Tony Awards 2016

In a special #FBF I wanted to take the time to share a recap of this year’s Tony Awards.

This past Sunday the Tony Awards gave a spectacular close to the 2016 Award season. Not only did the guests and honorees turn out in the numbers- and finely clad I might add – but the evening proved one for the history books.

First let’s dive into the evenings looks shall we.

Much of the evening was marked with a subtle sadness about the senseless tragedy the night before in Orlando, Florida. Many of the nights guests showed their support by donning silverish-gray ribbons and even host James Corden wore a rainbow colored ribbon on his lapel in solidarity.

However it was not all bad news, there were the comedic moments provided by Corden, who even landed the punchline – “Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity,” in his opening remarks and continued his humor while touching on some pretty serious issues. Even performers Andrew Rannells and Glenn Close got in the action poking fun at the presidential nominees in parodies of popular plays, The Book of Mormon and A Chorus Line.

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The evening would not be complete without some outstanding performances by the likes of the cast of School of Rock, who’s young crew played live! Spring Awakening’s cast made history with a performance from Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival, which featured American Sign Language. Waitress Jessie Mueller brought down the house with heart-wrenching ballad “She Used to Be Mine” and social media was abuzz with talk about pregnant Audra McDonald dancing all the way through her Shuffle Along song.

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And although Hamilton did not continue it’s history making streak by taking the most awards in Tony history, the cast did not let us forget why they won so many award during the multiple sets throughout the evening. Fear not though, because the period piece took home the night’s biggest honor after being named 2016’s Best Musical.

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And not to be left forgotten, the evening also included numbers from the cast of The Color Purple and Fiddler on the Roof as well as a tribute to Chicago in celebration of it’s 20th anniversary.

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And I cannot forget to mention the other big ticket number, Eclipsed which broke records of it’s own with it’s all female cast, writers and directors – think names like Lala Anthony, Danai Gurira and Lupita N’yongo – and #BlackGirlMagic sprinkled all over it.

I could think of no better way to round out this year’s award season. Kudos to all of the winners and nominees, and may you continue to share the joy of your gift with the world!

Livi.

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