Who Won Big At The 68th Annual Tony Awards?

Photo courtesy of CBS
Photo courtesy of CBS

Theatre fans are you excited?! It’s time for possibly the best award show of the year.

I freaking love the Tony Awards. Maybe it’s the giant theatre nerd inside of my soul, but it’s my favorite time of year. Some people get excited about the Oscars or an MTV award show or the Grammy’s (I assume this here) but the Tony’s are my bread and butter.

I’m just always infinitely more entertained. There are musical numbers and snippets of plays and the host is always entertaining. Plus, unlike the Oscars, I am not begging for this to end goddammit please just get to Best Picture. Ellen did do an excellent job this year and the selfie (along with Adele Nazeem) was worth it.

Anyway, we’ve got a good crop of plays and musicals up this year. It could really be anyone’s game from what I’ve heard especially for Best Musical. (Except for Best Featured Actor in a Musical if James Monroe Iglehart does not win that I am will be devastated.)

Either way, we should be in for a fun night! So let’s get this started!

Host Introduction: Hugh Jackman has started this by hop walking for some reason. Are you challenging the Easter Bunny from the movie you did buddy? I mean I dig this. Oh I like this it’s going through all the shows this season. Without singing about it! Just a lot of hopping. This is kind of cool. Also those costumes are gorgeous.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS!!!! That awkward elevator scene was perfect. There’s where we learn the clear homage. I still have no clue what this is a homage too. Okay I can identify most of these shows. Some I have no clue.

Oh! Singing! That was great!

“Sunny Side Of My Street/Don’t Mean A Thing” sung by After Midnight cast: Fantasia? From the one season of American Idol I actually watched? IS THAT GLADYS KNIGHT! You bow before her dammit. And Patti LaBelle. OhmyGod I am swooning.  This is so much fun! The dancing is great! Oh “Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing”! That’s such a great song. I love the dance number instrumental. It’s amazing. HOLY CRAP! This dancing is freaking amazing! This is some of the best dancing in a long, long time. AND HUGH JACKMAN BUSTS A MOVE!

One year, one year Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris needs to co-host with each other

It will be glorious.

Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance for Twelfth Night

Well the odds were it was going to someone from Twelfth Night. It was a great speech though.

“One Day More” sung by the cast of Les Miserables: Why can’t they tell us what they are singing? Oh well at this point it should be obvious shouldn’t it? Wow! This guy is really hot. Eponine’s actress has a set of lungs on him.THAT GUY IS POWERFUL! FOLLOW THAT MAN! Oh Javert don’t take lessons from the Russell Crowe school of song. I love this song in general. Some of these people do not do well. The best one is Val Jean and Enjorlas. Enjorlas based on the sheer badassness of his voice.

Yay! More Hugh Jackman singing! We need to get him to do another musical. God I love this man. Aww giving props to the steady cam operator.

Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical: Lena Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Awww honey. She is totally freaking out and crying. Someone hug her! Neil looks so thrilled! Best birthday present ever! Aww shout-out to her sister who did her hair! I love it! I love her. Did she just name drop the My Little Pony subtitle? Because I would love her if she did.

“Friend Like Me” sung by cast of Aladdin: Thanks Lucy Liu for telling us! This is wonderful. I AM SERIOUS REGARDING THIS MAN! If he does not win, then I will be pissed. The costumes here are really pretty too. James Monroe Iglehart is my favorite. This is just so delightful and nostalgic. I freaking love this performance. It a crime to put this so early in the show. I want moooooreeee.

Best Sound Design for a Musical: Brian Ronan for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Sound Design for a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Oh hey! It’s Jon Groff! That’s awesome. You just had to sneak in the Wicked pun didn’t you?

“Always Starting Over” sung by Idina Menzel from If/Then: Shush. It’s the Queen. You shut your faces. We worship at her altar. This is so much better then her Oscar performance. Although these close-ups are kind of hilarious. Okay quiet now. God she sounds gorgeous here. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous…just love her.

Clint Eastwood is presenting. Alright. OHMYGOD CLINT BRUSH YOUR HAIR! Also is he okay? Seriously brush his hair!

Best Direction of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Awww. This speech is so cute. OHMYGOD this guy’s mom sounds awesome. I have no clue what he just said but I’m assuming it’s sweet.

Best Direction of a Play: Kenny Leon for A Raisin in the Sun

I love these speeches. They are so sweet. Hell yeah! I want theatre in my hypothetical future children’s lives! Oh he’s directing the Tupac musical? That’s kind of awesome.


“Eye of the Tiger/Can’t Defeat An Undefeated Man” sung by the company of Rocky: LET’S GO RUN AROUND PHILLY GUYS! WE’RE GOING TO KICK SOME ASS! Hello Apollo. The stage combat is here is amazing. I have no clue what just happened. But it was awesome.

More singing! YES ALL THE SINGING!

Best Performance By an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart from Aladdin

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED! THANK YOU! I love you. I love you so much. PRAISE! He makes me giggle so much.

“Wilkomenn” sung by the company of Cabaret: Oh I love this song. Alan Cumming shirtless? Yes please. I love this. Oh this clever with their orchestra! This is seriously the best opening song ever. I love it so much.

Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca for Rocky

Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt for Act One

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo for A Raisin in the Sun

She has a lovely accent. Shush let the American talk about it. She looks so surprised. Aww she’s having a silent freak-out. I love how composed she is.

