Sunday, June 07, 2009

They Say The Neon Lights Are Bright On Broadway

I love theater, but I generally skip the Tony Awards. This year, though, was a great year for Broadway, and I had to watch despite not having seen nearly enough of the nominated productions to have an opinion. Now I do, and here they are, in no particular order. Overall, the show did its job, which was to make me want to buy tickets.
  • Musicals I won't be seeing: Shrek (weak songs) and Rock of Ages (I'd change stations if most of the songs in it were on the radio; also, I passed the theater one night just before showtime and it was one of the least attractive groups of people I've ever seen).
  • Next to Normal seems admirable, but I don't think I'll be seeing it.
  • I co-choreographed a production of Hair in high school, but Karole Armitage did a far better job. I inexplicably missed the show in Central Park, and I have to see it now. Though I do wonder if the Radio City and CBS audiences, which I'm sure skewed older, saw themselves in the hirsute creatures capering around the aisles.
  • A friend worked with Liza Minnelli for years, so for me seeing her brings to mind many stories, some of them not at all flattering. But I have to say that she looked fine and was occasionally in reasonably good voice for most of her number; the Judy resemblance gets stronger all the time.
  • More children of the famous: Kate Burton and Lucie Arnaz presented together. Though I'm trying, and failing, to imagine Richard Burton and Lucille Ball on the same stage.
  • Musicals I want to see: West Side Story, Guys & Dolls and, of course, Billy Elliot.
  • Carrie Fisher is very funny. But I know they make lovely gowns in plus sizes - couldn't she find one? And isn't she exceptionally "plus" right now?
  • Thank you, Bebe Neuwirth's hairdresser, for making it safe to be frizzy-haired. It is, apparently, a trend.
  • I do want to see The Norman Conquests, ideally all in one day.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is charming. And the wrapup song was hilarious.
  • Marcia Gay Harden is a longtime favorite, though I did prefer the Ava Gardner-inspired look below from the 2001 Oscars to tonight's green number:

  • Oh, Lauren Graham. You're another one of my favorite celebrity lookalikes. But this dress? Great color, and looks good in a still shot. But in motion? Not so much. And overall, it looks like the dress is wearing you.

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