Friday, June 7, 2013

Tony Awards Countdown Trivia Day 6 Includes SOUND OF MUSIC, Harvey Fierstein, and More!

The Sound of Music, 1960
The Tony Awards are on June 9! So in anticipation of that, I will be posting some Tony Awards trivia and tidbits on Singular Sensation every day leading up to it. 

Did you miss any countdown trivia? Read the first 5 days including trivia about Tony Ties, Superlatives, and Oscar Awards here!

Tony Awards Countdown Trivia #6: Random Favorites
Today's theme is a little miscellaneous with trivia about some random factoids that are kind of... weird. It's more of those, "Did you know...?" kinds of trivia, which is why they're my favorites.

For instance, did you know that there are actually two boys in history that have been nominated for the same Best Featured Actress in a Musical award? This is my favorite Tony trivia ever. Actually, the two boys were nominated jointly with 4 other girls in 1960. Can you guess what it was for? None other than the "Von Trap children" from The Sound of Music were all nominated jointly for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical," and not "Actor," because of course there were more girls than boys. Ironically, they were competing against Patricia Neway who played The Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. And let's be real, you can't not give an award to the woman who sings one of the most inspirational songs of all time (which Mary Martin quoted in her Tony acceptance speech that year, as I posted on Singular Sensation a couple days ago)! None of them were in the movie 5 years later.

Watch this video of all of the kids on "What's My Line" in 1960! This is great.


Larry Kert is the only Broadway replacement to receive a Tony Award nomination. In 1971, Dean Jones (most famous for roles in Disney movies like the Herbie series) starred as Bobby in Company, but left after recording the original cast album and about a month after the opening performance was then replaced by Kert.

Watch this video of Dean Jones (and the cast including young Elaine Stritch) recording the song's closer, "Being Alive."


This might be the most random trivia I know (there's a reason the word "trivia" is connected to "trivial."), but there seem to be a lot of roles on Broadway in which actors dress in drag at some point, but there are two Tony Award-winning roles which were won by someone playing the opposite gender:
Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (2006)
Mary Martin in Peter Pan in 1952
(No idea why this pic is on Howard Ashman's website...)
Read More:
www.PlaybillVault.com
www.TonyAwards.com
Mary Martin
Harvey Fierstein

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