What is your favorite Tony Award winning performance of all time?

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I'm curious to see what names get thrown around here. It honestly is a hard choice to make.. 

I'm going to go ahead and say Victoria Clark for Piazza. 

 

*that you have seen. 

 

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That I've seen? If so, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler.

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When Bernadette Peters won her third Tony for FOLLIES. 

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qolbinau said: "When Bernadette Peters won her third Tony for FOLLIES."

 

That was actually for her charity work, but both were dogs.

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It would be either Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens, Patti Lupone in Gypsy, or Alice Ripley in next to normal. 

If you held a gun to my head, I'd pick Ebersole because of how complete and total her transformation was. There was not an ounce of her own personality in that role. It was remarkable how committed she was. 

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Joanna Gleason in Into the Woods. Close 2nd: Andrea Martin in Pippin.

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EVITA company with Patti & Mandy singing A New Argentina 

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TotallyEffed said: "qolbinau said: "When Bernadette Peters won her third Tony for FOLLIES."

 

That was actually for her charity work, but both were dogs.


 

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Lol. I was kidding.

 

"Rose in Gypsy was like going through therapy for me. Playing Rose helped me put a lot of emotions to bed. There was so much lacking in Rose and that's why she had to prove herself through her children. [interviewer]In ways that reminded you of your mom?[/interviewer]. Let's just say the role was very interesting for me. That one was the most interesting [I've ever played]" - Bernadette Peters (2018)
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Rylance in Jerusalem 

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very easy answer:

Heather Headley in Aida...had to go back five more times to see it to believe it

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From the good old days: Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd and Patti Lupone in Evita.

Recently: Michael Cerveris in Fun Home, Cynthia Erivo in the Color Purple, Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens, and Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen.

It's impossible to choose just one.

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Musical Female:  Angela Lansbury in Gypsy or MAME

Musical Male:  Nathan Lane in The Producers

Play Female:  Colleen Dewhurst in Moon for the Misbegotten

Play Male:  James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope

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Angela Lansbury in GYPSY (or MAME or SWEENEY TODD)

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I wish I could include Dorothy Collins in Follies here!

Musical, male: Nathan Lane, The Producers

Musical, female: Angela Lansbury, Sweeney Todd

Play, male: Alan Bates, Fortune's Fool

Play, female: Amanda Plummer, Agnes of God

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That I've seen live?

Hand's down, Christine Ebersole for "Grey Gardens". Nothing can beat that performance for me and nothing until now has. 

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Up to last night, I would have said Jennifer Holliday but now it is Glenn Close for Sunset Blvd.

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mc1227 said: "Up to last night, I would have said Jennifer Holliday but now it is Glenn Close for Sunset Blvd."

Assuming you're referring to the current revival, I don't think it actually qualifies because Ms. Close won the Tony for the original production back in the 90s. The revival - inexplicably, to me - received no mention at all in this year's Tonys.

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The first two that come to mind for me are Mark Rylance in Jerusalem and James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors.

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willep said: "The first two that come to mind for me are Mark Rylance in Jerusalem and James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors."

Good choices, though oddly I would have given Rylance the Tony for the same season's La Bete.  I liked the play so much more.  Corden?  Perfection.  Sheer perfection. 

 

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Female: Cherry Jones, "The Heiress"

Male: Mark Rylance, "Boeing-Boeing"

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Individual - Cynthia Errivo

Ensemble - "Ragtime" singing that glorious opening

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I wish I could have been around to see all those decades of incredible performances before the beginning of this decade, but alas, that's around when I started seeing theatre regularly. So my picks are: 

James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors

Audra McDonald - Porgy and Bess

Michael Cerveris - Fun Home

Cynthia Erivo - The Color Purple

Helen Mirren - The Audience

 

I've also seen Rylance's performances in Jerusalem and Twelfth Night on film, and I thought both were outstanding. 

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I have to say Ben Platt.  

 

Angela in Sweeney Todd as a close runner up. 

 

 

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Nevermind. I misunderstood the question. 

Updated On: 6/17/17 at 03:44 PM