Wow. That is the only word I can think of when it comes about writing about this year’s Tony Awards performance.
I want to thank all of you who followed me during my live tweet session, if you didn’t have a chance to do that either, don’t worry they’re always going to on there! I’m not quite sure how I am going to put the show into words, but I guess I will just start with the beginning and go from there. DISCLAIMER: I am not giving a play by play, but merely highlighting some of the nights best moments!
Alright, so the opening number… Starting off Hugh is seen on the red carpet. He then begins to hop his way through Radio City Music Hall where you can see the casts of the different nominated shows of the night warming up. You can watch it here:
Next on the highlight train is the performance of “One Day More” by the cast of Les Miserables. Led by the phenomenal Tony nominated Ramin Karimloo, this song was filled with a cast of amazing performers. While this song is my favorite from the show, there were two moments I found myself disappointed.. First off Samantha Hill, Cosette, found herself in the wrong key some times and therefore caused Andy Mientus to become a little pitchy himself. Along with that, I personally do not enjoy Nikki James as the heartbroken Eponine, but that can just be a personal remark. Other than that though, The entire cast was absolutely incredible. I mean Will Swenson and Ramin Karimloo together!?! Catch the performance here:
Wow, following the performance by the cast, it was time for the announcing of “Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” which went to the incredible Lena Hall. I mean when you can perform as a dude, and sound like a dude, but then still wear a dress and look AMAZING, OF COURSE SHE WON!
Then we have James Monroe Iglehart performing “Friend Like Me” from the infamous Aladdin. Man, I almost went to see Aladdin during my trip to NYC but I hesitated.MAN I SHOULD’VE SEEN IT!! The twist of the well known song is amazingly written, even including a medley of disney songs within it. Put that with magic tricks, a tap dancing number, and James Monroe Iglehart and you have a fantastic performance. Don’t believe me?!! See it here:
Along with this, I want to take this time to point out how much tap dancing occurred in this year’s Tony Awards. In my exact words:
“So much tap at the #TonyAwards this year, and I am loving every step ball change”
One performance, however, that did not include a tap number but was still fantastic was the “wickedly talented” Idina Menzel. Idina Menzel has returned to Broadway this past year in the new musical “If/Then.” While in NYC a ton of my friends went to see IF/Then and went on and on about Idina’s vocal perfection in the show. I could go on and on about her belts and vocal control, but it’d just be better to show you:
Then we get to my second favorite acceptance speech quotes:
“I’m looking forward to the day when all children can have a piece of theatre in their daily educational lives” – Kenny Leon
The absolute best acceptance speech of the night was by the one and only James Monroe Iglehart, who won for his role as the Genie in Aladdin. While many struggle to get all of their “thank yous” and “shoutouts” out before their 90 seconds is up, James simply went to the stage and controlled is excitement long enough to get everything out. He then saved his excitement for the end and gave us a new sort of acceptance speech. You can see what I mean below:
Next up we have “History Being Made at Night” (nice SMASH reference I know) with the absolutely stunning Audra McDonald winning her SIXTH TONY!! She is the first female to win that many awards, along with winning in 4 different categories. Even her incredibly handsome husband could not contain his joyful tears:
Oh,, now we have arrived at my absolute favorite performance of the night: Neil Patrick Harris’ performance from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” There were SOOOOO many things right with this performance!!! First off, it’s NPH. Then we have Lena Hall’s incredible deep grunge sound. And then there is NPH grinding on Orlando Bloom’s face.. Yup I had to take a deep breath during that. One of my favorite parts though was Neil motioning for his Husband and then kissing him on live tv. Most tv shows wouldn’t allow for that, but hell THEY DID IT! You go glenn coco!!
Oh, and along with that, please enjoy this article about it:
This year’s Tonys marked a special milestone for Wicked. In order to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, we Tony viewers were offered a performance by the current Glinda and Elphaba of the popular “For Good.” Let me just say, while I would have loved for a combination of the current stars with Idina and Kristin, the performance was extremely moving!
And after that performance of a classic Broadway song, Hugh decided to spice Broadway up with a creation of The Music Man into a rap song. Joining him was TI and LL Cool J. There have been mixed feelings about this, but I do have to admit it was pretty creative. Plus, I learned that not only was “The Music Man” my first musical, but it was Hugh Jackman’s too, which means we have something in common. Score 1 for Constance.
Then we have the inevitable win by Neil Patrick Harris for his role as Hedwig. Come on, did we really not see this coming!?! Sure, Andy was fantastic as Rocky and I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy that musical at all, and don’t even get me started about Ramin.. He’s just.. Perfect.
Following NPH is a moment that brought me to tears. Carole King introduced Beautiful. Then they began to perform and then it happened:
Jessie Mueller who portrays Carole King in the Broadway show, went on later to win her first Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.
Tap dancing, magic, drags, break dancing, hopping, rapping, all the broadway greats, this year’s Tony Awards sure did have everything! Want to have even more info on what went down at the awards?! Follow me on Twitter @candice1695 and see all the tweets from my live tweet sess. Along with that, look for a post holding the best quotes from the night, and trust me Hugh Jackman was very PUNNY!
Want a full layout of all the night’s winners?? Visit http://t.co/TVcJsubpm4 for a full list of all the winners!
Until next time!