Did you watch the Tony Awards on Sunday night? The 67th Annual Tony Awards were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and were held in Radio City Music Hall. It was an exciting night for Broadway.
The Tony Awards got their start in 1947 by the American Theatre Wing to celebrate excellence in the theatre. It has developed into the best-known national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway.
On Sunday night, the musical Kinky Boots led the Tonys with six awards. They included wins for the best musical, for leading actor Billy Porter and for Cyndi Lauper, the musical composer. The revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Pippin picked up four Tonys and the beautiful Cicely Tyson won her first Tony.
I found it interesting to learn that The Tony Awards ceremony has been presented at the Shubert Theatre eight times, more than at any other Broadway theatre…yes…the same theatre where Clay Aiken starred in Spamalot.
The program was exciting from the moment Neil Patrick Harris opened the show. He kicked off the show with a big musical number that included performers from about a dozen Broadway musicals. He was even joined by Mike Tyson who was dancing onstage.
What a treat to see so many wonderfully talented people who have the ability to take the audience to another place in the world.
But…I missed Clay. I look forward to the day we see him at The Tony Awards. How could we forget his fabulous role as Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone and his amazing work in Spamalot…Yes, Clay belongs on Broadway!