I know nothing about Violet,
either, but now that you mention it, I do find it a bit odd that it's up for "Best Revival" despite never having been performed on Broadway before. Ditto for Hedwig,
actually. The same thing happened with R&H's Cinderella
last year and Sondheim's Assassins
in 2004, though; I guess that like Hedwig, Cinderella
is just one of those things that's been around forever and so pretty much every single theatre person knows of it. But still, since nearly every show gets its start off-Broadway or in another state/country before the Broadway production opens, I wonder where they draw the line? Especially with something like Aladdin,
which has been done onstage numerous times before in different venues, though with very different productions that were all superior to the one on Broadway right now.
So yeah . . . guess we'll see who wins. And yeah, the Cabaret
situation's rather odd. Maybe the reason why it wasn't up for "best revival" was because it's pretty much the same production as they did in 1998 but with a (mostly) new cast and some relatively minor changes. It did get nominations for "featured actor" and "featured actress," so it wasn't ignored completely.
I'd love to see NPH win a Tony, but I'm not a big Hedwig
fan, and I'd also love to see Ramin (and LM in general, less-than-stellar production aside) win something . . . I'm torn.