DIVA TALK: The 10 Best Moments of the 68th Annual Tony Awards
13 Jun 2014
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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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.