- Rob McClure pings.
- Is Krysta Rodriguez dating Zachary Levi? They were just on the red carpet together.
- Gosh Crey Stott seems so gay
- I have a moral issue with the Tony Awards.
They should NOT be televised.
They do not allow you to watch the plays or musicals on your TV (they don't even release DVDs of the performances), so they should not be allowed to air the awards on TV.
If the producers of these plays and musicals want to shun TV as a medium then they are hypocrites for airing their award show on it.
- R2- No, they have a new miusical coming to Broadway later this month called FIRST DATE, aka 'First Flop.'
- R4-- that's why there is an active group of traders out there securing bootleg videos of all the shows.
- Tracy Letts? I would never vote for a guy with a girl's name.
- Did Jane Krahowski just diss her Tony Red Carpet handler? That's what it looked like. The gal was trying to move Jane along and Krakowski gently pushed her out of the way. The handler looked piss, Jane then blew a kiss at her.
- New York must be experiencing peak electrical demand with all of these mobility scooters getting charged up while their owners are watching this nonsense.
- Meant Krakowski. Sorry.
- Has Tracy Letts ever been married? Nothing mentioned on Wikipedia. After all, he's in his mid forties. Hmmm.
- So what will open the show? "Magic to Do" from Pippen? NPH doing a patter song?
- Why are 80% of the ladies dressed in BLUE? Did they spend the past few weeks on the telephone setting this up?
- Letts announced his engagement at the red carpet.
- They keep calling her Vicky!
- Letts is engaged to actress Carrie Coon who played Hone yin the Virginia Woolf revival.
Are the going to show the awards that are handed out before the broadcast? Anyone know? There is nothing on the Tony website.
- Yes Letts has a longtime girlfriend. He used to be engaged to Sarah Paulson before.
- Why isn't the red carpet on one of the cable TV channels?
They do a red carpet show for the damn Nickelodean Kid's Choice Awards, but not this?
- People are posting in two separate threads, our original theater gossip thread and this one. I am so confused!
- mlop returns as seat filler this year!
do re milla
- People on the streets.
People on the streets.
- Benj pasek gettin all excited - made me cry!
- Ya beat me to it R21!
- That anchor in Times Squar eis awful, fumbling all over the place.
MOVE! You're in the shot!
- So are Max Von Essen and Andrew Keenan Bolger a couple?
Joyce Van Patten
- Audra Ann actually showed up for a change!!
at this performance......
- Wake me when Cyndi gets her Tony and makes it 3/4ths of the way to an EGOT.
The Voice of the Night
- I'd love for NPH to sing "Don't Forget Me" from Smash (with new lyrics by Bruce Vilanch) at the conclusion of the telecast as a way of getting the producers of the Oscars to consider him for its new host.
I wonder if NPH or anybody else will come up with some jokes about Smash.
- That bitch in Times Square is working my last nerve.
- By the time it starts on the West Coast it will be over. Does anyone know where I can stream the East Coast feed?
- [quote]Does anyone know where I can stream the East Coast feed?
Yes: TonyAwards.com will have a live stream.
- [quote]I'd love for NPH to sing "Don't Forget Me" from Smash
I just had this terrifying vision of NPH dressed as Marilyn Monroe.
- Two minute wrning
- So they didn't show the pre show Tony Awards like they use do?
- Is NPH in especially poor voice this evening?
- Whoa! He banged Diana Ross.
- Are we posting here for the national broadcast?
- His pants are too tight.
- Actually loving this so far.
- Great opening and NPH doing a smashing job!
- I LOVE NEIL!
He's the perfect man.
- Yea...Courtney Vance...He and his wife Angela Bassett make a cute couple!
- loved the opening!
- Great opening.
- NPH has VPL in his tight pants.
- That was amazing.
- (Is that the best Matilda?)
- Spotted Jesse Eisenberg with his sister Hallie.
- Ugh, should have been Billy Magnussen. He was really good.
- I wanted Billy to win, too...and strip once he accepted his award
- Prepare for Tom Hanks overload, everyone...
- Richard Kind was gonna' show hole.
- It looked like Billy Magnussen also thought it should have been Billy Magnussen.
- testing, testing
- Tom Hanks is Hitler?
- Yeah he was really nervous. But he was the favorite.
- Judith Light is a class act. And a good actress.
- Judith Light looks great.
- I do love Judith Light but she is a drama queen when accepting all her Tonys.
- Billy Magnussen has stunning nipples.
- Who? Good lord girls
- R59, think about that sentence.
- Billy Magnussen has a stunning ass.
- Barrett Foa is gay right?
- Yeah, that was terrible.
- This Bring It On routine is terrible, right?
Judith was a little too dramatic, but I still think she's great.
- Who is Velma actress?
- At least Billy can relax for the next 2 hours.
- Bring it On number is boring. So was Matilda.
- R 67-Amre Ray ?? somebody... from South Africa
- Are Jen Cody and Hunter Foster boycotting the Tonys this year or are they involved enough this time?
- Yes R64. He's also a trust fund baby so he has it made.
- not Ute Lemper?
- I wante dto slap those little Matilda kids.... friends who have seen MATILDA really had mixed feelings about it.
- Someone should tell Tom Hanks that the booze is really taking a toll on his looks.
- WOW - that Derek Jeter look-alike dancer bf of Cheyenn's is in Chicago now?
- NPH is meh. He's been much better in previous years.
There's a reason people stop hosting after so many times.
- Chase and Messing are still together?
- Who's that sitting next to Jake G.?
- Got home 35 minutes late and am catching up. Wonderful opening!!
- Does NPH really need to change her gown for every single time she's on camera?
- Gabriel Ebert looks like a younger Tarantino. (Also kinda has the same coked up manner of speaking.)
- Aww, I thought Terry Mann would win.
Is Gabriel Ebert gay? He thanked his "Scott" and his parents.
- Am I just a cynical old bitch or are all these musicals hackneyed and terrible and boring?
- R82. Not to mention more and more forced laughter for the jokes.
It's like watching late period Billy Crystal phoning it in and mugging.
- Gorgeous Cinderella costumes.
- Cinderella looks like it has the emotional depth of a postage stamp.
- Anyone know who wrote the opening song?
- Love Laura Osnes! Has proven she has Broadway cred with SOUTH PACIFIC, BONNIE & CLYDE, ANYTHING GOES and now this. Pretty good for someone who got her start on a reality casting show. Beuatiful gilr and voice.
- William Ivey Long did not figure out how to make those two dresses magically transform. That was the work of some uncredited schlub in a costume sweatshop earning ILGWU minimum.
Jane Greenwood, 16 Tony nominee
- The musicals have been horrible so far.
The gimmick of having characters present needs to go.
Winners speeches- wonderful, simple, yet with great command of the stage (they are stage actors after all) and no gimmicks. Kudos for that.
Bring It On needs to close. (Cue the amateur reacting chorus) And their clothes are so dated - is the musical a late nineties "period piece?"
- R89 - Lin Manuel and Tom Kitt
- I wondered the same about Gabriel Ebert and the "Scott" thing.
- Too many commercials. After Bring It On and the commercials I think a lot of the audience will tune out.
- kcguy - I predict she wins over Patina.
- Cinderella was charming. It's a slight show, but lots of fun. Lovely music. Great costumes. And it has the fabulous Harriet Harris.
- Liam the spirit of tragedy. Not really funny given his circumstances.
- "'Bring It On' should close." You're kidding, right?
- I'm cheering for Laura too. Agree that she has a beautiful voice and presence.
- [quote]Liam the spirit of tragedy. Not really funny given his circumstances.
He got over it, perhaps you should too.
- Who is with Jerry Mitchell?
- Whats the dish on liam.
- I wonder who is the top between Jerry Mitchell and the Schroeder kid.
- Two female directors won!
Think of that.
- I doubt he "got over it."
- Motown the Musical = The Hollywood Palace
- Can't wait for the Kinky Boots number. I've been underwhelmed so far except for the opening.
- I'm switching channels after Pippin.
- I agree, R97. Saw it last week and was utterly charmed by it.
- Any SMASH insults? Or jokes?
- I just love a dancing chorus boy! I need to go to Broadway to find me a boyfriend!
- R 89- bet it was Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
- I will never see any of these shows. And from the look of things, I'm perfectly fine with that.
- RIP Natasha Richardson. She was wonderful in CABARET and deserved that Tony win.
