The Tony Awards Are Over! My Roundup

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Here are the highlights from my very vivid three-hour viewing experience. Hold your applause till the end:


Interviewed on the red carpet, Tyne Daly dismissively said the Tonys are a race meant for everyone else, "not for us." She wasn't nominated.

How bad were the musicals this year? So bad that they started the Tonys with a number from last year's Best Musical.

It sounds like a laugh track is swelling after all the jokes the host and presenters are reciting. So much for the spontaneous joys of live theater.

The little Annie girl is a charmer, with the best comic chops on that stage. Scary.

Mike Nichols needs a director. (But his slightly dizzy speech--looking at his sheet of paper to see the name of Death of a Salesman--was kind of sweet. A true legend.)

Judy Kaye gives great speech. "I guess chandeliers have been very, very good to me." Then the bit about her husband knowing about the care and feeding of a diva. Then the mention of her father, who died last week. Pricelessly warm and human.

Diner the musical is coming, with a score by Sheryl Crow? The big song will definitely not be "Nothing could be finer than to sit here in a diner and to finger your vaginer..."

Porgy should do a duet with "Crutchie" from Newsies.

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman beat Gore Vidal's The Best Man for revival. Michael Musto's La Daily Musto, The Play wasn't even nominated.

When I think Broadway, I think Tyler Perry and Josh Groban.

Scott Rudin could have won for both Best Revival and Best Play, but he pulled out of Clybourne Park.

In that cruiseship Hairspray sampling, the Tracy was too thin and too old and the Edna was trying too hard to vocally show that he's a man. Oh, well. At least they have buffets and shuffleboard.

The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess won for Best Musical Revival. Sondheim's writing a letter as we speak.

Hugh Jackman re the wife: "She's never kept a secret her entire life!" Hmm, really?

Considering the wins of Christian Borle, James Corden, and Nina Arianda (above), the voters really made good choices! They weren't blinded by celebrity or obviousness this time.

Audra's remark about what an honor it is "getting raped by Philip Boykin every night" was in questionable taste, which is probably why I found it funny.

Nina Arianda is the new Lady Gaga.


(Applause, applause...)

Stop! You're welcome! No, come on, enough!


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Musto
Musto

PS; In my predictions at the goldderby website, I got 19 out of 26 right and tied for fourth out of 20 experts. Not that bad.

Tybalt
Tybalt

Well, if Tracie had won, she no doubt would have mentioned that.

James
James

I thought there would be some mention of SMASH even though it is on NBC. Also no one could mention that the Tony's were on Judy Garland's 90th birthday and the legend lives on with Tracie Bennett? 

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

 The best was the "oh no, they dit' int !" moment of Mandy and Patti singing the last line of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" BEFORE the Evita number....just to remind folks they were the originals...(and whatshername's biggest moment was throwing wads of cash in the air)...take that!

Rc61austin
Rc61austin

It was a so-so show.   The most amazing performer was James Corden.  He was AmAzing!  Loved the bits with Patti LuPone and whatshisname...Mandy.   That Spider man bit where NPH was upside down was funny for three seconds...and then lost its fizz.   I can imagine what Angela Lansbury was thinking of this as she was sharing the stage at this time.  I was rooting for the delightful Judith Light.   Her speech was a bit off, but then again...she's entitled since her father had passed away very recently.  Now, I know why "Leap of Faith" didn't last very long on Broadway.   It was strange that it even presented at all.  It wasn't the most interesting of musicals, as shown last night.  Hugh Jackman and his significant other (wifey) were too sweet.  Now, M.M. must know more about H.J. than us mere mortals.   But there is love, there.

Musto
Musto

'Don't Dress For Dinner,' not 'Diner.'

Musto
Musto

PS; I just got back from the after party, where I hobnobbed with winners and nominees. Enchanting costumer William Ivey Long (nominated for Don't Dress For Diner) told me someone gave him a great shot from the '80s of porn star Kip Noll dancing, with him and I in the background. I don't remember it, but it definitely sounds right. As he told me about this iconic image, playwright Douglas Carter Beane came by to sweep Long away. "He's telling me everything--like about Hugh Jackman," I giggled. "I've done three shows with him and I don't know anything," said Long as he was yanked out of my sight.

Musto
Musto

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the cruiseship Hairspray. The Tracy was too thin and too old! And the Edna was going out of his way to vocally show you he's a man. Oy. At least they have buffets and shuffleboard.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

And talk about Big Free Commercial for Royal Caribbean Theatres.... er... Ships... er... proud sponsor of Broadway shows that go down easy with five cocktails and an endless buffet.  Shuffleboard The Musical, anyone?

DeMedeiros Carlos Luis
DeMedeiros Carlos Luis

indeed was a very weird opening considering previous years, weak and not funny, considering Mitt Romney is a candidate, I was hunted by the idea of broadway witches send us some kind premonition... ( goose bumps )

Gregorama
Gregorama

I came a little late to this fair...recorded the show and just watched it.  I'm glad I read all of the Musto and Musto-vites' comments before watching the show to know what to look out for.  I agree with every one of your observations...and love the Sheryl Crow lyrics!  My observations were shallow ones, such as I just noticed that Candice Bergen somehow became an old lady overnight!  Seeing her right after Bernadette Peters (only 1 year younger than C.B.) was a shock.  B.P. looks about 30!  She either hit the genetic lotto or she has the best surgeon in New York City!  On another topic, am I the ONLY person who saw that Judy Garland "End of the Rainbow" show and thought that Tracie Bennett's performance was ludicrous?  Her attempt at an American accent was grievous.  I can't believe they actually credit a "dialect coach" in the program! "CLAHHHNG, CLAHHNG, CLAHHNG WENT THE TRRRRRRRRROE-LEEEE!"  I couldn't get past that major elephant in the room...that was one BAD American accent...even at her most hopped-up on dolls, Judy didn't sound like that!

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