2017 Tony Awards


The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by Kevin Spacey.  Spacey opened the show dressed as Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen with a cast that said #HOST and sang a parody of “You Will Be Found” and then transitioned into a Groundhog Day parody and moved the cast to this leg. From there be paid tribute to The Great Comet and then Come From Away to finish off the four Best Musical Nominees.  He also dressed as Norma Desmond and then tap danced it was quite a lot going on.

During the show the cast of Come From Away performed “Welcome to the Rock,” the company of Dear Evan Hansen sang “Waving Through a Window,”  David Hyde Pierce performed “Penny in my Pocket from Hello, Dolly!, and Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone performed “Face to Face” from War Paint.  Further performances included those by the remarkable companies of The Great CometFalsettosGroundhog Day, Bandstand, and Miss Saigon.

Best Play was presented to Oslo and Best Revival of a Play was awarded to August Wilson’s Jitney.  Best Leading Actress in a Play was awarded to Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2 while Best Leading Actor in a Play went to Kevin Kline for Present Laughter. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Michael Aronov for his role in Oslo and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Cynthia Nixon for her role in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Best Direction of a Play was presented to Rebecca Taichman for Indecent.

Best Musical was awarded to Dear Evan Hansen. Best Revival of a Musical was awarded to Hello, Dolly! and Bette Midler took home the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the show. Best Actor in a Musical went to Ben Platt and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical was presented to Rachel Bay Jones for their roles in Dear Evan Hansen. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical was awarded to Gavin Creel for his role in Hello, Dolly!.  Best Score and Best Book of a Musical were presented to Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and Steven Levenson respectively for Dear Evan Hansen. Best Orchestrations also went to Alex Lacamoire for the show. Best Direction of a Musical was awarded to Christopher Ashely for Come From Away.

James Earl Jones was presented with this year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Full Red Carpet coverage can be found here.


The 2015 Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by On the Twentieth Century star Kristin Cheonweth and The Emcee himself, Alan Cumming.  These two phenoms brought not only wit and humor to their hosting, but also an amazing chemistry within their banter.  This year was also the first year the awards hosted a live-stream of the Red Carpet which was hosted by Laura Osnes, Darren Criss and Sierra Boggess.  They were fantastic Red Carpet hosts, and here’s hoping they host many more Red Carpet events in the future! 

Every year, the Tony nominees seem to be somehow more impressive than in previous years.  This year’s nominees are exceptional! Broadway legend (even though she doesn’t want to be quantified as a legend) Chita Rivera returned to Broadway at the age of 82 in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, An American in Paris is the perfect combination of ballet and musical theatre that tells a beautiful love story, Fun Home has taken what is possible on the contemporary Broadway stage to a new level with a powerful story told by incredibly talented leading ladies, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime  brought to life what it is like to experience the world on the Autism spectrum, and anyone who has seen Something Rotten! and Hand to God can attest to the quality and compelling nature they bring to the stage. There are so many amazing shows and everyone in the industry has been scrambling to see them all! 

Kristin and Alan’s opening monologue involved Alan as The Emcee, talk of Wicked, and Dame Helen Mirren.  Something Rotten! was the first performance of the night with an excellent performance of “A Musical!” Immediately following the performance Tony nominee Bradley Cooper awarded Best Actress in a Play to Dame Helen Mirren for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.  Anna Chlumsky and Debra Messing awarded Best Actor to Richard McCabe for his role as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Audience

Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles lead the company of The King and I in a brilliant medley of songs from the show. Followed by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth reenacting the performance, at least in terms of attire. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale presented the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical to Christian Borle for his role in Something Rotten!. Jim Parsons and Taylor Schilling presented the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play to Annaleigh Ashford for her role in You Can’t Take it With You.

The cast of On the Town performed a medley which highlighted the spectacular dance numbers from the show. Alan and Kristin led a performance in honor of Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 10 time Tony winner, Tommy Tune. Tommy Tune then announced the award for Best Direction of a Musical to Sam Gold for Fun Home. The company of Gigi performed “The Night They Invented Champagne” from the show.

Sydney Lucas stole the whole show with an incredible performance of “Ring of Keys!” If that didn’t convince you that you need to see Fun Home, I don’t know what will. The company of Am American in Paris performed a wonderful song and dance medley from the show; the choreography in that show is spectacular!

