The Tony awards (my favorite award show) was last night and I have all the roundup here for you. In general, some of the least exiting Tony’s I have seen in the last couple of years. The performances didn’t click, the surprises weren’t there and it just didnt have the sparkle, especially compared to the beauty that was last years Hamilton-James Corden love fest. However it still was a night all about theater and how can I not love that. First off with performances, the most important part!
My favorite performances
Dear Evan Hansen: I love Ben Platt, I love this show and this performances was thrilling. so happy the won. It was also one fo the few standing ovations of the night
Great comet of 1812: It has to be said this is the show that sold itself the best. I loved it when I went to see it and im sure a lot of people decided to buy tickets after seeing this performance. It very cleverly mixed its two strengths: the high power energy and the beauty that is Josh Groban’s voice
Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and the Radio City Rockettes: “New York, New York” – as much as ia adored this .. it could have been so much longer! you bring out these crazy power voices for this little snippet. I wanted them to sing the entire show!!!
The opening number: Although it was a bit to insider jokes and not really a truly theater inspires opening number that could really play to the audiences who have not seen the shows (I had to explain a lot of references to the people i was watching with). However, I was impressed with Kevin Spacey’s commitment and the integration of the shows. Kudos to the rockettes with come from away
Honorable mention:Bandstand: they definitely showed why the won best choreography
General non-performance thoughts:
Things I loved:
- Loved the fact that Ben Platt won, and his speech was awesome
- I want to be a diva like Bette Midler and shut down the orchestra! “Shut that crap off,” had to be one of the lines of the night
- Cynthia Nixon speech was beautiful
- The Dear Evan Hansen love was so well deserved!
- Beautiful in memoriam segment
Things that Baffled me
- the hosting and jokes were to in-circle and a bit to 1990s for my taste
- Come from Away winning best direction. I am baffled that Comet of DEH did not win
- THe closing number – really? you have the tonys, all this talent and patty lupone on stage with you and you sign that song? just No all around
The best fashion
Fashion was Boring (with a capital B). There were some standouts but it was slim picking. My favorite outfits:
other good ones:
I really liked the men in their blue tuxes:
sadly there were a lot of very well dressed models with the designers — why weren’t the actressed treated as kindly?
All the rest of the performances
War Paint: Good but not fabulous
Falsettos – i didn’t get to see the show when it was on, but this made me not want to see it at all, was i the only one?
Miss Saigon – even though Eva was wonderful too many spoilers and too remix without focus
Groundhog Day: This wasnt my favorite musical, but there are much better things they could have done. Also so spoilery i hate that!
Hello Dolly: I mean this was so lame that what can I say. I understand the feuds but this just was funny in its lack on need and context
Come from away – they placed the context of the show, it just did not have the energy it does in their theater
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- Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
- Best Revival of a Musical Hello, Dolly!
- Best Play Oslo by J.T. Rogers
- Best Revival of a Play August Wilson’s Jitney
- Best Choreography Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
- Best Direction of a Musical Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
- Best Direction of a Play Rebecca Taichman, Indecent
- Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
- Best Orchestrations Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
- Best Book of a Musical Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson
- Best Score Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
- Best Lighting Design of a Musical Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Michael Aronov, Oslo
- Best Lighting Design of a Play Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
- Best Scenic Design of a Musical Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
- Best Scenic Design of a Play Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
- Best Costume Design of a Musical Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
- Best Costume Design of a Play Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes