Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tonys Countdown Trivia Day 4 Features BILLY ELLIOT, Audra McDonald, Sondheim, and Superlatives

Audra McDonald
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 3 days here!

Yesterday concluded the Tony Ties series, so today's theme in the Tonys Countdown Trivia deals with recognition to those with the "most" or the "least."

Tony Awards Countdown Trivia #4: Superlatives

The shows with the most nominations are The Producers and Billy Elliot with 15 nominations. The Producers, however, holds the record for the most wins with 12. Watch 14-year-old Trent Kowalik perform "The Angry Dance" from Billy Elliot at the 2009 Tonys below!

The performer with the most nominations is Julie Harris with 10 nominations, garnered over almost 50 years half of which she won, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. But with 21 Tonys, Harold Prince is the individual who has earned the most awards.

Last year, Audra McDonald tied the record set by Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury for the performer with the most (voted) Tony Awards at 5. Up until last year, she had only won Featured Actress awards, but won her first Best Actress Award in 2012.

The composer with the most Tonys is Stephen Sondheim with 7 (mostly for Best Score), plus a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The youngest person to receive a Tony Award was Daisy Eagan, who was 11 when she took home her Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Secret Garden. She has yet to win or be nominated for anything else. Watch her adorable acceptance speech from 1991! (bonus: can you name who is presenting that award? Nevermind, there's no way you an guess. It's performance and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn 2 years before her death)

My personal favorite is what I like to called the "Biggest Tony Failure" award, which goes to The Scottsboro Boys. This Kander and Ebb flop got the second-most nominations in 2011 with 12, but won a record 0 of them, with a 49-show run. Watch their feel-good performance here. Were they jipped?

The shortest-running Tony nominated musical was Rags which closed after 4 performances in 1986. It baffles me how they received a nomination, and with the unlikely music and lyrics team of Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, my theory is that the often metaphorical and "modern" sounding lyrics did not match the classic sound of Strouse's music. Among others, it starred Larry KertJudy Kuhn, and Terrence Mann (who's Tony nominated again this year!). The latter 2 went on to be nominated for Tonys for their roles in Les Miserables that same year, and Kuhn got to perform a leading role in 2 numbers at the Tonys that year.

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