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Nikki M. James - The Ladies Who Tony

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Published on Dec 26, 2013

Tony Award Winner Nikki M. James sings a song listing all of the winners of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Nate Buccieri on piano and back-up vocals, Dan Fabricatore on bass, Tim Lykins on drums. Performed live at Joe's Pub in New York City on October 21, 2013.

Music by William TN Hall
Lyrics by Amy Wolk

Live footage video by Shoshana Feinstein
Video compilation/editing by Gerard Salvador

The Lyrics:
On Sunday in June there's a ceremony
To honor great work on the stage
I love it like Oscar Mayer loves his bologna
My heart might burst from my rib cage

So here's to the ladies, not the ones who lunch
But whose talents cannot be ignored
Each had a moment - they stood out from the bunch
As they all won the Tony Award

A Tony
For best featured actress,
these ladies are badass

No award was given for 3 years, my my
Til Juanita Hall won it with her Bali Hai.
Barbara Cook won it for The Music Man
Gwen Verdon she won while she Can Can-ed
Beth Leavel was a bumbling stumbling Drunk,
As Molly Brown, Tammy Grimes would not be Sunk
Melba Moore belted Purlie's I got love
Betty Buckley took a tire to heaven above.
Greta Boston was the Showboat Queen
Carol Haney made us heat some steam.

Anna Quayle won as she tried to stop the world
Karen Ziemba in Contact jumped, and twirled.
Edie Adams played Abner's Daisey Mae
Peg Murry dealt with Nazis in Cabaret
Pat Newey's nuns Climbed up e'ery Mountain,
Lillias had 15,000 men and countin
Cady Huffman flaunted what she got
Kelly Bishop gave the Chorus Line a shot.
Carlin Glynn ran a Texas whorehouse
Francis Rufelle worked the Les Miz poorhouse.

A Tony
For best featured actress,
these ladies are badass

The Girl Who Came To Supper had Tessie O'Shea,
Linda Hopkins won hers for Inner City, ok?
Harriet Harris ran a slavery ring
Kristin Chenowith won it philiosophizing
You can always count on Randy Graff
Priscilla Lopez 's Harpo Marx made us laugh
Tonya Pinkins was on fire in Jelly's Last Jam
Laura Benanti sang a tune to her Little Lamb
Debbie Shapiro did songs from Jerome Robbins Shows
Caroline or Change had Anika Noni Rose

Lillian Heyman won for Hallelujah Baby
Patsy Kelly said No to Nannette, not Maybe
Marilyn Cooper stole the show with one scene
Lila Kedrova was in Zorba on the stage and screen
Helen Gallagher, Pat Elliot were both soap greats
Nell Carter just had to have her break
Bebe Neuwirth played uptight on Frasier and Cheers
Bea Arthur was a Golden Girl and Maude for years
Sara Ramirez sets bones with Meredith Grey
Jane Krakowski worked at 30 Rock with Tina Fey.

Maria Karnilova,Pat Stanley, Lelani Jones
Marian Mercer, Janie Sell, Delores Hall, what tones
Lotte Lenya, Sheila Bond, Anne Duquesnay
Phyllis Newman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, ok?
Isabel Bigley and Katie Fineran
Don't forget Montevecci - Lilliane

A Tony
For best featured actress,
these ladies are badass

Karen Olivo was Anita, beg your pardon,
Daisy Egan age 11 won for Secret Garden
The oldest winner made Jerry corn in bed
But that won't go to Mary Louise Wilson's head
And what about the gals who've won it twice, you know?
Audra won for playing Sarah and Mrs. Snow.
Judy Kaye won for 2 shows with a chandelier
Andrea Martin won for Pippin, and My Favorite Year
So many winners! Such women! Do not forget their names!
Oh, and Yeah, there's just one more—that's me, Nikki M. James!

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