Tony Awards – A LGBT Spalsh!

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It’s an exceptionally sunny and humid Sunday in New York City and I’m meeting three dear friends (and musical theatre aficionados), Bob, Barry and Ken, for a pre-Tony Awards lunch at Nice Matin on the corner of Amsterdam and 79th. (They do a great goat’s cheese and asparagus omelette… Just sayin.)

We barely ordered our Bloody Marys and the conversation turns to the Broadway hit show Hedwig and The Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris. And that’s pretty much where the conversation stayed… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, eggs benedict please… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, make mine another double… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, how’s your mother?… Neil Patrick Harris…

The fact is, Hewdig has been such a phenomenal success on Broadway that you’ll be hard pressed to find a seat on any given night, despite tickets selling at $130 – $200 a pop. The show has also been excluded from discount offers, because frankly, it’s the hottest ticket in town… all very much to the credit of Neil Patrick Harris’s electrifying performance. (See? There I go again.)

No surprise then that Hedwig walked away with four of its five Tony Award nominations on Sunday evening. These include Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams.

Of course, Hedwig was not the only big winner of the evening. Other multiple winners were All the Way and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder… But the real winner at the awards was the LGBT community.

In fact, one could easily have mistaken the Tony Awards ceremony for a Sunday tea dance on Fire Island – glitzy, flashy, sexy, funny (dare I say ‘gay’) and LGBT-bitzy, with host Hugh Jackman (I’m not suggesting anything!) and uber-attractive presenters including Matt Bomer, RuPaul (donning the sassiest pink-satin tux jacket) and Zach Quinto… Alan Cumming pinched chorus boys and Neil Patrick Harris kissed hubby David Burtka twice (once as Hedwig)… and his performance from Hedwig was simply exhausting to watch… in a good way.

I know, there I go again… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, dental floss or brushed?… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, red, green or blue tie?… Neil Patrick Harris… blah, blah, blah, where is my car keys?… Neil Patrick Harris…

Any who, if anyone still had the slightest doubt (and for the life of me I can’t see how), after Sunday’s Tony Awards it is clear as ever: There are gay people in theatre! Even openly gay people! And they’re all amazing!

So, a big congrats to the LGBT winners, including Neil Patrick Harris, Darko Tresnjak and Warren Carlyle.

Here’s a full list of this year’s Tony Awards winners:

Best Musical: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”

Best Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Best Leading Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Play: “All the Way”

Best Revival of a Play: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, “Aladdin”

Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”

Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Costume designer Jane Greenwood

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Rosie O’Donnell

Tony Awards 2014

Tony Awards 2014

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