Good evening. Is this thing on? In about 20 minutes, I'll be posting live updates on the Tony Awards here. And there is a lot to talk about, with the American Repertory Theater being all over that show. So get comfy, power up your second screen and I'll talk to you in a few.
Jackman can out jump-rope Rocky.
Would have been funnier if NPH had pulled a Solange on him in the elevator
So far, NPH was funnier without talking than anything they wrote for Jackman.
Mark Rylance takes first award - featured actor in a play - for Twelfth Night - and uses his time to give a nice tribute to Sam Wanamaker
That's 0-1 for the ART, BTW, as Brian J. Smith was nominated for Glass Menagerie
On its twitter, the ART reports this: SEATED BEHIND AUDRA: ANNA WINTOUR WEARING SUNGLASSES
If you're playing awards show bingo, Hugh Jackman just took a selfie - with the Aladdin cast, as they were going to commercial. You can also check off "plug for gay marriage," "twitter joke" and "Clint Eastwood cameo".
Lena Hall takes featured actress in a musical for Hedwig. Harbinger?
I didn't think we'd get to 830 without a joke about pronouncing Idina Menzel
Clint did an empty-chair gag! What do you think is the size of the crossover audience for the Republican Convention and the Tonys?
How are we liking Jackman so far?
Idina Menzel really airing out a number from If/Then. Feel bad for her having to follow Aladdin in a cardigan, though.
See the comment link up there? Tell me what you think.
Clint got in his Jersey Boys plug. Now reading nominees for best direction of a musical. And the Tony goes to.... Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. Who gives shout outs to Hartford Stage and his hubby. But his mom sounds awesome!
Best direction of a play ... goes to Kenny Leon for A Raisin in the Sun. That's 0-2 for Glass Menagerie.
That great Broadway classic... Eye of the Tiger
Fake boxing has got to be tough. Fake boxing in a ring that's being spun around? Fuggedaboutit
Anyone else see Samuel Jackson now and just think UNLIMITED CASH BACK?
Featured performer in a musical goes to James Monroe Iglehart of Aladdin, and everybody seems pretty happy about it.
Right from Aladdin's Genie to Cabaret. Parents start your explanations ... now #TonyAwards
Best featured actress in a play goes to Sophie Okonedo for A Raisin in the Sun. Glass Menagerie 0-3.
Jefferson Mays! Been waiting for this. #TonyAwards
Seriously, he could have just kept changing all night. And I would have watched that. #TonyAwards
And here's a big one, best actress in a play....
Audra McDonald takes home Tony #6 for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Big tears. And it is not Glass Menagerie's night.
"You deserve much more than you were given when you were on this planet. This is for you Billie," Audra, nicely done.
Best actor in a play....goes to... Bryan Cranston for All the Way!
Relieved he remembered to thank his wife
But did he mention the ART?
RuPaul to intro Hedwig #TonyAwards
NPH killing. Bouncing on Sting's lap, then melting all over Kevin Bacon. But licking Samuel Jackson's specs?
That kinda looks like a Tony-winning performance, right?
I think that was Mark Rylance who got the NPH lap dance #tonyawards
Alan Cumming's suit was by BP #tonyawards
The playwrights get to talk. Not much diversity in this group.
And best play goes to... ALL THE WAY ...2 for 2!
There's Diane Paulus and director Bill Rauch
First Idina Menzel, now Sutton Foster. The cardigan is really this year's IT costume. #tonyawards