Corey Stoll and Sutton Foster presented the award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical to Ruthie Ann Miles for her Broadway debut in The King and I. Kristin Chenoweth led the company of On the Twentieth Century in a medley from the show.

The incomparable Chita Rivera led the company of The Visit in a performance “Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You.” Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski presented the award for Best Revival of a Play to Skylight. The cast of Finding Neverland took to the stage to sing “Stronger.” Harry Conick Jr. presented the award for Best Revival of a Musical to The King and I.

Lisa Howard sang “Jenny’s Blues” from It Shoulda Been You. Judith Light presented Alex Sharp, who gave a moving acceptance speech, with the Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Josh Groban sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during the In Memoriam and he was joined by the casts of all of the season’s new musicals on Broadway to finish out the song. This moment made history as the largest amount of performer’s on the Tony’s stage at one time. Bernadette Peters presented the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical to Michael Cerveris for Fun Home. Neil Patrick Harris presented the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical to Kelli O’Hara for her role in The King and I with her first win in the category and her 6th nomination.

Fun Home took home the top award of the night presented by Larry David and Jason Alexander!

Credit: Fun Home Twitter

The night’s biggest winners include Fun Home ,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and An American in Paris. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori made history tonight by being the first female duo to win Best Score and Lisa Kron also took home the Tony for Best Book of a Musical! Congratulations to all of the wonderfully talented Tony nominees and winners!  Marianne Elliot won the Tony for Best Direction of Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and the show also took home the awards for Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Play. An American in Paris took home awards for Best Orchestration, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

A full list of tonight’s winners can be found here

The 2014 Tony Awards, Hosted by Hugh Jackman

It’s that time of year again, as theatre fans watch the Antoinette Perry, or Tony, Awards!  While past years have been exceptional, this year the nominees, productions, and guests are extraordinary.  After all, Audra McDonald could possibly break a record by being the first performer to win six Tonys for active performance, the category for Leading Actress in a Musical is filled with iconic Broadway performers (and no matter who wins, the award will be well-deserved), the performances that are about to come will be show-stopping, Neil Patrick Harris will not be able to resist getting up on stage in an attempt to host, attendees will look drop-dead gorgeous on the red carpet, and someone will make the one-millionth reference to Adele Dazeem.

Here we go!

This year, the awards were hosted by Hugh Jackman, having taken to the stage for the fourth time.  My only question…why the hopping?  It’s impressive that you can get dressed and move around while doing so, but there is a point when it needs to stop. 

The interaction between Neil and Hugh in the elevator was awkward but expected, but the hopping continued once he left the elevator.  However, the use of different characters from the nominated shows was well-done.  Not much singing though, which is a stark contrast to the opening numbers of previous years.  The cast of After Midnight was joined by Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia for a great performance.  At the end of the performance, Hugh joined them onstage to finish the dance routine, coming back to give his opening monologue.

The award for Featured Actor in a Play went to Mark Rylance for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which is the actor’s third Tony.

Emmy Rossum, Christine Daae in the film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, introduced former Phantom Ramin Karimloo and the revival cast of Les Miserables.  I’m sure most everyone on tumblr was disappointed that Ramin didn’t show off his famous abs.

The award for Featured Actress in a Musical went to Lena Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, marking her first Tony win.  Neil and the rest of the Hedwig family could not have been any more happy for her as she accepted the win.

Lucy Liu introduced the show-stopping performance from Disney’s Alladin.  James Monroe Iglehart, playing the role of Genie, performed some iconic numbers from Disney during his dance break in “Friend Like Me.”

Jonathan Groff introduced Idina Menzel’s performance “Always Starting Over” from If/Then, having starred with her in Disney’s Frozen.  He brought back the moment from the Oscars, when he quoted John Travolta by calling her “the Wicked-ly talented, one and only IDINA MENZEL.”  Her performance was incredible, and fans are proud of her success and support her faithfully.  

Clint Eastwood, director of Jersey Boys the movie (which, who else is excited?), presented the awards for Direction of a Musical and Direction of a Play.  The award for Musical went to Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which is also his directoral debut. Direction of a Play went to Kenny Leon for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.  

