Sunday, June 8, 2014

5 Things You Must Know Before Watching the 2014 Tony Awards

Y'ALL the Tony Awards are tonight!! If you're like me, you might be running around in circles screaming, "Shut the front door! I'm totally unprepared!" Don't worry, I've got you covered. Here's a crash course in the 2014 Tony Awards/Broadway season, in case you didn't have time to check out my lists of the plays, the musicals, or the Tony-nominated revivals. And unfortunately, it's a little late to review all the Tony trivia or best Tony performances of all time. Anyway, here's what you need to know to impress your intimidating theatre friends at the exclusive Tonys party to which you have had the privilege to be invited:

  1. Tony Host Hugh Jackman- For the love of Norbert, please please please make sure you don't blurt out, "I didn't know Hugh Jackman could dance!" in front of your theatre friends. Best case scenario, they'll take a deep breath and slowly, patiently, tell you that he's a Tony Award-winner (this says it all), and that, oh yeah, he had a one-man (ish) show on Broadway a couple years ago. In reality though, they will probably just give you that look (you know, the Laura Benanti side-eye, or "epic shade").
  2. The Nominees- Be sure to, read over the list of nominees at least once. At that point, you'll be pretty familiar with everyone's names, and you can at least nod in recognition when someone goes off on the reasons that _(name that cheated artist)_ should have won.
  3. The Cool Kids- Ok, there are lots of Hollywood stars on Broadway this year, and I don't know how I feel about it... Anyway, you've got to have the shortest list of the cool kids of Tonys night who are all nominated actors:
    • Idina Menzel- Starring in If/Then the musical, has the chance to win her second Tony, the first of which she won for Elphaba in Wicked.
    • Neil Patrick Harris- Starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, dressing in drag. Fun fact to school all your theatre friends: Hedwig only has 7 performances a week, rather than 8 like every other show. Boom.
    • Audra McDonald- Starring in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill as Billie Holiday, she already has 5 Tony Awards and if she wins tonight, she'll set the new record for the most Tony Awards won by a performer.
    • Sutton Foster- Starring as the facially scarred title character in Violet, she's already won two Tony Awards (for Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2011 revival of Anything Goes), and the Broadway community adores her.
  4. The Inside Jokes- So. Many. Too many to list all of but just click here for the best list, and remember the name Terrence Mann and the phrase 8-times-a-week, and you'll be golden. I'm expecting a joke about The Sound of Music Live! and the other upcoming live musicals, as well as an "Adele Dazeem" joke, which hasn't really been funny since the beginning of March, but since the flub escalated Idina Menzel's fame exponentially, I can live with it.
  5. THIS VIDEO and everything it stands for.


Counting down the minutes yet? On an unrelated note, the Tonys are 12 hours away.

Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: www.twitter.com/bwayginger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

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