Those of you who passed on watching the 65th Tony awards on CBS last night in favor of Game of Thrones, the NBA finals, or a few extra hours of sleep, may be wondering how on earth you're going to make conversation about the ceremony at lunch today. To this end, The Atlantic Wire has prepared the following talking points to assist you in muddling through:
Depending on your perspective, the opening or closing number was the show's high point
When it came to the most memorable musical moment, it was really a matter of taste. Those who enjoyed Glee jokes went for the cold opening "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore," in which host Neil Patrick Harris implored straight viewers to stick with the telecast. Those who preferred a hip-hop summation of the night's events went for Harris's closing number.
The Book of Mormon's nine wins were highly predictable
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's scored nine wins, an impressive figure for the Broadway debut from the creators of South Park, but the pre-show buzz centered on whether the show would match The Producers' record twelve wins. It didn't, but Parker managed to make history by becoming (we think) the first-person in award show history to give Church of Latter Day Saints founder Josepeh Smith an acceptance speech shout-out. Declared Parker after the show's win for Best Musical, "You did it Joseph. You got the Tony!"
The Spiderman joke-a-palooza
Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark wasn't in the running, but the much-delayed production was a frequent punchline, with Harris reserving a 30-second block just for jokes about the $70 million musical. We missed the bit and it's not available online. Thankfully, New York magazine has them all transcribed. (Our favorite is the War Horse one.)
"Soon they’ll be changing the name to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lawsuits."
"The only show that warns you about strobe lights and falling actors."
"No audience members were harmed in the making of this musical. Yet."
"The only thing not falling in Spider-Man is the ticket prices."
"Julie Taymor found out it was over when she woke up with the head of War Horse in her bed."
"Spider-Man is the only show on Broadway where the actors in the cast are actually in casts."
"I heard they were changing it from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Daaaaark!" [Read as if by someone falling from a great height.]
"I sent Bono a congratulatory cable, but it snapped."
A song from Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark was performed without incident
On the one hand, actors Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano performed "If The World Should End" without incident and Bono and The Edge, who introduced the performance, got in a nice line about the show being delayed "to keep the excitement level up at the New York Post." But as the Los Angeles Times notes, it was a subdued way to tease a $70 million show, with "no flying, costumes or any of the other flashy elements that have kept audiences coming in droves to previews."
The full list of winners
From the New York Post, a complete list of the evening's winners:
Best Play: "War Horse."
Best Musical: "The Book of Mormon."
Best Book of a Musical: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Revival of a Play: "The Normal Heart."
Best Revival of a Musical: "Anything Goes."
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Mark Rylance, "Jerusalem."
Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Frances McDormand, "Good People."
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:"Catch Me If You Can."
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: John Benjamin Hickey, "The Normal Heart."
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Ellen Barkin, "The Normal Heart."
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: John Larroquette, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Nikki M. James, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, "War Horse."
Best Direction of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Choreography: Kathleen Marshall, "Anything Goes."
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Scenic Design of a Play: Rae Smith, "War Horse."
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Scott Pask, "The Book of Mormon"
Best Costume Design of a Play: Desmond Heeley, "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, "Priscillaof the Desert."
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Paule Constable, "War Horse."
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Brian MacDevitt, "The Book of Mormon."
Best Sound Design of a Play: Christopher Shutt, "War Horse."
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, "The Book of Mormon."