Samuel L. Jackson introduced the performance of Rocky.  Andy Karl and company brought the iconic film to life, with snapshots of “Eye of the Tiger” and the fight scene.  Of course, the performance would not have been complete without the famous yell for “Adrian!”

Fran Drescher and Zachary Levi presented the awards for Featured Role in a Musical, which went to James Monroe Iglehart for Aladdin.  As he accepted, he channelled his former Memphis character Bobby with a praise shout. 

Alan Cumming and the company of Cabaret gave a brilliant rendition of “Wilkommen.”  The performance was a big flashback to Alan’s previous runs in the show.  He even performed the opening number (“Wilkommen”) at the Tonys in 1998, when he won the Tony for his performance as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret.

Vera Farmiga and Ethan Hawke presented the award for Featured Actress in a Play, which went to Sophie Okenedo for her performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.  

Jefferson Mays came out in full costume(s) to introduce the performance from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, showing off some of his characters that he brings to life on stage eight times a week.  Their performance of “I’ve Decided to Marry You” was spot-on!  

Audra McDonald made Tony history when she won the award for Leading Actress in a Play for Lady Day. She now has the record for winning six Tonys for active performances. 

Bryan Cranston won the award for Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in All the Way.  

RuPaul, of course, introduced the exciting and long-awaited performance of Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  “Sugar Daddy” was electrifying.  There are some attendees in the audience who are probably scarred for life, having been visited by Hedwig during the performance. (Aside: “Sugar Daddy” is now available for purchase on iTunes).

The nominees for Best Play were presented by their authors, followed by short clips of each production.  The award went to All the Way.  

Wayne Brady introduced the performance from the revival of Violet.  Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and company performed a medley of “On My Way” and “Raise Me Up,” demonstrating the many talents within the company.  

The Last Ship, a new musical by Sting, was introduced by the Estefans.  The musical is inspired by Sting’s experiences, and the composer performed the title track.

Judith Light and Patrick Wilson presented the award for Best Revival of a Play, which went to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.  

Hugh Jackman introduced the performance of Wicked, celebrating ten years on Broadway.  Jenni Barber and Christine Dwyer were brilliant!  “For Good” was a fitting choice to honor the ongoing legacy and impact that Wicked has had.  The only thing that would have made the performance more special? Idina and Kristin joining the current Galinda and Elphaba duo on stage.  But that fantasy will have to remain in our hearts and minds.

Hugh Jackman, LL Cool J and TI performed a rap song.  The catch? It was the opening number from The Music Man.  I don’t know whether to cringe or be impressed…  However, James Monroe Iglehart seemed excited by the performance.

Audra McDonald returned to the stage to present the award for Leading Actor in a Musical.  The award went to former Tony host Neil Patrick Harris for his role as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  As Neil said, “This is crazy pants!”

Carole King introduced Beautiful, the show that has brought her early life to audiences.  Jessie Mueller and cast performed the “before and after” versions of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”  Jessie and company were incredible!  However, Jessie’s performance of “I Feel the Earth Move,” during which Carole King joined her, was spectacular!

Kevin Bacon and Kate Mara presented the award for Best Revival of a Musical.  The award went to Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Zach Braff introduced Bullets Over Broadway, which is the show in which Zach made his Broadway debut.  The company showed off their incredible choreography and the show really gave tribute to its creators, Woody Allen and Susan Stroman.

The award for Leading Actress in a Musical was presented by Hugh Jackman by a wonderful song and dance number.  He introduced each nominee and serenaded each individually.  The long-awaited and much anticipated award went to Jessie Mueller for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful.  

Tina Fey introduced the upcoming musical Finding Neverland, with a debut performance of “Neverland” by Jennifer Hudson.  And OH MY GOODNESS, it was amazing!

Rosie O’Donnell, who won the Isabelle Stephenson award for humanitarian efforts earlier tonight, presented the award for Best Musical.  The award, which has been center of speculation, went to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

The show ended with a riveting performance of “On Broadway,” with all the winners returning to the stage to dance and sing along.  Whether winners or not, everyone that was nominated deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication to the theatre.

Red Carpet
Full Winners List

Photos courtesy of Broadway.com, tumblr and the official Tony Award twitter.