May 5, 2009
I love the Tonys -or rather, the theatre scene the Tonys represent.
Nominations were announced today and they include a slew for the Elton John-penned Billy Elliott.
I remember watching the awards year after year, from the time in 1995 when a nervous-looking Ralph Fiennes won for Hamlet (which I saw at the Belasco that summer, and was indeed magnificent) to Alan Cumming slinking across the stage to the opening strains of Cabaret (best production ever, bar none -and at Studio 54, no less), to when entirely very-very Australian actor Hugh Jackman hosted (charmingly, but you knew that).
This year, I was a bit surprised there were no nominations for The Seagull, or its lead, Kristin Scott Thomas. Though I didn't get to see it (sadly), I heard a lot of good things. Apparently I wasn't the only one surprised by its overlooking. Hmm.
Still, the Tonys makes me long for a chunk of the Big Apple. A big singing, dancing chunk.