The 2013 Tony Awards: Spectacle with Heart

The Theatre Eater

Neil Patrick Harris never fails to wow me when he hosts the Tony Awards. I was a huge fan of last year’s opening number (“What if Life Were More Like Theatre?”) and wondered how he would top it. Well top it, he did. The number relied less heavily on witty setups and overall concept than last year’s number, instead turning to massive dance numbers, sets, and stunts to open the show. The number worked well due its balance of over-the-top spectacle and subtly humorous lyrics. The number also featured an emotional climax when Neil stood alone on stage singing about the kids at home being inspired by the Tonys:

“There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere who’s sitting there living for Tony performances, singing and flipping along with the Pippins and Wickeds and Kinkys Matildas and Mormons’s, so it might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that…

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FAV TONY MOMENTS

Collage on my theatre Instagram @gobroadway of my favorite moments of the tony awards- all the performances, JANE LYNCH, the mic drop, insane opening number, Billy Porters hilarious speech and oh gosh everything but most important NPH FRENCH KISSING A DOG 😂

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Broadway – Meet the Stars of the new Musical “Matilda”

Truly Luminary

Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda, has been adapted into a stage musical and has been performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company in London. However, it will now be heading New York and be performed at the Shubert Theatre. The young performers Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro will all be sharing the role and rotating performances.

Watch an exclusive video interview with the girls of Broadway’s Matilda here. The Broadway run of the show will begin March 4 and the official opening will be on April 11. Would you be interested in seeing this musical? Do you think it will be as successful on Broadway as it was in London?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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