By Douglas Lyons
10 Jun 2014
Last night was an explosion of dreams and reality meeting. I've watched the Tony Awards for the past decade in complete awe of the brilliance that is the Broadway theatre community, but I never imagined I'd one day watch them on TV backstage and minutes later be performing on that same stage. Here's my recap of the fun-filled day with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
After we were all dressed, we boarded the bus to dress rehearsal. As we walked into Radio City we hugged all of our friends in the cast of Violet, who were on their way out. As we were waiting for our turn to take the stage, we got to watch Sting perform from his new musical The Last Ship.
The next performance made me squeal like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. My best friend Christine Dwyer is currently making her Broadway debut as Elphaba in Wicked. I had no idea that Wicked's performance was right before Beautiful's. Watching your friend go from singing "The Wizard and I" in a classroom at The Hartt School to singing "For Good" on the Tonys releases involuntarily, high-pitched, musical-theatre whistle tones.
After I gathered my composure, it was our turn to take the stage. Watching Carole King introduce our show was emotional on all parts. You could tell in her delivery how much this show means to her. And, to share the stage with her was an unbelievable honor. Everything during rehearsal went smoothly, we packed up the Beautiful camp and headed back to the Sondheim for our matinee.
Post matinee was relaxation time. I pressed and ironed my outfit for the post-show party and had a little dinner. In Liz Larzen's dressing room some of the cast watched NY1's coverage of the Tonys Red Carpet. More squeals were produced when Jessie Mueller, Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector were interviewed. There's something special about watching people from your show fly and be noticed for their great work, especially when those people are sweet — you kinda want them to win everything.