Sunday, June 12th, 2011
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The Tony Awards Live Chat Extravaganza

Ladies and gents, it's America's most important and most revered awards show for the most important and revered arts! Tonight, literally all of America will stop and join—what's that you say? It's the Heat-Mavericks game six? Oh. Well then… tonight, some of the gays and theater ladies will come together to hide from basketball and indulge in the not-at-all rigged awards system that heaps praise upon select, very expensive productions at a very small number of designated New York City theaters; awards are nominated by literally a couple dozen people and then chosen by all of 750 professional voters. This system serves to make almost everyone feel bad, except a very few rich people! (And yes, also some fine young actors and creators who have exciting new plays.) But also: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting! Who is still only 37. So let's come together in the comments and celebrate this hot mess, right here with our own theatrically inclined hostess Jaime Green!

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jaimealyse (#647)

Hello nyerds! Welcome! We've got another hour of red carpet on NY-1 (channel 10 on my tv for some reason? How weird is it that Sutton Foster is dating Bobby Canevale? Very! How awkward is this all? It only gets worse. (Yay!)

jaimealyse (#647)

Also, consider setting your comments to show up Reverse-Chronological – that way newest comments will be on top.

ericdeamer (#945)

@jaimealyse OMG There is seriously red carpet coverage for the Tonys? But only if you live in the five boroughs proper and have Time Warner!? Screw you Tonys! (I will flip back and forth from the game though).

jaimealyse (#647)

My boyfriend is making barfy noises that Sister Act is a musical. He hates theatre. Why is everyone on NY 1 shouting?

rj77 (#210)

There will be a few of us flipping between the two, hoping for LeBron's career implosion and a live performance from "Anything Goes."

jaimealyse (#647)

@rj77 I will let you know when Anything Goes comes on. You will probably be able to hear me squealing from wherever you are.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@jaimealyse Wake me when they do the Chinese version of "Anything Goes" from Temple of Doom.

@keisertroll WAKE UP!

And that wasn't a half-bad opening number. NPH really should just host everything.

jaimealyse (#647)

The Tony Awards Drinking Game (a starting point)

One, because drinking games make everything better. Two, because fuck these are depressing sometimes. Three, because I like lists. Please add!

Take a sip for:
-Obvious jokes: Spider Man, anthony weiner, Harry Potter, Glee, censoring the title "Motherfucker with the Hat," RENT coming back to off-Broadway
-Desperation ("See a broadway show! Please!!") that makes you feel bad for whoever's expressing it and/or yourself
-Thank-you speech mentions gay marriage
-you need to be a little drunker to handle the fact that Sutton Foster and Bobby Canevale are dating
-Any non-theatre people being forced to watch the show because of your devotion express their pain/confusion/boredom
-A movie/TV star says that theatre/the stage is their true love (additional sips for the less you believe them)

A gulp:
-Physical Spider Man joke involving a fall
-Combination Harry Potter/Anthony Weiner joke (something about a wand? Equus?)
-Motherfucker with the Hat title doesn't get bleeped
-Larry Kramer goes on a tirade
-Neil Patrick Harris in drag
-Your non-theatrician friend/hostage recognizes someone (other than NPH)

Finish your drink:
-if sutton foster loses
-Sutton Foster wins and thanks Steve Unger, her agent, whom i used to work for.
-Avenque Q puppets
-Sutton Foster tap-dancing/singing makes you cry. Again.

PS: I have on hand bourbon, tequila, chambord, and warm cherry soda. I drink bourbon on the rocks, yes? There might also be a green apple Smirnoff Ice in the back of the fridge…

jaimealyse (#647)

@jaimealyse Well the opening gets in like three drinks, but manages to tell us to SEE A LIVE PLAY without being desperate??

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse Oh, he went highbrow with the Equus joke. Good job NPH.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I may be torn between Game 6 of the NBA Finals and the Tony Awards, but at least I can wear my Alex English Denver Nuggets throwback jersey to both.

jaimealyse (#647)

BROOKE SHEILDS THIS IS LIVE.

