This year’s Tony Awards broadcast was the BEST I’ve seen in years. And yes that includes the Angela Landsberry and Hugh Jackman years. British comic actor and host of the Late Late Show totally knocked it out of the park as the host of this year’s Tony Awards.
Cordon is a Tony winner for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors. That along with the hilarious Karpool Karaoke prepared him for his hosting duties, which started with a Hamilton-inspired opening number in which Cordon parodied some of Broadway’s most popular shows.
I have always loved the performances during the Tony’s, especially the musicals. However, the scenes from the plays never worked for me. I guess I’m not the only one who felt that way, so the plays were replaced with a much more fun idea. This year, the cast members of the nominated musicals performed a song from one of their favorite Broadway shows out on the street in front of the theater. What a treat for the fans who couldn’t attend the awards.
The stand-out performances of the evening include the performance by the cast of Hamilton. But British actress Cynthia Erivo from The Color Purple was incredible… goosebumps!
A Night for Hamilton
Of course, the night belonged to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton. His hit show has turned Broadway upside down and proved that Lin-Manuel is nobody’s one hit wonder. Hamilton is on the lips of everyone who knows and loves musical theater!
Based on the book Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, Hamilton is the hottest ticket on Broadway. With hip-hop rhythms and quick and clever lyrics, the show’s diverse cast depicts the early days of America, and the roles Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Lafayette and Aaron Burr played in the birth of a ‘young, scrappy and hungry’ country.
Love is Love is Love Is Love
After winning the Tony for Best Musical a few years ago with In the Heights, gave an incredible freestyle rap acceptance speech. This year he wrote it down and his speech went viral. Especially his comments about the recent Orlando nightclub shooting. The hashtag #Loveisloveislove soon started trending on Twitter. Proving once again that Lin-Manuel is Greatness!
Even though this was Hamilton’s year, with a record-breaking 16 nominations and 10 wins, there were actually other shows appearing on Broadway. Believe it or not!
- BEST MUSICAL: Hamilton
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
- BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: The Color Purple
- BEST PLAY: The Humans
- BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY: Frank Langella, The Father
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY: Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
- BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY: Reed Birney, The Humans
- BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Thomas Kail, Hamilton
- BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
- BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Hamilton, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
- BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY: Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
- BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
- BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
It was a star-studded evening. Beside Tony nominees like Oscar winner, Lupita Ngoygo (nominated for her role in Eclipse), Cate Blanchett, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Oprah Winfrey, and Barbra Streisand!
Broadway Shows I Want to See
Of course, Hamilton is at the top of the list. And good news: Lin-Manual is filming a live version for PBS with the original cast before he leaves in July to start shooting Beauty and the Beast with Emily Blunt.
I’ve been listening to Hamilton Radio on Pandora which features music from some of this year’s Tony nominees. I love the music from Bright Star and Waitress. With would also like to see:
- Eclipse (but only if Lupita is still in it)
- Waitress, based on the movie starring Keri Russell
- Bright Star
- Get On Your Feet, the story of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
- She Loves Me
- The Color Purple
It will be a long time before I take a trip to New York City to see a Broadway show, possibly as long it will take until tickets Hamilton actually become available. Until them, we can read the book and enjoy the music.