9. Cyndi Lauper, “True Colors” (In Memoriam)
So Cyndi Lauper won the award for Best Original Score this year for Kinky Boots. My gut reaction was “THE WORLD IS ENDING: CYNDI LAUPER WON A TONY,” which is perhaps not quite fair, since I haven’t actually seen Kinky Boots (and also because I am more than a little biased in Matilda’s favor). Anyway, she performed this year’s “In Memoriam” segment. Cue the choked-up-ness. On a personal note, I was glad to see the late, great Arthur Storch acknowledged; Arthur was a legend who taught many of my actor counterparts while we were all in grad school together. He was an inspiration, and he’s sorely missed.
Here’s your Best Revival of a Musical winner. I’d also like to take this moment to note that both of the directing awards—Best Direction of a Musical and Best Direction of a Play—went to women this year. This is AWESOME; it’s also got particular resonance for me personally, as I’m a lady director myself. Congrats to Diane Paulus, who directed this dynamite revival of Pippin, and Pam MacKinnon, who helmed the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, on their big wins!
11. Motown: The Musical
Just when you thought the jukebox musical was dead, along comes Motown: The Musical…
12. The Phantom of the Opera
I know, I know: Phantom? Isn’t that… y’know… an old show? Well, yes—but a) it’s the longest-running show in Broadway history, and b) it celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, so let’s give it a round of applause, shall we?