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75th Tony Awards: A recap of Broadway’s big night


OWhat do you get when you put on Sutton Foster, Patti Lupone and enough Stephen Sondheim references for a boozy drinking game at Radio City Music Hall during Pride Month? It’s the 75th Annual Tony Awards, of course. After a tough few years of COVID-related closures, Broadway had a lot to celebrate and it did it in style with a star-studded party hosted by West Side Story star Ariana DeBose.

Not only Hugh Jackman (The music man), Sam Rockwell (American buffalo), Ruth Negga (macbeth), Uzo Aduba (Clyde’s) and Billy Crystal (Mr Saturday night) all for acting awards, but the world was on “EGOT” watch. Jennifer Hudson was nominated for her work as a producer on the hit Broadway show A strange loop– potentially unlocking the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony combination that would put her among a very elite crew.

Here’s what happened at the 75th Annual Tony Awards:

Best nod to history: The opening number incorporated shows from Tony Awards history, weaving key snippets of songs from the musical past into what felt like some kind of theatrical fever dream, with host Ariana DeBose leading the way.

worst decision: For some (not good enough) reason, Tony’s producers decided to give Angela Lansbury their lifetime achievement award in the pre-show, that is, the part that isn’t broadcast on television. To be clear, the 96-year-old icon wasn’t on hand to receive the award personally, but her accomplishments still deserved greater attention.

Best Backhand Compliment: DeBose applauded Broadway’s growing inclusiveness with a one-line zinger in his intro: “The Great White Way is becoming more of a nickname than a how-to guide.”

Patti Lupone’s best moment: Patti Lupone won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role in Company– then referenced the time she yelled at an audience member for not wearing a mask. Speaking of what…

Patti LuPone accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for ‘Company’ onstage during the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 12, 2022 in New York City.

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Worst Audience Member Award: Imagine being so rude to Patti Lupone that you become a meme. That’s what happened when an audience member refused to wear a mask properly during a post-performance question and answer session at Company and Patti Lupone can’t stand fools. When he dared to respond, saying he was paying her salary, she shot back, “Chris Harper is paying my salary!” Now that moment has become a meme printed on t-shirts and mentioned at least three times at the Tony Awards, even by Chris Harper himself.

Best Family Business: Prince and Paris Jackson presented the nominated play GM.

most deserved cry: Marcia Gay Harden took a moment to congratulate the 150 COVID safety officers who were in the audience as guests of the Tonys. The show must go on, but only with them monitoring security.

Best Intercultural Moment: During a performance of Mr Saturday night Billy Crystal shoved a microphone in Samuel L Jackson’s face and made him scatter in Yiddish.

Talent alert: It appears that American buffalo candidate (and Matrix caption) Laurence Fishburne can do the perfect Daffy Duck impression.

Better enunciation: Phylicia Rashad won her second Tony Award for her work in Skeleton Crew and used his stage time to hold a master class in very slow and careful enunciation that made his stage time even longer.

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Moment of self-mockery: Anthony Edwards presented a musical number of the candidate North country girl, which stars his wife, Mare Winningham. During his intro, he casually mentioned that with COVID still raging across the country, when the production ran out of those all-important swings and one-liners, he was asked to step up. As if Goose wouldn’t make a great addition to any cast!

Most Sondheim Tribute to Sondheim: Broadway legend Bernadette Peters came to sing a Stephen Sondheim song (specifically “Children Will Listen” from In the woods) as a way to honor Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim. What’s more Sondheim than that?

Most Memorable Speech:Michael R. Jackson of A strange loop (a play about a black gay writer writing a play about a black gay writer) took the stage to accept his best book award and told to all the applause to “shut up, shut up, shut up” and then shut up. launched into a speech about building “a life raft for myself as a black gay man”, wanting to see more of his own stage experience, before ending with the exhortation “Never settle. Do your best.”

Best choice of costumes: The original cast of spring awakening reunited for a dark performance dressed in muted shades of black and gray. Then Skylar Astin appeared on stage in a sequined tuxedo.

75th Tony Awards: A recap of Broadway’s big night

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, co-producer of the winning musical ‘A Strange Loop,’ poses in the press room during the 75th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2022 in New York City.

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Best Free Casting Advice: Next time someone in Hollywood needs to cast a buddy comedy, they should turn to the former Angels in America co-stars Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield. Even Garfield could barely keep a straight face as Lane did his spiel about Jello photos with Chita Rivera, his love for men in velvet, and his musical comedy about an exotic dancer with an eye twitch, a live-action movie called, yes , Boom, Boom… Tick! Put these two in a buddy comedy, stat!

Most Inspirational Speech: “Please let me be a little sign from the universe to make some weird art,” said Deirdre O’Connell, first-time Tony nominee and now winner for her performance in Dana H.

Most moving moment: First, Joaquina Kalukango got everyone in touch with her feelings as tears streamed down her face as she performed “Let It Burn” by Heaven Square. Then Billy Porter came out and sang a tribute to those lost over the year. It was all the emotion and drama we’ve come to expect from Broadway in a five-minute segment.

Sportiest behavior: When Myles Frost won the top prize for Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Michael Jackson in GMthe first person on his feet was A strange loop star Jaquel Spivey, whom Frost had just beaten out for the award. I love the support!

most real moment“I really have to pee right now, so I’m going to hurry,” Frost said as he accepted his award.

Best EGOT: Jennifer Hudson did it! When A strange loop won the top prize for Best Musical, that means Hudson is now an EGOT winner.

Worst mic cut: When A strange loop Writer Michael R. Jackson came on the mic for his acceptance speech, even with ten seconds left on the prompt, they cut him off and he just managed to get out, “ok bye!” Let the man do the talking, he deserved it!

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