1. Carol Channing! She’s 90! 90 Years Old! (see #4). The three-time
Tony Award winner received several standing ovations after
her rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Hello,
Dolly!” for the event’s opening number. The word legendary
doesn’t do her justice.
2. We here at Playbill love Adam Riegler, who is currently starring
as Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family. Riegler encouraged
his fellow poorly-reviewed shows that “it gets better”— to the tune
of $1 million a week at the box office! Riegler was so funny, he
walked away with first runner-up for best skit (and praise from
comedian Colin Quinn, who said: “I’m not as funny as that kid
from The Addams Family.” (P.S. we’re still waiting for a Cubby
3. Year after year, The Lion King blows the crowd away with a
stunning dance routine. This year, the Broadway company paid
tribute to their former Young Nala, Shannon Tavarez, who lost her
battle with leukemia at the age of 11 this November. The troupe
performed a Hawaiian-themed number because “Shannon was
very excited for her upcoming trip to Hawaii in February.” The
company brought Hawaii to Shannon, and the crowd to tears.
4. Molly Shannon reviving her "SNL" Sally O’Malley routine for Kristin
Chenoweth’s I’ll be Oklahoma for Christmas at the Rodeo City Music
5. Usnavis reunite! In the Heights’ creator (and original Usnavi) Lin-
Manuel Miranda joined the company, and fellow Usnavis Javier
Munoz and Kyle Beltran for their final Gypsy presentation on
7. The Gypsy Robe presentation: This year, the famous Gypsy robe
turned 60. BC/EFA paid tribute to this longstanding Broadway tradition with a runway show of all the different robes created over the years, one donned by actor Adrian Bailey, who received a standing ovation. This was one of his first public appearances after his accident during a performance of A Little Mermaid in 2008.
8. Colin Quinn getting “mistaken for a member of Local 1 backstage.”
9. Rock of Ages taking home top prize for an amazing acrobatic
number performed by the very talented (and very flexible) Julie
Nelson and Rudi Macaggi.
10. Playbill’s very own funnyman Seth Rudetsky did a
fabulous job as host, deconstructing the evolution of his own
deconstructions. The “brava” moment came when Seth whipped
out a recording of him at the age of 3 (yes, 3!) singing "Oooh! My Feet!" from The Most Happy Fella.