The Tony's. The Academy Awards of Broadway. And, for a nerd like me, who adores Broadway musicals and soundtracks (some of you might know them as showtunes), it's a big deal.
Usually, my sister and I watch them together, but Arwen had to work tonight, so I took notes so I can report to her when she gets home (which, as I type this, should be at any time). We usually try to peg which will win, and this year...well, we weren't familiar with most of them, so we were kind of...off.
Have any of you ever read the book "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire? Well, Stephen Schwartz took it, worked with it, and made it into a Broadway musical simply entitled "Wicked," starring Idina Menzel (the original Maureen, for those of you familiar with the musical RENT) as Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch), and Kristen Chenoweth as Galinda, who eventually become Glinda, the Good Witch. There's a quote in the book, something along the lines of, "Galinda reasoned that because she was beautiful, she was significant, though what exactly she signified, she hadn't quite figured out."
My sis got the soundtrack a few weeks ago, and it's been going on my Media Player ever since. I'm a devoted fan of the soundtrack, and I'm offically an Idina Menzel fan. So that was the show we were rooting for. It had a healthy chunk of nominations--which, in itself, is a nice honor.
Watched, enjoyed. Hugh Jackman hosted--he is NOT a bad-looking guy *grins* They performed my absolute favorite song from Wicked during the show--'Defying Gravity.' That is the most kick-ass song ever. I love it! It's so cool to see how it was staged.
Well, I'm pleased to say Wicked didn't walk away empty-handed. Three Tony's total. One for Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee), one for Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty--this one didn't surprise me at all)...and Best Actress in a Musical for Idina Menzel. I was cheering...until my parents told me to be quiet.
Hugh Jackman won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical. I was happy. He's actually quite good--he made Sarah Jessica Parker get up on stage with him and do a lapdance. Her husband (the equally-famous Matthew Broderick) was M.I.A. I wonder if he was watching...heehee...
The musical that took Best Musical was called Avenue Q, and from the number they performed from it, I'd say it deserved to win. It was just so cute! They used puppets! *readers rolls their eyes* And the sample song they performed really says something about the show. The song was called 'It Sucks to Be Me.' Need I say more?
So now I'm just hanging out on the web, waiting for my sister to come home so I can fill her in. Working diligently on ficcage, since I seem to be riding the crest of a writing kick. Working on something for Kyte-chan's challenge. Should be nice and angsty ^_^
Candy-chan--I've got rhythm, I've got music...though I sadly lack a man...
Something has changed within me, something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game
Too late for second guessing, too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap
It's time to try defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you can't pull me down
So if you care to find me, look to the Western sky
As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly
And if I'm flying solo, at least I'm flying free
To those who ground me, take a message back from me
Tell them how I am defying gravity
I'm flying high, defying gravity
And soon I'll match them in renown
And nobody, in all of Oz
No wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down
- "Defying Gravity," from Wicked (not the entire song)