009 Tony ruling allowing the 3 boys in ''Billy Elliot'' to compete as one for Best Actor is one of the worst rulings in recent memory.

The boys each did 2 or 3 shows a week, as opposed to their adult rivals, who (I believe) were doing 8 a week. That's not a fair comparison.

Luckily, the Tonys were wise enough NOT to repeat that mistake when ''Matilda'' petitiioned for 4 girls to share a Best Actress nomination.

That said, James couldn't have won the Tony for ''Next to Normal'' because he was starring in ''Shrek the Musical.'' So J. Robert Spencer wound up playing Dan on Broadway instead. Both Spencer and James lost to the ''Billy'' boys. But James would return to play Dan after Spencer left the show.

''Next to Normal'' spoiler ahead! ... Spencer was very good, but to me, James still owns the part. I loved ''Next to Normal'' and saw it many times. I even caught its earlier incarnation, ''Feeling Electric.'' .... But one of the most haunting scenes I'll never forget is Diana, finally departing the house (''Anyway, I'm leaving ...''). After years of struggling to keep his family together, Dan sits suddenly alone, feeling betrayed and devastated (''I am the one who loved you. I am the one who stayed ...''). Then the ghost of their teenaged son, Gabe, appears, and Dan finally acknowledges him, and they embrace singing ''I am the one who loved you ...'' Especially in James' and Tveit's hands, that father-and-son scene always moved me to tears.
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