Maryann and Mendez and Radcliffe and Ricamora
Last Edit: WaymanWong 12:08 am EDT 04/19/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 11:54 pm EDT 04/18/24
In reply to: re: BACK TO THE FUTURE and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - Chazwaza 12:32 am EDT 04/18/24

As wonderful as Mendez is in ''Merrily,'' I wonder if her many absences will diminish the enthusiasm for her. I wish ''The Notebook'' gave Plunkett a great solo, but alas no. I'm also the kind who enjoys seeing the awards spread the wealth, and since Mendez and Plunkett are already past Tony winners, it'd be nice to see someone else celebrated. Like Kecia Lewis in ''Hell's Kitchen,'' Leslie Kritzer in ''Spamalot'' or Melody A. Betts in ''The Wiz.''

And I'd love to see Daniel Radcliffe (''Merrily'') and Conrad Ricamora (''Here Lies Love'') beat the odds and TIE for Featured Actor, but I imagine Radcliffe has the edge since ''Merrily'' is a hit and still running. And Radcliffe turns ''Franklin Shepard Inc.'' into a neurotic, tongue-twisting tour de force. (The Tonys also owe him for ''How to Succeed.'') But if anyone missed ''Here Lies Love,'' Ricamora radiated such rock-star charisma as Ninoy Aquino in ''Child of the Philippines'' and moved me to tears with the haunting ''Gate 37.'' And how crazy is it that Ricamora has the range to play TWO assassinated politicians in the SAME season: Aquino on Broadway and Abe Lincoln Off-Broadway, where he's a riot co-starring with Cole Escola in ''Oh, Mary!''?

As for the delightful Chip Zien (''Harmony''), I just can't see him being ruled Featured Actor. He narrated a lot of the story; played various characters, and had the show's 11 o'clock number, ''Threnody.'' The Outer Critics and Drama Desk also nominated in the Leading Actor category, so here's hoping ...
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