I'd give the award for Best Introduction of the evening to Spring Awakening's Jonathan Groff, who was most recently seen in the wholly moving HBO film of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. When it was announced that Idina Menzel would perform on the Tony telecast, I wondered whether there would be any reference to the frenzy that surrounded John Travolta's "Adele Dazeem" introduction of Menzel on the Academy Awards telecast. Groff good-naturedly poked fun of that incident by borrowing a line from Travolta's intro, stating with a sly grin, "[Please welcome…] the Wickedly talented, one and only" Idina Menzel (pronounced correctly).
The best belting of the 68th Annual Tony Awards is a tough call, so I'll give the title to three dazzlers: the aforementioned Idina Menzel, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who poured out their voices in selections from, respectively, the new musical If/Then, the Broadway debut of Violet and the forthcoming Finding Neverland. Those women sure can sing!
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