omplete QPORIT: Review: TONY AWARDS 2016

Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Review: TONY AWARDS 2016



71ST TONY AWARDS

The acceptance speeches this year seemed more interesting than usual, and the performances from the shows were very well chosen and well performed.  

The awards were nicely distributed among a lot of shows.

Previewing future shows is a great idea, but the heavy-handed plugs were not.

The opening number was disappointing. Probably the best host is a talk-show host and comedian with experience on Broadway and a strong interest in all kinds of theater. Kevin Spacey boasts many of these skills, but not much as an improvising comedian. In fact, his best moments as a host came when he channeled Johnny Carson. Given his skill set, it's a little disappointing that he did not boost serious theater as much as he might have.

All in all, though, I enjoyed the show! (And it's refreshing to have this award after a long break from the excessive film award season.)

(Note: A quick shout-out about THEATER TALK on Public TV (in NY, it's usually 2 AM Sat on channel 13 or https://theatertalk.org/) which has had interesting discussions in the last few weeks with many of the nominated and winning actors, directors and writers!)


Here are the winners in the top categories...


PLAYS

Best Musical
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Play
OSLO

Best Revival of a Musical
HELLO, DOLLY!

Best Revival of a Play
JITNEY

ACTING

Best Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Lead Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline
PRESENT LAUGHTER

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel
HELLO DOLLY

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov
OSLO

Best Lead Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler
HELLO, DOLLY!

Best Lead Actress in a Play
Laurie Metcalf
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Cynthia Nixon
THE LITTLE FOXES


DIRECTING

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley
COME FROM AWAY

Best Direction of a Play
Rebecca Taichman
INDECENT

SPECIAL AWARDS

Spacial Sound
Gareth Fry
Pete Malkin
THE ENCOUNTER

Tony Lifetime Achievement

James Earl Jones



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