Definitely agreed re Diggs, especially in Act 2. I'm also hoping for a Christopher Jackson nomination.
As for Soo, her role has the impact of a lead role but she does not have the consistent presence in the show that Mueller, Benanti, Erivo and I'm assuming Salonga and McDonald have. There is no way she would win. Soo being in featured would be the best case scenario for everybody: Soo gets to start her career off as a Tony winner and Hamilton gets to add another award
I really, really hope that Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom, Jr. are not put in the lead categories. Both can easily win in featured, but I can't see them taking down the upcoming competition (on paper) in lead.
Kuhn is divine. I'd love to see her take a stab at some of the Lloyd Webber ladies, mainly Norma Desmond and Grizabella (and I'm not particularly an ALW fan, just seems like her voice is perfect for those roles).
"Really wanting to see this. Is it even doable to go up there for a matinee and back down to NYC in one day? Is it easy to take a bus to or can anyone expound on that? "
It is doable if you are okay with leaving early in the morning and getting back late at night. Bus or train will both take around 4.5-5 hours, but with a bus you risk sitting in traffic. A train will cost a few extra $$ but will all but guarantee a timely arrival (barring sign