Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oz at the Tony Awards

I'm going to hold off on the comics overview for a bit so as to present a few highlights from this year's Tony Awards. This year got off to a very Ozzy start, with co-hosts Kristin Chenoweth (the original Galinda on Broadway in Wicked) and Alan Cumming (Glitch in Tin Man). They also gave a little shoutout to the longevity of Wicked:

Another original cast member of Wicked, Joel Grey (who also played the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz in Concert) and his daughter Jennifer introduce the number presented by Best Musical nominee Fun Home, about a girl growing up and coming to terms with not only her own sexual identification, but also her father struggling with his.

No surprise, Fun Home went on to win Best Musical. What I hadn't heard at the time I saw this is that Grey himself recently came out (which would explain the chuckle from the audience while setting this up, cut off in this video). As an aside, keep an eye on Sydney Lucas, who plays Small Alison in the clip above. She could be a huge star.

Chenoweth gets to perform in a number from On the Twentieth Century.

And yes, she was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, but lost to Kelli O'Hara in the current revival of The King and I.

Finally, among those remembered in the In Memoriam montage was Geoffrey Holder, who won his two Tonys for designing the costumes and directing The Wiz.

No comments: