Officer Lockstock and Little Sally Police Tony Audience

Tony Awards   Officer Lockstock and Little Sally Police Tony Audience
Though their show, Urinetown, has been retired, Officer Lockstock and Little Sally seem to have been kept on as Broadway's rogue peacekeepers.

The two characters appeared at this year's spring Easter Bonnet competition, even though Urinetown closed on Jan. 18. And they were back on stage at Radio City Music Hall a few minutes before the official 2004 Tony Awards ceremony began. Their job was to educate nominees in proper Tony etiquette and, as usual, their comments came complete with acerbic barbs. Lockstock, played by Tom Hewitt, instructed nominees, should their name be called, to report to the mike where the presenter had stood. "Losers stay in you seats!" countered Little Sally (Jen Cody), leaning into the microphone.

Lockstock then warned winners that, if their acceptance speech exceeded the given 45 seconds, they would be shown footage "from the 2002 Tony Awards of Elaine Stritch screaming for more time." He was referring to the notorious moment when Stritch, accepting an award for her show At Liberty, ran long and appealed to the orchestra to "please don't do this to me!"

Little Sally concluded the pep talk by saying, "Don't be alarmed by the seat fillers. They are professionals and have had a lot of experience filling seats this season at shows like Prymate, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Bobbi Boland"—naming three of the biggest flops of the season.

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