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Tonight was a big night in the world of theatre. It was the 68th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman! For theatre fans, this is our Superbowl. It`s the night where Broadway`s finest come together to celebrate a year in review. We get to see performances from the new shows, and sometimes a tribute to long-running shows. For me, it`s the most exciting night of the year!
Bryan Cranston, from Breaking Bad fame, won a Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play, while Audra McDonald made history by winning her 6th Tony Award. Neither one of these awards were a surprise as both actors are incredibly talented and most definitely deserve the recognition. `All the Way` won Best Play while `A Raisin in the Sun` took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Play.
One of the highlights of the night for me was James Monroe Iglehart taking the Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as the Genie in Aladdin. After seeing this show twice, I can tell you this award was well deserved. Congrats James!!
And of course, the wonderful Neil Patrick Harris won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for playing Hedwig in `Hedwig and the Angry Inch`, the musical also won for Best Musical Revival.
It was tight competition in the Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical category, with both Idina Menzel and Sutton Foster being nominated, but in the end it was Jessie Mueller who won for her portrayal of Carole King in the musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. But the award for Best Musical went to A Gentleman`s Guide for Love and Murder.
There were many performances throughout the night but for me, the standouts were the cast of Les Miserables, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Idina Menzel performing a song from her musical, If/Then. These three performances brought down the house and really showcased the amount of talent that was in Radio City that night.
I really enjoyed the Tonys this year, and I feel that each award was well deserved by the recipient. The show was upbeat and fun and a good showcase of all the new shows brought to Broadway this season. Did you watch the Tonys this year? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!