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Members of the Adrienne Arsht Center Board of Directors and executive team celebrated talent and glamour last week at Radio City Music Hall during the 64th Annual Tony Awards, offering moral support for our “family” of performers.
The reigning performances from last season- which included Billy Elliot, Hair, Shrek The Musical, Rock of Ages and West Side Story, were no match for this season’s record-breaking ticket sellers honoring musicals that provide a playground for Tinseltown’s A-listers and a stage for Afrobeat, Blues, Frank Sinatra and rock and roll to live together in harmony.
Winning Best Musical and three other categories was the original story set in the American South in the 1950s, Memphis. Two-time Academy award winner Denzel Washington and Tony-winner Viola Davis became the first black performers to win best actor and best actress award in the same season.
The life of the party, host Sean Hayes delivered steamy scenes with co-host Kristen Chenoweth and continued the night with comical wardrobe selections and poking fun at both Hollywood and Broadway.
One of Hayes’ co-stars in Promises, Promises, scene-stealing Miamian, Katie Finneran, won for best featured actress in a musical. Best featured actor in a musical went to Levi Kreis as rock ‘n’ roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet.
The nights biggest winner, Red, took home Best Play and five other categories, including Best Direction. Back in a revival from the 1984 original, “La Cage aux Folles” took home three awards including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor.
Greenday also took the stage, performing scores from the acclaimed musical American Idiot.
Never has there been a dominant presence of Hollywood actors in Broadway, ranging from Scarlett Johansson, to heart-throb Wolverine actor- Hugh Jackman. A victory for Hollywood actors followed nearly all acting nominations, including Catherine Zeta-Jones in the musical about love’s endless possibilities “A Little Night Music” and Johannsen’s first Tony for “View From the Bridge”. Other notable nominees were Jude Law in Hamlet, and Red’s Alfred Molina.
Overall, the Tonys demonstrated a resilient Broadway family and that more than ever, the presentation has grown to mainstream popularity.
Can’t wait for next year!
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