Weighing in on last night’s Tony Awards, our guest blogger today is our very own Micah McDade, Advertising & Promotions Coordinator for Performing Arts Fort Worth and a bona fide Broadway buff.
Here are Micah’s thoughts on last night’s Tonys:
I’m just going to go ahead and put this out in the universe:
Neil Patrick Harris is a national treasure. In his third year as host, he proves it’s time for The Neil Patrick Harris show on Broadway — like right now. I’d invest in that.
OK, enough about NPH (even though I could talk for days of his perfection). NEWSIES was the first Best Musical nominee to perform and was amazing, of course. However, is it too much to ask to see something other than Seize the Day, please? With as many public appearances as they have had, it’s the same old number, every time, with slight variations. With that being said, it’s obvious why they were the 2012 Best Choreography winner (NEWSIES also won for Best Original Score).
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT showed us the “old musical” is not dead, but still very much alive. Matthew Broderick is a total charmer and is always welcome on the Broadway stage. If I were a betting man, I’d say look for this show on the Bass Hall stage in the seasons to come.
The 2012 Best Musical winner ONCE proved you don’t need elaborate sets and big dance numbers to win the hearts of everyone in the Beacon Theatre (and everyone watching). Steve Kazee is a bona fide leading man. With the help of a multi-talented cast, his incredibly moving performances helped pave the way for ONCE’S eight-trophy sweep. I wish we could have seen (or heard) a little more from Cristin Milioti, but it’s obvious the creative team was setting Steve up for his Best Actor win.
The performance from the recently closed LEAP OF FAITH seemed very similar to a Best Musical nominee last year (and part of the ’12-’13 Broadway at the Bass season): SISTER ACT, just fewer sequins. The song was good enough and the choreography impressive, but nothing you can’t get from the funny and fabulous SISTER ACT (season tickets for Broadway at the Bass are on sale now).
Other performances of note: EVITA was great, and Ricky Martin was surprisingly not awful. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR was hardly super, but Josh Young was fabulous! Audra McDonald can do no wrong and her fifth Tony is well deserved (as was the Best Revival win for THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS). Watch out Angela Lansbury, Audra has tied your record setting five Tony wins! You have been warned. The performance from (not nominated) GHOST had as much life as Sam Wheat and the cast of GODSPELL obviously forgot to take their Ritalin.
All in all, the best Tony Awards in recent memory. Can The Tonys go ahead and sign a deal with NPH to make him the permanent host? I’m definitely doing my part to help and signing the Facebook petition.