June 13, 2011

Golden Moments at the Tonys

Most of the world was watching the NBA finals yesterday, Sunday June 12, 2011 but not us theatre geeks. It is the night for The Tony Awards. It's the one night of the year where we celebrate our love for the theatre so for us, THIS is our NBA Finals. What a great night it was indeed! Here are my golden moments at the Tonys:

  • Neil Patrick Harris' opening number (written by David Javerbaum), Broadway Isn't For Gays Anymore (see video above) and Bobby Cannavale's bit
  • Daniel Radcliffe's dancing tenacity in How To Succeed's Brotherhood of Man number
  • Hugh Jackman - Neil Patrick Harris Host-off number (see Lani's post below). I particularly loved them doing A Chorus Line's choreo
  • NPH's Daniel Radcliffe/War Horse/Equus joke - high brow but very funny
  • NPH's 30 second Spiderman jokes segment
  • Larry Kramer's speech for winning Best Revival of a Play for The Normal Heart
  • The Scottsboro Boys getting to perform even though they've already closed
  • Nikki M. James' "bumblebee" speech
  • seeing Colbert sing and dance with the talented cast of Company singing Side by Side. Jennifer Laura Thompson who we saw in Milwaukee at the Wicked Divas concert mentioned that she'll be performing at the Tonys so Lani and I were excited to see this number.
  • The Looking Glass Theatre winning Regional Theatre Award making it the 5th theatre in Chicago to win a Tony. Chicago now has the most Tony wins for a city outside of NY.
  • winner of Best Actor and Actress in a Musical winners Norbert Leo Butz and Sutton Foster thanking their dressers during their speeches. Sutton was particularly amusing losing her composure during her speech.
  • Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) sounding even more terrific singing I Believe
  • loved how they introduced the plays this year with the actors in front of their theatres
  • Whoopi Goldberg appearing as "The Mother with the Hat" to introduce Sister Act and Patina Miller doing the Whoopi booty shake during Raise Your Voice
  • NPH riding the War Horse and Hugh Jackman's astonished face from the audience
  • Aaron Tveit getting to introduce Norber Leo Butz for Catch Me If You Can
  • Priscilla Queen of the Dessert getting to perform even though they weren't nominated for Best Musical
  • Mark Rylance's ever so quirky speeches
  • NPH's Tony Speed Through Rap at the end of the show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda BRAVA!
Boy, that is a long list! I should just say I loved the whole show. I think it's the best Tony show within the last few years. Congratulations to the writers of the show and here's hoping for another Emmy!

I usually watch the show with friends in my living room and we usually have a food theme to celebrate the shows which were nominated. This year we weren't as creative so we settled for celebrating NYC by getting cupcakes from Crumbs! Cheers and here's to next year's Tonys!


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