Tony Awards celebrate another year of amazing live theater

By Becka McIntosh, CCNN Guest Writer

The 67th annual Tony Awards were presented in traditional glamour, glitz, and pageantry at New York’s Radio City Music Hall this past Sunday night. The Tony Awards is the only award show dedicated to live theatre – on Broadway – in both play and musical categories.

Though you might only know actor Neil Patrick Harris for his TV roles, such as on How I Met Your Mother, Harris is also a celebrated Broadway veteran who hosted the award ceremony for his fourth time. During the show, live performances of the Best Musical nominees were featured amongst award presentations by theatre greats like Matthew Morrison (yes, from Glee!) as well as Hollywood greats like Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Anna Kendrick.

Legendary “Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Weber was set to help put on a tribute to “The Phantom of the Opera,” which is in its 25th year on Broadway, but had to withdraw due to health issues. Not to worry, because the Tony Awards carried on in brilliant fashion and celebrated some of the great stories we all love in their musical form.

Matilda, The Musical,” adapted from Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Matilda, joined the stage with the Rodgers + Hammerstein musical version of “Cinderella,” the revival version of “Annie,” the campy teen movie, “Bring It On, The Musical,” and the holiday, comedy classic, “A Christmas Story, The Musical.”

Not only did some of our favorite stories hit the big stage on Broadway and then the Tony Awards stage, but they also won several Tony Awards! “Matilda, The Musical” won four awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre for the four child actresses that played the lead character Matilda. Rodger + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

While New York’s Broadway may be a bit of a trip for many of us, the magic of these Broadway musical winners is set to be delivered on their US and World Tours soon and should be making their way into your neighborhood theatres shortly.

Featured image courtesy of Tony Awards and Matilda. The Musical.