Well, red carpet season is over and the 68th annual Tony Awards closed it with a bang! Yes indeed! The Tony's outdid itself and all the other three prime red carpet shows this year.
Hugh Jackman was the ideal host for the thespian night of nights. Wolverine took the night by storm with many entertaining tricks under his sleeve. His fine tuned vocal prowess was at par with the best singers of the night. Some leaping moments started the award night as the mega star hopped in from the street, down the orchestra and then backstage of New York's Radio City Music Hall. Jackman, who had his acting start in high school musicals and is a known avid supporter of the art form and will soon be returning to Broadway, was on fine shape jumping rope with the star of 'Rocky' and dancing and rapping to a 21st Century version 'Rock Island' from 'Music Man'.
Audra McDonald made history winning her 6th Tony as Best Female Lead in a play. Other highlights of the night included Patrick Neil Harris as Best Male Lead in a musical; 'All The Way' as Best Play and its lead star Bryan Cranston as Best Male Actor in a play; and Jessie Muller as Best Female Lead in a musical.
Amongst all these accolades, the undisputed winner of the night was theater itself. This was not only a great red carpet night, but a night of great artistry. It can be said now that theater, in all of its forms, will continue to be present to delight audiences. A record breaking attendance during Memorial Day weekend seems to indicate that patrons are flowing back to experience the stage art form more than ever before and that the crisis that was threatening it might be dissipating.
The cherry on the top was the announcement of a new category that will honor teachers. The Tony Awards has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University as the Tony's first, exclusive higher education partner. The school will launch a national campaign to nominate and choose educators who have excelled in teaching the arts in grades K through 12.
The acting was certainly phenomenal. The numbers were engaging and entertaining. The singing...well, the singing was Broadway at its best. Well-trained, beautiful, talented voices -- without exception -- delighted the ears of those present and those that tuned in. Technically and artistically, Broadway is at its best, maybe like never before. So, if you have a chance, make sure you buy a ticket and experience a thespian night as it will surely be one to remember...