The Bay Area & London Sweep The Tony Awards

First off, congratulations to all of the winners! The Tony Awards this year were quite entertaining besides the technical audio snafus and weird camera shots. I loved Sean Hayes as the host. He was funny and made fun of all the right things – especially the disgustingly straight kiss between him and Chenoweth. Very Funny. (Oh, and the Spiderman reference was quite funny too…)

Favorite announcers: Kristin Chenoweth and Bebe Neuwirth/Nathan Lane. I loved that they made fun of the fact they weren’t even nominated for a Tony. I was dying laughing. Kristin’s faint was classic.

Favorite acceptance speech: Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was so genuinely humble about the fact that she had just won! It was cute and not at all what I had expected to come from her. Her performance of “Send in the Clowns” was a bit, um… schizophrenic. She has it all wrong though – Michael Douglas is the one that’s sleeping with a hot movie star/Tony-winning actress now!

Favorite performance: My favorite performance of the night goes to Green Day and the cast of American Idiot. I got chills listening/watching their performance. Those cast members had more energy than everyone else combined. Memphis did a good job and the cast is obviously extremely talented. It’s just not my favorite song and I’m not a huge fan of the choreography from that specific number. Million Dollar Quartet’s number was fun, but what you learned was why Levi Kreis won the Best Actor – he works his butt off and is incredibly talented as a singer and pianist!

Least Favorite Announcer: Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong. I think someone needed to give him a little coaching so he didn’t end up sounding like a complete ass. I think he genuinely loves Broadway and his new “community” but he acted so above it all last night.

Least Favorite Acceptance Speech: The really weird segue-way between the Best Musical acceptance speech and Sean Hayes and then to Memphis performing again became the most anti-climatic moment of the evening.

Least Favorite Performance: Fela‘s number didn’t translate very well on TV – I think you really need to be at the show to understand what’s going on. I absolutely loved the production when I saw it (see review here) but for some reason, it did not work last night on the Tony Awards.

OVERALL FAVORITE: My favorite moment of the show last night had nothing to do with who was actually nominated or won the Tony Award, but with Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele performing. Those two had so much charisma and talent in their short number – more than most of the other performances! I thought Lea Michele’s vocals were the best of the entire evening rivaling all of the performances up on that stage (except for Montego Glover and Christiane Noll who nailed it as well). I think, overall, it just goes to show that this year’s Broadway Season wasn’t all that great.

OVERALL DISAPPOINTMENT: I’m still annoyed that Michael Mayer wasn’t nominated for Best Director. But my biggest disappointment of the night was that American Idiot didn’t win Best Musical. I had a feeling they weren’t going to, but that doesn’t make me any less disappointed. I’m still extremely happy that the Bay Area was being represented by the fact that Memphis won, but I fell in love with American Idiot when it had it’s short out-of-town tryout at Berkeley Rep and I wanted it to win! At least it still won two design awards! But congratulations to Theatreworks and the cast of Memphis!

Represent the Bay Area!


Red – 6
Memphis – 4
Fences – 3
Fela – 3
La Cage aux Folles – 3
American Idiot – 2
A View from the Bridge – 1
Promises, Promises – 1
Million Dollar Quartet – 1
The Royal Family – 1
A Little Night Music – 1

Best Musical

American Idiot
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
*Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
*Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Revival of a Musical

Finian’s Rainbow
*La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music

Best Play

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Author: Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall
Author: Geoffrey Nauffts
Author: John Logan

Time Stands Still
Author: Donald Margulies

Best Revival of a Play

Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View From the Bridge

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
*Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
*Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

*Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow
*Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
*Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
*Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Direction of a Play

*Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
*Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
*Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
*Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Sound Design of a Play

Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
*Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Marina Draghici, Fela!
*Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

*Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Hamlet
*Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences
*Christopher Oram, Red

Best Costume Design of a Musical
*Marina Draghici, Fela!
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play

Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
*Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Book of a Musical

Everyday Rapture
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

The Addams Family

Best Orchestrations

Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
*Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis


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