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I Tried, Really I Did But I Can’t Help Myself The 2010 Tony Awards Became Hollywood’s Biggest Night!

Updated on June 16, 2010


As with everything else in my life, I didn’t watch the Tonys until the day after they aired. The whole DVR thing and being able to fast forward through annoying commercials and acceptance speeches makes it an absolute must in my home to not watch anything in real time. I have to admit that while I’m a Tony lover from way back (no surprise there, right) I was not looking all that forward to this year’s broadcast. Why? Because there are so few shows that are up and survived and almost every one of them couldn’t have gotten off the ground without a Hollywood person in the cast. I tried, really I did but I can’t help myself the 2010 Tony Awards became Hollywood’s biggest night! – Don’t Get Me Started!

Growing up in Arizona the closest you could get to Broadway was once a year when those Tony’s would play (or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that would show numbers from the current Broadway shows) so even though now I travel to New York at least once a year and get to the actual Broadway I still have the sense memory of waiting up for that telecast, seeing all the amazing actors enter the building and then giving their acceptances speeches that make me think of All About Eve or the Lunts. I really wanted to like the show, I wanted to love it but as the show progressed my finger kept hitting the fast forward button and I wondered why I had a headache. It was from my face being all scrunched up in disbelief that this was the best that Broadway had to show us this year and wondering where the talented Broadway actors were and why they didn’t seem to be represented.

I get it, like everything else, theatre is a business and needs to make a profit so unless they get some big names that are big names all over the globe over the marquee it’s going to mean that the show has to be seen and accepted for its merit (yikes, too scary for most). That’s increasingly difficult when ticket prices continue to soar. So would you go see an unknown playwright’s work with actors whose names you don’t know or for the same money would you head on over and watch Scarlett Johannson? No surprise that most choose the latter. And while Broadway and theatre in general used to sort of look down their collective noses at Hollywood actors (and vice versa), now Broadway gladly opens its heart and beds to get someone who had a blockbuster movie into a show, no matter how miscast they might be for the show. It’s highly likely we’re done seeing Broadway actors that make it big on the bright white way without first having been on a sitcom or come from the London production of something. This is a sad thing. But hey, everything changes, right?

I thought that Sean Hayes did a fine job as host of the evening but between the Green Day rock concert and the lousy (there I said it) production numbers from the current Broadway offerings it just ended up being a show about how many people they could cram on the stage to accept each award. Honestly, it was like they were kids trying to see how many people could fit in a phone booth. I don’t ever recall seeing thirty people trudging onto the stage to pick up the best play award. Meanwhile, once again, the technical awards were not televised again which I think is a huge insult. Trust me when I say the person who won for best sound was most likely cringing at the horrible sound presented on the telecast and how rude to have things like the scenic and costume awards unseen because they weren’t made by Catherine Zeta Jones or Miley Cyrus who will no doubt be on Broadway next year in a musical version of a Lifetime Movie.

And as much as I like Glee, the fact that they had to choose two actors who are not currently on Broadway to do numbers on the show tells a lot. Did they think that the kids who watch Glee weren’t all ready watching the Tonys? Trust me, if the kids who watch it are anything like the characters on the show, they were all ready watching. But to add time to a show for no reason other than to pander to possibly getting more people who are probably all ready watching the show seems stupid to me. I would have much preferred to see a scene from the plays that were up for awards instead of the actors having to come out and talk about their characters as if they were doing a book report for class.

I know, Broadway has changed since the time I went and saw Evita and A Chorus Line but does everything have to be Mama Mia with an all Hollywood cast? I’m waiting for a musical using only Beyonce songs and Forty Year Old Virgin the musical, I’m sure they’re both in the works. But as much of a relic as I may be, I’m not ashamed to say that I hold out hope that there are people out there writing amazing Broadway plays and musicals, they just happen to only be able to get funding enough to be produced in regional theatres! So support your regional theatres and here’s hoping next year my boyish excitement is warranted for Tonys 2011! I tried, really I did but I can’t help myself the 2010 Tony Awards became Hollywood’s biggest night! – Don’t Get Me Started!

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    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      It was a good hub. I very much agree about the Hollywoodizing of Broadway. (Don't get me started!)

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      MotherHubber 7 years ago from Southern California

      I will admit that while in New York a few years ago I did go see Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick's encore performance of The Producers, but they were WONDERFUL. And I'm not sure whether Nathan Lane got his start in theater, but it was an amazing show! THOSE are two actors who can switch hit, as it were, between the Silver Screen and the Great White Way!

      HOWEVER, I feel you about the whole Miley Cyrus-Scarlett-Johannsen-Invading Broadway thing. You make a great point about Hollywood stars being miscast into Broadway roles, just to draw ticket sales. :( Sad.

      PS You had me laughing about the 30 people going up on stage when an award is accepted. You are so right. WTH? I've been noticing this a lot at awards shows in recent years. 50 people on stage? I mean, does the chauffeur who drove them also need to go up there to smile and shift from foot to foot? It's weird.

      Good hub!