- Charles Isherwood just said on the NYT live blog for the Tonys that "This show is basically a series of commercials interrupted by commercials."
- Aww, love Cyndi so much.
- She didn't just thank Joni Mitchell did she? You guys know B'way - is there someone else with a similar name who would help her?
- So how fuckable were ALL the Spider-Men?
- Now they need to make a movie of the musical so she can write another song, win an Oscar, and complete her EGOT.
The Voice of the Night
- R119 - Jerry Mitchell - Director of Kindy Boots
- Why are the Annie girls singing in Boston accents?
- Sex, The Musical.
I can see it.
- I wanna go down on HPH! There- I said it!!! Someone PLEASE create a musical for him!!
- Kinky - not Kindy
- Everyone is pushing too hard, especially Jane Lynch.
- Entertainment Weekly @EW
Cyndi Lauper wins Best Score for Kinky Boots! #TonyAwards Press room goes wild!
- ANNIE. why?
- [quote]Everyone is pushing too hard, especially Jane Lynch.
Maybe that's their way of honoring Bonnie "I never saw a cheap seat in the back I wouldn't play to" Franklin.
- Yeah, Jane overdid it.
Why did Katie Finneran bomb so hard in the role?
- Jeez. the ANNIE choreography for the orphans looks like recycled Rob Ashford.
- Speaking of Bonnie Franklin, do the Tonys do a memorium?
- That kid is Jerry Mitchell's lover?
- Cancelled show bit...excellent!
- Jerry Mitchell is sooooo fuckable! Next time you win, Jerry, STRIP!
- I love how tall Andrew is!
- Loved the TV show thing.
- There's your SMASH joke. Great skit!
- Cuba is painful trying to be funny..,
- I fucking love Laura Benanti.
- Great for Andrea Martin! She looks so skinny.
- Andrea Martin!!!!
- was daniel craig there?
- Who's HPH?
- Megan is a gorgeous singer. Hope her career takes off.
- Pirini Sclerosa wins!
- No R145.
- Her husband Don Draper won't let her, r147.
- Do you mean NPH?
- Wow, one awful thing after another.
- WTF are we watching now?
- Love Megan Hilty. Hope she has a long and great career.
- This Rascals number is painful
- Please make this "Good Lovin" number go away. Please. I'm begging you make it stop.
- [quote]Wow, one awful thing after another.
Change the channel, your problem solved.
- Jake is with a guy. Is that his date/boyfriend?
- Based on the abysmal ratings for the Tonys, I am assuming the gays in this thread are the only ones watching. The ratings make Smash look like a hit by comparison.
- That canceled TV shows number with fabulous Laura Benanti and Megan Hilty was great!
- They shouldn't show the old guys in front of film of them as a young rock group.
- Yes R142 and R147!
- 22 minutes until Mad Men
- Sorry about the double post.
- Seeing The Rascals really makes me feel older... than I ever intended to be..
- HPH is who gave Michael Douglas oral cancer.
- Speaking of me...
Be sure to change your channels in about 2o minutes, gays.
BTW, I'm dead before the opening credits.
- Tom Hanks is downright scary looking.
- Shut up, bitch. The audience wants to hear Durang.
- DURANG! Yay!
- The kids heads over at ATC are collectively exploding -- where was Sigourney???!
- A Christmas Story... coming soon to Madison Square Garden, where it belongs.
- Are musicals with adults being produced on Broadway anymore?
- I like the "Christmas Story" number better than the "Bring it On" number.
- R76...I thought Cheyenne Jackson's husband was not 'in show business'. Where are you getting that he's a dancer?
I mean, Cheyenne's done plenty of dancers, but that's another matter.
- Watching Family Guy now
- If these are the highlight numbers of the shows, this year is really weak. Nothing remotely interesting.
- The quality of the shows aside, you gotta give all these Broadway kids credit: they got a heckuva lotta talent.
- WTF does that number have to do with the show? Meh.
- Guess I'm the designated audience. I'm finding the show very high energy. Makes the other awards shows look draggy and contrived.
- [quote]Watching Family Guy now by: Gave up
You won't be missed.
- Charles Isherwood:
"There are more kids on this telecast than there are in public schools in Manhattan."
- Me too R180. Bu then again I am a theater queen born and bred. I was doing Finian's Rainbow when I was 8 years old.
- [quote]WTF does that number have to do with the show? Meh
"A Christmas Story" was a wonderful show and deserves it's best Musical nomination. Some of you have no souls. If you've seen the film "You'll shoot your eye out" is uttered through out. That scene was Ralphie's fanatasy of his class and teacher. Can't all be Sondheim dirges, now can they?
- R180=Stevie Wonder
- That Christmas Story number was kind of older woman/little boy pervy and TIRED! Does the show have a song called “Don’t Leave Me, Come Back, Come Back”?
- NPH rules. Someone put HIM in a musical.
- [quote]DURANG! Yay!
Me too, r170. Does anybody know why Durang was using a cane? I'm pretty sure he's not a lesbian.
- [quote]WTF does that number have to do with the show? Meh.
Are you referring to A CHRISTMAS STORY? I haven't seen the show, but in the movie Ralphie is given an assignment by his teacher detailing what he wants for Christmas and he writes a long-ass essay about wanting the BB gun. He daydreams that she's gonna give him an A++++++, but she ends up giving him a C- telling him he'll shoot his eye out. I'm guessing that's what this number is about.
- The cast of Annie really ruined Spring Awakening. Jane Lynch showed us the perils of stunt casting. "Christmas Story" can be redeemed if everyone involved with this farce committed suicide on stage.
- How come the parts in THE LION KING are always cast with black actors? DO they let other races audition? It's funny that the movie's voice cast (except for Mufasa) were all white, but every clip I've seen of the show (past and present) has only black performers.
- Ibdb.com is down. You bitches are so inquisitive.
(By the way, who was the Pippin hottie with devil horns?)
- Sigourney looks great. She's slimmed down.
- Memo to Carol Burnett: Don't worry honey! If you saw Jane Lynch's "performance" tonight, you have nothing to worry about. You are still the ultimate Mrs. Hannigan.
- I thought Pipkin was supposed to be a black part.
- I'm stunned that "Footsteps on the Ceiling" didn't even get nominated.
- Betcha THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL posts the closing notice on Tuesday.
- Nathan Lane in a fright wig accepts award for virginia woolf. Damn, he lost weight and gained height. Who did her hair?
- There should be a moratorium on how many times WAOVW is revived.
- Was that Cuba as the Lion King? He's really looking good these days.
back from Family Guy
- R197 - maybe not if Cicelles wins.
- Barret Foa is adorable, met him back in the day. But those backstage insider moments are so cheesy.
- Mira a mi grande tieyo! Es la tieyo de Senor Soupy Sales! Soy mucho honoroso! Gracias los gays del theatero!
- R199, for ANNIE, too. Enough already.
- [quote]The cast of Annie really ruined Spring Awakening. Jane Lynch showed us the perils of stunt casting. "Christmas Story" can be redeemed if everyone involved with this farce committed suicide on stage.
Yes Patrick Page played it for years,. he is married topaige Davis.
[quote]Memo to Carol Burnett: Don't worry honey! If you saw Jane Lynch's "performance" tonight, you have nothing to worry about. You are still the ultimate Mrs. Hannigan.
Lynch kicked ass. Audiences are loving her, of course they aren't scared of Lesbians like you.
- Some serious moobage on Simba from "The Lion King."
- I guess it's a case of "color sighted casting", R191.
- Love that the Tony committee cut Virginia Wolf bitch's mic because they flagrantly violated the Tony mailings rule.
- Between the Mayor's Ronald MacDonald bow tie and Sigourney's pit stains, that was a visually painful presentation.
- Is this what Foa's career has come to? Celebrity spokesperson? Didn't Kathie Lee start this way?
- [quote]NPH rules. Someone put HIM in a musical
Someone already did.
- I didn't even know Phantom was still running on Broadway.
- God, sue me I fucking love Phantom.
- Izzat NPH singing Phantom? Sounds just like him, but actor's hair is brown?
- Any bets on whether Bette Midler will make a surprise appearance before this thing is over?
- This Phantom sounds almost like a woman.
- No chance Laurie Metcalfe wins?
- Phantom sucks - looks like a college presentation. The phantom bursts into flames - that mo is on fire! And I've never seen an uglier Christine.
