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Vulture's Theater Critics Live-Blog the Tonys

Tonight the drama is not about Freys vs. Starkes or Joan vs. Peggy. All that can wait, because tonight is about Kinky Boots vs. Matilda, Hanks vs. Lane, and the rest of the battles of the 2013 Tony Awards. The always dependable Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the proceedings on CBS, but here at Vulture two far more opinionated minds will be narrating the show: Critics Scott Brown and Jesse Green are live-blogging the whole Tonycast, giving their expert take on who earned their victory, who got snubbed, and what it all means for the state of theater today. Join them!

 2013 Tonys Live Blog(06/09/2013) 
7:56
Jesse Green: 
Good evening, Scott!
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:56 Jesse Green
7:57
Scott Brown: 
hello good sir!
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:57 Scott Brown
7:57
Scott Brown: 
I see our interface looks a little different than it did on Friday!
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:57 Scott Brown
7:57
Jesse Green: 
Yes it does; I assume we are not live yet?
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:57 Jesse Green
7:59
Scott Brown: 
I probably shouldn't assume, right? and so: hello America! and welcome to the 1,047th annual Tonys liveblog! I'm Scott Brown.
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:59 Scott Brown
7:59
Jesse Green: 
Scott, welcome to New York Magazine's liveblog of Tony night!
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:59 Jesse Green
7:59
Scott Brown: 
Jesse it's an honor just to be nominated.
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:59 Scott Brown
7:59
Jesse Green: 
Do you like my tuxedo? In any case, while we were having technical difficulties, the first technical awards were announced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.
Sunday June 9, 2013 7:59 Jesse Green
8:00
Jesse Green: 
William Ivey Long won for his costumes for Cinderella. Ann Roth for hers for The Nance
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:00 Jesse Green
8:00
Scott Brown: 
I can't tell you how sorry I am to have missed that. no banter is worth that. not even ours
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:00 Scott Brown
8:01
Scott Brown: 
well it's hard to argue with those dresses. look Neil Patrick Harris is being self-deprecating!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:01 Scott Brown
8:01
Jesse Green: 
The show begins with a spoof of last year's Tony winning Best Musical, ONCE.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:01 Jesse Green
8:01
Scott Brown: 
interesting choice. here comes the pivot.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:01 Scott Brown
8:02
Jesse Green: 
Here come the weird dancers.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:02 Jesse Green
8:02
Scott Brown: 
and there goes the folksy innovation and in comes the razzle dazzle
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:02 Scott Brown
8:02
Jesse Green: 
"He banged Diana Ross"?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:02 Jesse Green
8:02
Scott Brown: 
Quarter /Billy Porter!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:02 Scott Brown
8:03
Scott Brown: 
Yep. Yep it's going to be a very hetero Tonys again!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:03 Scott Brown
8:03
Jesse Green: 
According to the show there was at least one time when he couldn't.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:03 Jesse Green
8:03
Jesse Green: 
Triple rhyme: tandem / random / planned 'em -- pretty good!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:03 Jesse Green
8:04
Scott Brown: 
I'm not sure what I'm seeing. is that Mike Tyson. or Nathan Lane as Mike Tyson. and does it matter
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:04 Scott Brown
8:04
Scott Brown: 
Chuck E Cheese! these rhymes are better than any currently on Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:04 Scott Brown
8:05
Scott Brown: 
oh my God they're going to set Neil Patrick Harris on fire
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:05 Scott Brown
8:05
Jesse Green: 
So the opening song is hitting not only the season's shows but its themes: kids, drag, etc. Pretty good for a spec song!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:05 Jesse Green
8:05
Scott Brown: 
No Neil! perfect fulfillment isn't worth it!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:05 Scott Brown
8:06
Jesse Green: 
And now the patter section!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:06 Jesse Green
8:06
Scott Brown: 
Whoa! Tom Hooper jokes! I'm in love.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:06 Scott Brown
8:07
Scott Brown: 
Tom Hanks looks like Sonia Sotomayor as a drag king
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:07 Scott Brown
8:07
Scott Brown: 
And I mean that as the highest compliment.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:07 Scott Brown
