Frances McDormand of ‘Good People’ Tough To Beat In Tony ‘Best Actress’ Category

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Cast members Stephen Kunken, Marin Mazzie and Norbert Leo Butz appear on stage for curtain call at the Broadway opening of 'Enron' at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

WCBS 880′s Jim Taylor shares his thoughts on Broadway and the 2011 Tony Awards. He will be blogging about his picks and predictions on the nominees up until the awards on June 12.

Best Actress In A Play

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Actress Frances McDormand attends the 'Good People' opening night party at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play definitely should belong to the previously mentioned Frances McDormand in Good People. She is remarkable, and I buy every performance she’s in.

But you know who else knocks me out? Nina Arianda in her Broadway debut as Judy Holiday role in Born Yesterday — a star is born, I think.

Lily Rabe and Hannah Yelland were both fine in Merchant of Venice and Brief Encounter, respectively, but both shows closed sometime ago.

That just leaves Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy — and she may never be counted out.

Best Actor In A Play, Best Actor In A Musical

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Cast member Norbert Leo Butz (L) performs with the cast of 'Catch Me If You Can' at the Broadway rehearsal Sneak Peek at The New 42nd Street Studios on February 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)

Significantly, Redgrave’s co-star James Earl Jones is not nominated. Neither is Robin Williams, the eponymous character of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

Snubbed as well: Daniel Radcliffe for his earnest performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

But for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical, it’s got to be Catch Me If You Can‘s Norbert Leo Butz doesn’t it? When he’s on stage, Catch Me sizzles. When he’s not, we’re waiting for him to return.

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  • Turtle

    Radcliffe is not Broadway. He can barely act; let alone sing and dance. He wasn’t snubbed, he was merely not worthy. Catch me was a well executed not very good show, and Butz helped it out a lot, for sure. Book of Mormon is the best musical show bar none this season. Followed by Anything Goes. Sutton Foster is tops. Kander’s show Scottsboro was a dud with a good song or two but poor theater. Susan Strohman’s direction was superb though. Vera Stark was a quality play with little acclaim but wonderful direction and acting. Robin Williams has always seemed creepy to me, so I won’t bother to see him, although I am sure he is a brilliant man. J E Jones was another high profile actor whose performance was eh. Driving Miss Daisy has out of date points to make as did Scottsboro Boys. Even gay themes in theater may have reached their limit despite Kramer’s new show. If you haven’t seen Mormon, do that above all else and have a fantastic evening.

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