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Kelli O’Hara, You Win the Tony of My Heart

Dear Kelli O’Hara–We’re crying.

We’re crying over Bridges of Madison County‘s untimely closing. We’re crying over the snubbing of your handsome costar Steven Pasquale at this year’s awards. We’re crying because your character, Francesca, lived in a time before WhatsApp, and therefore saw the communication gap between herself and The Photographer of Light, Robert Kinkaid, as hugely insurmountable, even after the death of her husband.

There are so many reason to cry, here!

And yet, we’re shedding a few happy tears, too, because I suspect that 2014 might just be the Year of Kelli O’Hara’s Tony Award Win. After a bazillion nominations for a bazillion perfect performances, we love the idea that you could win for playing a woman and not a dewy-eyed little girl. (Not that we didn’t love those little girls. Clara in Light in the Piazza — basically Francesca on Opposite Day — left us so dreamy-eyed, and so utterly obsessed with her wardrobe, that we considered going blonde and moving to Italy. I mean, more than we already were.)

We hope you win. With all of our weepy, ugly-crying hearts. But even if you don’t, you still get to be half of a Broadway power couple, a complete MILF, and a Broadway legend-in-training. Also, we’re basically counting on you to have the best dress at this year’s ceremony, so trophy or no trophy, we the Tony of Our Hearts is essentially yours.
Photo: Walter McBride

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