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Hello, diva lovers! Well, the 2013-14 Broadway season is officially over, and the 2014 Tony Awards were bestowed upon creators and performers from 13 different productions June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. What follows are my thoughts about The 68th Annual Tony Awards, which were broadcast live on CBS.
Most Exciting Performance
The most exciting performance of the Tony Awards came early on when a lively Fantasia, in terrific voice, was joined by veteran singers Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, also both in fine form. In fact, I could have listened to an entire evening of this trio and wish they could have had the additional few minutes that it took the always-affable Hugh Jackman to hop to the stage. If only Jackman had made his initial entrance dancing with the cast of After Midnight, it would have been a thrilling way to first appear and one of the great Tony openings.
Best Acceptance Speech
My favorite acceptance speech of the night was delivered by Lena Hall ("Oh my God! Oh my God!"), who won for her gender-bending performance (and terrific vocals) as Yitzhak opposite fellow 2014 Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hall's stunned reaction, which gave way to sheer joy, was everything that makes awards-watching enjoyable for the audience, and her speech was funny, a bit scattered, but gracious and ultimately moving. Congratulations, Ms. Hall.
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