Hey, Tony TV viewers...

Stew_lAnyone watch the Tonys last night? Anyone? Bueller?… I did, and while I didn’t have a dog in any of the Tony races, I thought the ceremony itself was pretty enjoyable, with Whoopi Goldberg doing the live equivalent of those Oscar montages where Billy Crystal is Gumped into the nominated movies (I especially liked her popping up in Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins). Not to forget the memorable and heartfelt acceptance speeches (special shout-out to In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who delivered what must be the first rapping, rhyming acceptance speech in Tony history) and, especially, the energetic production numbers from the nominated shows. After watching the broadcast, I really want to see the hip-hop/salsa-flavored In the Heights and Stew’s rockin’ Passing Strange (pictured).

Broadway fans, who is satisfied with the Tony winners’ list? Conversely, which shows and performers do you think got robbed? Anyone else enjoy the Tony ceremony? And who was inspired by the broadcast to buy tickets, and for which shows?

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  • Stephanie T.

    Passing Strange looks good but Spring Awakening had a stronger focus, and that’s why it won last year for best musical. It’s about time that Patti LuPone won another Tony. Congrats!

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  • paige

    I was actually suprised that Passing Strange only won one award. I wouldve liked to see Patrick Stewart win. Cheyenne Jackson is f***in hot!

  • DanOregon

    Really EW, no love for the TV LAND Awards? I watched the Tonys live, but of course the great difficulty for the show is that viewers are unfamiliar with 95 percent of the nominations. Nice to see how musicals are evolving though.
    Please add a PopWatch for the TV Land Awards. If for no other reason to discuss how time has not been kind to many.

  • junior

    Yeah, when that old guy won instead of Raul all I said was “The winner is… Not Raul Esparza.” I actually thought al of the musical numbers aside from “Xanadu” were kinda bad. Off key and kinda boring. And “In the Heights” was just loud, everyone doing everything very loudly.

  • Annie

    Poor Raul. Seriously. Patti LuPone was a GODDESS. And Lin-Manuel was, like, the cutest thing ever in his acceptance! Woohoo!
    I’m also so happy for South Pacific. But if it was impossible to get a ticket before… hoo boy. Looks like I’ll be seeing it in 2011.

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  • Randy

    Alright for Patti!!! If Miranda’s acceptance speech was the best, LuPone’s came a very close second. I was beginning to think Patti was gong to be the Susan Lucci of the Tonys, I am so glad I was wrong.

  • swerds

    I watched and loved most. Whoopi was a good choice for host in that she seemed to understand that while those of us who love theatre and Broadway like to take it a little seriously–but not TOO seriously. It was breathtaking to see “The Lion King” on the Tony stage again. “In the Heights” stopped me in my tracks (even though it didn’t leave my jaw on the floor like “Spring Awakening” did last year). And the OBC of RENT got to me once again. Even with the noticible absence of Jesse L. Martin.
    Living out in North Dakota, the Tony’s are the closest I get to seeing a real Broadway show with a real Broadway cast. Touring shows are great and some are outstanding. But the Tony’s is still the night I can sit back and dream of NYC.

  • Miriam

    Passing Strange is awesome. Go see it for sure. In the Heights is now on my “to see” list.
    I really liked the Rent reunion, and was glad to see they bumped some lesser categories to a pre-show to allow for the additional performances on air.

  • Donkey

    Love the Tony’s and thank you EW for acknowledging them. But bring back Hugh Jackman!

  • E

    Whoopi Goldberg should never be allowed to host anything. Her jokes are very tired at this point. Plus, she comes off as crass and has the fashion sense of the Sears catalogue.

  • nunaurbiz

    Best moment: “South Pacific” performances, its wins especially for Paulo Szot – more of Paulo, please!!!!
    Worst moment: “Grease” performance. C’mon, didn’t anyone else feel the lackluster???
    Whoopi as host: Boorish and how did her wardrobe slip past the stylists? Not that she usually dresses well, but the Tonys deserve more than the progression of clown outfits she wore!
    Best dis: Tracy Letts accepting for Best Play, “I want to thank the Tony committee for including a play with the other nominees. You know you’re pretty stout company when Mark Twain doesn’t get a nomination. Particularly Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, they did an amazing thing, they decided to produce an American play on Broadway with theatre actors. I see some of you are theatre actors too.”

  • QueenC

    I watched, and I want to move back to NYC already!. Off the top of my head: I really liked Whoopi; I FFW’d through most of the acceptance speeches though, except for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laura Benanti, and of course Patti LuPone – all of those were great heartfelt speeches; Although I liked the music of Passing Strange, I didn’t get what story they were telling; They could have picked a better scene from Sunday in the Park With George; I can’t BELIEVE Alec Baldwin said “Macbeth” in a theater!!! So happy that In the Heights won – can’t wait to see it!

  • jcarla

    Which of Whoopi’s outfits was Christian’s? At first I thought it was the black number at the beginning of the show, but that ruffled top could also be his.

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