Ladies and Gentlemen ……

…… I present …… The Tonys!
In pictures.
Enjoy!

Here’s the dress that I changed into in what may be record time.
But probably not.
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The show was held at Radio City and we had to be inside the theatre, not the building but the theatre and in our seats, before 7:00 when they shut the doors. At 6:30 a crowd was starting to gather across the barricaded street. I felt so famous! There’s no telling how many deleted pictures I was in. 🙂
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This was what you saw when you got just inside the doors: wall to wall people.  It took quite a bit of time to work your way in and then up the stairs, where everyone was stopping to take pictures of the crowd below.
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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  🙂
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I took this one after I got to the top.
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My view. Not too shabby.
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The first award given (they started all of the artistic awards at 7:00, before the live televised part began at 8:00) was for the best regional theatre.  The Signature Theatre Company here in NY won that one.  That’s the theatre where Daughter #1 did her fellowship this past year.
Cool, huh?
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These two accepted the award.  I don’t remember who they are, but I took this pic so that D#1 could see them.
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Then Rosie O’Donnell won a special award for her work with children and the theatre.  She started a non-profit that exposes kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford it, to the theatre.
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If you look at the aisle here you can see Hugh Jackman, kangaroo-hopping his way down the aisle……
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past the front row ……
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and up the steps.
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This was one of the first musical numbers (I recorded all of them, I think) …… “Les Mis”.
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Hugh on the front apron (front part of a stage), chatting with us and with Neil Patrick Harris, who was sitting right there in front of him.
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This award was won by the (only) actress in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, who plays a guy, or so you think.  She was terrific in that show!
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This was the winner of Featured Actor in a Musical:
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He’s the guy who plays the genie.  The guy we gave a standing ovation to, during the play!
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She totally deserved this history-making award. She’s the first performer to win 6 Tonys and the first to win one in all four acting categories.  She’s wonderfully talented and very, very gracious.
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I saw this play yesterday (Sunday) and when it was over I had no words.
Other than, “Wow!”.  He was truly great.  And he deserved that Tony, hands down.
It was a terrific play.
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This pic was taken when they were naming the nominees.
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And he deserved this one, too.  Very much.
Daughter #2 is coming here this week and I’m taking her and D#3 to see it next weekend.  They can hardly wait.  Nor can I!  🙂
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Before they announced the Best Actress in a Musical nominees, Hugh went down into the audience to try to make them sing/dance with him.  Not all agreed.  But they all had fun.
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Jessie Mueller, who played Carol King in “Beautiful”, playing around with him.
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And then accepting the Tony!!
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There was still a crowd outside to watch everyone come out after it was over.
It felt a bit strange schlepping across town in a formal dress, holding the hem up so it wouldn’t drag since I wore flats to and from the apartment (carried heels in my bag).
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So there you have it …… a three hour long show …… reduced to about 75 seconds.
And no commercials!
I had a blast and I hope to do it again some time.

I hope you enjoyed yourselves, too.
🙂

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