The 2016 Tony Awards will be a show that will be long remembered not only for Hamilton’s dominance, but also for being a truly great broadcast. We were touched by the elegant and empathetic way that CBS, James Corden and the American Theater Wing acknowledged the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. It was perfectly addressed and then performers from all genres attempted to lift the heartache with art. From speeches, to fashion, to the fabulous performances, there was something for everyone! Here are our 9 reasons we loved the 2016 Tony Awards:
It was such a treat to get to see a performance from the incredibly talented cast of Hamilton. “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” was stunning in both its energy and focus. The opening parody with the Hamilton cast and James Corden was so funny! Plus, can you think of a better closing number after clinching Best musical than “The Schuyler Sisters”- it was perfect.
He was the best Tony host we’ve seen in years. We actually loved him more than we loved Hugh Jackman. Whether he was keeping us stitches with “upcoming political parodies” The Book of Moron and A Clinton Line (look them up if you missed it) to his fantastically funny and uplifting opening number. I hope they ask him back again next year! (And Carpool Karaoke was so cool!)
She Loves Me
I loved the medley that they selected. As if seeing Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski’s impressive dance skills and Zachary Levi’s cartwheel were not enough, audiences were treated to Laura Benanti’s sparkling rendition of “Vanilla Ica Cream.” We even ate vanilla ice cream while watching because we’re so crazy about this number!
Not only were the attendees of the 2016 Tony Awards talented, they were also extremely fashionable. Check out our post about the best-dressed men and women from the evening.
We’ve been fans of Waitress since the film first came out and we were so excited to see this performance. While “Opening Up” was charming and seeing Sara Bareilles singing “She Used To Be mine” was a treat, nothing prepared us for the staggering raw emotion and performance from Jessie Mueller. If you haven’t seen this performance, be prepared for tears and to see a truly touching piece of art.
We love the Broadway and theater community so much and it’s always a treat to get to see them rewarded for the important work that they do. Every year a few speeches stand out as very special to us, this year those speeches were from Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs. As a couple who waited for babies for over a decade and then watched our miracle boy dance with the Tony Awards performers, we understand what a blessing2016it is to have a child. Renee brought tears to our eyes while we looked at our special blessing Daveed celebrated finding what makes you different and celebrating that in your self and in your child.
Fiddler on the Roof
The medley was classic, the performances heartfelt and the dancing so joyous our toddler got up and danced with the cast!
The “Ham for Ham” style performances
Even though we haven’t seen Hamilton yet, we’re so grateful for Lin and all the artists who have participated in the Ham for Ham performances. It was amazing to see the talented casts and nominees doing performances of musical theater classics. Who knew Andrew Lloyd-Weber played such a great tambourine?
On Your Feet
Gloria Estefan, Ana Villafane, Josh Segarra and indeed the entire cast, gave such spirited and infectious performances that we just had to sing along.
It was a great night for theater and we are already looking forward to next year’s show! What were your favorite parts of the 2016 Tony Awards?
(All images are from tonyawards.com unless otherwise noted. Check out their awesome videos of performances from this year’s broadcast!)