June 19, 2008

Everything's Coming Up Tonys

The Tonys have come and gone.....in fact, it has been a few days (sorry for the late post) but I must say this must have been one of the more entertaining Tonys lately. The producers went back to the "host" format this year with Whoopi Goldberg keeping the flow going. I like the way she hosted the show and the little skits she did as characters in musicals that are currently playing on the great white way. She did Phantom, ACL, Little Mermaid, Spring Awakening but my favorite was her Mary Poppins bit in full costume and even flying. She comes in flying from the wings while singing "Just a Spoonful of Sugar". Laura Benanti in the audience was in stitches. It was hilarious....specially the "What the Hell" part!

The opening this year was The Lion King and whoa! Didn't that performance just give you goosebumps? Circle of Life is a great opener because it's a celebration........I guess in this case a coming together of people celebrating achievement in theatre. Towards the end of the show, they had the cast of RENT both current (or the last cast) and the Original Broadway Cast. A nice way to say goodbye to the show which is closing in September. It was quite enjoyable that there were more performances this time even from shows that were not nominated for best musical such as Little Mermaid, A Catered Affair and Young Frankenstein. On the down side, since more time were given to performances, the awards for Best Choreography and Best Book usually given during the regular broadcast was given earlier via webcast and TV viewers only saw highligts of those awards.

In terms of performances that night.....nobody beats La Lupone in Gypsy. Dame Patti sang "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and got a spontaneous standing O from the audience! Fantastic! Check out the clip above. My other favorite was Xanadu's Don't Walk Away which Lani posted below and Sunday in the Park with George.....because I've always like the lines:

Look at what you want, Not at where you are, Not at what you'll be..........AND

Anything you do, let it come from you, and it will be new, give us more to see.......

check out Jenna Russell and David Evans....so wonderful!


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