Top 5 Tony Moments

  1. Host Doogie Patrick Harris emerges on stage eating a plate of sushi, mentioning how the raw fish gives him so much energy he’s decided to eat it every night during the run of his next Broadway engagement.  In the audience, Speed the Plow actor Raúl Esparza exchanges knowing looks with the rest of the thespian community, while in L.A. Jeremy Piven undoubtedly does something douchey.
  2. For some reason, Bret frickin’ Michaels shows up during the fantastically great opening medley of Broadway musical numbers — and LIP-SYNCHS.  As punishment, Dionysus, the god of theater, caused the quasi-talented venereal disease to smash into a stage set — and then, adding insult to injury, Stockard Channing, Dolly Parton, Allison Janney and just about every other single person in Radio City Music Hall proceed to wipe the floor with the pansy-ass by actually, y’know, singing the rest of the number.
  3. Liza Minelli, still batshit crazy.
  4. The three adorable youngsters who play Billy Eliot in the musical version of Stephen Daldry’s eponymous 2000 film about a coal miner’s ballet dancing son jointly win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and stand on stage giggling in their little tiny tuxedos, then eventually get around to thanking their sisters, parents, teachers and Elton John while 80 percent of America’s theater geeks (myself included) let out a collective, “Awwwwww!!!!!”
  5. Even the squeaky clean, bewigged, Up With People hippies of the current revival of Hair turn out to be incapable of ruining “Let the Sunshine In,” and actually manage to improve the musical’s title song by using it as an excuse to leap into the audience and shake their booties in close proximity to James Gandolfini’s giant head.  Meanwhile, the erstwhile Tony Soprano proves himself 100 percent cooler than the Piv by not only laughing along with the potentially annoying antics, but also wisecracking with Edie Falco throughout the ceremony, joking about his physical resemblance to Shrek and, of course, actually showing up for performances of his Tony-award winning play, God of Carnage.  — Andrew Osborne

63rd Tony Award Winners:

 Competitive awards:

Best Play

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

  • Lee Hall for Billy Elliot, The Musical  

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

  • Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics) for Next to Normal

Best Revival of a Play

Best Revival of a Musical

Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Ian MacNeil for Billy Elliot, The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Gregory Clarke for Equus

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Best Direction of a Play

Best Direction of a Musical

Best Choreography

Best Orchestrations

TIE:

  • Martin Koch for Billy Elliot, The Musical
  • Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt for Next to Normal

 

 Non-competitive awards

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1 Response to “Top 5 Tony Moments”


  1. 1 bittenbyazebra June 17, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Here’s a link to a video with Bret Michaels on the morning of the Tony Awards telecast:

    There’s also red carpet footage from the Tonys on the account — or you can view it here: http://www.newyorkhotflashes.com


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