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Tony winners with mixed word of mouth
Last Edit: ShowGoer 05:42 pm EDT 08/10/22
Posted by: ShowGoer 05:40 pm EDT 08/10/22
In reply to: I can understand why it won the tony - dramedy 05:31 pm EDT 08/10/22

I will say this: love it or hate it, one has to admit that the word on the street is the most mixed for any Tony-winning musical in decades. Of the two closest contenders for that honor, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder entertained a lot of people, and even Memphis, which didn't have a lot of love in the industry, was a crowd-pleaser of sorts.

One probably has to go back almost 30 years to "Passion" to find a Best Musical winner that was this divisive – and that of course had not only Sondheim's name, but won 4 Tonys overall, including Book, Score, and Leading Actress for Donna Murphy. That one opened in May of 1994 and closed right after the New Year, less than 8 months later (which is what you're predicting here). If A Strange Loop, an even more challenging show with no names attached that won only one Tony during a pandemic, manages to survive even a week longer than Sondheim's final Broadway musical, it should be seen as a huge triumph.
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