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The Tony Awards this year were a burst of light and excitement, celebrating the wonder that is musical theatre on Broadway.
Hosted by the hilarious James Corden, who you may know from Disney’s Into the Woods and The Late Late Show, the show premiered live on Sunday night. Many of the nominees deserved to win for excellent performances, and the entertainment featured throughout the night was absolutely stunning. Of course, there were some highlights, so recap the best ten moments of this year’s Tony Awards.
#1- As always, the opening number took everyone’s breath away. A story featuring James Corden as a little boy dreaming of a Broadway career, the opening was funny yet uplifting as the Broadway actors came out at the end singing, “this could be where you belong” to all the theatre kids out there. Plus, I just really love James Corden.
#2- Josh Groban was thoroughly embarrassed on national television by an old high school video. Before announcing a performance from the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, Josh Groban got a bit of a surprise: host James Corden played Groban’s high school performance of “If I Was a Rich Man.” Remarking, “well that just happened on the Tony’s,” Groban was a good sport.
#3- The cast of The Color Purple serenaded our ears and brought tears to our eyes in a moving performance presented by the one and only Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the film version of the story. Every cast member has a huge, powerful voice, and it’s easy to just listen and soak in the words that these amazing actors are saying. The last words of the performance were, “I’m here,” but the entire audience already knew that.
#4- Gloria Estefan surprised the audience with an appearance with the cast of On Your Feet, which celebrates her life and accomplishments. The performance got the entire audience involved in the party, including Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. I loved how Estefan was featured with the actresses who portray her throughout the musical.
#5- The cast of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening showed off its amazing combination of sign language and musical theatre, which is honestly groundbreaking for the deaf community. More than that even, I think it’s a really interesting art form to watch and listen to. I think the best forms of art don’t divide people and just entertainment while bringing people together, which this revival of Spring Awakening does effortlessly.
#6- Straight off The Late Late Show, James Corden got into a car with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and some other talented Broadway artists for an epic car-ride karaoke session with Broadway music. These clips are always hilarious on Corden’s show, and I think it was a fun addition to the Tony’s because it made everyone laugh while still focusing on the magic of Broadway. From Hamilton to Les Miserables, the music was fantastic, and the actors were hilarious.
#7- Hamilton stole the show just as I predicted last week. The combination of history, diversity and amazing music, this musical isn’t everyone’s style, but I think everyone can appreciate how it has changed Broadway since it took the stage. The musical was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony’s and took many of them home. This is definitely a new era for Broadway, and it deserved to be celebrated, and it was as Best Musical.
#8- Sara Bareilles’s beautiful performance with the cast of Waitress, for which she composed music, brought tears to my eyes. The combination of her voice and the voice of the musical’s leading actress was breath-taking. The song was emotional and stunning; I couldn’t focus on anything but the words I was hearing.
#9- It simply wouldn’t be an awards show without Neil Patrick Harris, and he was fantastic even without his beautiful hair. He presented the award for Leading Actor in a Musical with charisma and perfection as always. Giving the award to Hamilton’s Leslie Odem Jr. for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, Harris made the perfect cameo.
#10- All in all, the show was a celebration of Broadway, and while there was some political and social commentary, the majority of the show was just light and celebratory: an escape from life, which was much needed after the tragic events in Orlando that happened that day. The show brought people together and didn’t divide them, which I loved.
What was your favorite moment at the Tony’s? Happy kommenting :)
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