Although I have yet to post my SOB Review of the absolutely exquisite Broadway musical A Catered Affair, I was shocked, really shocked, that the tuner got aced out of a Tony nomination for Best Musical by Cry-Baby.
As I've said elsewhere, the nominators chose a crass act over a class act.
And I dare say that Cry-Baby will never be one for the ages, although it admittedly may be one for the lesser stages -- especially in the short-term as theatres across the country may view it as the better draw among potential touring productions. How very sad.
I know I wasn't alone yesterday in professing my surprise at the unexpected nods to Cry-Baby. The news reverberated throughout the theatre blogosphere with cries of "robbed," "outrage," "at a loss," "fooled" and "kinda funny" along with others stunned by the news.
Of course, leave it to New York Post's Michael Riedel to really put things into perspective:
The nominators appeared to go out of their way to ignore (Harvey) Fierstein's A Catered Affair, about a working-class couple struggling to make ends meet while planning a fancy wedding for their daughter.Like I said, a class act through and through.
The show only got three nominations, including two for leads Faith Prince and Tom Wopat.
"Oh, those wacky Tony nominators -- can you believe they didn't kiss me first?" Fierstein, who wrote the script and appears in the show, says, laughing.
"You don't have to buy me dinner, but at least kiss me first!"
The team behind A Catered Affair took the bad news in stride: After the nominations were announced, they repaired to Esca for a boozy lunch.
Note to Harvey: It was great meeting you again on Saturday, and I'll be toasting you and your gem of a show very shortly.
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And The Tony Nominees Go To... (May 13, 2008)
Whoopi! Tony Eligibility And More Handicapping (May 9, 2008)
Did Affair Positively Cater To Critics? (April 18, 2008)
A Catered Opening Night (April 17, 2008)
Early Tony Handicapping (March 25, 2008)
Wildfires Force Closure Of La Jolla And Old Globe Theatres (October 23, 2007)
Harvey Fiersback (October 5, 2007)
Were Left Coast Critics Feting A Catered Affair? (October 3, 2007)
San Diego Opening Is Catered Affair (September 30, 2007)
Which Upcoming Broadway Musicals Will You See? (June 15, 2007)
Fierstein To Musicalize Bette Davis' Fave Flick (March 21, 2007)