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2011 Tonys: Post-Awards Wrap-Up

A little post-show commentary, if you will.
(for one of the most predictably underwhelming awards shows of the year)

2011 Tony Moments:
The Good, The Bad & The Boring
in no particular order…

1. Ladies in Red

BEST/WORST: Judith Light

Like the Oscars, red was the color of choice, but unlike their movie-star counterparts, these Broadway Babies did not have the funds, nor the stylists, to make the color work. Luckily for us all, there’s Judith Light, rockin’ a 1970s-glam-crazy-grandmother-look. Love her. But someone give a girl a cheeseburger already.

2. Joel Grey who?

The Normal Heart Featured Actress winner Ellen Barkin was remorseful that she didn’t mention Joel Grey in her speech, but “my work experience was only with George.” Thus proving my theory correct that Joel Grey didn’t so much co-direct as reminisce about the days when he played Ned Weeks. Clearly he was much too busy forgetting his lines in Anything Goes.

3. Three Generations of Finch

Robert Morse! Matthew Broderick! Daniel Radcliffe!
The cast of How to Succeed offers the best production number of the evening, showcasing Rob Ashford’s super-clever and energetic choreography in “Brotherhood of Man.” Someone remind me again why Kathleen Marshall won for her tired tapping? As for D-Rad: you were robbed (of a nomination).

4. Al Pacino joins the cast of Hair

No, seriously, Al. What’s with the headband? …And the trollop?

5. Don Cheadle introduces the cast of The Scottsboro Boys

Because there weren’t any (African American) theatre actors to introduce the number (about African Americans)…?

6. Brooke Shields = Hot Mess (x2)

Expletive-happy and unable to hold a tune or remember her lines, she’s about to replace Bebe Neuwirth in The Addams Family. Naturally.

7. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Turns on the ZzzZzzz

I thought the point of cutting loose Julie Taymor was to make the show, um…better.

8. Bad Company

Wait a minute — that’s not Raúl Esparza! And where are all their instruments?!
This sucks.

Frances McDormand loves her job!

9. An “American Classic”

Lord love you, Frances McDormand, but surely that wasn’t your dressiest jean jacket. And I get that you LOVE your job, but you’re frightening D-Rad. Please tone down the cray-cray.

10. Most Awkward/Unfunny White Boy Rap

…goes to NPH. So much for “straightening out” these awards, buddy.

Ok, folks, that’s it for the 2011 Tony Awards!

I predicted 19 out of the 26 winners…not my best work, admittedly, but it was a good time. But not as good of a time as the 2012 Oscars will be! (Aww, yeah, get ready!)


4 comments on “2011 Tonys: Post-Awards Wrap-Up

  1. Aaron
    June 13, 2011

    Hells YEAH 2010 Oscars. I’m already predicting a nomination or two for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I am thinking Sonia Grande for Costumes or Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil for Art Direction and maybe both. Neither has been nominated before, so maybe not, but… we gotta start the predictions somewhere!


  2. Julie
    June 13, 2011

    The 2010 Oscars? Was that a particularly good year that you feel the need to return to? 😉


  3. Aaron
    June 13, 2011

    Hahaha. Did I really do that? I am living in the PAST. I guess I wanna be 29 again.


  4. Julie
    June 13, 2011

    And by 29, you mean 28. Man, you’re a hot mess this morning!


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This entry was posted on June 13, 2011 by in Award Predictions, Broadway, Theatre, Tony Awards.



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