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13 June 2010 @ 11:31 pm
My 2010 Tony thoughts...  
First of all,... Mark & I are in the city, but had planned to see "Burnt Part Boys" during the Tonys, but we ended up just heading to Times Square to check out the Tony excitement there. We got to take pictures on the fake red carpet and got to see the jumbo tron... But when it started to rain, we decided to pick up some food and head back to the apt to watch the Tonys from the room.

Here are my quick impressions of the awards (a little disjointed as they were being written as they happened...):

OPENING NUMBER - Levi Kreis & Sean Hayes on the piano together... TOO cute! Chad's Huey announcing the nominated musicals was hysterical! ("La Cage aux Folles... Which is hard to say with a Tennessee accent!" HA!) La Cage having the Cagelles open the show with "We Are What We Are" was perfect! :) LOVE them!! :) But how did the wonderful casts get only a couple minutes to showcase their amazing shows and Green Day got TWO songs? Not sure...

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - HOLY sound problems! Yikes! :( Poor Eddie's mic went out halfway through his portion of the song. Levi is amazing, though and sounded great! Like that they did two short numbers AND allowed Hunter to appear as Sam Phillips in between the two songs.

LA CAGE - LOVED Douglas Hodge going into the audience and zoning in on Matt Morrison! :) Liked that they performed "Best of Times" - and that the Cagelles came in through the audience to perform. Just a WONDERFUL, wonderful show... LOVE them!

Sad, so sad about Jon Michael Hill... :(

KATIE FINNERAN - SO lovely, I loved her heartfelt speech.

MEMPHIS - My first thought was why is everyone wearing their street costumes and not their finale costumes since I knew they were singing "Steal Your Rock & Roll", but then they added "Radio" choreography to "Steal Your Rock & Roll" - VERY neat! Kind of a big kick in the teeth to those who felt they shouldn't have gotten nominated for choreography. Hope people everywhere watched it and went, "WTH? Why didn't they?"

How sweet was it to see Kelsey Grammer & David Hyde Pierce together again? I LOVED that David commended Kelsey's performance in La Cage. It was a serious AWWWWW moment! :)

LEVI KREIS!!! - SOOOO happy for his win! Loved his humble speech... He's simply AMAZING! One of the most talented musicians I have EVER seen on stage! And how sweet is he? He said he didn't remember his speech at all, all he remembers is walking toward Sean Hayes... SO sweet.

Sad... SO sad... that Montego didn't win. :( :( You don't even know... :(

DOUGLAS HODGE - If Chad couldn't win, I LOVED that Douglas Hodge won it. He is one of the most gracious, kind, and funny people I have seen and his performance as Albin is phenomenal!! His speech was wonderful! I LOVED his, "If you want to see a Democrat kissing a Republican, come to the Longacre Theatre." Best one liner of the evening!! Could not love this man more!!

MEMPHIS - Hock-a-freaking-doo!! SOOOO happy for them! Seeing them jumping around after just having talked to them last night and seeing how much this means to all of them made me teary!!

One last thing... I love Tony night, but what I hate is the bashing that is now going on various FB pages, etc. about the actors / shows who won instead of their favorites. I'm sad that Chad & Montego didn't win too, but to post mean things about the people who did win is just... not cool. Sorry... I can't go to the MEMPHIS page anymore because of it...
Sarah: [Bway] // Sheriemisswritten on June 14th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Memphis was robbed of a choreography nom! I knew they wouldn't win and it was definitely between Come Fly Away and Fela, but the dancing was definitely one of the highlights of the show for me. Especially Radio. Favorite part.

Re: bashing of people who won over favorites -- ew. I mean, I would have loved to see Bobby win, but I'm not about to go prance around knocking on Levi. He wasn't my favorite, but he was still really good and no less deserving of the recognition than anyone else. Same for Montego and Chad (although I wanted anyone but CZJ to win that). But it's just a trophy. No effect on my life whatsoever lol

Especially bashing on a public forum (I'm a fan of Memphis on Facebook, but I don't really go on the page or anything, so I haven't seen any of what you're talking about). I mean, if you really feel the need to express your issues with the winners, just do it on your own page or journal or whatever.

It's funny though, because I'm sure the actors are all happy for each other and probably don't care about winning nearly as much as the fans. Which is cool, I think, because it shows they care more about what they're doing and the messasge their show is sending rather than the award stuff.

Sheri: Memphisshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about the MEMPHIS choreography! I didn't expect them to win, but it would've been nice for them to have been nominated! Loved that they incorporated RADIO into their Tony number!

And totally agreed about the bashing! I know Chad has made several comments jokingly about taking the Tony out of Doug Hodge's hands if he won, but I think some people might be taking these things a bit more seriously than the actors. I think everyone is deserving and definitely should have their moment without being bashed in public for winning.

I guess everyone has their opinions and people should express them, but to do it in a "Congratulations" to the other actor thread? Not nice. :(

BTW, I LOVED the red carpet interviews! Not sure if I missed anything because we don't have NY1 at this apt and I was watching it on my computer, but so nice to see all the nominees SO happy and excited before the show... probably my favorite part of the evening!

I am SO happy for MEMPHIS! SO happy! All in all it was a very nice Tony evening!
Sarah: [Glee] // Rachelmisswritten on June 15th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Exactly. It was definitely worthy of recognition (not that the others weren't, but it would have been nice to see it included)

Haha, right. I'm sure the actors would love to win, but just getting recognized as a nominee is probably awesome for them.

Yes, I love watching the red carpet!! I watched from my laptop also. Last year, I wasn't able to because it kept freezing and jumping around. Luckily, it was working pretty smoothly this time around.

It was! So happy to see them earn so many well deserved awards
ielkie: pic#94200414ielkie on June 14th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Huge YAY for Memphis! Loved reading your report, by the way. And I agree on many things (Levi Kreis, Katie Finneran... Montego!).

So you're in NYC? Me too! :) Saw Memphis on Tony day and the cast was on fire. I'm also seeing their first post-Tony show. Maybe you are too? I'm sure they'll tear down the house ;)
Sheri: Chad - Sh*tty Boothshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, definitely a HUGE yay for MEMPHIS!! :) I was in the city this weekend and saw the show on Saturday night (they were INCREDIBLE that night, BTW!) They were all talking about how exhausted they were, but the energy level of the performances were SO high! Tuesday night should be AMAZING!

We're actually on our way home today. It was nice to be in the city during the Tonys - the performances at all the nominated shows were extra spectacular!!