- [quote]I didn't even know Phantom was still running on Broadway.
Yes Mr Sondheim, it is.
- were they lipsyncing that Phantom number???
- r175, I never said he was Cheyenne's husband.
- At least Jake brings a hot date with him instead of his mom!
- This is where the remaining audience tunes out to watch Men.
- Matthew looks "freshened up"
- Did Jane Lynch actually perform in Annie or is that stunt casting?
- FUCKING YAY!!! BILLY PORTER!!!
- Who is Jake's date? Please, I must know!!!
- I can't believe Andrea Martin won a fucking Tony just for flying through the air.
- [quote]Did Jane Lynch actually perform in Annie or is that stunt casting?
Eight shows a week @ The Palace Theater
- They should bring that Virginia Woolf back now and audiences might actually come and see it. I certainly would.
- Holy fucking shit - Tracy Letts over sure-fire winner Tom Hanks. Have fun at the bar tonight. Mr. Asshole Alkie is going to tie one on.
- Tracy SO did not deserve this award.
- [quote]were they lipsyncing that Phantom number?
Looked it. The ending was unconvincing. The way she was moving her mouth was off.
- Which rentboy was Nathan's date next to him?
- So are all the theatres on Broadway dark tonight?
- WHERE WAS KYLE in the In Memoriam??!!!
- You can tell that Tom Hanks thought he had it in the bag...
- Well done memorium!
Is it his old boyfriend, Chris?
- So now I won't be too surprised if Kristine Neilsen wins over Cicely Tyson.
- Letts absolutely deserved it. So glad they didn't forget him. Nathan looked distressed.
- R235, CHICAGO and ROCK OF AGES were performing tonight at 7. They were al that was on the TKTS booth as I passed it late this afternoon.
- In PHANTOM on stage that one number has always been pre recorded... always.
- So has the Tonys replaced the Oscars as the 'Gay Superbowl''?
And is Bertie Carvel gay-or just British?
- Rita Wilson! Hide the Johnny Walker!!!
- I wish we could have seen the names of the dead people. But it was great focusing on Cyndi's fantastic underplayed performance.
- Loved Billy Porter winning and his speech. I really want to see that show!
- R. 192--That was Orion Griffiths from Pippin. He has an amazing body.
- [quote]So are all the theatres on Broadway dark tonight?
No PERFECT CRIME had a show tonight, conveniently located on BROADWAY at the Snapple theatre center!
- How on earth does Tyson do 8 shows a week? Does someone carry her around the stage?
- Manjelica is going to throw a drink on dessicated Cicely for stealing her cheap wig.
- Is this the third Actress In A Play award for a black actress?
- Cecily's dress looks like purple cake frosting rum amok.
- Wish Laurie had won. I know everyone loves Cicely. But Laurie was amazing.
- That purple dress looks painful.
- what is she wearing??? OMG!!! she talks so slow!!!
- "I haven't seen the show, but in the movie Ralphie is given an assignment by his teacher detailing what he wants for Christmas and he writes a long-ass essay about wanting the BB gun. He daydreams that she's gonna give him an A++++++, but she ends up giving him a C- telling him he'll shoot his eye out."
So WTF does this number have to do with the show?
- Orion has a wonderful backstory - he's from a small family circus and his sister was seriously injured. He's very, very cool. Straight, married and his wife does on-site tutoring for one of the shows. Great guy, very gay friendly. I'll bet he goes back to the family circus after the show.
- OK, looks like BOUNTIFUL will run a little longer now.
- Cicely-just wow!
- Oh, dear.
- Are they really playing off Cicely Tyson????
- Cicely is pretty frail.
- Tyson is 88 years old and does eight shows a week. Amazing
- I've seen Jake G wear this tux before!
- [quote]OMG!!! she talks so slow!!!
- Billy Porter gave a terrible, screechy, one-note hack performance. Carvel is another league entirely. What a sham.
- So was that "Good Lovin'" bit actually on the Tony broadcast or did I hit the remote and get the PBS fundraising where you have to buy that shitty DVD of Oldies singing oldies for $300.
- Love Patina. Talented, gracious and gorgeous.
- It took 40 years, but Cecily Tyson IS Jane Pittman.
- patina miller? i saw her perform on letterman the other night, she wasn't that great at all.
- I love Patina's dress.
- Cicely kind of flirted with being insufferable, but, instead, her speech turned out to be funny, touching, and succinct.
- I'll cut that bitch.
- I've seen Jake Gyllenhaal take off that tux before...
- Cyndi and NPHs numbers were better than most of the Best Musical numbers.
BRING IT ON, I'm looking at you.
- [quote]Billy Porter gave a terrible, screechy, one-note hack performance. Carvel is another league entirely. What a sham.
Then Carvel should've gone Supporting where he belonged. It would've cost his co-star Gabriel Ebert the Tony, but Carvel would've had it in the bag. They just got greedy and thought they could take two acting awards.
- the spidermen WERE fuckable.
- Some of those girls in the Kinky Boots number were a little hard looking - almost manly.
- Aww.. I really wanted Laura to win. That being said, Patina was good, really good. So good for her.
- Cicely deserves an award. .. for that speech. Jeez.
- Is that the best number in Kinky Boots?
- Who is Patina's fiance?
- Is it safe to say that the show was just ok? I wasn't really bored so I guess that's a good sign...
- Jane Lynch has a good voice but sucked ass as Miss Hannigan if tonight's performance is the way she does it every night. She played the whole thing like Jane Lynch winking to the audience. Not in character. Dorothy Loudon must be spinning in her grave. Carol Burnett, as divine as she is and WAS in the movie version, is NOT the definitive stage Hannigan. That honor goes to Dorothy.
I love Jane Lynch but she was not a convincing Hannigan at ALL. Those of you who are raving over her are probably very young and are not familiar with HOW that character should be played. The disgust, comic angst. NONE of that was present.
- Patti looks like she is in Dune.
- Is Patti's dress made of garden hoses?
- Patti looks good in her Alien creature dress. Good for her, she's dropped about 80 pounds.
- Tyson is 78, not 88. Not that it makes a heluva difference but still....
- Patti's cleavage looks like Tyra Sanchez's breastplate!
- "Holland Taylor @HollandTaylor
Thank you EVERYBODY for ALL the love and cheer. If I don't eat soon Ima die. Cicely Tyson and @cyndilauper heal us all.
- Patti's dress looks like it was made out of an old telephone cord.
- Orion Griffiths is smoking hot.
- Who are the 200 people who jumped up on stage with the Weisslers?
It takes a village, indeed.
- Patti really shouldn't try to steal someone else's style. Back in the 60s, Morticia rocked that look.
- Patti's gown is from the ALIEN collection.
I don't think poor Fran Weissler knows where she is.
- For fuck's sake Dorothy Louden is DEAD. Get over it.
- Cicely moves and speaks like an 88-year-old.
- No Bette!
I thought for sure she'd surprise us.
- SO Bette is not showing up, I guess.
- [quote]Tyson is 78, not 88. Not that it makes a heluva difference but still....
88, the Times was wrong
- Whenever they say "Pippin" I flash on the scene in Ordinary People where Conrad corrects his mom about the dog's name: PIPPIN! PIPPIN!!!
- Well, of what we saw, I guess I liked Matilda best.
- They still ran overtime. Don't the crappy shows always go longer than menopause?
- I love that they kept all the tacky storm-the-stage people off to the side of the stage.
- [quote]Well, of what we saw, I guess I liked Matilda best.
- PIPPIN was the only show tonight that looked good.
- Egad, turn off the final number. Well, it was fitting.Bad ending, bad show.
- [quote]PIPPIN was the only show tonight that looked good.
But why wasn't Andrea in the middle of the musical number. After all she just won a Tony Award, yet they shoved her to the side instead of the middle.
- Tyson is NOT 88 according to her Wikipedia entry.
- Dude, Wikipedia, really? She's 88.
- Very economical of Tyson to wear a coffin lining.
- I love Cicely Tyson but that gown was GHASTLY!
- I love a show where the performers aren't afraid of performing live (looking at you, Beyonce). And I'm so happy for Cyndi Lauper. Most of the pop musicians these days and the Hollywood phonies could learn a lot from these shows. The talent shines through and the stars don't look shellacked to within an inch of their lives.