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse I blame the eyelash drugs. Watch out, Claire Danes, you're next.

keisertroll (#1,117)

The one time I'm comfortable about my homosexuality to watch the Tony Awards, it's not just for gays anymore.

LE SIGH.

jfruh (#713)

After we saw the Book of Mormon last month my wife became super obsessed with the Tonys and keeps shouting things up the stairs at me everytime something funny happens. (She also wants to subscribe Mormon magazines so that she can lure missionaries to our house but that's another story.) If "I Believe" doesn't win she will probably go on a one-woman riot. Pray for me!

SeanP (#4,058)

@jfruh can't she just troll their online missionaries about how magnets work like everyone else?

jaimealyse (#647)

Boyfriend: These are all plays? Current plays? Broadway plays? I didn't know there were that many plays.

jaimealyse (#647)

Ongoing thread of things I explain to him about this all. Add:

-Why Stephen Colbert is there
-What qualifies as "Broadway"

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse I look forward to your detailed contractual recitation of the boundaries of the Broadway Box.

jaimealyse (#647)

@turnabout Eesh. Doesn't include the Delacorte is all I really know. I used to be SOLID on Bway/off-Bway tiers based on seats, though.

jaimealyse (#647)

"It's like watching a movie award show in another language."

keisertroll (#1,117)

Now I will no longer only recognize Ellen Barkin as the voice of Bill Dauterive's ex-wife.

rj77 (#210)

Player her off, Keyboard Cat. I'm happy for you, Ellen, but STOP.

jaimealyse (#647)

Tiny Wizard can do an American accent. And sing!

@jaimealyse I'd say he's a better dancer than he is a singer (but a very good dancer). And when he gave the post-curtain Broadway Cares fundraising appeal speech a couple weeks ago, he went right back into his native accent…

jaimealyse (#647)

So many musicals this season have cute chorus boys in 1920s/1960s/hipstery glasses AND I LOVE IT.

rj77 (#210)

Not bad, Harry Potter, but Matthew Broderick has way better comic timing and Robert Morse just owns J. Pierpont Finch outright. So.

John Laroquette is not a dancer.

jaimealyse (#647)

@rj77 Oddly, though – or at least I was surprised – John Laroquette is a GREAT actor. I saw him in Liz Meriweather's play Oliver [something] last year, a strange, difficult, really complex play, and he blew me away.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I'm totally starting a Facebook campaign for NIGHT COURT: THE MUSICAL

rj77 (#210)

@keisertroll @jaimealyse I adore John Laroquette and would be first in line to see NIGHT COURT : THE MUSICAL. He just looked a little stiff with the choreography. But that could've been because everyone else that rugby scrum bit of dance was about a foot shorter than he was.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@rj77 But, who would play Bull?

rj77 (#210)

@keisertroll …a head-shaven Hugh Jackman?

turnabout (#13,858)

@keisertroll all of the people who played Lurch in the Addams Family.

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse And Laroquette gets the Tony!

C_Webb (#855)

When did Broadway start letting people drink in their seats from those grownup sippy cups with the name of the play on them? Those deserve an award, as long as no one slurps.

Pop Socket (#187)

@C_Webb Greatest Broadway invention ever. Bloody Bloody Andrew jackson even had a Jack Daniels-Apple Juice special. Yummo.

C_Webb (#855)

@Pop Socket I KNOW! Which meant I was drunk enough to snarl at everyone around me for not giving them a standing O on their second to last night.

rj77 (#210)

They really need to not use that stage-floor camera angle. It's quite…unflattering.

jfruh (#713)

Oh God, they gave the Book of Mormon "Best Score" during a commercial or "earlier" or something? There's SO MUCH RAGE coming up from downstairs right now.

Pop Socket (#187)

@jfruh Best Orchestration went to BoM in the preshow too.

