I can’t believe the Tony Awards was three hours long last night! For the past few years, CBS shortened it to an awful two hours and quality went down the drain. But I accepted many aren’t fans of Broadway, plays, and musicals. Last night’s awards was the best one in years as they presented more entertainment. In the old days, we’d get to see scenes from the nominated plays and musicals as well as a few extra performances from great shows and actors.
Although we didn’t get to see live scenes from the plays, we saw bits of them through video. The opening number included all the nominated shows, which was nice. Then Billy Crystal appeared. OK, wasn’t Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman supposed to be hosting? They pulled one on us. Crystal and Jackman gave us an entertaining opening. I like Jackman, but could they find a funnier or more appropriate star like Crystal to host?
Sure missed the days when Angela Lansbury hosted, but I knew she’d never come back since CBS wanted to aim for the younger crowd (the infamous 18 – 34 age group… guess what, people 34 and older have money to spend, too, and likely more money than the 18 – 34 group. I had more money to spend at 30 than 18 by a long shot.).
The winners were spread from different shows. No one show dominated, not even Spamalot. Christina Applegate’s entrance as a presenter was a riot. She currently stars in Sweet Charity, injured herself before the show hit made it to Broadway and it almost didn’t make it… but she got better and the show went on. When she entered looking lovely in her gown, she fell down. Of course, it was a prank. We also got to see her and her cast perform a medley of three songs from the show. But her show didn’t win best revival, that honor went to La Cage Aux Folles, which had an impressive number with amazing dancing (looked painful at times). Glengarry Glen Ross won best revival of a play.
Spamalot won best musical and Doubt won best play. Victoria Clark from Light in the Piazza and Norbert Leo Butz from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels won the best actor nods. For play, it was Doubt‘s Cherry Jones and the always funny Bill Irwin won his first Tony for his role in Edware Albee’s (who won the lifetime achievement award) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Sara Ramirez from Spamalot and Dan Fogler from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee won best featured actors in a musical. Fogler plays a nasally-challenged character who spells with his foot (writes it out on the floor with his foot and then “reads” the floor). Reverend Al Sharpton made a surprise and funny appearance during the performance of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Poor guy misspelled his word.
Best featured actor in a play went to Adriane Lenox of Doubt and Liev Schriber of Glengarry. For details on the shows, what they’re about, and other winners, check out Playbill.
Meryl loves musicals even though she’s deaf. She collected Theatre World Annuals, but has no room or time for them so she struggles to sell this precious collection.