- During the 1980's a colleague in the business said to me "You won't believe how old Cicely Tyson is. She's at least 10 years older than Jane Fonda." Well - Jane is 75 so Cicely is at least 85.
- Girls, there's discrepancies about Cicely's age. It's been recently reported as ranging anywhere from 74 to 88.
Best to believe the upper range. You know how actresses lie.
- Google says that Cicely was born in 1933 and is 79.
- Cyndi Lauper was off key and reversed three stanzas.
- She deserves to die!
- Happy Courtney B. Vance won. He originated the lead role in Six Degrees of Separation.
- How dumb does the Tony producers look arranging for Sally Field and Matthew Broderick to present the best actor award, obviously conceding either Nathan Lane or Sally Field were going to win. I will say, I would have loved to see either reunion on stage but Letts was well deserving.
- Ming Cho Lee went to school with Carol Burnett at UCLA
- So Jake was there with a guy? Who was it?
- R322 makes no sense
- [quote]How dumb does the Tony producers look arranging for Sally Field and Matthew Broderick to present the best actor award, obviously conceding either Nathan Lane or Sally Field were going to win
Well I certainly didn't have money on Sally Field winning best actor and I think she's really talented.
- Sorry...obviously I meant Nathan Lane and Tom Hanks...
- What happened after 3 hour mark? Forgot to set my dvr for ot. What won Best Musical?
- Not one mention of how spectacular Sigourney Weaver looked? She's 63.
- I can't believe not one post here yet about how a convicted rapist not only got to make an appearance in the opening number but was the subject of three good-natured, lame "jokes" throughout the evening. Les Moonves and NPH, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
- Matilda looks like crap.
- THE LION KING has white actors. Zazu, Timon, Pumba, and Ed are all played by white actors.
- 234- That is Nathan's long time partner
- [quote]I can't believe not one post here yet about how a convicted rapist not only got to make an appearance in the opening number but was the subject of three good-natured, lame "jokes" throughout the evening. Les Moonves and NPH, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Who paid his debt to Society. Relax, you were in no danger.
- I can't believe they didn't cut that crappy song from ONCE when they were already overtime.
- Patti should shoot the person who convinced her to wear that dress.
- Cyndi Lauper is 3/4 of the way to an EGOT!!!
- I'm kind of glad we were spared Tom Hanks' weeping over Nora Ephron.
- Jon Cryer looked shockingly good (for him)...what happened?
- Does not make me wanna see any Broadway show, except maybe "Kinky Boots". The Tony show was OK, but what's on Broadway looks like a big pile of steaming crap. "Cinderella", "Pippin", "A Christmas Story". Yuck. No thanks.
- The guy who plays Lewis in Pippin is pretty hot, too.
- Kinky Boots looks like something made for people who enjoy Ellen DeGeneres dancing.
- I didn't see the show, I did see many pictures of NPH. He appears to dress to the right noticeably so.
- Carolee Carmello is becoming the Susan Lucci of the Tonys.
- Kinky Boots and Pippin are both fantastic shows.
- [quote]99% of the country
Speak for yourself with your over-generalizations.
- Carolee Carmello is becoming the Susan Lucci of the Tonys.
No, that would be me, ducky!
Jane Greenwood, 16 time loser
- That Kinky Boots number just seemed like the long intro to a number that never quite got going. Nobody was really dancing....just jiving and ducking around the set pieces.
- I don't think Cicely was wearing a natural fiber from head to toe.
Jane Fonda, a youthful 75
- Were we rooting for Cicely or Holland Taylor?
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- In the 1940 census Cicely was 16 and living in Brooklyn. She's 88.
It was alluded to in her Sunday Morning CBS profile a few months ago.
- Ann with Holland Taylor would seem to be the only casualty of last night's proceedings.
- Has Ann posted a new closing notice? I thought they were running through September 1st.
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- Tyson won because she is, apparently, older than dirt. They wanted to give one to Miss Jane Pittman before she checked out.
- When Letts won I thought Nielsen would have a shot - but no - they went with a career award for CT. I wish you had seen the production of Trip To Bountiful in Cincinnati that version "inspired" this production - it was brilliant. The Bway version sufferred from a directorial vacuum.
- Poor Holland Tunnel. "Ann" was considered all but a shoo in.
- [quote]Tyson won because she is, apparently, older than dirt. They wanted to give one to Miss Jane Pittman before she checked out.
Oh for Christ's sake Cicely Tyson is a great actress and she is giving a great performance. She earned her award as much as anyone.
- I saw Kinky Boots last week. Good show, very entertaining; good acting, singing, etc.,; however, it was all so predictable. Basically, the message of the show was getting straight people to like gay people-- or in this case--drag queens.
If gay people are a bit weary of wanting to be liked, well, rest assured, all the straight people in the audience left the theatre liking gay people especially drag queens. They like us. They really, really like us.
"Change your mind and you can change the world."
P.S. Billy Porter as Lola was pretty fabulous.
- [quote]the message of the show was getting straight people to like gay people-- or in this case--drag queens.
Yeah and it's also about taking a chance. If they had continued with the product they were making, they would have closed and everyone would have been in the street. They took a chance.
- I loathe Cicely Tyson. I am so sick of that pose and corruptly false dignity - humorless and doddering. She has no semblance of the humanity she once had.
- R359, isn't that the message of every third show that Broadway has cranked out for decades though? La Cage Aux Folles, Billy Elliott, Victor/Victoria, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Falsettos, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Boy from Oz, Naked Boys Singing. Taboo. I mean, the list is endless. A bazillion other shows about "gay is good" that were not Broadway hits, per se, abound, as well. There is usually a message somewhere in SO many shows that make some sort of statement in this regard. Hey, it's all good to me but I just don't see how Kinky Boots is anything new or fresh or different in this regard. Sigh. Guess we DO need to keep convincing straight people how wonderful we are. Or die trying.
- Anyone else laugh hysterically at Cicely's acceptance speech?
I kept thinking to myself, "Boy, Phylicia Rashad would sure be eating this up!"
- Anybody here in the audience or rehearsal? How the hell did Neil get up into the auditorium so fast in the magic trick. I've been to Radio City many many times and it is huge, those aisles steep and he wasn't even out of breath, that impressed me the most.
- Any David Burtka sightings?
Was he working the crowd like a shameless whore looking for work?
- Does anyone know who the Asian woman is who was sitting behind Richard Kind/ next to Poison Ivy Long?
- R363, I thought she might just poop on the stage or pass out! LOL! She just stood there for so long. Shades of Patty Duke's manic depressive speech from the Emmys all those years ago.
- [quote]Does anyone know who the Asian woman is who was sitting behind Richard Kind/ next to Poison Ivy Long?
- Neil and David, R365:
- Burtka looks 20 years older than NPH in that photo at R369.
- Ratings were up double digits. NPH can have that gig as long as he wants.
- [quote]Any David Burtka sightings?
He was manning the Matilda, Annie, & Christmas Story daycare backstage.
- R321, Courtney B. Vance didn't originate the role in Six Degrees of Separation, James McDaniel did.
- Courtney Vance was in FENCES w/ James Earl Jones and was arguably a bit too old for it.
- The Best and Worst of the 2013 TONY AWARDS
- Did Kath Gifford attend?
- [quote] Courtney B. Vance didn't originate the role in Six Degrees of Separation, James McDaniel did.
James McDaniel did the previews, then abruptly quit when he landed NYPD Blue.
And emergency recast was held, and Courtney B. Vance who did the workshop, was cast in the part when it premiered on Broadway.
- Melissa Gilbert has nothing but horrible things to say about Cicely Tyson in her biography
- [quote]Does anyone know who the Asian woman is who was sitting behind Richard Kind/ next to Poison Ivy Long?
- [quote]Melissa Gilbert has nothing but horrible things to say about Cicely Tyson in her biography
Yeah and she spent chapter after chapter talking about the love of her life, her fiance Rob Lowe and in his autobiography he mentioned her twice in passing as his girlfriend Melissa. Two sides to every story, Honey.
- Thanks R379. I knew Willa when she had a jet black bob; so, I wasn't sure. When I saw she was next to THAT MAN, I thought it might be her.
- History was made
First time a man and a woman (Ben Vereen and Patina Miller) both won in their category for the same role (Leading Pleyer) in PIPPIN.
First time a Supporting award went to the same actress for two different plays. Judith Light for LOMBARDI last year and THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES last night.
