"It's All Happening": Busy Bring It On and Motown Actress Ariana DeBose Blogs About Her First Tony Awards

By Ariana DeBose
10 Jun 2013

DeBose with Bring it On castmates
Performing "It's All Happening" (from Bring It On) after that speech felt serendipitous, in a way. I was so "in the moment" that I don't remember much of what actually happened, but I remember turning to the audience and seeing my mentors, Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise. I will keep the memory forever. I enjoyed every second of being on that stage with my incredible cast. That performance was the end of a chapter for our company. Two years of hard work led us to that moment, and I am so proud to have been part of the show. I have a feeling we'll go on to become Broadway's "Mickey Mouse Club." ("…15 years down the road, and where are they now?")

So, after that… mad dash to the third floor to change into costume for the Motown performance: to the elevator, costume change, wig change, water, makeup touch up and back to the deck all in (maybe) ten minutes. It sounds like a long time, but in TV Land that was a rush. When I finally joined them, my Motown family greeted me with such support — they made this girl feel really special. Taking the stage with them was icing on the cake!

DeBose with Jerry Mitchell

I watched the rest of the telecast at the Bring It On viewing party and witnessed so many amazing moments… Thrilled for Diane Paulus and Pam MacKinnontwo female directors taking home statues in one night? That's what I'm talking about! And, let's hear it for all the beautiful ethnics up there being honored. It was inspiring to see Courtney B. Vance, Cicely Tyson, Patina Miller and Billy Porter up there. I'm just glad I had the privilege of being a part of the evening… and with two shows!

I then party-hopped in true Tony fashion, hitting Bring It On, Motown and Kinky Boots celebrations as well as the Tony Awards Party at the Café Carlyle. I spent the evening with so many dear friends and people I admire, including Bring It On producers Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson; Tom Kitt; Zachary Quinto; Jerry Mitchell; Motown love (and Tony nominee) Charl Brown, Mr. Berry Gordy and the Motown team; and so many more!

It was a magical night that I was so honored to be a part of… I was my own version of Cinderella. I didn't want the ball to end, but I am so glad it happened, and I will never forget it. Hopefully there will be more in the future. Fingers crossed, at least!