The Tony Awards broadcast is tomorrow, Sunday, June 8. And Jessie Mueller is nominated as best actress in a musical. Here's this from an article in the Los Angeles Times the other day --
"More than the Oscars or the Emmys, the Tony Awards--which will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. from Radio City Music Hall--feature a tight-knit group of veterans who know and in many cases have worked with one another. This year, there are few categories? more seasoned — or daunting — than lead actress in a musical, whose Idina Menzel ("If/Then"), Kelli O' Hara ("The Bridges of Madison County" ) and Sutton Foster ("Violet") count 14 Tony nominations, three wins and an abundance of shows among them.
"Yet the pre-ceremony oddsmaking favors Mueller, a 31-year-old first-time nominee in the category who arrived on Broadway less than three years ago and would prefer to skirt the edges of the hot-house Tony campaign season."
That's a seriously strong list of contenders (which includes Marry Bridget Davies in a tour de force performance in A Night with Janis Joplin.) As a side note, to show how far Jessie Mueller has come, and in a short time, prior to starring in Beautiful, she was the replacement last year for fellow nominee Kelli O'Hara, when O'Hara left the cast of the Gerswhin-based musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
It's worth noting that six days ago Ms. Mueller won the Drama Desk Award.
By the way, the whole article quote above is a lovely feature about Jessie Mueller, so if you're interested, you can real the fulll piece here.
This below is one of the reasons she's the Tony favorite. And why I've been yammering about her for years.