8:07
Jesse Green: 
No, that IS Sonia Stomayor.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:07 Jesse Green
8:08
Scott Brown: 
Glad there's some sound judgment in the house.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:08 Scott Brown
8:08
Jesse Green: 
the opening number is over; meanwhile the winners of the tech awards have been escorted to a locked room in the basement of Radio City.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:08 Jesse Green
8:08
Scott Brown: 
Well, Jesse, that was fantastic. Over to you, Spock and Audra.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:08 Scott Brown
8:09
Jesse Green: 
Audra MacDonald and Zachary Quinto look like an Erte salt-and-pepper shaker.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:09 Jesse Green
8:09
Jesse Green: 
Best Featured Actor in a play: We expect Richard Kind to win; will he?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:09 Jesse Green
8:09
Jesse Green: 
It's a very strong category.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:09 Jesse Green
8:10
Scott Brown: 
Aha!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:10 Scott Brown
8:10
Scott Brown: 
Our first upset. Do we smell a sweep?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:10 Scott Brown
8:10
Jesse Green: 
COURNTEY VANCE wins for best featured actor in a play!!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:10 Jesse Green
8:10
Scott Brown: 
For what it's worth, I very much enjoyed him. He's a ringmaster in that play, but a good one.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:10 Scott Brown
8:10
Jesse Green: 
Vance was excellent in the play, as were the other guys in the category.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:10 Jesse Green
8:11
Scott Brown: 
Very true. A really strong year, and it's could've gone to any of them. This does kind of kill my Richard Kind Halloween costume though. Not sure it'l be as relevant.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:11 Scott Brown
8:12
Jesse Green: 
Scott, do you have a newsboy beanie?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:12 Jesse Green
8:12
Jesse Green: 
The Newsies introduce the Matilda excerpt.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:12 Jesse Green
8:12
Scott Brown: 
Well, Jesse, I'm from Brooklyn, ain't I?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:12 Scott Brown
8:13
Scott Brown: 
We enter the extended "waif" segment of the Tonycast. See you at 11!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:13 Scott Brown
8:13
Jesse Green: 
The Matilda team is doing a medley of various rather dark moments from the show; was that a wise choice?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:13 Jesse Green
8:14
Scott Brown: 
I don't think the American audience even understands what is happening in this terrifying English school.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:14 Scott Brown
8:14
Scott Brown: 
This is exactly why we don't fund education in this country.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:14 Scott Brown
8:15
Jesse Green: 
They're going full-horror here.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:15 Jesse Green
8:15
Scott Brown: 
In all seriousness, I don't think the problem is darkness, I think the problem is intelligibility.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:15 Scott Brown
8:16
Scott Brown: 
It looks like a Brooklyn sidewalk up there. Those scooters make me nervous.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:16 Scott Brown
8:16
Jesse Green: 
Dark + unintelligible is unlikely to be as successful as light + unintelligible. The battle between Matilda and Kinky Boots is joined.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:16 Jesse Green
8:17
Jesse Green: 
I don't think Matilda made a very good case for itself; as you say, people who haven't seen the show, which is most of America, can have no idea what the hell was going on.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:17 Jesse Green
8:17
Jesse Green: 
And I liked the show!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:17 Jesse Green
8:17
Scott Brown: 
Indeed. It's scooters versus Kinky Boots' drag queens on conveyor belts. But yeah, the basic reaction is "what the hell was that?"
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:17 Scott Brown
8:17
Jesse Green: 
Back to the technical awards for a moment: Stephen Oremus won for his orchestrations for Kinky Boots.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:17 Jesse Green
8:18
Scott Brown: 
Well deserved. He basically collapsed 25 years of pop into one superconcentrated formula. I mean that as a compliment.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:18 Scott Brown
8:18
Jesse Green: 
So it's 1 - 0 in the KB vs. Matty sweepstakes, with 10 more contests to be decided.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:18 Jesse Green
8:18
Jesse Green: 
Yes, and I suppose he had quite a lot of work to do with Cyndi Lauper's "manuscripts."
