Live Blogging the 61st Annual Tony Awards (Part I)

I ran home to make the Tony’s this evening & having seen many shows this year I’m excited to be watching & sharing my thoughts with all of you.

Ok, let’s go ….

A little before 8pm
I only caught a bit of the red carpet coverage on NY1, but saw a snippet of Audra McDonald’s interview. She mentioned her jewelry for the evening. She is wearing a ring around her neck, given to her by her father before his death. Tonight is the 5 week anniversary of his death She managed not to miss a single performance of 110 in the Shade, for which she is nominated & in which she was phenomenal.

Audra McDonald, Brian Dennehy (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images viw

It goes to show what a powerful statement can be made with family heirlooms and sentiment as opposed to carat count.

61st Annual Tony Awards At Radio City Music Hall – Show (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images via

Opening Sequence
The cast of A Chorus Line performs outside of Radio City. I saw ACL in previews & wasn’t floored, but glad to see how true to period the revival was. Obviously, there wasn’t much jewelry to be seen as this is a “dance show” and wouldn’t really be practical, but what true Broadway fan doesn’t love the mention of a 5,6,7,8 & champagne jump suits?

Angela Lansbury (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images via

For the second year, the Tony’s will go hostless. Instead, the program will have presenters giving out awards in the 25 categories. Four time winner and nominee this evening, Angela Lansbury is up first. She parts the kick line center stage and greets the crowd wearing an elegant array of diamonds. Perhaps Rob could fill us in on who she’s wearing if my digging doesn’t turn anything up.

Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Play
Doogie Howser & Kelly Bundy (I couldn’t help myself) Neil Patrick Harris (fresh off of his 2004 run in Assassins) & Christina Applegate (2005 revival of Sweet Charity) presenting. She is wearing a pair of oval, sliver drop earrings. Let’s see if the bare necked trend is prevalent this evening as it has been this awards season showing just how pervasive the blood diamond controversy has been.

Winner: Crudup for The Coast of Utopia. I didn’t see this play. Honestly, I was rooting for Anthony Chisholm of August Wilson’s Radio Golf.

Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Musical
Vanessa Williams with her clavicles on parade as well, opting for the diamond studded drops to show her regal neck. Robert Sean Leonard, a three-time Tony Award nominee who won a Tony in 2001 for his role in Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love also presented. You’ll remember him from Dead Poets, okay that might just me me.

And so it begins Spring Awakening takes its first Tony.

Best Book of a Musical
Spring Awakening gets it’s second award. We also see that bare necks are going to be the look of the evening.

I saw Spring Awakening. I was distracted by the hair. Great story, brilliant performances, weird hair. See below or click here.

Who Were They Wearing?
Keyshia Cole
Tichina Arnold
Julie Christie
Jennifer Hudson
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jennifer Garner
Roselyn Sanchez
Hilary Swank
Natasha Bedingfield
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Heidi Klum
At the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Halle Berry
Britney Spears
Kristin Cavallari
Anjelica Huston
Jessica Alba
Ali Larter
At the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Hayden Panettiere
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Kelly Carlson
At the 61st Annual Tony Awards

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