Best Non-Singing Performance
How clever to have Jefferson Mays introduce the production number from the Tony-winning A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. It gave audiences a chance to see some of the magic — and three of the many characters — that Mays displays eight times a week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. I particularly enjoyed how the dressers managed to change his outfits so quickly and how Mays expertly morphed from one character to the next.
Best Surprise Performance
One of my other favorite performances of the evening was delivered by 2014 Tony winner Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful. Singer-songwriter Carole King, upon whose life the musical is based, expertly set up the scene that was to follow and then joined the cast for a rousing rendition of one of her biggest hits, "I Feel the Earth Move." How exciting to watch King and King (Mueller) share the Tony spotlight.
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