I love his hat! OHMYGOD THAT IS BRILLIANT! That was really and surprisingly awesome.

“I’ve Decided To Marry You” sung by the Cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: This is really cool. I love how it’s choreographed. This is amazing. This is really great. It’s funny and quick and witty. I’m totally admiring this. This is just really, really brilliant. That was awesome. The choreography and physicality were really cool.

I love you, Hugh. God he is having so fun.

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:  Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Wooooooow! SIX TONY AWARDS?! You are allowed to cry because you are amazing. This is so sweet. I’m getting insanely teary eyed. That was a great speech.

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston for All of Me

You go Bryan Cranston! You go! Sneaking into the second act of Hair? That’s hilarious. He was not expecting this was he? Well at least the play off music wasn’t that loud. You could barely hear it.

RUPAUL! LOVE YOU BOO! I love that the whole audience cheers.

“Sugar Daddy” sung by the company of Hedwig and the Angry Inch: THIS IS AWESOME! Neil Patrick Harris’ is a total rock star here. This is just rock and roll. I fucking love Hedwig. He is an insanely natural showman. He just licked Samuel L. Jackson’s glasses didn’t he? Sting’s face! That’s just really funny. LAY ONE ON YOUR MAN NPH! I’m not sure who he just kissed. But God I love this song! Please let him win. That was insanely entertaining.

Oh this is cool! Letting the playwrights tell the story.

Best Play: All the Way

Oh that is one ugly red tie, Jeffrey Richards. This is a nice speech. I like the clip of Bryan Cranston.

“On My Way/Raise Me Up” sung by the cast of Violet: Can we just call this the song of the big notes? There are so many big notes. It was really, really amazing. Just so many big, big notes. It seems like an interesting show though. I like the whole faith healing part.

Best Book: Robert L Freedman for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Score: Jason Robert Brown for The Bridges of Madison Country

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle for After Midnight

“The Last Ship” from The Last Ship sung by Sting: This isn’t my kind of thing usually. But I can admit that this is good. It sounds appropriately dark for the tone of this musical.

Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto are adorable together. It’s nice for them to represent their alma mater. That’s nice for theatre teachers could get recognized.

Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Jane Greenwood

Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts: Rosie O’Donnell

Regional Theatre Award: Signature Theatre of New York, New York

Best Revival of a Play: A Raisin in the Sun

Hey that’s awesome! Everyone is moving very slowly to get up there. Short, sweet, and to the point for the speech.

“For Good” sung by Wicked 10th Anniversary Cast: Oh this takes me back. I’ve seen Wicked the most out of all the things on Broadway. This just makes me happy and brings back such good memories. Also the current leads are really good together.

Hugh Jackman continues to be amazing with his theatre mastery. He sings a bit of the Music Man for us. L.L. Cool J and T.I. are going to rap The Music Man with Hugh Jackman.

I don’t even know what to say to this. This is…I don’t know. Kind of amazing. People are actually grooving to this. This is fantastic.

Awww! One of his sons fell asleep! That’s adorable!

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Awww! Kiss for the husband! This is great! I love seeing their passion for their roles. I love the director’s nail polish. NPH’s nail is also fabulous. Aww he’s so excited for Lena! “I share this with you but not really.” The stuff for his family is super, super adorable! I love that he got teachers!

Hey Carole King! That’s really cool.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?/I Feel The Earth Move” sung by the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Oh this is one of my favorite songs. Both versions: raw and polished are gorgeous to hear. I like the change from the simple piano to the lush orchestrations. It was a very cool. Oh hey! Another favorite song! OHMYGOD CAROLE KING AND HER ACTRESS DUETING! That’s amazing! I am digging the hell out of this. This is so cool.

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani for Twelfth Night

Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hell yeah! Hedwig is the best! I thought that was a good speech about the love of characters and how stories stay with you.

“‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” sung by the Company of Bullets Over Broadway: The lead vocalist here, Nick Cordero, is very good. Also I love the tap-dancing mobsters. That’s a lot of fun. Again wonderful choreography here. There’s been a lot of great choreography this season. This song is really awesome.

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz for The Glass Menagerie

And he’s singing to the Musical nominees! Best night ever getting sing to by Hugh Jackman. I love these women so much. This is fantastic.

Best Performance By A Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Awww! Her first Tony win! Awww to her parents! She is totally freaking out and it’s the most adorable thing ever. This is so sweet.

Oh hey Tina Fey!

Finding Neverland musical?Alrighty.

“Neverland” sung by Jennifer Hudson: I have no context for this song. But I like Jennifer Hudson singing it because it’s Jennifer Hudson. Bow to Jennifer Hudson and her voice. It was pretty.

Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

That was insanely entertaining to watch. So I am absolutely thrilled. I love this guy. “Thanks but I don’t have a lot time to speak here!” This is a really good speech. The guy with the orange tie is very energetic here.

I’m happy with everything. I feel like everyone who won was a good choice for a winner.


OhmyGod they are singing “On Broadway” because Hugh Jackman is a singing fool and I love it.

Can he host more stuff?

Anyway my concluding thoughts are the following: It was a great ceremony. Hugh Jackman is a dynamic, fun host that kept me interested. I want him and NPH to cohost the Oscars one year. Dear God I would love that. The musical numbers were a lot of fun. The speeches were relatively short. The extra bits were entertaining and not overly drawn out. As always, the Academy Awards can take a page out of the Tony’s books. Because when the Tony’s go over time, I don’t mind because it’s so fun.

Bec Heim