Tony awards: Some misses, mostly hits
It was so good to see Bryan Cranston win a Tony award for his role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way. All the Way also won for Best Play. For you Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad fans… do not miss this! I don’t know if he will be reprising this role anytime soon, (although there are talks about an All the Way sequel). But if you want to see the definition of a tour de force performance — this is it.
I was also cheering for Chris Barreca, and he won a well-deserved Tony for his scenic design for Rocky, the musical. T0 be honest though, I don’t think the scene from Rocky on the Tonys was as dynamic as it could/should have been.
Tony broadcast hits and misses
Some things on the broadcast were creative, funny and touching, while others left me cold as ice.
On the hit side:
— Hugh Jackman was a fun host. His hopping routine showed enormous stamina, and I loved him dancing with all the ladies nominated for Best Actress for a Musical.
— The Music Man rap was funny and very appropriate. I think Meredith Willson was indeed the first rapper.
— Lena Hall, winner for featured actress in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, with her genuinely ecstatic acceptance speech and My Little Pony reference, “Friendship is Magic.”
— Patti Labelle, Fantasia, and Gladys Knight, heating the joint up in a number from After Midnight.
— Chris O’Dowd quickly taking a sip from his flask after he lost to Bryan Cranston.
— Joey Parnes, a producer of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, urging everyone to see all the nominated musicals.
— Audra McDonald winning a record-breaking sixth Tony.
— Jessie Mueller and Carole King. Beautiful. Idina Menzel too.
— Sutton Foster’s striking red gown.
— Ramin Karimloo gently shushing the announcer during his award category because his son was asleep on his lap.
And the misses:
— Sting’s The Last Ship, sank. He doesn’t have a show on Broadway so he shouldn’t have been on the Tonys.
— Jennifer Hudson singing a song from Finding Neverland, a musical she isn’t in and isn’t even on Broadway yet (Jeremy Jordan tweeted that he is going to be singing that song, so why wasn’t he on?). Also, this performance came at the expense of a song from The Bridges of Madison County which was completely left out of the telecast.
— Clint Eastwood, who didn’t know he had a teleprompter. He had no reason to be there except to hawk his upcoming Jersey Boys movie.
— No In Memoriam? Is that because the producers ran out of time with The Last Ship and Finding Neverland?? I understand the tribute was shown to the audience during a commercial break. Bad choice, viewers wanted to see it too.
Till next year, à bientôt Tonys!