By Ariana DeBose
10 Jun 2013
What a night!
I am still reeling from last night's incredible celebration of the Broadway community! I am so inspired by what I've experienced over the past 24 hours…starting with dress rehearsal. (I have never seen so many people excited to be awake at 6:45 AM.)
Tony Awards dress rehearsal led me straight to half-hour for Motown's matinee and then back to Radio City for the show. I have to say…I had the jitters all the way up until the downbeat of the opening number — which, by the way, was one of the best opening numbers I have ever seen (but maybe I'm a little biased, since it was written by Bring It On songwriters Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt)!
Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) is such a fearless host and fantastic showman. Hitting that passerelle (the walkway that extends into the audience) in the opening number with my fellow Bring It On principals was terrifying and exciting all at once, but there is nothing better than 120-something performers hitting the button of a number. (#fierce.) Looking out into the audience and seeing these faces I love and respect left me very misty.
I'm still mind-blown that I was standing on stage behind a curtain waiting to go on for Bring It On's performance as Judith Light made her acceptance speech! I was running on adrenaline and five cups of coffee, so trying to harness all that energy was nearly impossible, but listening to her speak with such love and genuine gratitude for everything around her was so heartening.Continued...