Hello, everyone! I bet if you are here, you are as excited as I am about the 65th Annual Tony Awards!
Tonight, I will be blogging to you throughout the telecast, starting at 7PM with the Creative Arts Awards. I'll recap the winners and offer commentary on everything from the opening number to host Neil Patrick Harris to the presenters to the big production numbers, and anything else that happens on live TV!
And in between things, look for a few words about Team Going, Going Gone! the Opening Number Dancers Team for Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece. I hope you'll join me for some or all of your evening.
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Congratulations to all of this year's nominees and winners!
6PM: The Red Carpet
- Can anyone at NY1 hold a microphone?
- Who that is THEATRE REPORTER can't pronounce "choreographer" in front of a celebrated choreographer? The dork from NY1!
- The cast recording of BOM was kept a secret until it was released this week? Um, NPR had it for free and it has been on YouTube for weeks.
- Do your research... Helen Reddy did do Broadway... Blood Brothers!
- Reeve and Jennifer looked stunning, even has they had to answer such banal questions...
- James Earl Jones looks amazing...certainly NOT 80-something.
- Judith Light, you are stunning. Please come back soon!
- Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad and Rory O'Malley sure clean up nicely!
- Douglas Cater Beane... could anyone be more gracious? And Patina... you go, girl!
- Are Sutton Foster and Bobby Canavale adorable together or what? Are they going to be the next Lunt-Fontanne?
- How can you NOT love Harry Connick, Jr.? Can't wait for CLEAR DAY!!!
- Hannah Yelland is fabulous!
7:30PM: The Creative Arts Tony Awards
Let me join the chorus of disapproval for how the "Creative Arts Tonys" are being handled this year... 3 before the telecast, and the rest during commercials? BAD FORM! Ok, you don't want to take time from the bigger money-making moments, but at least webcast them all like last year! Show some respect, huh?
Laura Benanti and Katie Finneran, Presenters:
- Athol Fugard was given a standing ovation when presented his Lifetime Achievement Award. He said, simply, "Thank you, South Africa. Thank you, America."
- WINNER: Best Orchestrations, Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
- WINNER: Best Score, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
- WINNER: Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart A genuine speech. Honest, true and passionate.
- WINNER: Best Sound Design of a Musical, The Book of Mormon, Brian Ronan
- WINNER:Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart: A gracious speech, and thank you’s too much. They cut him off?
- WINNER: Best Choreography: Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
- WINNER: Best Direction of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon. Fast, exuberent and a very well-deserved thank you to South Park fans.
- WINNER: Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse. Those Brits sure can talk... but it would have been nice to hear how the show grew, since we won't see any of it.
- WINNER: Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon Great to see genuine surprise and emotion from a winner.
WHY ARE ALL OF NUMBERS NEARLY DONE AT 9:10PM?
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A Hugh Jackman/Neil Patrick Harris Mash-up/Show Down: It can't lose!! Love the tribute to all the great shows, and so well-performed! So far, the best numbers aren't from shows!
I officially love Brooke Shields!
- WINNER: Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying A sweet speech that belied some genuine emotion.
"If the World Should End" from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
- WINNER: Best Sound Design of Play, Thomas Shutt, War Horse
- WINNER: Best Costume Design of Play, Desmond Heely, The Importance of Being Earnest
Robin Williams is funny. But didn't we cover Spider-Man already?
- WINNER: Best Book of a Musical, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon It is nice to see that they can be sincere and not "on" all the time. A slice of humble pie will go well with all those Tonys, boys.
"Raise Your Voice" from Sister Act
Bobby Canavale and Seth Numrich both made me want to see their plays, The Mother with the Hat and War Horse.
- WINNER: Best Revival of a Play, The Normal Heart An eloquent speech by Daryl Roth, and a nicely understated, brillianmt speech by Larry Kramer.
- WINNER: Best Costume Design of a Musical: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
- WINNER: Best Scenic Design of Play, Rae Smith, War Horse
- WINNER: Best Senic Design of a Musical, Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
- WINNER: Best Play, War Horse Sussinct, if not not particularly passionate.
"Anything Goes" from Anything Goes
James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave get a well-deserved standing ovation. And offer strange dramatic readings in return.
And we go back to showing stars, not plays...
"Side By Side" from Company
Kelsey Grammer has a great speaking voice.
- WINNER: Best Revival of a Musical, Anything Goes A by-the-book speech if ever there was one.
- WINNER: Best Actress in a Play, Frances McDormand, Good People WOW. Started out great, got a touch wacky... and that exit... oh well, when you are that good...
- WINNER: Best Actress in a Musical, Sutton Foster, Anything Goes A terrific speech, made memorable for its laughter-through-tears moment.
Despite sound issues, it still looks and sounds like what it is. The most unapologetic fun on Broadway, period.
CONTRIBUTE TO BROADWAY CARES! HOW'S THIS FOR HOT?
- WINNER: Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon
- WINNER: Best Lighting Design of a Play, War Horse
- WINNER: Best Actor in a Play, Mark Rylance, Jerusalem How to make an entire nation renew its hatred for theatre geeks. This is why people think we are weird. If he had skipped the fence bit, Norbert might have gotten to give proper tribute to his late sister, instead of having to scream it.
- WINNER: Best Actor in a Musical, Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can Great speech, great performance, great guy.
- WINNER: Best Musical, The Book of Mormon
Neil Patrick Harris is no rapper, but left us as we started. Laughing.
The Book of Mormon - 9
The Normal Heart - 3
War Horse - 5
Anything Goes - 4
How to Succeed - 1
The Importance of Being Ernest - 1
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - 1
Good People - 1
Jerusalem - 1
Catch Me If You Can - 1