Greetings Sentients! It is I, your humble ambassador of all things epicurean, Mygar. Once again it falls upon me to relay news of the artistic world, this time the Tony Awards.
Regrettably my invitation to the event seems to have been lost in the mail so I was forced to watch the proceedings on television, champagne still in hand to toast each winner.
Last night’s overall winner was Billy Elliot, which took home 10 Tonys including the highly coveted best musical. Billy Elliot is the story of a boy from a working class town who uses art, in his case dance, to rise out of poverty. A story close to my own heart. The only downside to this show is that it is yet another large musical based on a movie, a trend borne by Satan and carried out by demon-spawn dressed as Broadway producers. However this musical far surpasses the standard set forth by “Legally Blonde” “Hairspray” “Carrie” and “The Toxic Avenger.” When I saw it in previews, I was left weeping like a child and had to be helped into a cab by ushers. All hail Billy Elliot!
Best Leading Actor went to Geoffrey Rush as for his role in “Exit the King.” Upon accepting his award, he said, “I want to thank Manhattan audiences, for proving that French existential tragicomedy rocks.” Oh Geoffrey, you card!
Other notable wins include winners included Angela Lansbury and Liza Minelli, who surprised audiences not just by winning but by still being ambulatory at their age. Their wins came for playing Dorothy and Blanche in a staged version of “The Golden Girls.”
“God of Carnage”, a British show by Yazmina Reza, dominated the straight play categories. It took Best Play and Best Leading Acress for Marcia Gay Harden. The show focuses on the quiet hell suffered by two middle-aged married couples, and ends with an explosive shootout and car chase. James Gandolfini did not win for his part in the show, and says he hopes for better luck next year with the highly anticipated “Sopranos: the Musical.”
The awards and my glass of bubbly have come to an end. Join me next time when I will be reviewing the DVD collection of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
As always, your humble servant,