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Well the evening wrapped up mostly on time, which is impressive for any awards show. Thanks for taking the time to read along!
11:07 Tony winner dance party onstage at Radio City Music Hall, hosted (and hopped) by Hugh Jackman. Way to end the show on a high note! (literally)
11:06 The Tony for Most Energetic Acceptance Speech goes to this guy! “The little engine that could, DID!” Nice shout out to Hartford Stage.
11:03 Isabelle Stevenson Award winner Rosie O’Donnell presents the Tony for Best Musical to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.
10:57 Random introduction from Tina Fey of Jennifer Hudson, singing “Neverland” from the upcoming Harvey Weinstein musical Finding Neverland. I kept waiting for Tina’s punchline but it turned out to be a nice, normal introduction. She is SO one of those people who you can never tell if they’re being sarcastic or sincere.
10:53 Best Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller for playing Carole King in Beautiful. Very classy tribute to Carole King in her speech. Possibly the best wrap up of the night: “I’m sorry, everyone wants to drink. Thank you!”
10:51 In case you thought it wasn’t possible for Hugh Jackman to be any more charming than he already is, you were wrong. Are you watching him sing all the lady nominees’ names? If you are, you know how wrong you were.
10:50 “After this, we’re all gonna be trending.”
10:44 Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Of a Play: The Glass Menagerie.
10:42 Zach Braff presents a great number from Bullets Over Broadway.
10:39 Kate Mara and Kevin Bacon present Best Revival of a Musical to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. How satisfying that original show creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask are up on that stage!
10:37 Best Costume Design of a Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Of a Play: Twelth Night. Hmmm, I don’t think there was any non-drag nominee.
10:31 Tyne Daly rocking out in the audience.
10:30 Check out the muscle tone on those Shirelles. And now Carole and “Carole” are duetting!
10:26 Carole King looks absolutely amazing introducing the show based on her life, Best Musical nominee Beautiful.
10:25 To the band, “I share this with you (but not really).” LOL
10:23 “A year ago I was hosting the Tonys, this is crazy pants!”
10:22 Drum roll, please, as Audra McDonald presents Best Lead Actor in a Musical to….NEIL PATRICK HARRIS FOR HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!!! (Standing O #3)
10:21 “Biggie Tap Shoes” giving a shout out to QuestLove. (2nd standing O of the evening, btw)
10:19 Omg Hugh is JAMMING to The Music Man intro! Wow, and now he’s introducing LL Cool J and T.I. Are they pitching a hip hop revival of Music Man?? Cuz I would see this….
10:18 Best Choreography: After Midnight (that really was a dynamite performance at the top of the show). Best Orchestrations: Bridges of Madison County.
10:11 A 10th anniversary performance of “Because I Knew You” from Wicked. How much pressure do you think Elphaba is feeling with Idina Menzel in the house?
10:10 Hey it’s Hugh again! I’ve missed him.
10:07 Judith Light! Now I’m totally nerding out (right, because I wasn’t before). Patrick Wilson is there too, presenting the Tony for Best Revival of a Play to A Raisin in the Sun (not a huge shocker at this stage of the night).
10:05 Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto talk about some stuff and introduce something, I’m not sure, I’m still dazzled by their dashingness.
10:03 Gloria Estefan just introduced Sting. Whaaaaaat? This is a serious show! He performs “The Last Ship” from his own upcoming Broadway musical.
10:01 Best Book winner: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Best Score winner: Bridges of Madison County.
9:53 What an amazing choir!
9:50 Wayne Brady introducing Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry, both nominated for performances in Violet.
9:48 The Tony for Best Play goes to All the Way. The Tony for shiniest suit goes to Kenneth Branagh.
9:44 Kenneth Branagh introduces the playwrights of the nominated Best Plays. This is what happens when you put writers in front of the camera, people. I hope you’ve learned your lesson.
9:41 Alan Cumming thanks the American Theater Wing (aka the creators & host of Tony) for all the great things they do, and also for providing an excuse to get “really messy at the after parties”.
9:36 “Sugar Daddy” is not the song I would have predicted to highlight the show but it’s totally perfect. Hard rocking and hilarious – that’s Hedwig in a nutshell!
9:34 Yeah, I’m pretty sure NPH licked Sam Jackson’s glasses before giving Sting a lap dance….
9:31 RuPaul presenting Best Revival of a Musical nominee Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Eeeeeee! I’m literally squeeing right now.
9:29 Bryan Cranston wins Best Lead Actor in a Play as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. Could this guy possibly have a better decade??
9:28 Bradley Cooper presenting with the aforementioned jam session partners Ms. Clarkson and Mr. Nivola.
9:24 Yay, Hugh’s singing! He presents the Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play to Audra McDonald Herself, making Tony history with her record 6th win. Standing O! omg she’s sobbing, how cute. Because I didn’t already love her enough.
9:18 Was that Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola jamming with Hugh and the band backstage??
9:13 Wow, I thought Neil Patrick Harris had a crazy costume change in Hedwig, until I just saw Jefferson Mays (nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Musical) transform into three different people to introduce A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.
9:11 Ethan Hawke and Vera Farmiga present Best Featured Actress in a Play to Sophie Okonedo for A Raisin in the Sun.
9:09 Great, my grandmother is totally going to throw that guy’s acceptance speech in my face tomorrow.
9:01 The always cool Maggie Gyllenhaal introducing Alan Cumming and the cast of twice nominated Cabaret. Geez, those girls really look naked in that lighting…
9:01 Praise shout! Love it.
8:58 Hugh’s in the hizzy, singing his heart out! Fran “The Nanny” Drescher and Zachary “Chuck” Levi presenting Best Featured Actor in a Musical to James Monroe Iglehart as Genie in Aladdin.
Here’s a clip from Best Revival of a Musical nominee Les Miserables:
8:50 Samuel L. Jackson introducing Best Musical nominee Rocky. All I have to say is…WHOAH! I know tickets are way majorly overpriced, but I just might have to make this one a priority
8:48 Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon for A Raisin in the Sun. “Denzel, Denzel, Denzel.”
8:44 A grizzled Clint Eastwood presents to the directors: Best Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.
8:39 Jonathan Groff introducing “the Wickedly talented” Idina Menzel, nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for If/Then. I’m loving Idina’s non-glam look. With pipes like that, she doesn’t need anything else to keep all eyes in Radio City on her.
8:30 Lucy Liu introducing Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) and Genie (Best Actor in a Featured Role nominee James Monroe Iglehart) for a rousing rendition of “Never Had a Friend Like Me”. Loved the Disney medley in the middle!
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Score 1 for Hedwig!
8:25 Hugh, way to give a shout out to the camera man! omg it’s Fitz, everybody be quiet, the president is speaking.
Emmie Rossum introducing Best Actor in a Musical nominee Ramin Karimloo as Valjean and the cast of Les Miserables. “One Day More” is simply one of the greatest show stoppers of all time. (IMHO, of course)
Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Mark Rylance in Twelth Night
“You don’t see this at Comic-Con.”
Beautiful intro, with “Sunny Side of the Street” from nominee After Midnight by Fantasia, Pattie Labelle, and Gladys Knight. Lovely tap number – and is that Lindy Hop I’m seeing? Break dancing mingled with jazz, a fantastic Michael Jackson homage, and Dule Hill!
Very smart, going with a minimalistic opening (relatively speaking), compared to last year’s extravaganza.
Hugh showing off his mad jump roping skills. The man is gifted!
Check out some behind-the-scenes Tony Awards 2014 action: