Theatrely Thoughts | Live Commentary on the 2020 Tony Awards
Tune-in tonight for live updates from the Theatrely staff tonight starting at 7pm ET as we watch and dish all about the 74th Annual Tony Awards...
Meg: Not surprising - but very exciting!!
Michael: Adrienne Warren’s fucking unstoppable!!
Michael: Also loving seeing so many musicians tonight
Meg: Celia deserves so much love tonight. They’re INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Michael: Bernadette is ageless. We all know it but it bears repeating.
Michael: Also big shoutout to tonight’s string section for nailing it even with just a small number of players
Meg: We are not updating this chat right now bc crying (well at least that’s why I’m not)
Michael: Wow. That was the heaviest in memoriam ever no question
Michael: The fastest Beautiful City I’ve EVER heard
Michael: Mr Groban is lovely but always sounds like OPERAAAAAHHHHH
Michael: Best, most moving performance thus far.
Michael: I went to college with the conductor of BIV and it is a goddamn watershed moment seeing him up there
Michael: Just a bit too much Ben Platt for my taste these days
Meg: We need less Ben Platts at the table
Michael: And never enough Anika Noni Rose
Juan: The lack of Larry Owens in this broadcast…
Meg: I wish Ben Platt would take this time to finish the Politician instead because I've been waiting!!!!!!!!!
Juan: Ben Platt wants to move on from this Dear Evan Hansen cycle
Meg: Yeah we definitely weren’t going to get through this without LMM ending up on stage somehow
Michael: As dramatic as POSSIBLE with that music
Michael: I love Kenny Leon. Everything this man does
Meg: I mean…maybe a little diss to Ibsen
Juan: AMBER IMAN SUPREMACY
Michael: How did he get here this fast?!!!! Wooooowwww!!!
Michael: Honestly special tony award to whoever did the keyboard programming for this show
Juan: where is lil kim
Meg: I haven't seen MR yet but it looks like an absolute rave and I think that's what we all need right now
Michael: Why is John Legend snapping off the beat
Michael: Chrissy Teigen caught preparing another ridiculous insta post
Michael: Welcome back everyone to the winter garden featuring…The Music Man signage!!
Meg: The choreography in this number is gorgeous!!
Michael: Angie Schworer as the next Jenna please
Michael: Patrick Vaccariello raising awareness of us left-handed conductors!!!
Meg: Bernadette is SERVING AS ALWAYS!
Meg: Jordanna just said "this is marching band realness" LOL
Meg: Go get a cookie y'all
Meg: WAIT I just remembered I actually brought pumpkin spice cookies to the newsroom!!
Meg: COME ON ADRIENNE
Juan: why did perez hilton just like my tweet
Juan: Adrienne extend your time in TINA challenge!!
Meg: Now we wait for Marymount Manhattan to have the nerve to boast about their alum winning after the experiences she's shared about MMC lmao
Michael: Her career better SOAR
Michael: ORIGINAL ORCHESTRATION YES. King Harold WheelerMeg:
Meg: This is RIVETING
Meg: TAYLOR SWIFT EX BATTLE LET'S GO
Michael: Here we goooooooooooo
Michael: No but bebe neuwirth absolutely deserves a tony for being here
Michael: He is on his way to playing Father in Children of Eden in this suit
Meg: I am very relieved that I do not have to publish the article I wrote in the event he lost
Michael: We all wanted to see this article are u KIDDING
Michael: If I ever win a tony award my speech will be going very much like this
Michael: DEF feels overdue
Meg: We knew Moulin Rouge was going to steal the show tonight and I am totally okay with that!! I do hope Tina gets some well-deserved acclaim in some of the remaining categories.
Juan: Closing my eyes and pretending its for Here Lies Love !!
Michael: Me too. There’s a lot of good there as well
Michael: Sheryl Lee Ralph KNOWS how good she is looking today
Michael: What is going on
Meg: I think word spread that the CBS show is starting late so maybe they were all told to kill as much time as possible lol
Meg: I just don't know what to say in response to this dude LOL
Juan: Robert O’Hara did not deserve this
Michael: Phyllida Lloyd of Mamma Mia?!??
Juan: yes ma'am
Meg: Diablo is dressed very Lydia Deetz tonight??
Juan: C’MON DIABLO CODY egOT
Michael: FIRST FEMALE ORCHESTRATOR TO WIN EVER
Michael: Christopher Nightingale—orchestrator of Matilda!!
Meg: Jennifer Nettles being cast in Waitress has exposed me to the theatre community as a closeted country music fan and I am slightly mad about it!!!!!! But also GOD I LOVE HER
Meg: Aaron's looking nervous, y'all!!
Michael: Strongest speech yet
Michael: Such a tough show to design with the orchestra not even close to the stage. Deserved
Michael: Another sweep babyyy
Michael: It was basically the disney electrical parade on stage. I’d riot if it didn’t win
Meg: That's a fair win!! It seems to me like Tina also has some cool costumes but MR's are so elaborate
Michael: First mask-on speech. I respect it
Meg: YES, Michael!
Michael: LaChanze and Darren Criss. Most unlikely couple
Meg: Gee I wonder which musical will win Best Scenic Design
Meg: Does Anyone Have Any Guesses...It Is Such a Mystery
Michael: SHOCKER! ! !
Meg: HE BARELY EVEN REACTED
Meg: He was like "I been known"
Michael: This could win best scenic design for my lifetime frankly
Michael: Did not expect we would get this super fast gloss over given the extra time
Michael: James & Jeremy, the actual stars of A Christmas Carol
Juan: Cringe hip-hop erasure lol
Michael: NICE camera work!!
Michael: ANDRE DESHIELDS ALWAYS the most debonair. He is my role model.
Meg: I cannot contain my excitement right now I love this woman oh my god
Juan: There are few actors whose careers as I’m excited for as Ali Stroker’s
Meg: SHE'S FLAWLESS
Michael: The tambourine!!!
Meg: I need her in more classic Broadway roles right now, please!!!!!
Meg: Honestly I never realized how perfectly suited her voice is for A Chorus Line but WOW. This score is for her.
Meg: THE GROWL, okay!!!
Michael: Also loving this new arrangement. Treating the original version with so much respect but with so much OOMPH. I need the trombone player for all my shows
Meg: Okay I can finally breathe it's commercial time
Michael: This sounds very odd with saxes and brass
Juan: Should've been an EGOT :'(
Meg: My favorite Baltimore native!!
Michael: Holy Lauren Patten looks incredible
Michael: These will be interesting speeches
Meg: ...that applause was light
Michael: Give me that uptempo Magic to Doooo
Meg: Honestly struggling to read a last name as simple as Smith is a huge dyslexic mood and I relate
Michael: We can only hope to be thriving like Lois Smith at age 90!! Incredible
Meg: I cannot unhear the Lord Farquaad in John's voice as he presents I'M SORRY
Michael: You could tell that cheer for Danny was bigger than any other when he was announcing his name. We already knew
Meg: When he said "after 7 nominations" I STOPPED BREATHING
Michael: I'm legit tearing up. And as always, he's so incredibly gracious.
Juan: This bodes well for the Amy Adams Supporting Oscar next year
Meg: When he mentions Rebecca I'm going to break
Meg: I'm broken
Meg: First category, here we go!!!!!!!
Meg: My first prediction of the night was right!
Michael: Felt this one coming. Absolutely overdue, he’s a treasure
Juan: I didn’t see Soldier’s Play but, after seeing David in Porgy & Bess, I’m FOR IT
Juan: it's giving college reunion
Michael: Love that the orchestra is onstage!!!!
Meg: WOW AUDRA
Michael: Audra is radiant
Meg: She actually looks heaven-sent
Michael: And that trumpet soloooo
Meg: A gentle speech from Audra McDonald is what we all needed at this Tony's specifically
Michael: Love to hear a shoutout for The Wiz! Hopefully one day it gets the revival it deserves
Juan: 50th anniversary in 3 years 👀
Meg: I'm really glad Audra is addressing the need for change...we'll see how much change is evident through where the voters put their votes tonight
Michael: OPENING WITH HAIRSPRAY YES
Michael: Weird move to use the movie orchestration over the broadway one but okay
Michael: Kerry Butler still cute as hell
Juan: Heyoo — if they don’t bring in the Delta Nu girls to start us off, it’s a cursed night
Michael: Just here for the Hairspray reunion performance. Truly
Meg: How am I a Baltimore native and I didn't know this was happening?!?!
Michael: Need to know who orchestrated this preshow music