Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tony Awards Countdown Trivia #7: Tony Award-Winning Families Including Richard Rodgers

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The Tony Awards are tomorrow! So in anticipation of that, I have been posting some Tony Awards trivia and tidbits on Singular Sensation every day for the week leading up to it. 

Did you miss any countdown trivia this week? Read the first six days including trivia about Tony Ties, Superlatives, Oscar Awards, and some random favorites here!

Tony Awards Countdown Trivia #7: The Broadway Families
There are a few Tony winners who have family members who also have Tony Awards/nominations, and I'm betting those are the kind of families everyone kind of hated because they were ridiculously talented. All of them.

There is only on Tony Award-winner who is a third-generation nominee. Adam Guettel won both Tonys for which he was nominated for The Light in the Piazza (music and orchestrations) in 2005. He is the grandson of Broadway composing legend Richard Rodgers who won five Tony Awards (not including specials), whose daughter Mary Rodgers received a nomination for Once Upon a Mattress (for Best Musical) in 1960.

Check out this video of Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, and more in the Tony Awards performance from Light in the Piazza in 2005!



And speaking of the Rodgers family, they are one of the only three sets of family members to receive Tony nominations in the same category in the same year. Once Upon a Mattress was nominated for Best Musical in 1960 against Richard Rodgers's The Sound of Music. In hindsight, Ms. Rodgers didn't have a chance.

 In 1993, Lynn Redgrave and her niece Natasha Richardson were nominated for Best Actress in a Play, the former for her one-woman original play Shakespeare for my Father and the latter for Anna Christie. Neither won.

Stage and screen legend Rosemary Harris lost to her daughter Jennifer Ehle for Best Actress in a Play in 2000 when Harris was in Waiting in the Wings and Ehle performed in The Real Thing. Harris actually had a sad career in terms of awards. She won the first Tony she was ever nominated for, in 1966, but has lost her subsequent eight nominations (two of which were the original production and revival of The Royal Family, not playing the same role) over a span of 44 years.

Watch as Jennifer Ehle accepts the Best Actress in a Play award from Matthew Broderick at the Tonys in 2000!


There's so much more trivia that I could come up with, but that's all that I can fit into a week! Special thanks to PlaybillVault.com and TonyAwards.com!

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