The Tony Awards are usually not all the time pretty much as good as the Broadway season they’re celebrating — generally they’re a lot better!
Take Sunday evening’s ceremony honoring the best of New York theater: It far exceeded final 12 months’s sleepy present. Although the outcomes appeared inevitable and many of this season’s productions have been duds, at this Tonys there have been main upsets, scorching races and some razzmatazz, too.
Listed below are the best and worst moments of the evening.
It was a wonderful three-hour upset
Name it The Band’s Beatdown. That little musical with a rating by David Yazbek and a guide by Itamar Moses was anticipated to win large, however no person thought it might give its opponents the merciless thrashing it did.
“The Band’s Go to” took residence 10 trophies — only one lower than “Hamilton” did in 2016. It was a shocking rebuke of the different three brand-name nominees — “Imply Ladies,” “Frozen” and “SpongeBob Squarepants” — that gained only a single award between them: best scenic design, for “SpongeBob.” Tina Fey and Elsa got here up empty-handed.
In the meantime, Lincoln Middle’s revival of “My Honest Girl” was praised to the hilt by critics, and was favored to win best revival of a musical Sunday. However it must accept best costumes, its solely award, as a result of it misplaced best revival to “As soon as On This Island,” a gem that opened in the fall.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster” gained six Tonys, together with best play, however misplaced in the performing classes.
The hosts have been simply OK
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban didn’t have a really robust act to comply with. Final 12 months’s ceremony was hosted by Kevin Spacey, for Pete’s sake. However, whereas charming, the new pair was looooow vitality. As if waving a white flag inside the first minute, the singers started with a downbeat track paying tribute to all the losers of Tonys historical past — equivalent to “Waitress,” “Seussical The Musical” and “Into the Woods.”
“That is for the individuals who lose,” they sang. “As a result of each of us have been in your footwear.” And issues didn’t enhance from there.
My word for Groban and Bareilles? Follow music notes.
The numbers have been a combined bag
The Tonys Awards is the uncommon probability for Broadway to showcase its merchandise to hundreds of thousands of ticket-buyers. For producers, most of the prizes don’t actually matter — it’s the efficiency airtime that fills their coffers.
So, which manufacturing numbers could have field workplace telephones ringing off the hook tomorrow morning? “Imply Ladies”‘ track explaining the social dynamics of a highschool cafeteria was complicated out of context and not catchy, and “Frozen”‘s mash-up of “For the First Time In Perpetually” and “Let It Go” felt sterile and manufactured.
However “Carousel”‘s elegant presentation of Tony-winner Justin Peck’s choreography introduced some much-needed nostalgia and ability to the evening. “As soon as On This Island” was a blast, and Tony winner Katrina Lenk’s sultry track from “The Band’s Go to” was a spotlight, too.
The Parkland college students
However the best efficiency at the Tonys didn’t come from any nominated musical. In actual fact, it didn’t come from a at present working Broadway present in any respect.
The most transferring second of the night got here when the drama college students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Fla., sang “Seasons of Love” from “Hire.”
The beloved musical’s lyric “let’s have fun, bear in mind a 12 months in the life of associates” was uniquely poignant, and the children bought a deserved standing ovation from the teary crowd.
The Boss is conscious that the majority of his followers won’t ever see his Broadway present (an orchestra ticket can go for $850). So the 68-year previous Broadway child gave viewers a style of his one-man bio-musical, with a two-minute monologue about rising up in New Jersey, earlier than breaking right into a candy rendition of “My Hometown.”
Robert De Niro’s F-bomb
If any awards present goes to be political, it’s the Tonys. The Broadway business is made up of attention-craving liberals who know how one can discuss. And the viewers, for the most half, understands that.
However in recent times the Tony Awards has additionally celebrated its younger viewers — budding theater-makers and artists, whose solely style of their dream involves TV only one evening a 12 months.
So, did Robert De Niro really want to say “F – – ok Trump” twice throughout the broadcast? Certain, it was bleeped. However it was crass, and not in the spirit of the occasion. De Niro ought to’ve loved the present from Nobu.