June 9, 2014 at 7:50 am #433172
Didn’t think the telecast had the zip and sense of fun that it has in the past few years. What was with that hopping in the opening? I didn’t get that at all.
Collection of random thoughts:
The show seemed poorly directed. Splitting “One Day More” between the stage and the runway didn’t work, and the camera work during the Gentleman’s Guide performance didn’t showcase the great blocking as well as it should have. The Violet number lost Sutton Foster somewhere in the background, which was not what should have happened. Idina absolutey killed and sounded phenomenal, but the director did her no favors by keeping tight close-up for so much of the performance–I mean, the woman’s belting her face off and you’re showing us her tonsils. The Bullets and Rocky numbers were useless. Wasn’t as impressed by Aladdin or Hedwig as I thought I would be. The Beautiful number was meh. Sting… snooze, but that projection looked cool, so I hope that’s the design direction they’re going in. “For Good” was OK but “Defying Gravity” would have been more of a wow. Guess The Hollywood Reporter columnist was wrong about Kristin and Idina introducing it, or maybe something fell through at the last minute. As usual, the winners’ speeches were elegant. Mark Rylance even managed to make sense this time. And Audra winning her 6th was just magic. It’s criminal that they don’t do the Book and Score awards on the telecast every year. But at least the voters had the good sense to give the big prize to GG instead of a jukebox show with a sloppy book.June 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm #433174
Saw some of the clips this morning and only three things stood out. Hugh Jackman’s appeal continues to be lost on me, NPH’s Hedwig is a reject from “Drag Race”, and James Monroe Igelhart’s speech was awesome.June 10, 2014 at 12:34 am #433176
I’m in so much SHOCK over Kenny Leon’s undeserved Tony win – Tim Carroll and John Tiffany both deserved to win. Raisin better not win the Best Revival award! This is the biggest upset EVER imo – I had Leon in fourth place and don’t believe he should have even been nominated, since it was basically the same direction with different actors he had done ten years ago. It’s insane (of course, that idiot Clint Eastwood may have simply said the wrong name for all we know…)…. Otherwise, all first and second choices – grateful for the coherent and heartfelt speech by MarK Ryalnce (I so wanted Brian J. Smith to win though)…
So far, 4 first place picks, 2 second place, and one LAST place!
Clint Eastwood may be old and had a little senility issue a while ago at the RNC, but he’s no idiot…June 10, 2014 at 10:29 am #433177
Spielberg wants to make “All the Way” into a miniseries. That didn’t take long, did it? Though the idea of Cranston making his way to the EGOT with this as a film would have been exciting.June 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm #433178
Sight unseen, I was happy for Gentleman’s Guide winning. All three major prizes to A Raisin in the Sun caught me completely off guard. Jessie Mueller dueting with Carole King also made for a memorable moment — you could tell how much that performance meant to the younger singer to be portraying and performing with a legend.
I figured before the ceremony that whoever got to introduce Idina Menzel would have a giant gift of a joke just waiting for them. And Jonathan Groff just aced that moment effortlessly.
Speaking of Idina, her If/Then number, “Always Starting Over,” is one of the most stupendous eleven o’clock solos in any musical this millennium, and even in this truncated version, Menzel was, as ever, sensational.
Audra McDonald. I loved this Tweet from her husband, Les Mis star Will Swenson: I’m so excited to go to the Tony Awards with my beautiful wife — between the two of us, we have won 5 Tony awards!!
The After Midnight performance was well-done. And I did quite like “One Day More.”
I guess that’s all I have for now.June 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm #433179
I was very pleased with the ceremony and many of the winners, especially James Monroe Iglehart who gave imo the best supporting performance from an actor I’ve ever seen on Broadway.
Though I loved all of the nominees for Best Actress in a Musical (seriously a very strong lineup this year) I was hoping for an Idina Menzel upset. While the show had many problems, the two things it was primarily singled out for (Menzel and the score) were superb. Menzel gave her all to the role and then some. Not only did she deliver the best performance of the nominees, it also would have been a great way to recognize the only wholly original musical of the season.June 13, 2014 at 7:14 am #433180
Andrew Rannells takes over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig & the Angry Itch” starting August 20th for an eight-week engagement.June 14, 2014 at 8:23 am #433182
Hedgwid and Gentleman’s Guide were the best performances, Audra the best winner.
Les Mis and Cabaret = boring and same old performance of ever.June 15, 2014 at 7:11 am #433183
After watching the GoldDerby interview with Laura Benanti and hearing her reference her loss to Nikki James at the Tony Awards a few years ago, I went to look it up and also ended up finding this terrific video of James signing about the winners for the Featured Actress in a Musical. I wasn’t sure where to post it, but hope you all enjoy it here!
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