75th Tony Awards: The Weirdest, Wildest Moments of Broadway’s Big Night

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What do you get when you put Sutton Foster, Patti Lupone, and enough Stephen Sondheim references for a boozy drinking game at Radio City Music Hall during Pride Month? It’s the 75th Annual Tony Awards, of course. After a rough few years of COVID-related closures, Broadway had a lot to celebrate and it did in style with a star-studded party hosted by West Side Story star Ariana DeBose.

Not only were Hugh Jackman (The Music Man), Sam Rockwell (American Buffalo), Ruth Negga (Macbeth), Uzo Aduba (Clyde’s) and Billy Crystal (Mr. Saturday Night) all up for acting awards, but the world was on “EGOT” watch. Jennifer Hudson was nominated for her work as a producer on the hit Broadway show A Strange Loop—potentially unlocking the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony combination that would put her among a very elite crew.
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Here’s what happened during the 75th Annual Tony Awards:

Best Nod to History: The opening number incorporated shows from Tony Awards history, weaving in key snippets of songs from the musical past in what felt like some sort of theatrical fever dream, with host Ariana DeBose as the lead.

Worst Decision: For some (not nearly good enough) reason, the Tony producers decided to give Angela Lansbury her Lifetime Achievement award in the pre-show—that is, the part that isn’t aired on TV. To be clear, the 96-year old icon wasn’t on-hand to receive the prize personally, but her accomplishments still deserved wider attention.

Best Back-Handed Compliment: DeBose applauded Broadway’s growing inclusivity with one zinger of a line in her intro: “The Great White Way is becoming more of a nickname than a how-to guide.”

Most Patti Lupone Moment: Patti Lupone won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her part in Company—and then referenced the time she yelled at an audience …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment


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