Awards They Should Have Given to the Tony Awards

An awesome evening punctuated by clever original songs sung by Neil Patrick Harris, mostly solid live performances from the shows, and some surprising wins for the young actors that usually have to defer to their more experienced (read: older) counterparts. Personally, I was thrilled that Christian Borle, Steve Kazee, and James Corden received nods for their impeccable work this season.

After the ceremony though, I couldn’t help but to feel like some additional accolades were necessary to crown the most heartwarming, awkward, and ridiculous moments in the telecast. And the award goes to…

Speech most likely to make you cry:  Steve Kazee

Best reaction to not winning in his category: James Earl Jones

Watching James Earl Jones’ face slowly turn from a calm smile into the masterpiece above was definitely award-worthy. This face was the result of Mr. Jones realizing that the “James” named Best Leading Male in a Play was James Corden ( One Man, Two Guvnors), not him.

Best random cameo: Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Neil Patrick Harris’  understudy

The Tony Awards opening number was a tongue-and-cheek and star-packed tribute that pondered the question “what if life was more like theatre?” As soon as NPH sang a lyric about calling your understudy on those days you’re feeling under the weather, JTFerg joined him in a matching outfit ready to take over as Tony host. Perfect, hilarious casting.

The “Why, God, Why” Award: A cruiseship company’s 10 minute long endorsement of their new theatre-on-the-sea ships

Harvey Fierstein tried his hardest, but you could see in his eyes that this was a tough sell. This trainwreck of a moment brought the show to a standstill and featured a cruise ship theatre with a bevy of empty seats. Great example of captivating those seafaring audiences, guys.

Most surprisingly un-diva-esque behavior from a Broadway Diva: Patti LuPone

Never thought we’d see the day that Patti would be okay at laughing at herself a little and playing along with others. In addition to strutting around with a lawnmower in the opening number, she gracefully duetted with Mandy Patinkin (without orchestral accompaniment!), singing a few lines before announcing an award. Bravo Patti.

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2 thoughts on “Awards They Should Have Given to the Tony Awards

  1. So true. SO true.

    When they introduced the cruise ship, I felt my jaw hit the ground. The company aboard the ship looked pretty good though.

    And when they did the random cameo in the opening number, I just about died. (1) because of who it was and (2) NPH’s response “GO AWAY! YOU THREATEN ME!” though scripted, was extremely appropriate.

    Thanks for sharing!

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