Tony Awards NYC
There’s nothing else like show business in New York City. Recently, I was in the Big Apple and saw some of the shows which won Tony Awards on Sunday.
“Kinky Boots” won the Tony for Best Musical and 5 other Tonys. The show is a dynamic, upbeat, delightful musical with an unusual story – or maybe not that unusual for a Broadway show. A failing shoe factory is looking for a niche in order to survive. The young owner, played by Stark Sands, meets a transvestite who needs – you guessed it – kinky boots! The unlikely partnership works. The messages of tolerance and collaboration are mixed in with the fun for a great show.
Billy Porter gives an energetic, hilarious and masterful performance as Lola, the transvestite, for which he won Best Performance by a Leading Actor. Sands was nominated in the same category for his portrayal of shoe company owner Charlie.
Cindy Lauper created the music and lyrics and won a Tony for Best Original Score written for the Theater.
“Matilda, the Musical” is based on the children’s book “Matilda,” the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Much of the story takes place in a school room featuring a clever changeable set. Gabriel Ebert in the role of Mr. Wormwood earned the Tony’s Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. Colin Israel does a great job portraying Miss Trunchbull, the villainous headmistress. “Matilda” won 4 Tonys, including Best Book.
This smash hit is presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Dodgers, Tony Award winning producers of hits like “Jersey Boys.” Four young girls share the role of Matilda. Jointly they received the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre.
“Pippin” is a magical tale that features aerial and terra firma acrobats in glorious displays! The exciting performers are definitely along the line of Cirque du Soleil. “Pippin” won the Tony for Best Musical Revival. The musical thrilled audiences 40 years ago, and again today. “Pippin” tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy, but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?
The Leading Player in “Pippin,” Patina Miller, won Best Leading Actress. Andrea Martin won Best Featured Actress for her portrayal of Berthe. This 67 year-old actress amazingly performed admirably on a trapeze!
Broadway is at its best in these three Tony award –winning musicals. I hope you have a chance to see them!