7:55 PM: Just biding our time, watching Andy Rooney talk about how he's not really rich. Oh, for heaven's sake, he's finally done. Tony time!
Why are they opening with Lion King? Guess Whoopi's decided she's gotta do some Swahili singing?!?
Nope. She didn't get the memo, and came out doing her best Sebastian.
Original company of Rent! Woohoo! And ten years of Lion King, which explains it.
Featured Actress in a Play
Mom's & My pick: Martha Plimpton (because I played Angie back in the day)
Winner: Rondi Reed (not surprised, really)Plimpton can't be pissed, since she's a Steppenwolf member, too!
John Waters, Yeah!
Cry Baby Performance
Best use of license plates: Cry Baby!
Featured Actor in a Play
Mom's pick: Conleth Hill
My pick: Jim Norton
Winner: Jim Norton (Woohoo!)
Passing Strange Performance
Best use of call and response (also props to the tech who finally put Stew's mic back on the stand)
And the count at the commercial break is . . . Kelly: 1, Mom: 0
Best Direction of a Musical
Mom's pick: Sam Buntrock
My Pick: Thomas Kail
Winner: Bartlett Sherr (there's that nostalgia!)
Speech: Way to sneak the politics in there, Mr. Sherr!
Best use of consonants: Patti LuPone! (and her vowels ain't bad either)
Not bad singin' Whoopi! Much better than that Brightman hack!
Chicago Shakes (woohoo!)
Mom's pick: Jason Carr
My pick (& the winners!): Alex Lacamore & Bill Sherman, In the Heights
Mom's pick: Christopher Gatelli
My pick: Rob Ashford
Winner: Andy Blankenbuehler, In the Heights
Book of a Musical
Mom's & My pick: In the Heights
Winner: Passing Strange
Revival of a Play
Mom's & my pick (& the winner!): Boeing-Boeing
Mom's pick:Cry Baby
My pick (& the winner!): In the Heights
Speech: Best Evah!
South Pacific Performance
Thought fer sure she was gonna wash that man right outta her hair!
And the count at the break is . . . Kelly: 4, Mom: 1 (Guess it pays to read the New York Times online)
Featured Actress in a Musical
Mom's pick: Loreta Ables Sayre
My pick: Olga Merediz
Winner: Laura Benanti, Gypsy
Speech: Awwww! Tall brunette gets a Tony!
This should be familiar, since we watched the reality show religiously.
Yeah, they really haven't grown since the reality show. I can see why the reviews were so bad. Bor-ing!
Well, they only gave away one between breaks, and neither Mom nor I got it right, so the score's the same.
Featured Actor in a Musical
Mom's pick: Danny Burstein
My pick: Robin de Jesus
Winner: Boyd Gaines, Gypsy (4th Tony!)
Speech: Way to thank the stage managers!
Little Mermaid Performance
A Catered Affair Performance
Faith Prince is a delight, as usual.
Young Frankenstein Performance
Megan Mullally takes up the mantle with moxie. Although she reminds me a bit of Molly Shannon (which is not necessarily a bad thing).
So, again, only one award given, and we both missed it. We have obviously underestimated the appeal of Gypsy. We should have known better.
Best New Play Highlights
I love Rufus Sewell! Wish I'd talked Mom into The Seafarer when we were in the city, but Curtains was good.
Best Direction of a Play
Mom's & my pick & the winner!!!: Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County (not bad for a Broadway debut!
Speech: She's so young! Great speech!
Well, Mom and I each got that right, so . . . Kelly: 5, Mom: 2
Leading Actor in a Play
Mom's & My pick: Patrick Stewart
Winner: Mark Rylance (I almost picked him!)
Leading Actress in a Play
Mom's & my pick: S. Epatha Merkerson
Winner: Deanna Dunagan (Broadway debut!)
So many good roles for women this season!
Speech: They shoulda let her go on a little longer!
In The Heights Performance
Best use of a Cole Porter reference! How would they ever take it on tour? Lin-Manuel Miranda's shoes would be very hard to fill! That shit was off the hook!
So, Mom and I were both 0 for 2 on those.
Mom's pick: The Seafarer
My pick & the winner!!!: August: Osage County
Speech:The entire Steppenwolf Theatre Company is on stage
Scenic Design of a Play
Mom's pick & winner!!: Todd Rosenthal
My pick: Peter McKintosh
Scenic Design of a Musical
Mom's pick: Sunday in the Park with George
My pick: Robin Wagner, Young Frankenstein
Winner: Michael Yeargan, South Pacific
Costume Design of a Play
Mom's & my pick: Gregory Gale, Cyrano (only one we saw!)
Winner: Katrina Lindsay, Les Liasons Dangereuses
Costume Design of a Musical
Mom's & my pick & winner!!!: Catherine Zuber, South Pacific
Lighting Design of a Play
Mom's pick: Ann G. Wrightson
My pick: Howard Harrison
Winner: Kevin Adams, The 39 Steps
Lighting Design of a Musical
Mom's & my pick: Natasha Katz
Winner: Donald Holder, South Pacific
Sound Design of a Play
Mom's pick: Simon Baker
My pick: Adam Cork
Winner: Mic Pool, The 39 Steps
Sound Design of a Musical
Mom's pick: Sebastian Frost
My pick & the winner!!: Scott Lehrer, South Pacific
Ok, time to catch up on the count . . . Kelly: 8, Mom: 4
Sunday in the Park with George Performance
Nice speech from Sondheim, via Mandy Patinkin. It's hard not to compare them to Peters and Patinkin (and find them lacking).
Revival of a Musical
Mom's & my pick & the winner!!!!: South Pacific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speech: Way to thank the House Managers and the Staff!
Have to say, I loved that movie back in the day. After all, it had Gene Kelly!
Best musical on roller skates since Starlight Express! As Mom said, "He's got an awesome voice." To which I replied, "Not a bad body either!" Call me Cheyenne!
Count stands at Kelly: 9, Mom: 5
And we are so sick of the pharma ads!
I love that the audience of stars seems as psyched as I am! Singing along. Beautiful tribute.
Leading Actor in a Musical
Mom's pick & the winner!!!!: Paulo Szot ( Mom is so excited!)
My pick: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Speech: yeah, Liza's unbelievable, alright! Happy Birthday Mom, indeed! Nice sneak of politics in there.
Leading Actress in a Musical
Mom's pick: Kelli O'Hara
My pick & winner!!: Patti LuPone (only her 2nd Tony?!?)
Speech: She's not bitter . . . much! She thanked her Thelma Ritter. Love any All About Eve reference. How dare they try to drown out Patti LuPone. Never!
Count stands at Kelly: 10, Mom: 6
Mom's & my pick & the winner!!!!!: In The Heights
I still think Miranda should have won the Actor Tony, too.
Speech: Shortest speech of the night?!?
Love the Theatre indeed. Good night. I'll try to clean this up at some point.
Oh, and the final score . . . Kelly: 11, Mom: 7