Pop Socket (#187)

If Broadway is not just for gays anymore, why are the Tony Awards ALWAYS on opposite the NBA finals?

keisertroll (#1,117)

@Pop Socket I actually remember in 2000 when it was only up against the Western Conference Finals. But PBS was showing "The Lathe of Heaven" so I totally watched that instead.

sophomoric (#6,066)

@Pop Socket The Tonys are still exclusively gay/jewish.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Al Pacino looks good for his age. He must have a deal with himself from that Keanu Reeves movie.

jaimealyse (#647)

So John Leguizamo used theatre to… something about drinking?

keisertroll (#1,117)

@jaimealyse He lived at the theatre when they were exterminating the House of Buggin'.

jaimealyse (#647)

Okay let me just say, Billy Crudup sucked in Arcadia. (Boyfriend: I've seen his blue dong.)

turnabout (#13,858)

so basically this is going to be all Book of Mormon, Anything Goes, and Normal Heart, right?

jaimealyse (#647)

@turnabout Seems it.

rj77 (#210)

@turnabout Yes, yes, and yes.

turnabout (#13,858)

@rj77 I mean. I knew that going in. But I like surprises.

turnabout (#13,858)

@rj77 Warhorse! Surprise!

rj77 (#210)

@turnabout Indeed!

Hey, it's a good-old-fashioned liveblog in the comments section!

This is my personal favorite kind of liveblog.

@MisterHippity Really, it's the ONLY way to live blog, IMHO.

Pop Socket (#187)

@MisterHippity If you are here, it's a party.

I will watch for the next half hour, but then I have to duck out for Game of Thrones. So many things on TV tonight!

jaimealyse (#647)

Have Norbert Leo Butz & Sutton Foster been in a show together yet?

Meghan (#1,061)

@jaimealyse I couldn't handle it. I would sob openly.

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse Dunno. But that would be pretty awesome.

Bittersweet (#765)

@jaimealyse: Just the thought of that makes my head explode. Husband and I almost gave NLB standing O last night, he is ridiculous.

sophomoric (#6,066)

I was just remembering that great Tony Awards performance for Spamalot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yRlnSgu-bY When will Sara Ramirez come back to Broadway!? She was simply outstanding, and I have no interest in watching Grey's Anatomy.

"Give My Regards to Broadway" … there's an inspired choice of theme music!

jaimealyse (#647)

Fuck yes Kathleen Marshall for choreography. Never before has tapdancing made me cry.

rj77 (#210)

The Addams Family Musical : Even Bebe Neuwirth Needs Rent Money.

Bono is like ha ha this is so funny …. *sob*

turnabout (#13,858)

@MisterHippity I thought the head of warhorse in the bed was a good one.

@turnabout It was all funny! If you're not Bono, that is.

turnabout (#13,858)

@MisterHippity I'm glad they got it out of their system in one bit.

keisertroll (#1,117)

David Hyde Pierce and Neil Patrick Harris are in the same room. MYTH: BUSTED.

Um … how shall I put this: Is Trey Parker a friend of Dorothy?

keisertroll (#1,117)

@MisterHippity SO IT IS A CHOICE

jaimealyse (#647)

"Why is Don Cheadle at the Tonys?" … "Ohhh." (Black people stuff.)

jaimealyse (#647)

@jaimealyse But hey, represent, Vineyard Theatre, home of excellent off-Broadway theatre.

@jaimealyse He seemed a little … melancholy, didn't he?

Cheer up, Don!

This musical was supposedly really good, but it didn't last long on Broadway, sadly. I guess the subject matter was too depressing.

jaimealyse (#647)

@MisterHippity I am really regretting not seeing it right now. But there's been an epidemic of ill-advised transfers from nonprofit off-Broadway. This being Kander & Ebb, though, it started off-Broadway more as a tryout. But still.

jaimealyse (#647)

@MisterHippity If I lived somewhere this were coming to on tour, this would make me want to see it. (Which is really the measure of these musical numbers.)

jaimealyse (#647)

Wait Godspell is coming back to Broadway?

[Chairman of the Tonys. Time to go wash the dishes from dinner.]

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse Ken Davenport is producing and raising money from the internet. It's my least favorite Jesus musical.

Meghan (#1,061)

@jaimealyse They're going to be at Circle in the Square. They've got posters already, urging you to Follow Him More Nearly (on Twitter and Facebook).

