everyone can keep their thrones and blood and mad men. and nba games, and whatever else was on tonight. i just pulled an all nighter for my favorite awards show of the year. the runt of the egot litter. and i am so glad i did.
moving away from nyc to london was hard for a lot of reasons, and close to the top of that list was not being able to see at least a couple of tony contenders every year on my tight budget, much less every show every season like i continue to wish i could afford. the west end is awesome, but it is not broadway. i faithfully kept up as best i could (ty internet) and tried to keep my longing at bay. and of course counted down to tonight’s awards.
i can’t really explain why i love theater so much. i don’t act, i only sing in choirs, i’ve never taken a dance class a day in my life. but maybe that’s the whole point. it doesn’t have to be explained. i just have great, intense appreciation for what casts and crews can do on stage night after night. it mesmerizes me far more than concerts, tv and film combined. which is saying a lot if you know me. living in nyc and finally being able to go see at least what looked the most interesting to me every season was a dream come true.
porgy and bess was one of the last shows i saw on broadway and watching audra win last year had me so full and i thought i’d be good for the rest of my days. but then, watching courtney, then CICELY, then then billy and finally patina win just now…there are no words. their wins mean so much, and not just to me. i’m sure there will be plenty of commentary on it in the next few days written by people more cohesive than i could be even on my best day.
but then also, i think there won’t be enough commentary. the tonys are routinely the lowest rated of the yearly awards shows, and while broadway ticket sales bring in huge numbers, let’s be real, the majority of people going look a lot alike. most actors who have done work on stage will say that it’s the hardest work they’ve ever done. hard work that can go largely unnoticed in larger circles.
i don’t know, i just want them all to get the credit they deserve. when is the last time there were this many faces that looked like mine pulling in half of the top individual honors of any egot ceremony (4 out of 8 in this case)? exactly. it’s about representation, but only partially. aside from race, it’s also simply about talented people giving really amazing, believable performances. tonight was profound and it’s about damn time.
the fact that audra and patina have taken the best performance by an actress in a musical tony 2 years in a row has me all up in my feelings, not to mention the fact that patina miller and ben vereen are now the only male/female duo to receive tonys for the same portrayal. let that sink in for a sec. and cicely, oh cicely. there’s a reason she got a standing ovation and the entirety of radio city music hall was dead silent while she gave her speech.
also congrats to diane paulus because she is amazing and to the entire matilda production because that is the only nominated show i’ve seen this year woot woooooot. i wish it had won more but kinky boots does look like it’s ridiculously good so i can’t even be that mad. and to all the other winners and noms and to theater as a whole you are important the end.