- Light won last year for OTHER DESERT CITIES. She was nominated for LOMBARDI the previous year.
- I agree wholeheartedly with the Best Actor-Play prize going to Letts. He was superb.
Hanks was fine in LUCKY GUY, but not outstanding. Lane was wonderful but channelled a lot of his typical shtick for the role.
What was with VIRGINIA WOOLF director Pam McKinnon's frowning mug during Letts' speech? Was there a lot of friction between them?
- [quote] First time a Supporting award went to the same actress for two different plays. Judith Light for LOMBARDI last year and THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES last night.
I think you mean same actress two years in a row.
And as R383 already mentioned, she won last year for OTHER DESERT CITIES. So she's been nominated 3x in a row, won 2x in a row.
And she was Claire fucking Meade, too!
- [quote] What was with VIRGINIA WOOLF director Pam McKinnon's frowning mug during Letts' speech? Was there a lot of friction between them?
I didn't think she was frowning, she looked like she was trying not to do an ugly cry.
- Theater Queens (and ladies-in-waiting):
To the best of my knowledge, my husband has never seen live theater. I couldn't get him into a musical without drugging him first, so of the straight plays running right now, would you suggest "Bountiful" or "Ann?" I think "Ann" would probably be more personally interesting to him, but I don't know how a one-woman show would play as his first theater experience.
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- How did Melissa Gilbert know Cicely Tyson?
- Popular Broadway shows and movie stars in the running and another standout host performance by Neil Patrick Harris resulted in double-digit ratings gains for the Tony Awards vs. last year’s all time lows.
Last night’s telecast on CBS drew 7.24 million viewers, up 20% from 2012 and the largest audience since 2009. In adults 18-49, the show logged a 1.2 rating, also up 20%.
- The only reason I watch the Tony's is because of NPH. He looked like he was packing last night. Most enjoyable.
- I'm glad to see that Golden Boy got multiple noms. I saw it and Virginia Woolf over a very cold January weekend and they were both magnificent. Golden Boy however was so perfectly staged, acted and realized that it stays with me months later. Sorry it didn't win but I'm OK with VW winning and in particular Letts.
- Thanks R383 I stand corrected. :)
- if I saw Bountiful, I'd probably laugh my way through it. Between Tyson's speech last night and Condola "I'm an actress goddamnit!" Rashad...
- VOTN whow about a few other choices-- THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES (Judith Light aka Karen Wolnek in her second Tony win!!) or Nathan Lane in THE NANCE? Just a thought.
your friend from the Llanview, Port Charles threads, including one which unfortunately was recently hijacked.
- "The Assembled Parties" is closing too early. It's a birthday present, and his birthday isn't until the end of July. Although...
"Bountiful" interests me mostly because I love MISS Vanessa Williams.
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- Tracy Letts is a real personality plus.
I guess Deb Messings next booking is as a balloon in the Thanksgiving Day parade.
When will NPH host the Oscars?
I love the Tonys but even this show was about 20 minutes too long for me.
I guess Bette Midler really is a poor sport.
Bring It On The Musical - did they really rhyme "hoes" with "show"?
After the piece in the NYTs last week, I had some sympathy for that Annie girl when in response to the special Tony for the Matildas she was like, "I do eight shows a week. Where's my Tony?" Then I saw her performance. (Not that I liked Matilda much.) I'm just grateful I saw the original production of Annie and would like to salute the great choreography of Peter Gennaro. That Annie number was a fucked up mess.
Is the prince in Cinderella supposed to be gay?
I think I'd much rather be Cyndi Lauper on any day of her life than Madonna on any day of hers.
- I like Vanessa too. Saw her when she replaced Chita Rivera in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. She got very good notices as I recall. Also saw her in INTO THE WOODS. She was great in that as well but, that show has always left me cold.
- R385, and before that she was Karen Wolek!
- The choreography for ANNIE, at least in the "Little Girls" number, looked awful. Like recycled Rob Ashford routines for kids. Glad I saw the original production as well. I'd see the show for two actors I know who are in the cast Brynn O'Malley who plays Grace Farrell and Desi Oakley (Mrs. Pugh) and also the Grace Farrell understudy. O'Malley will be leaving shortly as she is going into HONEYMOON IN VEGAS so maybe Oakley will get the chance to take over for her. But other than those reasons, no interest in seeing it.
- So Sigourney is doing Katharine Parker again in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike?
- None of the girls playing "Matilda" could do this. This girl will win her Tony, she doesn't need a special one. Yeah she stops the show in Carnegie Hall at 12. She IS a star.
- Saw pics of David Burtka, on the red carpet, with NPH. Whoo, has he aged. Seems a couple years ago, I'd see him and think ' Yeah, cute guy - I get it Neil'. Now it looks like being a home-bound daddy, has sucked the life right out of him. Grey hair, chubby, wrinkles. No wonder he wants to get back on stage again - the frau is tired of bottle feeding, and wants some action, like the hubby. And (since he's known for his wandering eye), I predict he'll be 'rehearsing late', the friction will come, and a NPH / Burtka divorce, will soon follow. Le publicite !!!
- Oh Please R401, she has a face made for radio, and she will look even more like an animated frying pan as she gets older.
- Nancy Lee Grahn @NancyLeeGrahn
Watching NPH sing at the #Tonys His pants are so tight Im having trouble concentrating on how talented he is.
- R402, please consider making Countess De Lave a DL troll/personality!
- Countess, sugar - they ain't married.
- r401, she has a fine voice but her face is "odd." Perhaps she will grow into it. Perhaps not. And that song is like some bizarre first cousin to At The Ballet!
- [quote]None of the girls playing "Matilda" could do this. This girl will win her Tony, she doesn't need a special one. Yeah she stops the show in Carnegie Hall at 12. She IS a star.
But is she in a show? Kind of need a Broadway role to win a Tony.
- "For fuck's sake Dorothy Louden is DEAD. Get over it."
She is NOT dead! Just a very long season in summer stock!
- Jane Lynch really was... not very good.
- The chatter today seems much about NPH's magic wand. Is he known to be packing or was it a Gatorade?
- Gatorade, R411?
- It was just normal size. Nothing huge but then again outside of porn I find most are just kind of average.
- [quote]But is she in a show? Kind of need a Broadway role to win a Tony.
Uhh she's Annie in Annie.
- r410 you're being kind.
- I bet she's better in context, and with dialog.
- Answers like r266 used to get rejected as "word is too long;" now they go through and fuck up my formatting.
- Vocally, I think Lynch more than acquits herself, but she's fundamentally all wrong for the part in terms of her style of comedy - Lynch is very good at playing affable sociopaths. Miss Hannigan is a slatternly chump with only the lowest form of cunning.
While none of them are singers, I would much rather watch Lynch's Christopher Guest movie cast mates: Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge or Catherine O'Hara take on the role. And if they wanted a name who could sing the score well, Megan Mullally would have been perfect.
- I blame James Lapine. Katie Finernan who is normally an interesting performer had trouble with the role and now so did Lynch. They aren't getting the help they need.
- I can't believe no one is talking about Laura Osnes diva moment when Patin Miller won. What Laura's reaction. I think she really thought she was going to win. She even looks like she was going to cry, then composed herself
- link r420?
- The guy that was sitting with Scott Ellis (Mystery of Edwin Drood director) was really good looking. Is that his boyfriend? Husband?
Those two looked more age appropriate than Jerry Mitchell holding hands with his grandson.
- Jerry Mitchell has a grandson?
- About the N word controversy....Interesting that when I watch the clip of the opening of the show on TMZ it does indeed sound like NPH drops the N bomb but when I watch it on my tv from my DVR of the show, he clearly says Bigger....not accusing TMZ, just sayin'
- WRONG, R377. James McDaniel created the role in Six Degrees of Separation and played the entire initial run at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. When it transferred months later to the Vivian Beaumont Theater Courtney B. Vance took over the role. McDaniel didn't "quit in rehearsals" to hop to NYPD Blue, he opened in the play where it received its first set of rave reviews and chose not to move with it for the Broadway run at the Beaumont.
Make Wiki your friend, dickwad.
- It was Blythe Danner who quit in rehersals.
- Laura Benanti is hot! I hope she gets a good series soon.
