Liveblogging The Tonys

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8:00 — Opening with The Lion King.  We’ve seen this before, haven’t we?

8:04 — And it’s still going….

8:07 — Original cast of Rent?  Cool.

8:09 — Best Featured Actress in a Play — I picked Laurie Metcalf (November), but it’s Rondi Reed (August: Osage County).  She was pretty good, but not the best in the cast.

8:15 — Wow, Crybaby looks really good.  Gotta see that.

8:23Best Featured Actor in a Play —  I picked Raul Esparza (The Homecoming), but it’s Jim Norton (The Seafarer).  I read the play a few weeks ago — it’s phenomenal.

8:26 — Excerpt from Passing Strange.  Okay, I still don’t know what it’s about.  But I like the music.

8:37Best Musical Direction — I like John Lithgow.  Bartlett Sher for South Pacific.  Okay, well I’ve got three wrong so far… out of three.  I like South Pacific; I’m just tired of it.

8:40 — It’s Jack Klugman.  He’s not long for this world.  Sadly.

8:41 — Excerpt from Gypsy.  Another show I’m not a big fan of.  But Patti Lapone.  Yeah, she was meant to play this part.  Better than Ethel Merman.  Which isn’t saying much.

8:53 — Wow.  I didn’t get Best Orchestrations, Best Book of A Musical, Best Play Revival, and Best Choreography (all presented earlier) right.

8:56Best ScoreIn The Heights.  The rap acceptance speech.  Nice.  Odd.  But nice.

8:58 — Excerpt from South Pacific.  There is nothing like a dame…. that’s okay. But I hate Some Enchanted Evening…. this whole segment is as corny as Kansas in August.  Where’s Mary Martin when you need her?

9:09 — It’s Kristen giving the award for Best Featured Actress In A Musical.   I guess the chick from In The Heights, but it’s Laura Benati from Gypsy.  Awwwww, she cried.

9:12 — Excerpt from Grease.  Ugh.  From that awful TV show.  They’re doing "Grease (Is The Word)" from the movie.  And it’s awful!!  The second song was better.

9:22 — Why it’s that well-known Broadway actress  — Brooke Shields??

9:23 — Best Actor in a Musical — Boyd Gaines from Gypsy.  Hey, I’ve seen Robin De Jesus before.  He was in Camp.  Anyway, I got yet another one wrong.

9:25 — Marisa Tomei.  I’m in love again.  Excerpt from The Little Mermaid.  Sigh.  Another Disney show.  Thank God it’s not getting much acclaim.  Sierra Boggess is good though.

9:28 — Faith Prince singing from A Catered Affair.  Eh.

9:29 — Excerpt from Young Frankenstein — Mel Brooks can’t write music.  It’s always derivative.

9:43 — Well, that was a nice, albeit short, review of the best play nominees.

9:44Best Director of a PlayAnna D. Shapiro for August: Osage County.  Yay!  And I got one right!  Nice tat!  Awwww, she’s crying.

9:54b — Best Actor in a Play — Mary Louise Parker presents the award to Mark Rylance in Boeing-Boeing.  I had picked Larry Fishbrune for Thurogood.  Wow.  Best.  Acceptance.  Speech.  Ever.  What the hell was that?!?  I loved it!

9:57Best Actress in a Play — Well, this is easy.  Deanna Dunagan for August: Osage County.  Of course.  One of the best performances I’ve ever seen.  Phenomenal.  They’ll be talking about it for years to come.  Amy Morton was also incredible.  Too bad they were in the same play in the same year.

10:00 — Excerpt from In The Heights.  I guess it’s a rap musical.  I like it.  Hmmm.  Wow, I really like it.  Lots of energy and great dancing.  Ok.  It’s not all rap.

10:11Best PlayAugust: Osage County.  Of course it won.  Yes, Tracy: "They decided to produce and American play on Broadway with theatre actors."  Nice.

10:14Lifetime Achievement to Sondheim.  Mandy looks like Santa Claus.

10:17 — Excerpt from Sunday in the Park with George.  Looks like an interesting revival.  I’m still a fan of the original.

10:22 — Well, I’ve got many many picks wrong so far.  The only ones I got right were Best Play (August: Osage County), Best Actress in a Play (Deanna Dunagan), Best Direction of a Play (Anna D. Shapiro), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Todd Rosenthal, August: Osage County) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Michael Yeargan, South Pacific)

10:28Best Revival of a MusicalSouth Pacific.  Okay, I got that right too.  Oh, they showed Mary Rodgers (Richard Rodger’s daughter).  I met her when I did Once Upon A Mattress.  Nice lady.

10:31 — Excerpt from Xanadu.  Nice number, but they could have picked one that conveyed some of the humor of the show.

10:37 — Why so many ads for bipolar disorder pills?  They think theatre people are crazy?

10:42 — Tribute to Rent, which is closing soon.  Original cast.  Hi, Idena.  Well, that was nice.

10:45 — Oh, God.  It’s Liza.  "For sho many of ush, theatre ish our home."

10:47Best Actor in a Musical — Paulo Szat from South Pacific.  I guessed Tom Wopat.  Now, why is Stew nominated?  He didn’t act, did he?  Didn’t he play himself?

10:50Best Actress in a Musical — David Hyde Pierce gives the award to…. Patti Lapone (Gypsy), as I predicted.  I would have loved Kerry Butler to win, but Patti is an all-star.  Why is she YELLING INTO THE MICROPHONE?!?

10:55 — Okay, let’s wrap it up.

10:58Best MusicalIn The Heights.  Well, good.  It looked good.  Heather told me not to discount it.  She was right

Well, I got 7 out of 26 right.  Sucky.

And that’s a wrap….