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:18 Jesse Green
8:19
Scott Brown: 
I guess it can't be harder than dictating from Mel Brooks's phone calls.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:19 Scott Brown
8:19
Jesse Green: 
I will not take that wager.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:19 Jesse Green
8:20
Scott Brown: 
As someone who's dictated hacky piano work to brilliant orchestrators, I salute those guys and gals.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:20 Scott Brown
8:20
Scott Brown: 
A great deal of contemporary composing takes place in the grey zone between tunesmiths and their interpreters.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:20 Scott Brown
8:21
Jesse Green: 
Or between moguls and their lawyers; cf MOTOWN.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:21 Jesse Green
8:21
Scott Brown: 
ha!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:21 Scott Brown
8:21
Scott Brown: 
Some of these sound terrifyingly plausible by modern standards.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:21 Scott Brown
8:21
Jesse Green: 
Is NPH about to embark on a Mississippi riverboat number?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:21 Jesse Green
8:22
Scott Brown: 
Don't get me hot and bothered!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:22 Scott Brown
8:22
Jesse Green: 
A Scott Rudin dis! Referring to his mini-screed against Pat Healy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:22 Jesse Green
8:23
Jesse Green: 
Can a charming humble act outlive bad material?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:23 Jesse Green
8:23
Scott Brown: 
Yes, and we're officially back inside baseball. It was a nice ten minutes of having middle America along for this broadcast.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:23 Scott Brown
8:23
Jesse Green: 
Justice Sotomayor is up!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:23 Jesse Green
8:24
Scott Brown: 
I hope she beats Scalia. He's up for the Nance, right?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:24 Scott Brown
8:24
Jesse Green: 
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play -- excellent group of performers.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:24 Jesse Green
8:24
Jesse Green: 
The winner is JUDITH LIGHT, as expected, for the Assembled Parties.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:24 Jesse Green
8:25
Jesse Green: 
She is much loved in the so-called "community" and was terrific in a tailor-made role.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:25 Jesse Green
8:25
Scott Brown: 
Judith Light, no surprise there. She made a part that could have looked xeroxed from last year's Other Desert Cities look entirely fresh.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:25 Scott Brown
8:26
Scott Brown: 
If this is the Assembled Parties' high point of the night, I won't be surprised, but I will be upset.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:26 Scott Brown
8:26
Jesse Green: 
I'm afraid you will have to satisfy yourself with that win. Cause Best Play ain't happening.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:26 Jesse Green
8:27
Jesse Green: 
A 17-year-old show is introducing a nominee that closed eons ago. Timely!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:27 Jesse Green
8:27
Jesse Green: 
Scott, did you have a chance to see Bring It On? I can't remember.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:27 Jesse Green
8:28
Scott Brown: 
Yup, that's Broadway's version of having its finger on the pulse.I did see Bring It On and was pleasantly surprised. There's not much there, but damn, it moves.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:28 Scott Brown
8:29
Jesse Green: 
It's the first post-Glee musical. But not, I assume, the last.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:29 Jesse Green
8:29
Scott Brown: 
Just think: 50 years from now, Broadway will be ready to make Glee itslf into a musical.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:29 Scott Brown
8:30
Jesse Green: 
Oh, I think sooner than that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:30 Jesse Green
8:30
Jesse Green: 
By the way, with the way things are going, there will have to be a new Tony awards category for Best Acrobatics Design.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:30 Jesse Green
8:30
Scott Brown: 
Gregory Haney as La Cienega, the drag queen, was basically a precursor of Billy Porter's Lola. Now he doesn't even get a Tom Hooper close-up.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:30 Scott Brown
8:31
Scott Brown: 
Yes, we're going to need that. If only to honor all the circus artists who keep getting snubbed by traditional Tony categories.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:31 Scott Brown
8:31
Jesse Green: 