- [quote]Anybody here in the audience or rehearsal? How the hell did Neil get up into the auditorium so fast in the magic trick. I've been to Radio City many many times and it is huge, those aisles steep and he wasn't even out of breath, that impressed me the most.
Actually, NPH was out of breath as he was hanging from the giant Tony at the end of that impressive opening number. That magic trick must have been tough because he had to do a lot of running.
I wasn't there, but the disappearing person in a box is a classic magic act. When NPH entered the box, mirrors gave the illusion that it had four walls and space underneath it.
In reality, NPH quickly went down a trap and sprinted through a tunnel to the back of the house as the assistants swung the box around.
- R420 Osnes is anything but a diva, but she did look disappointed, as did Stephanie Block. I think Laura should have won. She carries Cinderella, and she's wonderful in it. Patina was really good, but Andrea Martin is the Wow, and anyway, Ben Vereen was better - and yes I saw them both. When I left the theatre I didn't think of Patina at ALL.
I thought The Christmas Story number was hilarious. Definitely taking my nephews.
- What about diva behaviour from the Featured Actor in a Musical winner who was offered Alan Cummings hand after his speech and declined to shake it?
- Can we get a report from inside Orion Griffiths leather circus pants please?
- Scott Ellis was obviously wearing a wig/hair piece, right?
- I think Letts' win was mainly an anti-Hanks vote. There was such a backlash from the community when movie stars like Denzel Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johansson won in 2010. They didn't even bother nominating Daniel Radcliffe the following year for HOW TO SUCCEED I think, in part, because they feared he might win.
- There was not a backlash, Jen.
- i love you R429. I thought Osnes' reaction was refreshingly genuine. She looked hurt, not angry.
Osnes sings exponentially better than Miller. There was no contest Sunday night. Osnes dances beautifully. I'm convinced Patina Miller did something to that horse drawn carriage (I assume you saw Laura's stumble when she was lifted into the carriage).
Osnes deserved the win - this is a role of a lifetime for her. She's perfect for that part and she's perfect in the show. I hope they do a movie to preserve her performance.
Patina Miller was elevated by the production and voter love for Fosse (and wanking memories of Rubinstein). I'm OK with Miller's win but I'm also OK with Osnes' reaction. I'm sure she thought she could win and she wanted to win. She was disappointed and hurt - not bitchy and entitled.
I suspect Osnes and Miller will have long respectful careers so it'll all work out. Osnes will probably need to do a darker role next.
- [quote]How the hell did Neil get up into the auditorium so fast in the magic trick.
Notice the magic box was way stage left and the lighting around it was dark and confusing.
So maybe he jumped from magic box strategically placed very close to a set piece that covered the jump in the dark. Was caught by anything that can absorb the impact (including people). Then probably had a little help by hitchin’ a ride on some faster moving device. Anything from a segwey to a running assistant with a wheelchair.
Same concept if it was done through a trap door like r428 said. He didn't sprint, he had wheels.
Yes he was out of breath at the END of the number, but not so much the instant he re-appeared next to the cleared aisle house right (which is where he came from, NOT from the back of the house)
- Osnes sings better than Patina Miller? Please. Not in this world.
Osnes is good - but she's also bland. Cinderella is hardly the "role of a lifetime" for her - Nellie Forbush was a much better role, and for that matter so was Bonnie - she's clearly in an upward climb and will have more coming her way.
As for Stephanie Block looking disappointed - surely the poor dear didn't think she would actually win? Everyone knew (and the NY Times made explicit) that the race was between Osnes and Miller. Oh, blame Patrick Healy for Osnes' heartbreak - he's the one who said "everyone I talked to" said they voted for Osnes. Never believe a queen with a column.
- The REAL magic of NPH is between his thighs.
- So who was Jerry Mitchell's "friend"?
JM lives right here in N Y, so someone must know !!!
- Agreed. He had some nice trouser trout in those grey pants.
- R437 is correct, plus she was aided immeasurably by Santino Fontana's charming performance.
- I didn't object to people from Chicago or Spiderman (for example) introducing the excerpts from the new shows, but it would have been nicer if we had been given the actors' names instead of Velma Kelly.
And why no contributions from the casts of Mormon or Wicked? Wicked, at least, could use a little cheap promotion these days, as it's pretty easy to get into, and the show is spending a fair amount on advertising. Those two shows shouldn't have been quite so grand.
- A Christmas Story and Bring it On both looked terrible!!! Maybe they are good, but those selections sure didn't make me want to see either.
- [quote]A Christmas Story and Bring it On both looked terrible!!! Maybe they are good, but those selections sure didn't make me want to see either.
Well, since both have been closed for six months, I wouldn't worry that you're missing much.
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- Times have sure changed. Closed shows are now featured at the Tonys, confusing the shit out of Flyovers and Coasters alike.
I was in a Broadway Show in the 80's that closed in February and we weren't invited to perform on that May's show.
- I would imagine that the two unhappiest actors in NY today are 1) Caroline O'Connor, whose turn in Christmas Story went utterly uncredited, and 2) Nathan Lane, who was outvoted by a Chicago upstart (where Nathan himself prefers the audiences), after the world was expecting the Tony to go to Tom Hanks. A double whammy for poor Nathan.
- The score for both Kinky Boots and Matilda both suck, awful music
- "Poor" and "Nathan" don't usually appear in the same sentence. He'll get over it.
- Caroline O'Connor works all over the place. I wonder if she'll return for A Christmas Story.
If she was around in the 40s or 50s she's the sort that people would write shows for. Brilliant performer.
- [quote]Times have sure changed. Closed shows are now featured at the Tonys, confusing the shit out of Flyovers and Coasters alike.
Yes, BUT "A Christmas Story" is returning and "Bring It On" is going on tour so they were comercials for the future. "Bring It On" was weak scene because they cheaped out and didn't bring in the whole cast. Neil Haskell was in the original cast and he was in NY but not asked to perform and he's a better dancer than anyone in that clip. Caroline O'Conner was amazing in "A Christmas Story" and was not nominated and that's a shame.
- I'm glad Caroline O'Connor has fans here. And it's good to know, in these Saharan days, she can find work. It's a kind of talent that almost doesn't exist any more. Despite all that, she still deserved to have been identified Sunday night in that fairly impressive excerpt. Credit should rule!
- Did anyone notice the usual preoccupied Jesse Eisenberg actually jumped up and cheered for NPH's sensational opening number Sunday night? That seems kinda gay to me.
- BRING IT ON has a national tour coming up in January although it's one of those dreaded non union things. I hated IN THE HEIGHTS but I sorta got into BRING IT ON and it's slight nod to both ALL ABOUT EVE in the world of high school competitive cheerleading.
- R425 then why did Courtney B Vance get the Tony nomination for the role.
The nomination goes to the actor who ORIGINATED the role on Broadway, which was Vance.
- A Christmas Story and Bring it On closed, yet how were they able to reunite part of the cast to perform on the Tony Awards
- So if Bring It On is going on a non-union tour, it can't feature the Broadway union cast can it? Unless they are ALL listed as Equity Guest Artist, and for that matter, you might as well make it a union tour
- R455. Simple answer. At great expense. Both shows have enough future in flyover states that it was considered a worthwhile financial outlay. It's a business we call show.
- [quote]A double whammy for poor Nathan.
Really? He has TWO already. He will always be known as Tony Award winner and he knows that. Sometimes fans are more invested than actors.
- Re BRING IT ON- I think Taylor Louderman who played Campbell, may be going back to University of Michigan to complete school. I know she's playing Ariel in a summer stock production of FOOTLOOSE this summer. Sweet girl.
- Non equity tours are just all around bad. Cheap and they work those kids to death.The performers all look so young cause they are young. BRING IT ON may be the first non eq tour where age won't matter.
- Courtney Vance's Tony is the only one I really object to this year. Vance is an excellent actor, but his work in "Lucky Guy" is at best a middling performance in a truly mediocre "nothing" role. Richard Kind and Danny Burstein were both far more worthy of the Tony.
- Yet again, the musical nominees/winner = "These all pretty much suck, but we've got to nominate SOMETHING"
- I've watched the opening number on Youtube over and over. It continues to amaze me. Were the main dancers every credited? I recognize Charlie Williams, who are the other guys. Love the black guy and the cute guy that makes the funny expression during the Kathy Gifford lyracist line. Names please! I want to look them up.
- Fuck you, R464. Christ is love!
- My new theme song: "Bigger, We're going Bigger."
