Live-Blogging the Tonys, Part II.

10:35, my time: I’m here with Phil, caught up to where I was when I left y’all.  Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt are presenting Guys and Dolls.  I like the color of Lauren Graham’s dress.  “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” is marred by some audio glitches.  Think there are enough audio glitches?  Wow, someone came out with a microphone.  Nice.  This is a great song, the music in “Guys and Dolls” is fabulous–it is not, however, a show I have seen in its entirety sadly.  Not sure how I feel about the sort of rockstar gospel path it takes toward the end, although the self-spanking was amusing.

10:41: Early awards, congratulations to all the people who, evidently, weren’t important enough to be featured in the actual broadcast of the award.  Wow, a tie for best orchestrations?  Crazy.  Of course Billy Elliot won for best choreography.

10:42: Didn’t hear who these women are, but the bow on the dress of the one on the right needs to go away.

10:44: John Stamos is so tan.  He presents best supporting actor in a musical.  I’m guessing Gregory Jbara, who i love and who saw in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Billy Elliot, though this is a really loaded category.  Oh, the man with the British flag on his sleeve is Will Swenson, from Hair.  Gregory Jbara wins!  Well-deserved!  He brings his wife up with him!  He seems so happy!  When we saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Gregory Jbara spent half an hour at the stage door talkign football with my father.  Such a nice, lovely, talented man.  His role in Billy Elliot is really heartbreaking.

10:47: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.  I bet Karen Olivo is going to win, though I love the ballet teacher in Billy Elliot.  Karen Olivo wins.  Good for her.  Karen Olivo is gorgeous, and seems really overwhelmed, but in the best way possible.  I also like her dress, it is very simple and appropriate–GREAT HAIR.  Yay Karen Olivo.

10:50: Carrie Fisher introduces Next to Normal–an odd, if hilarious, choice of presenter for this show about a bipolar woman. Carrie Fisher doesn’t look great, but I love her nonetheless.  Wow, she’s a total wreck.  From the cast of Next to Normal, the cast of Next to Normal.

10:51: Hi Alice Ripley!  PLEASE FIX THE ACOUSTICS.  I’m really excited to see this show on Wednesday! I’m curious to see this show’s treatment of bipolar disorder.  I’ve had a lot of friends who have dealt with this illness; the most sensitive fictional portrayal of the disorder I have seen thus far was Billy on Six Feet Under.  I cannot begin to imagine how they will treat it in a musical.  God, Alice Ripley is fierce.

10:58: Neil Patrick Harris eats sushi.  I love him.

10:59: Jessica Lange looks really beautiful.  She also looks a bit like lauren Hutton.  Phil says she looks a little facelifted.  I like the color of her dress, the nice magenta, but I dislike what it does to her breasts.  She also puts on reading glasses.  Awesome.  She presents Best Leading Actor in a Play.  WHICH IS DELAYED AS THE DVR GLITCHES.  Okay, crisis averted, though we did see what won Best New Musical.  Maybe Raul Esparza will FINALLY WIN HIS TONY?!?!? MAYBE?!  Please?  No, nevermind, Geoffrey Rush will probably win.  Aaaaaaaand Geoffrey rush wins.  Raul Esparza is never going to win a Tony, ever–he is the Kate Winslet of the Tony Awards.  She finally won her Oscar, though.  Geoffrey Rush has the light from the Rock of Ages performance.  He also says: “French Existentialist Tragicomedy Rocks.”  I love him.  He was great in Exit the King, he deserved this, I just adore Raul Esparza and want him to win his Tony Award!!!

11:03: Hallie Foote, daughter or Horton Foote, and costar present the late Horton Foote’s play Dividing the Estate.  Nice bow tie, costar.

11:04: Bebe Neuwirth comes to present the memorial segment.  Natasha Richardson is featured.  It is incredibly sad.  Evidently one of the major members of the Shubert organization passed away.  The death montage, as I call it, is accompanied by a chorus singing “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line.  Some major people died this year: Horton Foote, Harold Pinter, Estelle Getty…the camera work here is awful, just zoom in on the screen.  Bea Arthur, George Furth, Eartha Kitt, Paul Newman…this was a rough year.

11:08: More Tony Awards that were not deemed important enough for the main broadcast.  Mazel tov, people.  I love the lighting designer winner’s (Billy Elliot) jacket, amazing.  It is red, and velvet.

11:10: Frank Langella is awesome.  He is also tan.  The end.  Except not, because he is presenting Best Lead Actress in a Play.  Marcia Gay Harden wins for God of Carnage.  Must see.  Wow, evidently she was in the original cast of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.  How did I not know that?

11:15: Piper Perabo and Steve Pasqua present Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty.  I forgot about Piper Perabo, nice to know she is still alive. Phil says Steve Pasqua looks like Tobey Maguire, and not in a good way.

11:16: Elton John introduces Billy Elliot as a show about a struggle for rights.  Evidently Elton John must struggle with reading the teleprompter.  YAY ANGRY DANCE.  I wonder how they’re going to get all three boys in on this?  The starting kid is the one that I saw–Trent Kowalik.  Evidently each “Angry Dance” is choreographed to the strength of the Billy.  Trent is a tapper.  I guess Trent is the only Billy they are featuring?  Well, it makes me feel as though I saw the best of the Billys.  Nicely done, Trent.

