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7/22/12

6 Emmy Nominees Who Have Kicked Major Broadway Behind

As you may or may not know (or just don’t care), the Emmy nominations were announced late, last week. I still get a kick out of major award thingies like this and I do watch my share of television. If you really want to know, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Parks and Rec., The New Girl and Modern Family are my current favorites on television and should split up the awards accordingly amongst them (my other favorite, Nikita, was shut out. Damn it.).

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Oh, and in the “theater on television” sweepstakes, Glee and Smash only got a few Emmy nominations each, most of them being creative-oriented. That doesn’t surprise me given the lackluster showing both shows had this year. Glee was always an awards darling, typically earning double-digit nominations and winning a portion of them. But they got a rightfully-deserved Emmy bitchslap, so maybe that will inspire them to haul out the big guns next season. Oh, and Smash earned a Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination…for Uma Thurman. I kid you not; that actually happened. I can’t stop laughing for that lousy non-performance she was giving. If her nomination was supposed to be meta-hilarious, they succeeded.

Anyways, a couple of Broadway veterans also scored nominations and for some of us, we might be able to say we knew them way back when or we were lucky to catch one of their summer/fall theater stints. In no particular order of awesometastic, here are six nominees that make you wish you shelled out the hundreds to see them up close on stage…and now, all you can do is look for bootlegs and try to relive the glory as your mascara and eye shadow run down your face. Or is that just me? Oh well…hit it!

Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – The Big Bang Theory) – With the raging success of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, as Sheldon Cooper, became America’s Sweetheart Whipsmart Nerd and brought glory and comedy back to the label of "nerd." But Parsons, amidst his TV land of nerdery and smart stuffs and Emmy victories, ventured over to Broadway last Spring in the ensemble-packed The Normal Heart. As it turns out, one show was not enough for Parsons, as he scooped up the lead role of Harvey in the currently running Harvey. You gotta love it when television and movie stars are willing to make the return trips to Broadway, but it is even more awesome when they are a leading name of either industry willing to essay challenging roles when the camera is on hiatus.

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Christine Baranski (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – The Good Wife) – I haven’t watched 15 minutes of The Good Wife, but that does not stop my love for Christine Baranski. She always seems to be serving up some diva realness, even while performing the most irrelevant solo and side plot in the film version of (the fun, but irrelevant) Mamma Mia. The best part though? Diva Baranski has got Broadway street cred y’all, winning two Tonys in the eighties for her performances in The Real Thing and Rumors. Okay, that pisses me off…I was not even alive to see her shut it down eight times a week. Twice. Last seen in Boeing Boeing opposite Mark Rylance, I am hoping our gal returns soon, knocks us dead and looks fabulous doing it…you know, before heading back to television where she does it all over again.

Glenn Close (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Damages) – When speaking of world-class talent, here we have Ms. Glenn Close, who can do anything and everything she wants to because she is Ms. Glenn Close. I was not a fan of Albert Knobbs as a whole, but the girl brought it in the dude acting, no? She only has three Tonys – only three - to her name spanning 11 years in the eighties and nineties, with her last one coming from her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. And let’s be honest, of all the casting notices of Shakespeare in the Park’s upcoming Into the Woods, Glenn Close voicing The Giant is the cherry atop the whipped cream of a perfect sundae. Because the Universe does love us sometimes and gave us a bone throw.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Modern Family) – Like the ray of sunshine and sparkles that he is, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is your cool uncle that you want to talk about musicals and vests with all day, every day. And while Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet are funny on Modern Family, I love Ferguson’s more deadpan, subtle form of comedy more. He may not have accrued that many Broadway credits, but he did originate one of my all-time favorite characters, Leaf Coneybear, in one of my all-time favorite musicals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Seriously, go give the cast recording a listen and say you are not loving his rendition of “I’m Not That Smart.” You can try, but you will fail. Because not loving JTF is like saying you don’t love rainbows. Like Close, we got Ferguson’s casting in the Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of The Producers. Don’t disappoint me YouTube…

Michael C. Hall (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama – Dexter) – Before Michael C. Hall began playing a crazy, but maligned justice seeker (kind of) on Dexter, he played Billy Flynn in the never-ending revival of Chicago and played one of the most sought-after roles amongst manly thespians.



It’s funny; his character on Dexter is eerily like his Emcee in Cabaret, just with less Nazis and less accent. So many people have stepped into that role, from Joel Grey to Alan Cumming to Adam Pascal, that Hall’s portrayal still seems memorable and seductively evil. Theater is always looking for character actors willing to commit to the most bizarre of roles, and Hall is clearly game for that. So why hasn’t he been in anything since his replacement runs? Theater Casting Agents and Firms – you have a lot to answer to. I would lay the blame at Hall’s feet, but he terrifies me a little a lot.

Giancarlo Esposito (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama – Breaking Bad) – It is pretty hard to notice the ensemble in Breaking Bad because Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are just that amazing in their roles and dynamic, but Esposito is sharing the ballot with Paul and I can’t complain. He is a “gird your loins, never know what he is capable of” kind of menacing. like Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly…but with a drug kingdom. And he has bounced back and forth to Broadway, mostly when he was just starting out. His first role of eight came at the age of 11 years old and his last one was the all black cast revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. What say we get him back and have him do some singing about drug-dealing...like a musical version of Requiem for a Dream, just more scarier (if that can exist).




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Photo Credit: Mamma Mia/Universal Pictures
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