Dear Shalita Grant,
This year, regardless of your prospects on the actual big day, you win the Tony of My Heart. Here’s why: in a show of big-ass performances, being given by some pretty big-ass actors, you cleared a big-ass path for yourself on that stage, and made Cassandra your own.
With your brightly drawn, over-the-top-and-yet-somehow-still-completely-in-check performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike you walked on stage and prophesized your way right into our hearts. That your Broadway debut was punchy and powerful enough to earn a Tony Nomination is a heck of a big deal, and we see big things for you in the future. In fact, we seriously hope someday we can say we “loved you when…” But for now, we’ll just enjoy giggling our faces off in the Golden Theater while you–errr, Cassandra, puts everyone around her in their place.
ps. Lucky just interviewed you (look for it this week!) and she said you’re totally hilarious and fun, which only makes me love you more.