It's the non-medieval Pippin!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:31 Jesse Green
8:32
Scott Brown: 
Ha! Their dance orgies are so much more relevant to our times.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:32 Scott Brown
8:32
Jesse Green: 
What was that? Scarlett Johansson and Alan Cumming playing pattycake backstage?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:32 Jesse Green
8:32
Scott Brown: 
I think we just witnessed a forbidden wiccan ritual. Has the East River turned to blood yet?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:32 Scott Brown
8:33
Scott Brown: 
There are an awful lot of arthritis commercials playing. I'm trying to square that with the purported Glee-ization of Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:33 Scott Brown
8:33
Jesse Green: 
Also, a shout-out from the League to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, a sponsor that features non-Equity productions on its vessels.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:33 Jesse Green
8:34
Jesse Green: 
Good point about the demographics. Apparently, we olds like to watch the young's wear few clothes and do salkows in the air.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:34 Jesse Green
8:34
Jesse Green: 
Excuse that inadvertent apostrophe. Oh, keyboard!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:34 Jesse Green
8:34
Scott Brown: 
Yes, let's get those dancing newsboys striking again. Or are they all locked down in steerage with the technical awards winners?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:34 Scott Brown
8:36
Jesse Green: 
Next up, we have heard, will be the presentation from Cinderella -- or, I suppose I should say, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, though it barely is that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:36 Jesse Green
8:36
Scott Brown: 
Back to the Kinky/Matilda showdown: After seeing Boots this afternoon - and they BLEW THE ROOF OFF, didn't hold anything back - I'm not so sure what the shoo-in- touring show is anymore. Both look pretty tour-compatible.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:36 Scott Brown
8:37
Scott Brown: 
That Mufasa looks a little hippy. Not be catty about it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:37 Scott Brown
8:37
Scott Brown: 
Ha! Catty! [Nance-sound-effect]!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:37 Scott Brown
8:38
Scott Brown: 
Ann Roth: Nathan Lane has been declared a muse! Or 'unused." Couldn't tell.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:38 Scott Brown
8:38
Jesse Green: 
A pun, Scott? With our last names, we should probably avoid that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:38 Jesse Green
8:38
Jesse Green: 
It's the good sport segment!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:38 Jesse Green
8:38
Jesse Green: 
Scarlett doesn't look so happy about it . . .
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:38 Jesse Green
8:38
Scott Brown: 
Here they are: trans atlantic paddycake champs and couple of the year! And a good one liner, Alan!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:38 Scott Brown
8:39
Jesse Green: 
The very week best supporting actor in a musical category.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:39 Jesse Green
8:39
Jesse Green: 
All fine, none extraordinary.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:39 Jesse Green
8:39
Scott Brown: 
Well, I loved him in 4000 Miles.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:39 Scott Brown
8:39
Scott Brown: 
Gabriel Ebert! Can't believe I was just seeing him at the scruffy Roundabout Underground.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:39 Scott Brown
8:39
Jesse Green: 
But Gabriel Ebert, the rubbery dad in Matilda, has won, surprisingly. He was good in the show -- and very good, as you say, in 4,000 Miles earlier.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:39 Jesse Green
8:40
Scott Brown: 
In the absence of a front runner, why not reward The Future?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:40 Scott Brown
8:40
Jesse Green: 
I am twice your age, Scott, and have less investment in that future.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:40 Jesse Green
8:41
Scott Brown: 
Oh, I've already mortgaged that future to financiers in Macao.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Scott Brown
8:41
Jesse Green: 
Rock of Ages introduces Cinderella?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Jesse Green
8:41
Scott Brown: 
Who are these large hobbits? Is Rock of Ages still playing?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Scott Brown
8:41
Jesse Green: 
Now and Forever.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Jesse Green
8:41
Scott Brown: 
CINDEROCKIT!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Scott Brown
8:41
Jesse Green: 
