re: Maryann and Mendez and Radcliffe and Ricamora
Last Edit: WaymanWong 06:46 pm EDT 04/19/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 06:31 pm EDT 04/19/24
In reply to: re: Maryann and Mendez and Radcliffe and Ricamora - Chazwaza 02:21 pm EDT 04/19/24

I'll have to humbly agree to disagree about Daniel Radcliffe in ''How to Succeed.'' He did a phenomenal job as Finch, and that fact that he accomplished his yearlong run of 30 previews and 315 regular performances - without ever missing a single show - was a bonus.

If I were a Tony nominator, I would've given him a slot over Joshua Henry in ''The Scottsboro Boys'' or Tony Sheldon in ''Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.'' But that's me. It's all subjective, as is the tastes of the nominators. The Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk nominated Radcliffe for ''How to Succeed.'' The Tonys did not. The Drama Desk nominated Radcliffe for ''Equus'' and ''The Cripple of Inishmaan.'' The Tonys did not. And so it goes.

''I think Ricamora has just as strong a shot to win [the Tony for Featured Actor in a Musical].''

You have greater faith in the Tony nominators and voters than I do. It's rare for performers from closed musicals to get nominated, let alone win. Plus, it's a crowded season with new shows that are still running. If Ricamora just gets the nomination, that would be a richly deserved honor in itself. (By the way, I just read that Paradigm has signed Ricamora as a client, so I hope that means even more exciting opportunities for him ahead.)

''There has never been an Asian Best Featured Actor in a Musical winner. There has never even been an Asian male even nominated ...''

I'm not getting into the debate over Yul Brynner's disputed ethnicity, but when it comes to men of East/Southeastern Asian ancestry, let's not forget Isao Sato from ''Pacific Overtures.'' He was nominated for Featured Actor as Kayama (and was featured in ''Poems'' and ''A Bowler Hat''). That was 1976, so that's nearly a half-century ago. It's a sad commentary on how few opportunities that Asian and Asian-American men have had to be recognized.

''There has never even been an Asian male even nominated for a musical ever.''

I believe 3 Asian/Asian-American men have been up for Best Actor in a Musical: Mako in ''Pacific Overtures'' and Lou Diamond Phillips and Ken Watanabe, each for ''The King and I.'' However, NO Asian/Asian-American men have ever been up for Best Actor in a Play. And the only Asian/Asian-American of East/Southeast Asian ancestry to WIN a Tony is still B.D. Wong (''M. Butterfly''), Featured Actor in a Play (1988). He might be the only one nominated!
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