- Did Jessie Tyler Ferguson have work done on his face, he looked like a totally different guy.
- Just to add to R450's post re BRING IT ON and A CHRISTMAS STORY in regards to R445's question about why they were featured in the telecast even though they're closed: Both shows were also Best Musical nominees. If they hadn't been been most likely they wouldn't have been featured.
- R468 = Alberta Einstein
- Alberta Einstein - The Musical!
- Maybe, r467. But I chalked it up to him being clean-shaven. I think that was the first time I've seen him with his strawberry blond scruff shaved off.
- I think that was actor Scott Drummond with Ellis. Just saw Drummond in Other Desert Cities at DC's Arena Stage. He was very good and got nice reviews.
- R454, uhhhh, no, Courtney B. Vance didn't originate the role of Paul in Six Degrees of Separation just because he opened it on Broadway. Do you understand what the term "originate" even means? It means to do something first. James McDaniel played the role first (for several months) and therefore originated the role. Period. End of story.
- Is Court B Vance hung>
- But isn't Vance the "original" in the role on Broadway? The ibdb and other Broadway record books will show him as the first in the role, just as most records of shows imported from London or elsewhere list the New York opening night casts, not mentioning players in prior productions.
- Neil Patrick Harris is the most prominent American gay male in the entertainment field, beforethe public right now. He does us all proud!! We should wish him the best and stand beside him. His opening number at the Tonys was brilliant. He gave it all he had. I loved it!! Go, NPH!!! Bravo!!
- And I love him to pieces, R476.
- Hey! I got married to a man and I am seen every day on the most popular network morning show.
- I love him, too, R476!
- Blah blah r473... potato / potahto / originated ON BROADWAY / opened ON BROADWAY - bottom line is the person who qualifies for a Tony nomination is the person who has the role with a Broadway Production Contract on opening night.
I got what r454 meant, as did most people with common sense or half a brain
- It is a sad commentary on gay "culture"'when this thread has 479 posts in three days.
- R481 And that's sad because...?
- [quote] If she was around in the 40s or 50s she's the sort that people would write shows for. Brilliant performer.
Yes. And she might've ended up in Carnival In Flanders.
- Because r481 wanted the thread to have split three times by now - like it does on Oscar night
- Yes, R481, explain what you mean, please..
- Isn't it OK if we discuss a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands of people (at union rates and better) and populated by tons of gays both on stage and behind the scenes?
- r481 hates himself and being gay
- Humming "Bigger. We're going bigger" while I jerk off....
- I remember Laura Osnes when she was in the "Grease: You're the One that I Want!" contest on TV back in 2007. She won the Sandy role.
There were some hot guys in the competition, but the hottest of all didn't get the Danny part, though I don't recall his name. He had a lot of fans in the DL threads about the show.
- Austin Miller r489....people used to say he had an affair with Scott Wiitman too and broke up him and Marc Shaiman(which always seemed very hard to believe...the kid isn't blind!!)
- Yes! Austin Miller. He was gorgeous.
- Thanks r472. Looks like you've got him.
- Aren't we over the days where comments are made about how many black people won awards?-Actors were honored for their work, period - does it matter what color they are? It's not like Patina was Hattie McDaniel being the first. We can see that they are dark skinned.
And for some strange reason, Caroline O'Conner reminded me of Tessie O'Shea- that brassy, Britishy, (I know she is Australian) performer who makes a lot of funny faces.
Halle Berry-who claims she was the first, even though she is a mix.
- Well at least they didn't do another crappy non-union cruise ship remote.
Although the lip-synced POTO piece came close.
- How many years past death would Cicely Tyson finally look like Miss Jane Pittman?
- Broadway mavens: If I go to see Matilda, will I be able to understand any of the lyrics? I understood about 40% of them on the telecast.
- R480, you obviously DON'T understand what R454 meant. He got it wrong when he said McDaniel left the play in previews to do NYPD Blue when he never did. It was Blythe Danner who "quit" during rehearsals. I guess he somehow confused the two.
There are no arguments to be made on who "created"/"originated" the role in Six Degrees of Separation. McDaniel did. It's confirmed in the published script. Jesus. It doesn't take half a brain to admit YOU'RE wrong, does it?
- David Eigenberg of Sex and the City originated the nude hustler!!!!!
- NPH only had 15 seconds to go from the box on stage to near the back of the theater which is impressive. Oprah did an interview with NPH and David last year at their home. NPH has an entire room full of magic stuff. It was very cool.
- Have we ever indentified the Scott that Gabriel Ebert thanked?
- Gabriel Ebert was a one note character in Matilda. I think his win was more a slap in the face to Bertie Carvel. Bertie, look how weak this category is, if you were in supporting, this award would have been yours.
Ebert must have been great in 4000 Miles for people to give him this award.
- Caroline O'Connor has only one e in her name.
- I don't think at this stage Caroline would care if you put ten ees in her name, as long as it got ided.
- It affects her Google Alerts
- R481, isn't it more a commentary about Broadway? I'm gay and I like theatre but I wouldn't call any of the shows paraded across that stage 'culture'.
- To R501's point, do actors have a say in which category they are nominated? If so, I'm sure Carvel is kicking himself for going into lead instead of supporting. Does anyone here know him? The couple of times I've seen him in interviews, he appeared to be sort of the humorless type, though not altogether unpleasant (and, I will admit, kinda cute).
Speaking of MATILDA, they did the same number on David Letterman's show last night that they did on the Tonys and boy those kids really work it, don't they? Though the choreography borders on being a bit N'Sync-like, it's a powerhouse number and should (hopefully) give them a nice little boost at the box office.
- [quote] Though the choreography borders on being a bit N'Sync-like,
Actually it borders on being A LOT like "Spring Awakening", complete with school uniforms, desks and held hand mics.
- R507, Bill T. Jones' choreography for that show has loomed large for the past decade. It worked for SPRING AWAKENING but it seems that it's now the default choreography style for all musicals that don't use tap.
- R500, I believe "Scott" refers to his agent Scott Manners.
And Bertie's a great guy that's been doing this role for a while. Now he can finish his original contract and go home and put this character to bed. He deserves to break from it.
- Wow- fat boy in Matilda looks just like fat boy in Spring Awakening.
- When I saw the number on the TONY broadcast, I immediately said to my partner - "Oh, great. Another Spring Awakening."
- R509 what else can you tell us about Gabriel Ebert (Bertie).
He is sex on a stick, being that tall!
- R460, you are obviously a bitter old chorine who's only contribution to the world is waiting tables. Just because you have no talent and can't get a job on stage which you wasted your life training for, you have no right to falsely criticize, and obviously have no clue, what goes on with a non-union tour. Your attitude is extremely disproportionate to your talent.
- No mention of that hottie Spiderman on the very left end?
- R514, I think they're ALL hot.
- r513 = Adam Pascal?
- Does anyone know how NPH got from that box to the back of the stage so quickly?
- It's NPH, R517. Magic.
- [quote]Does anyone know how NPH got from that box to the back of the stage so quickly?
Rory O'Malley smuggled him out of the theater in his moo moo.
- Apparently through a trap door under the "magic" box and then up to midway in the aisle, where he joined the Newsies twinks headed down to the stage. It's almost like magic. And please don't anyone suggest a revival of The Magic Show for NPH when How I Met is done! Despite its long run, that show's a real dog.
- The ATC fraus are still squabbling over the photo of assorted boys (especially Wes Taylor and Andrew K-Bolger) in their scanties from the Skivvies concert at 54 Below two days ago. They're like the well-known dog with a bone: just won't give it up! If it wasn't so funny it would have to be really pathetic.
- [quote]Does anyone know how NPH got from that box to the back of the stage so quickly?
Trap door or stage left exit > Wheels > Mid-house side entrance
- [quote]Does anyone know how NPH got from that box to the back of the stage so quickly?
I hear he's a little light in the loafers.
Maybe that's how.
- R513 = dreams about getting his Equity card.
In the meantime, is extremely defensive about his non-equity status.
He might as well stand at the freeway exit ramp with a sign "Will work for food"
- The energetic dancing women and chorus boys are employed as a distraction device (the original purpose of the lovely "magician's assistant") so you do not look at the fact that when the box is rolled around in the dark, you can actually see the reflections in the covered/mirrored bottom rolling with it, until the lights come up again and the "mirrors" become transparent (glass or plexiglass)
See clip at 4:30 and don't take your eyes off the base of the box which with the lights on just looks like a few support trusses.
