This year I’m trying something new. I’m building a thread on Twitter with thoughts and reactions as the show goes. It’s much more suited for that. Here, I’m writing more in-depth thoughts and ideas as we go. I’ll post the link to the Twitter thread at the end in case you want to read it.
Musical-wise, I’m pulling for The Band’s Visit in every category it’s nominated in. It looks so amazing!
Play-wise, I’m really behind Angels in America in every category it’s nominated in. I’ve never seen it, but I know what it’s about and it’s so important and brilliant.
And, of course, I’m cheering for any and all Hamilton alum!
I really liked the opening. Two pianos. Talking about not winning. And including ensemble members…not just including them, featuring them! Ensemble gets overlooked too much! Great way to open the show.
Maybe it’s because of the research I’m doing, maybe not, but watching that Mean Girls performance didn’t wow me. It felt like I was watching a combination of typical Broadway choreography with some exposition and a lot of repetition. I wasn’t wowed. I was almost bored. The thing that caught my attention was the guy’s Alyssa Edwards t-shirt.
I love the #TonyDreaming. I wish I could post something to it, but I was on stage crew in high school, so until the last show, you didn’t see me. Also, I’m not Tony dreaming. I’m just enjoying being an audience member.
I’m wondering what has contributed to this being the best attended Broadway season in history. It’s not just what’s on right now. Although I’m sure Harry Potter, SpongeBob, and Mean Girls are helping. It would be interesting to look at the trends leading up to this year and the shows that are bringing in new audiences, like Hamilton. I guess it’s something else to look at for my dissertation.
I really hope my one professor is watching the Tonys right now! The Parkland students are getting so much love. And then they go and sing “Seasons of Love”. They are some amazing human beings! …Oh, and my one professor is working on something that looks at the ways students were using music during March For Our Lives events.
I have to admit, Frozen looks much better than I thought it would. Then again, Disney has a good track record of turning its animated musicals into Broadway musicals. My only problem with that performance is it was another medley. I understand you want to include some of your most iconic songs. But Hamilton did two songs that go together in the show. Why not just stick with that? I want to see an entire song, not parts of one and parts of another.
Okay. I thought Once on This Island was being performed from Circle in the Square theater. Damn. They did a great job recreating their stage on the Tony’s stage. Wow. And how are they not nominated for more? And they won!!!!!!!!!
I love that The Band’s Visit is not only bringing more diversity to Broadway, but they’re bringing the message of inclusion, of peace. Ari’el Satchel said in his acceptance speech that they didn’t think they would get to portray their ethnicity on stage. Now they get to do a musical about a group of Arabs taken in by Israelis for a night. I hope they win.
To me, the winners of Best Play/Musical should not just go to the best production, but to the production that brings something new to Broadway as well as making a statement about something. That’s why I’ve been rooting for Angels in America (which is know is a revival, but still so important!) and The Band’s Visit. The other nominees for Best Musical are based off of something from TV or a movie. Nothing new. But The Band’s Visit is new and has a wonderful message of the power of music. Angels in America is the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history. It tackles topics that we still don’t talk about enough today. I am so glad Angels won. Now to wait and see if The Band’s Visit can win, too.
So, deNiro said “I’m gonna say one thing, fuck Trump!” I’m guessing CBS is on a delay for just these occasions. But I’m glad he said it and I’m glad other people are sharing what he said.
YES!!!! The Band’s Visit won!!!! I have faith in the system! I really was worried one of the others would win because they are adapted from already popular works. I don’t know why. “We are far more alike than different.”
So, The Band’s Visit won 10 Tony Awards! Angels in America won 3! Now to somehow see them!