NYC VIBE at the
2018 Tony Awards
June 2018 – It was Broadway’s biggest night – filled with surprises, unforgettable performances, momentous tributes and controversial moments.
The 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City celebrated the actors, producers, writers, creative teams, and composers that made Broadway’s last season one of its most memorable!
For the first time in Tony history, the ceremonies were hosted by two pop singer songwriters – Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.
In a stunning upset, “The Band’s Visit” Won 10 Tonys surpassing legendary shows like “A Chorus Line” and “The Lion King”, and was only one award less than Hamilton in 2016. The musical, based on a film about an Egyptian band stranded in an Israeli town – took three musical acting prizes and won the coveted award for best book, beating out Tina Fey’s highly favored “Mean Girls”. Also from “The Band’s Visit” – Ariel Satchel was a surprise winner for best actor in a featured role – and leading actor winner Tony Shalhoub spoke of his father’s arrival at Ellis Island during his heartfelt acceptance speech.
In the grand tradition of the Tonys, the icons of the Great White Way were also celebrated for their outstanding contributions to theatre. Broadway’s legendary leading lady, Chita Rivera and acclaimed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber were honored with lifetime achievement awards. Rivera spoke eloquently of the importance of being recognized by the Tonys, and how younger actors should appreciate the honor of being nominated
First time nominee Lindsay Mendez realized her Broadway dreams when she won the Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical in the revival of Roger & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”. Proving that acting is ageless craft, Glenda Jackson took home the Tony for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women”. Piano Man Billy Joel presented Bruce Springsteen with a special Tony for his smash one man musical, and a teary eyed Nathan Lane won his third Tony Award for His performance in the revival of “Angels In America” Andrew Garfield also took home a Tony for his leading actor performance in the same play.
One of the most dramatic moments of the night was the surprise performance by drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – who sang “Season of Love” from the musical “Rent”.
The Tonys never fail to inspire and invigorate actors and audiences alike. As long as there are bright lights on Broadway, the Tonys will shine on the stars and creative community who make theater the lifeblood of New York City. See you at curtain call!