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Monday, June 11, 2018

Tony! Tony Tony!

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Thoughts from my recliner on last night's festivities... a night full of pleasant surprises...

BEST MUSICAL NUMBER: "For the First Time in Forever/Let It Go" from Frozen. So why was it on at 9:30? And "Mama Will Provide" from Once On This Island...plus 2 goats, a chicken and a sand pit. Maybe we can stop bitching about how cheap the producer is....

BEST HOST BIT: Theater kids pics...a very cool age-of-social-media thing! But the truth is, I loved everything Josh and Sara did.


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BEST SPEECH:
Lindsay Mendez for Carousel. Her heartfelt exuberance is what this should always be about. Glenda Jackson a true class act.

BEST PRESENTERS: Tina Fey, introducing Mean Girls, John Leguizamo, and Robert DeNiro (#@$$%#)

BEST UPSET: Laurie Metcalf winning Featured Actress in a play for Three Tall Women

BEST HOST NUMBER: "This One's For The Losers" Smart, sense of humor, self-deprecating...it fits their wheel house perfectly.

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PERPETUATING OF STEREOTYPES: The Broadway is all jazz hands, tapping and kick lines of "I Am Not A Loser" from SpongeBob SquarePants

BEST INSIDER MOMENT: The "8 Times a Week" parody set to Sia's "Chandelier"

PLAY OFFS: 2

THANKING THE OTHER NOMINEES: 3
THANKING THEIR CAST: 11
THANKING THEIR THEATRE: 3 (all 3 thanking the people at the Neil Simon)
POLITICAL STATEMENTS: 8

AWARD I WISH WAS TELECAST: The Excellence inTheatre Education Award: We always say we value education, but do very little to support that value. Just like actors, playwrights, etc. often talk about dreaming of Broadway because they saw the Tonys as kids, couldn't televising this award inspire future teachers? I'm sorry. A seat shot is simply not enough. On the other hand, watching the fruits of the teacher's labors is a wonderful tribute to her.

Rachel Bloom... just...no...

OVERALL GRADE: A

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