Vicki Clark as the diseased tree.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:41 Jesse Green
8:42
Scott Brown: 
She gives great bark-rot.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:42 Scott Brown
8:42
Scott Brown: 
I don't know what I mean by that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:42 Scott Brown
8:42
Scott Brown: 
She is a walking argument for fabric recycling. I love her to pieces.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:42 Scott Brown
8:42
Jesse Green: 
Me too. But the transformation effect didn't quite work this time.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:42 Jesse Green
8:43
Scott Brown: 
Oh jeez! Doesn't work so well without the rig.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Scott Brown
8:43
Scott Brown: 
Cindy's change is even harder. I'm nervous.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Scott Brown
8:43
Jesse Green: 
Still, this is selling millions of tickets.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Jesse Green
8:43
Scott Brown: 
Oooh! Well, shame on me for doubting magic.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Scott Brown
8:43
Jesse Green: 
Also: invest in tiara futures.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Jesse Green
8:43
Scott Brown: 
Oh, done and done. I have a baby daughter. Normativity here we come!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:43 Scott Brown
8:44
Scott Brown: 
Shots like this, however, make me feel like I'm watching TV in 1962.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:44 Scott Brown
8:44
Jesse Green: 
Is that so bad?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:44 Jesse Green
8:45
Scott Brown: 
"Everything's better when cameras are spinning." - Community, The Glee episode
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45 Scott Brown
8:45
Jesse Green: 
I mean, if you're doing Cinderella, why not? I wish the show had been MORE 1962.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45 Jesse Green
8:45
Scott Brown: 
Oh, sure - but not TELEVISION in 1962.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45 Scott Brown
8:45
Scott Brown: 
Love love love that melody.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45 Scott Brown
8:46
Jesse Green: 
There is nothing lovelier than a Rodgers waltz.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:46 Jesse Green
8:46
Scott Brown: 
I'm perfectly happy with that number. The ever-present 12-year-old girl in me is sated.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:46 Scott Brown
8:46
Scott Brown: 
So true. I'm so upset I missed the Carousel concert.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:46 Scott Brown
8:46
Jesse Green: 
There will be Carousel concerts every eight years forever.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:46 Jesse Green
8:47
Scott Brown: 
Like cicadas!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:47 Scott Brown
8:47
Jesse Green: 
They come rather less frequently, and welcomely.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:47 Jesse Green
8:47
Scott Brown: 
I will wear their discarded carapaces.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:47 Scott Brown
8:47
Jesse Green: 
We are the only Tony Awards liveblog that has used the word "carapace."
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:47 Jesse Green
8:48
Jesse Green: 
Also, "bark-rot."
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:48 Jesse Green
8:48
Scott Brown: 
Another record set! Can Alan Cumming present us with an award for something?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:48 Scott Brown
8:48
Jesse Green: 
Is this the place to point out what a bad season it was on Broadway? Attendance way down. Quality ever more . . . variable.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:48 Jesse Green
8:49
Jesse Green: 
And so much excitement off Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:49 Jesse Green
8:49
Scott Brown: 
Attendance down, revenue flat. So all growth is just price-hiking.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:49 Scott Brown
8:49
Scott Brown: 
Yes, I think it's fair to lament. It's almost always fair to lament.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:49 Scott Brown
8:50
Jesse Green: 
But that doesn't mean that those great off Broadway plays and musicals should be on Broadway instead of what was.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:50 Jesse Green
8:50
Scott Brown: 
I really liked Isherwood's suggestion that Off-Broadway is basically a Sundance lab for premium cable TV, while Broadway appears to be merging with... Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:50 Scott Brown
8:51
Jesse Green: 
Enough of that . . . here are the replacement Once-niks.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:51 Jesse Green
8:51
Scott Brown: 
Now THAT's the best beard of the night. (I'm teeing you up here...)
