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Monday, June 14, 2010

A little Tony breakdown

So like many a gay men, I had to tune into the Tonys last night. So far, I've seen a mixed bag of reviews. Bravo's Andy Cohen hated the whole thing. However, he also thought it would be a good idea to put Danielle Staub on TV. Anyway, here's a few thoughts and opinions on the event:

Openers: I have to agree with Andy that the emphasis on the jukebox music from the latest crop of musicals like Memphis and Come Fly with Me really felt like overkill. I never thought I would say this, but I was actually happy to see Green Day! American Idiot was the only musical that seemed vaguely interesting. (I hate to admit it, but I have no idea what the hell was going on when Fela! came out. They needed some better context for those of us at home.)

Sean Hayes: I have to say overall, Sean pulled it off. Some of the sight gags were hilarious. (Seeing Sean in full Annie dress only to say he was really the drag Bernadette Peters was the best!) However, my favorite were the various interactions between him and Kristen Chenoweth.

Best Speech: My favorite acceptance speech was from an actress I have never heard of: Katie Finneran. She looks vaguely familiar, so I am sure I have seen her on TV or something. However, her speech last night made me a little weepy. She talked about how she just got engaged and said something to the effect of (pardon my paraphrasing Katie) "I want to talk the kids right now. Sometimes your dreams seem so far away but I want you to find your passion. Find your passion and use it as a road map and you will lead a very blissful life." Anyways, before I tear up again, just watch her acceptance speech.

Best Musical Number: I may be biased but Matt Morrison singing is always heaven in a glass. Worst: Catherine Zeta Jones garbled rendition of "Send in the Clowns."

Hotties: I feel a little shallow for including this but whatever! I was very happy that my celebrity crushes were out in full force! I already mentioned Matt Morrison's stint on stage. Ricky Martin presented an award for something, but I wasn't really paying attention. Ryan Reynolds was there supporting his wife Scar Jo, nominated for her role in A View from the Bridge. (Ryan is a #1 big time celeb crush). When Scar Jo won, she thanked "her Canadian", which was actually very sweet to me. A new gay crush was also there: Levi Kreis, who you can't look at or even listen to and not think of Harry Connick Jr. He's the gay brother Harry never had...

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