@turnabout Probably a wise move, commercially. Lots of Jesus-lovin' folk from across the country will come see it.

jaimealyse (#647)

@turnabout I mean, Victor Garber was in it when he was a baby. But where is my Pippin revival!?

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse well, Victor Garber would make anything awesome. I would much rather see Pippin.

ShanghaiLil (#260)

@turnabout Victor Garber: biggest *AyCarumba* on B'way.

I saw Angela Lansbury play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd on Broadway back in the 70s, and she was awesome. Just blew me away.

(I am old.)

@MisterHippity But Olds like you allow us to say, "I Internet-know someone who saw X in Y in 197Z," and you just can't put a price on that…

Pop Socket (#187)

Here comes the one clean song from Book of Mormon.

jaimealyse (#647)

@Pop Socket I am sitting here waiting to be convinced.

jaimealyse (#647)

@Pop Socket I mean, I'm excited to be convinced. But it's like, okay, let's see it.

jaimealyse (#647)

They have to zoom so far out when someone curses!

jaimealyse (#647)

Folks who've seen Book of Mormon– Does this I Believe thing and all its pointing out of how silly Mormonism's beliefs are, does it eventually do the thing where it's like, Why are your religious beliefs any less silly?

jfruh (#713)

@jaimealyse Kind of! Or maybe it's more like "Being silly is the entire point of religion, and it doesn't work if it's not"? The song is actually really quite sincere.

keisertroll (#1,117)

My favorite part of "Book Of Mormon" was when BYU came back from 20 to win the Holiday Bowl.

jfruh (#713)

Returning from downstairs to note that Angela Lansbury is looking more like Mary Worth than ever. That is a Broadway Musical for which I am available to write the book, FYI.

turnabout (#13,858)

@jfruh I'd see it. (By "see" I mean attempt to scam free tickets from an acquaintance. But to each his own.)

keisertroll (#1,117)

Mention "VIVA LAUGHLIN" so I can take a drink.

@keisertroll Done!

Pop Socket (#187)

Hugh Jackman. Yeah, Broadway definitely not just for the gays anymore.

jaimealyse (#647)

NPH and Hugh Jackman are gonna make out, right?

jaimealyse (#647)

THEY ARE SINGING ABOUT TOPS AND BOTTOMS

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse oh plz, yes.

rj77 (#210)

OMG JACKMAN AND NPH BROADWAY MEDLEY. WITH CHORUS LINE DANCING. #theatregeekgasm

turnabout (#13,858)

@rj77 It was the best. Can they just co-host ALL the awards?

rj77 (#210)

@turnabout That would be the most wonderfulest thing ever.

Bittersweet (#765)

@turnabout: Yeah, how come the Oscars have never wised up and gotten them a piece of NPH? TV snobbism?

keisertroll (#1,117)

Brooke Shields, SUDDENLY SWEARIN'

Pop Socket (#187)

Yes, they did bleep you. Brooke is definitely swinging for the blooper reel.

Brooke Shields, doubling down…

Pop Socket (#187)

Book of Mormon's first loss. The Producers record is safe.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Now John Larroquette is only four consecutive Tonys away from telling them to stop awarding him with things.

rj77 (#210)

Can a random Spiderman fly into Bono's face and break those fucking pink plastic goggle glasses he insists on wearing all the FUCKING TIME?

That Bono/Edge bit should have been delivered by Dave Bry.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@Setec Astrology I thought Robin Williams and Steve Nash acquitted themselves here.

Pop Socket (#187)

Bono and The Edge win the Tony for Best False Humility.

jaimealyse (#647)

I started watching the Tonys during the few years of performed excerpts from the nominated plays. I miss those.

jaimealyse (#647)

I bet those other Avenue Q guys are really kicking themselves for not being this Avenue Q guy.

BoHan (#29)

I am never switching to Cymbalta until they hire some better looking depressed spokespeople.

rj77 (#210)

Digging "Mormon" guy's blue tux.

