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The 2007 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

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2007 TONY Awards
At Radio City Music Hall
50th Street, Btw. 5th and 6th Avenues
NY, NY
(See 2007 Tony Awards Website)
Broadcast on CBS

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 10, 2007


(See the List of 2007 Tony Winning Plays, Musicals, and Performers)

"The Coast of Utopia" and "Spring Awakening" won award upon award, such as Best Featured Actor and Actress ("Utopia", Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle), Best Play ("Utopia"), and Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical ("Spring Awakening"). Heartfelt thanks were expressed at each and every acceptance speech, but there was still suspense, lots of energy, and a brief performance of each of the "Best Musical" competitors. Additional presentations showcased Best Revival of a Musical ("110 in the Shade", "Company", the winner), and more. "Curtains", "Grey Gardens", "Mary Poppins", and "Spring Awakening" were excerpted with full staging and orchestral accompaniment.

The setting at Radio City Music Hall (I sat in the second mezzanine) is always magical and momentous. In an effort to fully bring the audience into the Hall, prior to the start of the CBS broadcast, the Presenters, The League of American Theaters and Producers and The American Theater Wing (that began presenting the Tony Awards in 1947) closed the doors early. The cast of "Jersey Boys", big winners last year, presented - live - the second-rung awards, which would be mentioned briefly during the telecast. These second-rung awards included a noteworthy Regional Theater (Alliance Theater, Atlanta) and Best Lighting Design of a Play and of a Musical, with both "The Coast of Utopia" and "Spring Awakening" winning these Tonys. Plus, on strategically placed small screens, video clips of historical Broadway shows and films about Broadway ran non-stop, during each television break. These breaks became more and more frequent as the hour grew late.
Among the Tony winners, two of the most captivating acceptance speeches were given by Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, Best Actress and Best Featured Actress in a Musical, both winning for "Grey Gardens", one of the best musicals I've seen in some time. Other memorable moments were created by Frank Langella (Best Actor, "Frost/Nixon") and David Hyde Pierce (Best Actor in a Musical, "Curtains"), as well by William Ivey Long (Best Costume Design, "Grey Gardens"). I was personally disappointed in some of the choices, such as Best Leading Actor in a Play, as Liev Schreiber, star of "Talk Radio", gave such an incredible performance. He lost to Frank Langella (I have yet to see "Frost/Nixon"). "Radio Golf", reviewed for this magazine in Chicago, was nominated for Best Play, but lost to "The Coast of Utopia".

"Company", by Sondheim, won Best Revival of a Musical, and "Mary Poppins" won best Scenic Design of a Musical. "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only" won Best Theatrical Event (about a ventriloquist,), and Marvin Hamlisch had opened the broadcast at the piano, playing "One" from "A Chorus Line". The 2007 Tony Awards were a sold-out event, and the ticket-holders line snaked around Radio City for an hour, prior to the ceremony. This black-tie affair is the Coup de Théâtre for the theatre and Broadway dance crowd, and this year was no exception in level of excitement. The stage sets and stage lights exude golden hues and flickering effects. The winning shows had many fans in the audience, magnifying the accolades. And, there were many sponsors, as this year's Tony Awards Playbill was twice the size of previous years. Kudos to The League and The Wing, whose opening skit by Sondra Gilman, Chairman, The American Theatre Wing, and Doug Leeds, President of The League, was original and hilarious.



Post-Tonys at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Post-Tonys at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Post-Tonys at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Post-Tonys at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Post-Tonys at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower





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