Tony Award Rants, Raves, and Wins

Hugh Jackman (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)
Hugh Jackman (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Our editor over at The Broadway Blog, Matthew Wexler, did a bang-up job recapping last night’s Tony Awards:  

“Everybody loves a winner, so nobody loves me.”

So sings Sally Bowles in Cabaret, but we didn’t hear Michelle Williams belt it out last night at the 68th Annual Tony Awards. Was she even in the room? Instead, we were treated to Alan Cumming recreating his Tony Award-winning role as the Emcee in the revival of the 1998 revival. How meta. That and other artistic oddities dominated this year’s Tony Award broadcast that aimed to invigorate a relatively anemic season on the Great White Way. We can’t say that we laughed, we cried, or it was better than Cats, but there were a few “a-ha” moments worthy of chuckles and tears.

Rant: What’s with the jumping, Hugh? The entire opening sequence had Jackman bouncing past vignettes of nominated performers and shows through the massive hallways of Radio City Music Hall. According to CNN, the bouncing was in reference to Bobby Van’s performance of “Take Me to Broadway” in the 1953 film Small Town Girl. Most (all?) avid theatergoers missed the reference and it ended up coming off like a last-minute fix for an elaborate opening dance sequence that perhaps went awry during rehearsals.

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