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:51 Scott Brown
8:51
Jesse Green: 
Hmm, Rita WIlson? Who do you mean?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:51 Jesse Green
8:52
Scott Brown: 
Badabing! I still can't get over the fact that Tyson is here. Can he come back every year? Can he be the front row Nicholson of the Tonys?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:52 Scott Brown
8:52
Scott Brown: 
Look, Titania and Oberon are here in the persons of Platt and Neeson!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:52 Scott Brown
8:52
Jesse Green: 
Oliver Platt and Liam Neeson because . . . ?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:52 Jesse Green
8:52
Jesse Green: 
Oh it's the Theater Wing plug.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:52 Jesse Green
8:53
Scott Brown: 
Again: if there is a Joe Viewer viewing, does he have any idea what's happening?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:53 Scott Brown
8:54
Jesse Green: 
I don't think Oliver Platt and Liam Neeson knew what was happening.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Jesse Green
8:54
Scott Brown: 
"An honor just to be miscast!" - Jon Crier.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Scott Brown
8:54
Jesse Green: 
Direction of a Musical.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Jesse Green
8:54
Scott Brown: 
Mitchell or Paulus?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Scott Brown
8:54
Jesse Green: 
Diane Paulus, for Pippin.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Jesse Green
8:54
Scott Brown: 
Paulus!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Scott Brown
8:54
Jesse Green: 
She's rocking a Julie Taymor look.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:54 Jesse Green
8:55
Scott Brown: 
Minus the extra six legs and bat wings.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:55 Scott Brown
8:55
Jesse Green: 
As I keep saying, she deserves this award for best distraction from a musical.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:55 Jesse Green
8:55
Jesse Green: 
Well, she and the circus folk.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:55 Jesse Green
8:56
Jesse Green: 
Whom she did not mention.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:56 Jesse Green
8:56
Scott Brown: 
Lemme pose a question: if an overrated young talent wrote Pippin today, would it be mocked as mercilessly as Pippin was in the good old bad old days?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:56 Scott Brown
8:56
Jesse Green: 
Of course, we can never know what really happens backstage. But in answer to your question: Sure. the book is that bad.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:56 Jesse Green
8:57
Scott Brown: 
I think we'd be falling all over ourselves to lionize it. Or simonize it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Scott Brown
8:57
Jesse Green: 
Best director of a play: many good choices.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Jesse Green
8:57
Scott Brown: 
WOW!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Scott Brown
8:57
Scott Brown: 
Pam Mackinnon for Who's Afraid of VA Woolf!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Scott Brown
8:57
Jesse Green: 
Pam McKinnon wins for Who's Afraid Of . . .
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Jesse Green
8:57
Scott Brown: 
Our first big upset of the night!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:57 Scott Brown
8:58
Jesse Green: 
Everyone expected George C. Wolfe. Who also would have been deserving.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:58 Jesse Green
8:58
Jesse Green: 
As would Bartlett Sher, for Golden Boy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:58 Jesse Green
8:58
Scott Brown: 
She's a truly superb actor's director. I expected Wolfe too, and would've been happy with that. But I'm thrilled with this, too.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:58 Scott Brown
8:58
Jesse Green: 
Was it you who called her an "actor-whisperer"?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:58 Jesse Green
8:59
Scott Brown: 
That sounds like my kinda writing-shortcut. Yes!
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:59 Scott Brown
8:59
Jesse Green: 
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the Jersey Boys?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:59 Jesse Green
8:59
Scott Brown: 
I thought they were swept away by Sandy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:59 Scott Brown
8:59
Scott Brown: 
Too soon?
Sunday June 9, 2013 8:59 Scott Brown
9:00
Jesse Green: 
And here they are introducing the worst jukebox musical ever (with the best music).
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:00 Jesse Green
9:00
Scott Brown: 
The best jukebox book introducing the worst. M Night Shyamalan scripted that twist!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:00 Scott Brown
9:00
Jesse Green: 
Surely you meant Sandy the dog from "Annie."
