The 68th Tony Awards have come and gone, leaving behind legendary performances and a win that made history. The Tony Awards were on June 8, 2014 and hosted by former Tony host, also stage, movie actor and Tony winner, Hugh Jackman.
The Tonys this year consisted of many nominees for plays, musicals, actors and actresses, including Idina Menzel and former Tony host, now back on Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris. The revival for “Les Miserables” was nominated, as well as its leading man making his Broadway debut, Ramin Karimloo.
The performances were pronominal to say the least, except for the musical “Rocky.” There was almost no singing and all it showed was the fight and the fighting rink. The Cast of “Les Miserables” was amazing. The cast gave an excellent performance of “One Day More.” Nikki M. James as Eponine was not the best, but she gave it her all. Broadway star Idina Menzel sang “Always Starting Over” from the new musical “If/Then” and did a spectacular job. The performance from “Aladdin” was amazing. The performance for “Violet” was nothing short of amazing and Sutton Foster nailed her singing part. The performance from “Hedwig and the Angry Itch” was spectacular. Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall were amazing. The cast of “Wicked” performed in honor of running on Broadway for ten years and the two ladies did a great job. These are just some of the phenomenal performances of the night.
One of the many highlights of the night was Audra McDonald winning the Tony award for “Best Leading Actress in a Play” for her performance in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar Grill.” This makes her sixth Tony win and history was made.
Of course all of the fans of Ramin Karimloo were disappointed that he did not win the Tony, but Neil Patrick Harris did deserve it. Idina Mezel and Sutton Foster who were nominated in the same category did not win the Tony, but rather Jessie Mueller. All in all, everyone who won their Tonys deserved them.
Jackman did a good job hosting, but I personally felt like he missed some opportunities to make the night more entertaining. His opening was a bit confusing to say the least, because he hopped, but I did enjoy seeing some of the performers backstage. He was in the 2012 movie “Les Miserables” and he made no reference of “Les Mis,” there was no Jean Valjean face off with Karimloo, or even a joke about “Les Mis.” Most of his puns were directed at Harris, given they have both been Tony hosts in the past. Most of all I wish he had shaved his beard. I did, however, love his dance with all of the actresses nominated for “Best Actress in a Musical.”