Of all the award shows, the Tony Awards are at the top of the heap for showcasing not only the magic of live theatre, but the absolute love of it. The support and enthusiasm of the theatre community is palpable. Three hours of sheer bliss; no, I am not kidding.
It's hard to believe, on a Sunday night, when I normally like to read, I was riveted to the Tony Awards. Man, the show was one show-stopping performance after another. I didn't know the Broadway hit, "Annie" was revived until last night (and up for a Tony for a revival), but all the kids were astounding in the classic, "Hard Knock Life" and Jane Lynch of "Glee" fame, who is playing Miss Hannigan, owned the stage. There was also a performance by the stars of "Motown, the Musical" that included and featured the Jackson 5 performance, and the kid that played Michael Jackson was spot on. There were too many other performances to single out.
The stunner of the night, however, was the closing song with Neil Patrick Harris (perfect host for the Tony Awards, it should be a given he's there every year) rapping to "Empire State of Mind" with Audra MacDonald singing (ala Alicia Keys). NPH was simply brilliant. See quoted text:
"Not content to have his incredible opening number be the only you remembered about the Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris — with the assistance of Audra McDonald — closed down the show by setting the night’s events to “Empire State of Mind” and confirming what a magnificent son of a b*tch he is, working in almost all the names of the night’s winners into his rhymes. Not exactly something that is easily rehearsed beforehand."
Last, but by no means least, Cyndi Lauper accepted an award for her original score of the musical, "Kinky Boots" ; I was truly moved by her humility and appreciation upon winning the award. Hard to believe her accent is for real, but it is ... and she gushed her thanks in her own unique style. Later, she sang, "True Colors" to accompany the memorial tribute for all of the talented people in the arts who passed away last year. Nice.