I’ll post this and then we’ll call the Tony’s quits for the next 11 months. I thought in general the show was fun, I do like that they are putting more numbers into the show; but I thought the Broadway Moments bits were cheesey, even though I did enjoy “It’s Raining Men”.
The opening number was quite funny and I’m not sure anyone but NPH could have pulled it off. The audience participation wasn’t that necessary but I appreciate poor Brook Shields having to power through the “ad-lib” routine. The smaller venue worked really well withthe musical numbers are typically dwarfed on the Radio City stage. I thought the electronic back drop was also a nice solution to the rebuilding of the sets as well. I did appreciate the double tear-away quick changes.
The Hugh Jackman/Neil Patrick Harris Host-off was pretty funny. I think I might have to take a stroll down memory lane and do a HJ post. There are many rumors afloat about both a return to Broadway and a movie musical. Keeping my fingers crossed.
FINALLY! A post-able clip from Book of Mormon. I’m not at all disappointed that Mr. Butz won, but it was the first real upset of the night. I had my money on Andrew, he does do a good job.
Okay, this was an abbreviated version of the first act finale but it gives you a pretty good taste. You can see why Kathleen Marshall won for Best Choreography!
I’ll have to look up Mark Rylance’s acceptance speech from a few years ago and see what he did. I can’t find a embeddable clip of the his speech but there’s a link to it at the Tony web site. He recited a poem “Walking Through a Wall” by Louis Jenkins and his presentation was wonderful. It took a couple seconds to realize he wasn’t giving an acceptance speech. Thanks to the asstute reader who sent in the link to the poem.
And the NPH closing wrap. It was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and I assume a lot of it was sketched out prior to the show and was tzujed up at the last minute. Still nice job reciting it.