Antoinette Perry’s mantra “Give my regards to Broadway” is not. Tonyland now deems it not tony to “Say howdy to Herald Sq..”
Historic wood planks inside historic temples of masonry on only a few scruffy New York blocks as soon as housed Ethel Merman, Tennessee Williams, Katharine Cornell, Ziegfeld, Gershwin, Barrymore, Rodgers and Hart, Arthur Miller, Noël Coward.
And at present a lot of Earth’s best abilities — dwelling life upon the depraved stage — even earn greater than that music. I now bitch in regards to the Tonys per week later as a result of Broadwayites requested it.
For openers, presenters appeared drained. Way back, in days I lined rehearsals, many needed to arrive even on efficiency days simply to rehearse colossal opening numbers. This time it was even an insult as a result of hardworking execs have been put to be Corden extras.
It was a turnoff. And that’s what many viewers did — turned their TVs off.
This salute to our Nice Watt method garnered the all-time lowest score. Broadway’s by no means been stronger. The Tony telecast’s by no means been weaker.
“Hadestown,” “The Promenade,” “Tootsie” couldn’t ship their A-1 heartstopping numbers as a result of such blockbusters don’t sparkle in a humongous area. The world for which they’re choreographed is a particularly arithmetically confined stage. Minutely deliberate musical numbers — not programmed to be stretched and elongated for cavernous Radio Metropolis Music Corridor — clink.
Reset Tonys in a Broadway theater. We perceive Radio Metropolis. We perceive you need a big viewers in the home. However higher you need to appeal to a bigger viewers on the earth.
Just some options…
Tony execs don’t like me. I forgot what I did way back to upset them however, no matter it’s, they’ll forgive Attila the Hun sooner than no matter they harbor in opposition to me. It’s OK. I’ll survive — however the telecast mightn’t. Don’t like me? Stand on line. I’m solely suggesting. Do a backstage look. Present stars getting made up, fitted for wigs, affixing eyelashes, attempting costumes, warming up. Movie the dressing rooms. Present the costume division, stage supervisor’s board, prop man’s cue checklist, how the curtain’s raised. Present actors rehearsing strains, warming up, coming into the stage door, memorizing strains, accepting flowers, grabbing a sandwich. Movie the ushers finding seats.
Take into account the viewers
So who you doing this for? Out-of-towners who’ll perhaps purchase two balcony seats? Please. The nation didn’t watch. They turned it off. Lowest score ever. Doing this for the Broadway group? Please. They’re cranky over the entire kerfuffle.
So it’s for whom? For them. For individuals who function the Tonys. A few of whom operating this manufacturing have been by no means concerned in theater earlier than. Ever.
Listed below are theatrical concepts. The boards started domestically within the 1700s. What did we put on then? What exhibits opened? What have been evaluations in these days? What was it like when “Phantom” opened 31 years in the past. Run clips of historical Tony Award nights when stars fluffed, tripped, forgot. Present clips of the exhibits, events, garments, evaluations, dramas. Do a historic homage.
Rewind historical footage. “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” openings. In ’45, Hollywood stars have been on phases — Spencer Tracy, Gloria Swanson, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Raymond Massey. We’ve had Brando, Al Pacino, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Barbra Streisand, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts. Broadway has starred the most important names in motion pictures. Get one to voice over a retrospective. You will have the footage, the celebrities. You simply don’t have the gonads.
The onetime CBS drugs man Les Moonves, a lifelong lover of the leisure trade, is gone. He protected the Tonys. He beloved it. It’s a special zoo now. It’s not the identical animals. Who’s going to guard it now?
There isn’t any enterprise like present enterprise. And Broadway is, after all, solely in New York, youngsters, solely in New York.