“On the Town” really did soar in its’ selected highlights with Tony Nominee for Best Actor in a Musical Tony Yazbeck, who started singing it in the audience!”I’m So Lucky to Be Me”, and he pulled Chita Rivera out of her seat in the front row and twirled her around, still singing and dancing, and some dark-haired gal in a gown who just shouted “Thank you” a little too loudly.
Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming switched gender drag, he in a hoop skirt a la Mrs. Anna in “The King and I” and she in a very unflattering attempt at aping the King of “King and I.” Ick. Again. And this was directly after a less than inspiring number from that show. “Getting to Know You.” Average.
“Gigi,” which only got one nomination for Victoria Clark, who was running around and flailing her arms wildly and hitting high C’s, in “The Night They Invented Champagne” and generally misrepresenting this Gallic confection, as something crash and Disney-esque, which some said it was. And Vanessa Hudgens being hyper to the max.
Oh, and Christian Borle won ANOTHER Tony, which is something I didn’t think he could do, for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his slimy Shakespeare-as-a-plagiarist in “Something Rotten.”
Another award I didn’t want to see handed out Best Featured Actress in a Play to the awfully over-praised Annaleigh Ashford for “You Can’t Take It With You.”
“Fun Home” is wracking up an impressive string of wins. Sam Gold,Best Director of a Play, Best Book Lisa Kron and Best Music & Lyrics Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron(again!) It’s the first time an all-female composing team won the Tony.
Best Director of a Play went to “Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time.” Also, Best Lighting of a play.