SNUB: Phillipa Soo (Amélie, a New Musical)
After earning raves (and a Tony nomination) for her emotional role as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton last year, Soo’s follow-up to that smash — playing the shy woman at the center of the musical adaptation of Amélie — didn’t make the same sort of waves.
SNUB: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A musical adaptation of a beloved Roald Dahl book with a Tony-winning star as Willy Wonka? That might sound like a recipe for success, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory didn’t win over critics and was completely shut out of this year’s Tony nominations.
SURPRISE: Christian Borle (Falsettos)
Here’s a pleasant surprise from this year’s list — while he didn’t earn recognition for playing Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Christian Borle did add another Tony nomination to his list of accolades, getting a leading actor in a musical nod for his role in the less candy-colored, more emotional revival of Falsettos.
SNUB: Gideon Glick and Significant Other
Joshua Harmon’s funny and touching play about a single man in New York City grappling with the changes in his life as his friends begin getting married and having children didn’t earn a single nomination. That shutout included nothing for Gideon Glick, whose performance as Jordan includes an emotional monologue near the show’s end.
SNUB: A Bronx Tale
Despite a creative team that included Broadway vet Jerry Zaks, Robert De Niro as his co-director, and legendary composer Alan Menkin crafting the score, the stage adaptation of A Bronx Tale was completely shut out of the year’s Tony nominations.
SNUB: Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon)
Briones has performed with the show off and on since its inception, and stepped into the lead role of the Engineer with ease and a certain sense of pride. But a stacked leading actor in a musical category (with the likes of Ben Platt, Andy Karl, and David Hyde Pearce) meant he didn’t make the cut.
SNUB: Mark Ruffalo (The Price)
A number of Hollywood stars picked up nominations when the names were read off on May 2 — Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, and The Price costar Danny DeVito among them — but Ruffalo (who took over this part after John Turturro’s exit) wasn’t one of them.
SNUB: Christy Altomare and Anastasia
The stage adaptation of Anastasia was recognized for its lavish costumes and Mary Beth Peil’s featured role as the Grand Duchess’ grandmother, but the show’s leading lady failed to crack a competitive leading actress in a musical field that included Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, and Christine Ebersole. The show itself also didn’t receive a best musical nomination.
SNUB: Mary Louise Parker, Heisenberg
The Weeds actress revisited her role of Georgie Burns as this two-man play made its way from off-Broadway to the Great White Way, and her partner in that move, Denis Arndt, picked up a nomination for best leading actor in a play. Still, Parker’s category was stacked with some tough competition, including The Glass Menagerie‘s Sally Field and Laurie Metcalf in A Doll’s House, Part 2.
SURPRISE: Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
In an already impressive category, the 21-year-old star of the Miss Saigon managed to follow in Lea Salonga’s footsteps and earn a surprise nomination for leading actress in a musical. Although we probably shouldn’t be that surprised: our review did refer to her as “the show’s biggest wow” — even over that helicopter.