a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

They’re starting off the show BIG. With the “There’s Nothing Like A Musical” number from “Something Rotten” which played better on a TV screen than it seemed to onstage. It suddenly looks smarter.

And VERY smart of this Tony Awards iteration was starting off with Best Actress in a Play and of course, Dame Helen Mirren won and gave a lovely and elegant speech, where she over-used those words, just as I’m doing here. In a beautiful white, glittery gown, she IS the Queen of Broadway. At least now.At least tonight. Bradley Cooper presented the award.

Alan Cumming in purple shorts and Kristen Chenoweth in the top half of a tux weren’t as embarassing as I expected. But the ick factor is in effect, for sure.

Then Richard McCabe, a BIG surprise, won Best Featured Actor in a Play, for “The Audience” in which he plays “a British Prime Minister no one has ever heard of here.”Mirren Audience

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