By Robert Viagas
09 Jun 2014
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
For those inside Radio City Music Hall, the starry and fast-paced 68th Annual Tony Awards were a blur of inside jokes, high-fashion dresses and gigantic stars elbowing past you in the packed lobby.
As with most years, there were some things that came across better at Radio City, and some things that came across better watching at home.
Some awards in technical categories were given during the pre-show; some during commercials throughout the evening.
Steve Canyon Kennedy, in a reference to the fact that Lady Day, despite having 16 songs, was deemed a “play with music” not a musical, won the Tony for Best Sound Design of a Play. He dryly commented, “I didn’t even know it was a play when I was asked to do it.”
As widely predicted, Jason Robert Brown won two Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, for The Bridges of Madison County, which was not nominated as Best Musical and is now closed. The orchestrations acceptance speech came first, and fans tensed up for a JRB-brand biting of his host’s hand. But instead, we were treated to a gracious speech about how Bridges was, for him, “the most special experience in the world.” Ah, but when he won for Best Score he slipped this knife in, saying that his play-on music was “the only music from Bridges you’ll get to hear tonight.” His show did not do a segment on the Tonys.Continued...