Josh Groban brought down the house with a rousing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during the “In Memoriam” tribute. Always moving, but never more so than tonight. And the entire chorus of all the Broadway shows seen tonight came out to back him magnificently.
So moved by Andre Bishop’s acceptance speech for “The King and I” as best revival of a musical.
Equally moved, if not more by Alex Sharp’s speech when he won as expected for “Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time.”
And then SHOCKED when Michael Cerveris(!?!) won Unexpectedly for “Fun Home” for playing the gay dad. And I’m happy to say he’s been on my show many, many times. And congratulations to another Out Gay Man. Wow! That was a shock but a good, great shock!
Another shocker!!! Kelli O’Hara FINALLY won Best Actress in a Musical for “The King and I”, and was she SHOCKED!! She had no speech prepared and did “The Worm” to get herself off stage.
Then, THE BIGGEST SHOCK OF ALL!!!! “FUN HOME” WON BEST MUSICAL!!!!!!My jaw was in my lap!!!
10th TONY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
DELIVERED LIVE FROM RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
AT THE 69th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
UPON THE ACCEPTANCE OF TUNE’S
2015 LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
“Right now I’m thinking of Texas in the 50s. You see, my father’s great dream for me was the same as every Texas father’s dream for their first born son – they wanted us all to leave Texas, go to New York, and dance in the chorus of a Broadway show. And I did it and I loved every single time step. Especially tonight – this is a great honor. My father thanks you, my mother thanks you, my sister Gracey thanks you, my brother Peter also, and I want to thank each and every one of you who through the years have either attended or contributed to my Broadway offerings. They would not have worked without you. We know that Broadway has a universal mystique, and I am proud and humbled to be part of our Broadway universe. It is vast and inclusive and I believe that all of it, ALL OF IT, is simply an expression of love. What I did for love. What we do for love. On with the show.”
In a few minutes, Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth will start co-hosting the Tonys. I don’t know how I feel about them, singly, or together.
Lupita Nyong’O of “12 Years a Slave” wearing a beautiful, white, floor-length form-fitting gown moved the audience to tears with her heartfelt acceptance speech. She was choking back tears. I was, too. And I also saw Oprah doing the same. Lady O gave Lupita a standing O. And so did many others assembled there.
Thank goodness Jennifer Lawrence didn’t win AGAIN! But she DID win as part of The Best Ensemble for “American Husle”. I groaned when I heard THAT annoucement.
And Jared Leto finally gave a politically correct exceptance speech when he inevitably won for Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buyers’ Club”.