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8 Brilliant Performers That Deserve A Tony

For many theatre nerds, our Broadway idols are the performers. We cheer at the fantastic debuts of Ben Platt and praise the win of veterans like Audra McDonald. But still some performers we look up to have not earned the credit they deserved by Broadway’s biggest award even if they were critically praised. Maybe the voters were just unimpressed or were the closest of close seconds. These are my 8 choices and I would LOVE to hear your favourites.

#1 Andy Karl

Andy Karl has a total of 3 nominations. The first for being the title character in Rocky: the Musical, the second for the revival of On the Twentieth Century as Bruce and, most recently, brilliantly portraying weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day the Musical.

#2 Judy Kuhn

This amazing actress has a career dating back to the 1980's. Originating roles such as Cosette in Les Miserables, Florence Vassy in Chess and Helen Bechdel in Fun Home, all of which she earned a Tony Nomination for. She also has a Tony Nomination for playing Amalia in the 1993 revival of She Loves Me.

#3 Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein has a total of 6 Tony Nominations. That's the same as Kelli O'Hara! His nominations are Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Luther Billis (South Pacific) Buddy Plummer (Follies), Tokio (Golden Boy), Herr Schultz (Cabaret) and Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof). He has been stunning in all and I hope he wins soon!

#4 Stephanie J. Block

Stephanie is one of my queens. She has two Tony nominations for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Falsettos. She has also played roles such as Elphaba in Wicked and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.

#5 Raul Esparza

Raul has been nominated in all four acting awards and yet he has never won. His nominations are Taboo, Company, The Homecoming and Speed-the-Plow. He has a chance of winning if he plays his Drama Desk nominated role of Jon in Tick, Tick ...Boom!

#6 Marin Mazzie

You may know this wonderful actress as Mother from Ragtime, for which she received a Tony nomination but lost to Natasha Richardson's portrayal of Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Marin has also been nominated in Featured Actress for Passion (losing to Audra McDonald in Carousel) and Leading Actress for Kiss Me, Kate  (losing to Heather Headley for Aida).

#7 Brian D’Arcy James

One of my favourite comedic actors has a total of 3 Tony nominations: Sweet Smell of Success (losing to Shuler Hensley for Oklahoma!), Shrek the Musical (losing to the 3 Billy Elliots) and Something Rotten! (losing to Michael Cerveris for Fun Home). He is hilarious and loveable in all of his roles and it'shard not to fall in love with his performance!

#8 Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes is one of the most popular actresses amongst young performers (or at least from what I''ve seen) and it is easy to see why! She has been a fan favourite ever since her first Tony nomination for playing the first title character in the fan favourite musical Bonnie and Clyde. She then was nominated as the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

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