June 15, 2008

Take Me Back to the Tony's

The 62nd Tony Awards were a battle between the traditional classics of the American theater and their pimped-out, modernized contemporaries. The winner - the classics.

An ode to times past, revivals of Gypsy and South Pacific, and a tribute to Rent and The Lion King, stole the show. Gypsy took home three Tony's for best featured actress, actor and best starring actress in a musical. Patti LuPone's acceptance speech was everything that is wonderful about Broadway - oozing drama, slapstick comedy and a diva tude. It has been 29 years since LuPone won her first Tony for Evita (She was also nominated for Anything Goes and Sweeny Todd, but lost), but she is still as fabulous as ever. South Pacific racked up a whopping seven awards, including one for Paul Szot for best leading actor in a musical.

But the most memorable moment came when the original cast of Rent sang "Seasons of Love." My first Broadway show (I have since seen it five times), the ground breaking musical has defined a generation and reshaped the modern musical. My favorite Broadway stars - Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs - gave a heartwarming performance dedicated to the shows creator, Jonathan Larson, whom died before the show opened. Closing in September, Rent paved the way for this year's only real worthwhile new musical, In The Heights.

The other nominees for best musical (Xanadu, Passing Strange and Cry Baby) were sub par. A mix between hip hop and spoken word poetry, In The Heights nabbed the night's top prize. It's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wrote the first version of the show when he was only a sophomore in college.

Modern musicals have incited criticism for war, poverty and disease, but the classics help us to escape these devastations. And sometimes sitting in a theater in the middle of Times Square and getting lost in the ornate costumes, upbeat showtunes and elaborate set, is exactly what we need.


Gege Dai said...

mcm bags
hollister outlet
coach factory outlet
longchamp pas cher
ed hardy outlet
toms outlet store
gucci handbags
oakley outlet
air max uk
polo outlet
air max 2015
nike blazer pas cher
chaussure louboutin pas cher
true religion jeans
sac louis vuitton pas cher
mont blanc pens
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin shoes
toms shoes for women
coach factory outlet
kate spade handbags
chanel bags
oakley store
coach outlet
cheap oakleys
tory burch outlet online
burberry sale
ralph lauren polo shirts
polo ralph lauren
cheap jordans free shipping
oakley sunglasses sale
cheap ray bans
beats headphones
ray ban wayfarer

张栋 said...

asics, http://www.asicsisrael.com/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsusa.us/
michael kors handbags outlet, http://www.michaelkorshandbagsoutletstore.us.com/
oakley sunglasses, http://www.oakleysunglassesdiscount.us.com/
thomas sabo, http://www.thomassabos.co.uk/
hermes outlet, http://www.hermesbags.co.uk/
nike free 5, http://www.nikefree5.us/
wedding dresses uk, http://www.weddingdressesoutlet.co.uk/
roshe run men, http://www.rosherunshoessale.com/
coach outlet store, http://www.coachoutletonline-store.us.com/
chanel outlet, http://www.chaneloutletstore.us.com/
los angeles lakers, http://www.lakersjerseys.us/
salomon shoes, http://www.salomonshoes.us.com/
nike running shoes, http://www.nikerunningshoes.cc/
prada sneakers, http://www.pradashoes.us/
michael kors uk, http://www.michaelkorshandbag.co.uk/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
new england patriots jerseys, http://www.newenglandpatriotsjerseys.us/
beats by dre, http://www.beats-headphones.in.net/
air max 2014, http://www.airmax2014.net/
ralph lauren uk, http://www.ralphlaurenoutletuk.org.uk/
louis vuitton outlet, http://www.louisvuittonoutlet.in.net/
ghd hair straighteners, http://www.ghdhairstraightenerssale.co.uk/
tods outlet, http://www.todsoutlet.us.com/
boston celtics jersey, http://www.celticsjersey.com/
rolex watches, http://www.rolexwatches-uk.co.uk/
michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorshandbagsoutletstore.us.com/
michael kors canada, http://www.michaelkorsoutletcanada.in.net/
hermes birkin, http://www.hermesbirkin.org/

mmjiaxin said...

oakley sunglasses wholesale
michael kors handbags sale
tiffany outlet
toms outlet
coach outlet store
nike outlet store
michael kors outlet sale
coach outlet online
jordan shoes 2015
oakley outlet store
the north face outlet
cheap wedding dresses
michael kors outlet
ugg boots clearance,ugg australia,uggs on sale,ugg slippers,uggs boots,uggs outlet,ugg boots,ugg,uggs
air max 90
oakley sunglasses wholesale
uggs outlet
asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
true religion outlet
mac cosmetics