Then I still insist he gets wheeled help getting to the middle of the house.
- oh R524, I'm not even an actor.
- [quote]It is a sad commentary on gay "culture"'when this thread has 479 posts in three days.
Some very funny and insightful people have given up on paid DL subscriptions. So the threads for big gay events have fewer posts in real time.
It's gotten better lately but this place was crawling with the most insipid drivel.
The best comments on this thread were made ex post broadcast.
- Plus we've been on and off with extended periods of Prime time Lockout since Sunday.
- Non-union stagehand or stage staff, r526?
- That one short Newsies chorus boy was on "So You Think You Can Dance" a couple of seasons ago. Does anybody have any personal info on him?
- I still want to know how he got mid-orchestra section. He obviously wasn't wheeled up the aisle to the spotlight because because you can see the reaction of the people seated down front that they didn't know he was back there. I just wondered if he left the house and went up the sidewalk to an exit door. It was all timed perfectly and very very fast.
- Enough R31? Spend your time learning about your 401K allocation, which I am certain you know nothing about, instead of the mechanics of an opening number on the TONY Awards.
- NPH is a member of The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, which is a club for magicians - and you have to audition with magic tricks to join. Jim Caruso's Cast Party used to perform in the basement room about every other month until MC board member NPH put a stop to it - he didn't like the riff-raff down there or something.
- Why do I know that dancer who pulled the rope on the magic trick box and was right next to NPH when they pulled back from his Les Miz close-up? Cool shot by the way.
- Enough R531 NOT R31.
- [quote]That one short Newsies chorus boy was on "So You Think You Can Dance" a couple of seasons ago.
I thought it was cute when the one Newsies guy had to nudge the other one to look into the right camera.
- He could have still been wheeled through passageways other than the aisle. Including sub-passages or the side lobby.
I don't see how just sprinting got him there. I do think there was plenty of music to slide down the trap door, landing seated on a high speed type of concoction that shot him to the middle of the house in 10 seconds flat.
Maybe the makers of amusement park rides have something to do with magic trick transport.
- Cunt much? R532 I'll "worry" about what I want to.
- I think he exited stage left and was transported to the middle of the theater by a Segway. They must have cleared the backstage area so he had a clear path the whole way. You wouldn't want Larry Kramer in the way.
- [quote]Cunt much? [R532]
Sigh. I used to cunt much. Till it gave me cancer.
- What the Tonys made abundantly clear about the "culture" of Broadway, r481 and r505, is that the art of songwriting is dead and buried. Not a single song, let alone score, of distinction or individual voice, just lots of monotonous, standard-issue pop/show-biz folderol. This, from the art form that produced Rodgers, Kern, Gershwin, Sondheim, Styne...but why go on? It's too depressing. The "culture" we get is the culture we deserve.
- I see you are crude as well as stupid R531. Well be on notice, when your inane posts come into my line of vision r531 and they annoy me I will use my keyboard to admonish you accordingly.
- [quote]No one expected her to cover for Ripa. But she could have brushed it aside by focusing on the Israel part.
Yeah, well I sat through that whole damn "A Little Night Music" and there wasn't one God damn clown, so screw Sondheim.
- [quote]Does anyone know how NPH got from that box to the back of the stage so quickly?
He's a fairy, Rose! He flew!
- Finally, Thank You!
- Did Cyndi Lauper write the score for Kinky Boots like Boy George wrote the score for Taboo?
- Cyndi wrote the main songs, I suppose, and then a real composer wrote everything else.
- The 2013 Tonys opening number ought to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for the most outstanding opening number ever in the history of show business. It was sensational!
- How hold is Jerry Mitchell's Boyfriend/Fetus?
- "Cyndi wrote the main songs, I suppose, and then a real composer wrote everything else."
and they all suck, not one good one in the bunch
- Are we sure that's not Mitchell's nephew? I'd have imagined him with a muscle type, not a twink.
- NPH slid into the hollow steps and he jumped out of it after they pulled it out of camera view.
- That's Mitchell's boyfriend. He was in NAKED BOYS SINGING.
- Trying to find out the ensemble dancer names. How do I find it online. Is there a program floating around...any other way?
- I need a good Tony. My Maserati is doing a rough shift between 3rd and 4th and the local dealer can't do a damn thing about it. Any suggestions?
- I've rewatched that opening at least 10x, and agree that it was one of the best openings to an awards show ever. I know that NPH has at least 1 Emmy already (guesting on Glee); I am convinced he earned another one with that opening for best performance in a variety show. Hell, give him an honorary Tony too!
I get verklempt in the patter/rap portion when he speaks about that nerdy kid in the middle of no where who sings along to OBCRs and Tony performances. Everyone in that the entire audience at Radio City WAS that kid. I was that kid. I still am that kid singing along to the Sirius Broadway station every day. To whomever was the lyricist for the opening (Lin Miranda perhaps), thanks for making this 51yo guy get misty.
- [quote]I've rewatched that opening at least 10x, and agree that it was one of the best openings to an awards show ever.
True. It really was pretty amazing, wasn't it?
I know they're entirely different animals but the Oscar folks really need to come east and learn a thing or two from the Tony producers about how to put on a good awards show (which isn't to suggest this year's Tony show was perfect -- it wasn't -- but it was still miles better than most Oscarcasts).
And yes, it's definitely time now for NPH to graduate to the granddaddy of all awards shows and host the Academy Awards. He's earned it.
- you're not alone 556, I had the same reaction.
- What a lovely and warm response to the Tony show and how kind and loving DL people can be! Now where are the Michael Arden pix???
- Me again, the verklempt one.
Glad to see that I am not the only one touched by that part of the opening song, r558. I thought it was perhaps because this particular Tony Award show was very personal to me. My brother, the one who I did all of those silly shows in the basement that our parents were forced to sit through, was nominated this year. And he won a fucking Tony!
- I'm going to agree with La Verklempta--a high point of the broadcast and number, and a recognition of it's audience that, for once, wasn't afraid to be affectionate without slobbering, or hiding behind irony.
- Do they still give out a Tony for "Star of the Decade"?
- That's awesome R556! Congrats to him!
I have no personal connection to the show this year but had the same misty/teary response to the opening
- Well, I did have a personal connection to this year's TONYs. A few of my close friends and colleagues were nominated and WON - and I sat here at home and got stinking DRUNK watching the goddamned proceedings.
But I'm not BITTER!
- Rob Ashford choreographed the Tonys again this year? I'm impressed. Wonder if the whole idea was his for the opening.
- Me too R560.It got to me as well.
- On the broadcast once NPH is in the box, just before they start to move the box centre stage you can see a guy, dressed in black, pushing a lower platform into the wings. I'm sure NPH was inside it.
- whi yo borha
- Oh mighty verklempt one, I have a feeling that r568 is meant for you and they are trying to ask for your brother's name.
- I was in the house at Radio City and the NPH trick played very differently than it did on TV. He came out of the box and ran through the space where the presenters come out, jumped off the stage, ran up the aisle, and then when the cameras went on him, ran back up the aisle towards the stage. There was no hiding that the trick was played for TV and not for the people in the audience of Radio City. We all saw everything.
- Gabriel Ebert's thank you to 'Scott' is his agent Scott Manners.
- So do we know if he's gay or not, R571?
- Is there something wrong with the new theatre gossip thread? I can't seem to get it to open. Is that why it's only at 9 posts?
- R 573-The first thread was deleted. There is a second one and it's THEATRE GOSSIP #114- v2.0
"THE TRIP TO BEAUTIFUL PIPPIN" Edition
Charlie, plowing Rob Assford
- Question about the opening number: It seemed like there were performers from just about every current Broadway musical (including some that have closed), but I did not see anyone from "The Book of Mormon." Did I miss something, or were they not present for some reason?
- I don't think there was anybody in the opening number from either Wicked or Abie's Irish Rose.
- [quote]I did not see anyone from "The Book of Mormon." Did I miss something
Just Scott Rudin's ego.
- Any mention of me?
How dare you!
- Let's consider this thread closed and post at the theater thread. 487 posts and counting
- The place is crawling with Hall Monitors. Yes. No. Maybe?
- Yes? No? Maybe? YUCKA!
- Let's finish this thread! So who will host next year?