11:22: Gina Gershon and her giant hair introduces the Legally Blonde touring production.  I cannot lie, I really like some of the music from this show.  Incredibly catchy.  Never saw the show itself, but I watched the stupid reality show on MTV like it was my job.  Yay, glad that was short.

11:24: Harvey Feinstein and his voice of gravel arrives.  His lapels are shiney.  He presents Best Revival of a Face–I mean, Play.  The Norman Conquests wins!  I definitely need to see the other two plays in the trilogy now.  I cannot imagine how the cast learns three shows and performs them in rotation.  Phil calls the main producer J.K. Rowling.

11:27: Harvey Feinstein presents Best New Play.  I haven’t seen any of these, therefore I fail.  God of Carnage wins.  Yazmina Reza collects another Tony.

11:30: Welcome back Angela Lansbury, we still love you.  Jerry Herman is getting a life achievement award?  Good for him.  Phil is enthused, because he loves Jerry Herman.  “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” is listed as from Hello, Dolly and Wall-E.  Phil says that when Jerry Herman saw Wall-E he was in tears over how well his music was used.  Well Jerry, I was too.  The use of Broadway in that music was brilliant.  GREAT OLD FOOTAGE of George Hearn in “I am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles.  Aw, I’m really happy for Jerry Herman.  Aw, he was born overlooking the Winter Garden Marquee.  DON’T PLAY JERRY HERMAN OFF.  Goodness.

11:36: HI ANNE HATHAWAY.  Your dress is so poofy.  I want to see her in Twelfth Night this summer.  She introduces Hair.  Gavin Creel is all about hair.  There is a lot of hair on this set.  I think they must grow their own hair.  Man.  This is a show that i will spend more money on in order to be in the orchestra.  I really want to be harassed by the cast members.  I also want to get onstage and dance during the curtain call to “Let the Sunshine In.”  Man, the cast is really all over the Tony audience.  The audience seems to be liking it, however.

11:41: Dispersal of the hippies, enter Kristin Chenowith.  And her shiny blonde hair. And her boobs.  She is so perky.  She presents Best Revival of a Musical.   Hair wins, which is ridiculous but pretty great.  The producer is very hairy indeed.  The cast is thrilled, and probably high.  Maybe?  Hair, another show very high on my must see now list.  The cast member behind Oskar Eustis looks as though he’s gonna cry.  I want to hug him.

11:45: David Hyde Pierce comes out to present Best Leading Actress in a Musical.  He is adorable, and funny, and always happy to be onstage.  Wow, he’s clicking through this.  Aw, Hunter Foster is sitting next to Sutton Foster, sibling pride!  Alice Ripley, who is fierce, wins, of course.  I like her dress, the color is fabulous.  Alice Ripley is giving a FIERCE SPEECH by JFK.  Wow, the [TOS] people weren’t kidding.  Cannot wait to see her on Wednesday.

11:48: Audra MacDonald, looking really gorgeous as usual, presents Best Leading Actor in a Musical.  I am sure the little Billys will win and it will be adorable.  Oh wow, Gavin Creel must wear a wig.  Constantine Maroulis does not.  The three little Billys win!  Amazing!  The first time a Tony has been shared by three people.  David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish.  Aw, they all look so nervous, and young, and cute.  None of them wants to go first, and they are fiddling with their Tonys.  Oh my God they are so cute.  My sister got a picture with Trent Kowalik when we saw Billy Elliot.  SO CUTE.  Yay them!

My sister Jessica with her friend Gray, one of the chorus members of the newly-minted Best Musical, Billy Elliot.
My sister Jessica with her friend Gray, one of the chorus members of the newly-minted Best Musical, Billy Elliot.
Jessica with Trent Kowalik, the Billy we saw and the newest winner, along with the two other Billys, of Best Lead Actor in a Musical.
Jessica with Trent Kowalik, the Billy we saw and the newest winner, along with the two other Billys, of Best Lead Actor in a Musical.

11:52: Chandra Wilson presents a bunch of Jersey Boys.  I wish the cute Billys hadn’t been played off for Jersey Boys.

11:54: Getting tired, glad it is the end.  Hello again Liza, love you.  She presents Best new Musical.  Billy Elliot wins, of course, quite a night for those Brits.  Liza shouts, “Billy Elliot!  THE MUSICAL!!” DVR cut off right after that for me–evidently NPH sang a song?  I’ll find it on youtube.  Still, a great season for Broadway overall!  Really excited that I am in New York and have the opportunity to see so many of these shows!

One thought on “Live-Blogging the Tonys, Part II.

  1. Yes, NPH did sing and it was a fun way to end the show. Party went well, Gators lost so your mother is now out of her baseball-induced misery (although she does seem to have taken an unhealthy liking to the Rays) and we are now finishing up the last of the clean-up so we can go to bed.

    Nice TONY award show even if the awards were predictable and not terribly ambitious…I guess “cute” is in this year…

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