Monday, June 8, 2015

Stereotypical gay theatre post

I have practiced my "I just won a Tony" face over and over, but I couldn't have done it better than Kelly O'Hara last night. 

For that matter, I could not have done a better I just lost a Tony to Kelly O'Hara face than did KristeChenoweth.  KC was delightful and sincere and pleased as all get out that Kelly had won, and it could have been either one of them that walked away with the award.

Yes, I am that guy. I am a gay Mormon man and I am really into theater. In my past life I was an actor and I loved every minute of it.  

In fact, the executive secretary for my bishop called me for an appointment yesterday evening. I asked him if he realized that it was Tony night. There was silence. I explained to him that Tony night was like the Superbowl for gay people.  He rescheduled the appointment for next week.

So, this is a rather stereotypical post from a sort of stereotypical man all about the big Tony night.

Fun Home won several important Tony's, including best new musical and best actor and score and book. The most moving performance of the night was given by it's young star in a song called Ring of Keys. What was it about? you ask. A young girl realizing that she is a different sort a gal as she articulates her attraction to a strong woman with lace up boots and a big key ring. Genuinely toughing. 

There were thank you speeches that gave support to teachers, gay rights, being different, and recycling.  Kelly actually danced off the stage in a fun and charming moment -- and it was her moment. This was the sixth time she has been nominated and her first win. Did I mention charming?  And gracious.

I was troubles -- slightly -- that the show clips were more quick snippets, like movie clips instead of full numbers from the shows.  Fun home was an exception, and it took us someplace that the others didn't.

On The 20th Century, for example, gave us scraps of three different scenes with brief new transitions.  I would have rather seen  "Babbette" with Kristen in all her Magdalene-ian glory as she chooses which script to run with.

And The king and I would have done better to show us the scene leading up to shall we dance. Instead, we got the best of, and little emotion or subtlety.

Hated Gigi, but then I have always hated Gigi. Not with a hate like I hate Cats, but a show about a girl being groomed to be a escort is not a good show for me, and the score is very mediocre. Vanessa Hudgins looked like she had just sucked on helium before the lights went up.  At least American in Paris gave us enough real dance to make us want to hitch hike to NYC.  

An unexpected real moment? Tony Yazbeck singing!  In a show all about dance and love for the big apple, the producers let a sailor sing for half the number.  What a lovely tribute to On the Towns leading man - integral to the musicals appeal. 

The snippet from Finding Neverland was interesting, but didn't really sing for me, even with Matthew Morison doing the honor. The LED background scrim was more interesting than the melody, and the rigging seemed to upstage the Glee alum - not a good sign.  Kelsey Grammer started it off right but the scene never took sail -- even with some cool looking sails.

The one minute Tommy Tune Tribute? Even a wonderfully bizarre hug could not make up for snippets of My One and Only, Grand Hotel and the Will Rodgers follies that were pathetically not enough. 

The Musical number from Something rotten worked as an opener.  It was literally called the Musical.  It was good to see Brian D'Arcy not in a fat green rubber suit. 

Shows I would love to see: 

King and I,
On The 20th
Curious indecent
It's Only a Play
Fun Home
Hand to God
American in Paris
On the Town
You Can't Take It With You (closed)
The Visit (closing soon)
Something Rotten
It Shoulda' Been You



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