Meghan (#1,061)

It was gracious of them to get Alex Timbers a seat in a dark tent somewhere just outside the Beacon.

jaimealyse (#647)

All of those nuns look like Kathy Najimi.

jaimealyse (#647)

Also, of course they can all sing – they're in a MUSICAL.

jaimealyse (#647)

@jaimealyse Except for the one who looks like Kerry Butler. (Is that her?)

Pop Socket (#187)

@jaimealyse Theater geek synchronicity. I just googled it. Not Kerry Butler. She is currently in Catch Me If You Can

keisertroll (#1,117)

This is not what I was expecting from the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" musical.

jaimealyse (#647)

I'm sad Earnest didn't win, but do we get a Larry Kramer screed? What? Daryl Roth's accepting? Boo.

jaimealyse (#647)

Her dress is a giant AIDS ribbon, right?

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse they better not play him off.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@jaimealyse Can't wait 'til David Mamet pulls an Abe Simpson next year. Maybe then I'll be ready to write that sitcom about the sassy robot.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I am too young to remember "The Normal Heart" as anything but the song from Rocky IV.

jaimealyse (#647)

Okay how the fuck is this thing about Memphis & those public school kids getting me teary? Like, almost-teary.

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse but after that story I'm wondering why the kids aren't performing. Oh there they are.

jaimealyse (#647)

YES, high school kids in the aisles, DO IT.

jaimealyse (#647)

@turnabout Dancing with Stro!

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse I was gonna say something about the Memphis leads sounding a little pitchy, but cute kids dancing in the aisles are like the human shield to snark.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@rj77 And then here comes the It Gets Better ad. More maudlin than Stan Maudlin.

rj77 (#210)

War Horse! Yeah! …did they just show the horse puppet eating out of that kid's ass?

jaimealyse (#647)

Lincoln Center Theater has some cheapie tickets for under-35s now. Like Roundabout's HipTix. I need to get on that and see War Horse. (And to anyone who hasn't seen Earnest, do that, too.)

jaimealyse (#647)

Sloan Clone!

rj77 (#210)

ANYTHING GOES. FINALLY.

turnabout (#13,858)

@rj77 it's tap dancing time!

jaimealyse (#647)

@rj77 Very fast tempo!

jaimealyse (#647)

Okay guys. Anything Goes is FUCKING AMAZING. Tiny Joel Gray is amazing in it. Everyone. But fuck, Sutton Foster. Most genius person ever.

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse Her hair is so bouncy!

jaimealyse (#647)

@rj77 And she's such a spazzy nerd. I love her.

sunnyciegos (#551)

@jaimealyse I was SO HAPPY today to realize that I have seen Sutton Foster two times on Broadway without really trying! (broadway joke) I saw her in The Drowsy Chaperone AND I saw her as Eponine in Les Mis when I was in college. We are basically best friends. Tall girls unite!

Pop Socket (#187)

Is Sutton Foster ever allowed to be unemployed?

jaimealyse (#647)

@Pop Socket She was in Little Women. Same difference?

Pop Socket (#187)

@jaimealyse I try to block that show out of my memory. One of the dullest musicals I have ever seen.

jaimealyse (#647)

The camera needs to stop moving so much!

The Cavs are leading the Heat by 9 points heading into the fourth quarter!

Oops… sorry, wrong channel. Hey, look at all those dancing sailors!

jaimealyse (#647)

That number is like three times bigger in the actual show and the tapping and singing were so gorgeous and overwhelming that I cried. SIGH.

jaimealyse (#647)

And speaking of cheap tickets for young'ns, that's at Roundabout, too, so you can see it for like $23 via HipTix. Strongly recommended if you like joy and stuff.

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse if I could ever remember how to use HipTix, I would take advantage of it. Lord knows what my password was.

"A special surprise from Paul Schaffer" is not my idea of something stay tuned for …

Just got back from "Game of Thrones." The episode had a sad ending. I need to see happy stuff now.

Speaking of Athol Fugard, I saw "Master Harold and the Boys" in its original run on Broadway, and it was awesome. It made me cry.

(I mentioned I was old, right?)

jaimealyse (#647)

@MisterHippity Signature Theatre's doing a season of his work this coming year.

jaimealyse (#647)

I gotta say, thinking of theatres as shrines is probably part of why no one sees theatre.

Meghan (#1,061)

@jaimealyse But they're also lighthouses. That connect us. So.

"Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages … I AM YOUR FATHER!!"

keisertroll (#1,117)

@MisterHippity "THIS IS THE BOOK THAT GOT BUBBA COOKED."

jaimealyse (#647)

Anyone else seeing Company this Wednesday in Chealsea? See you there, homos!

jaimealyse (#647)

I think this song is weird even *in* context, but here?

They have both Crane brothers here tonight, I see.

jaimealyse (#647)

Todd Haimes, you make too much money for the head of a nonprofit theatre and your programming is overly conservative and drab!

(Is this what Carrie meant about not getting The Awl sued?)

Was she Cagney or Lacey? I can't remember.

jaimealyse (#647)

Stand up straight, little girl! (Looove you FOREVER.)

jaimealyse (#647)

Yay Julian! // Oh no!

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse she just had a breakdown on stage about her dresser leaving her. That's amazing. (I liked the sparkly dress she wore to the Drama Desks better.)

Pop Socket (#187)

I saw Sutton Foster in previews of Thoroughly Modern Millie with TKTS tickets I bought on a whim. Top that theater geeks.

jaimealyse (#647)

@Pop Socket I saw the second off-Broadway preview of Spring Awakening. That's as close as I get.

Pop Socket (#187)

@jaimealyse That's pretty dang good. I saw the Broadway production which puts me in the "I've seen Lea Michele's tits, so take that you Gleeks" club.

ShanghaiLil (#260)

@Pop Socket Press performance of Patti in GYPSY.

jaimealyse (#647)

Drag queens! I think! Any second!

jaimealyse (#647)

Daleks?

jaimealyse (#647)

Good for you, Mark Rylance. Joe Mantello is still sitting next to someone SUPER HOT.

turnabout (#13,858)

@jaimealyse I wonder if voters thought, "let's give it to Rylance. He'll give a more fun speech than Pacino."

jaimealyse (#647)

This is a poem, yes? In an American accent?

Meghan (#1,061)

I REALLY HOPE NORBERT RECITES A POEM ALSO

rj77 (#210)

@jaimealyse I believe Rylance, though English-born, was raised in Wisconsin. So he's 'merican too, sorta.

jaimealyse (#647)

@rj77 Okay but that was still bananas.

Meghan (#1,061)

@jaimealyse He did it in '08, also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU9iCgGDjRI&t=27s

jaimealyse (#647)

@Meghan That's why I even thought anything other than that he was having a stroke.

sophomoric (#6,066)

Lighting design people take themselves the most seriously.

THAT WAS THE GREATEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECH EVER.

@MisterHippity I was talking about Mark Rylance — but now I've learned that his speech was actually a poem by Louis Jenkins.

So I guess it wasn't a great speech after all. But it's a good poem.

@MisterHippity He did something similar for Boeing Boeing, if I recall.

@Setec Astrology Which I see Megham covered up-thread. Last night. Whoops.

jaimealyse (#647)

Yay Norbert!!!

(Sorry that my liveblogging has devolved to Yays.)

jaimealyse (#647)

Okay, y'all, as Chris Rock said, you know you're gonna get laid. Thanks for sticking around, for hanging out, for loving Sutton Foster.

Go get rush tickets, HipTix, or whatever Lincoln Center does, and see a play, if you're around NYC. Join TDF or go to Broadwaybox.com.

And see some off-Broadway theatre, too.

Love you all, love you Sutton & Julian.

GOOD NIGHT!

keisertroll (#1,117)

RIP Joseph Smith

Pop Socket (#187)

AMAZING freestylin' Broadway rap.

@Pop Socket Is there NOTHING NPH can't do????

Holy shit, Neil Patrick Harris is amazing.

ashly5nash (#13,820)

this is nice

Wow, you guys sure did some commenting last night!

ayla7kadin (#13,829)

yes we did commenting last night

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