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:00 Jesse Green
9:01
Scott Brown: 
Of course! It's well known that Sandy goes on night rampages, killing off rival shows.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:01 Scott Brown
9:01
Jesse Green: 
I have been caught on tape calling Jersey Boys a "slick bag of Vaseline." So I better recuse myself from further discussion.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:01 Jesse Green
9:02
Scott Brown: 
I'm just laughing at that and imagining the sound effect that goes with it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:02 Scott Brown
9:02
Jesse Green: 
Who woulda thunk, the big winners on the Tonys are looking like Cinderella and Motown! At least in terms of selling tickets.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:02 Jesse Green
9:03
Scott Brown: 
It's also making Broadway look like a big wedding band costume party, which, well, there you go.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:03 Scott Brown
9:04
Scott Brown: 
The Tonycast has taken on a very ESPN Classic kind of feeling, wouldn't you say? Which, you're right, is probably selling more tickets than anything else would.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:04 Scott Brown
9:04
Jesse Green: 
The epitaph we have been waiting for: "A big wedding band costume party."
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:04 Jesse Green
9:05
Scott Brown: 
Jesse, can you tell me what is going on in the alternate universe of Smash right now? Did Imitation of Life win for Best Pile of Sequins?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:05 Scott Brown
9:05
Jesse Green: 
It's hard to imagine what the Tonys could or should be, given the cultural constraints.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:05 Jesse Green
9:05
Jesse Green: 
I am three months behind on watching Smash. Don't tell me how it ends!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:05 Jesse Green
9:06
Jesse Green: 
But as for the Tonys, with its tiny viewership, why bother to aim for the broadband appeal?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:06 Jesse Green
9:06
Scott Brown: 
No, you're right, it's simply following the market. At $125 a pop, this is where the market goes. As for Smash, I will withhold spoilers, except for this one: at the red wedding, Jimmy, Karen and Derek are all murdered by Walder Frey.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:06 Scott Brown
9:07
Jesse Green: 
WHAT!!!!!!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:07 Jesse Green
9:07
Jesse Green: 
Oh, that's Thing of Crones.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:07 Jesse Green
9:07
Scott Brown: 
Believe me, that runis nothing. And the songs are sensational.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:07 Scott Brown
9:08
Scott Brown: 
I am pretty sure I just saw Seth McFarlane grooming Annie backstage.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:08 Scott Brown
9:08
Jesse Green: 
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman should be given some kind of named chairs, like professors. Just sit there all day and write Broadway songs FOR BROADWAY.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:08 Jesse Green
9:08
Scott Brown: 
Agreed. Let's just fund Broadway with pledge drives, like NPR. And also give Ira Glass his own musical.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:08 Scott Brown
9:09
Jesse Green: 
Or do you mean grooming Sandy? I didn't catch the shot.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:09 Jesse Green
9:09
Scott Brown: 
No, he was grooming Annie, with what looked like a fish hook. I don't know much about hair.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:09 Scott Brown
9:09
Jesse Green: 
Yes: "Glass's Menagerie: A Broadway Revue."
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:09 Jesse Green
9:09
Scott Brown: 
Should I be calling the police, or child services? Also, hat tip to that glass pun. Well done.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:09 Scott Brown
9:10
Jesse Green: 
Jesse TF and Jane K review the tech awards.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:10 Jesse Green
9:10
Jesse Green: 
BEST SCORE. Here comes Cyndi . . .
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:10 Jesse Green
9:11
Jesse Green: 
Cyndi is wearing a Rothko on her head.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:11 Jesse Green
9:11
Scott Brown: 
Speaking of the future, look it's Pasek and Paul! They won;t win, of course. That gorgeous rooster in the 18th row has it locked up.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:11 Scott Brown
9:11
Scott Brown: 
She-bop!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:11 Scott Brown
9:11
Jesse Green: 
Okay, get ready for some weirdness.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:11 Jesse Green
9:12
Scott Brown: 
She practices in front of a shower curtain. That means her shower curtain is also a mirror. I want to live in her world.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:12 Scott Brown
9:12
Jesse Green: 
Maybe it's a map of the world . . ..
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:12 Jesse Green
9:12
Scott Brown: 
She looted those earrings from the supercollider. I am in love.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:12 Scott Brown
9:13
Scott Brown: 
Stark Sands is an argument for The Social Network: The Musical.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:13 Scott Brown
9:13
Jesse Green: 
But she's saying all the right things. Touching.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:13 Jesse Green
9:14
Jesse Green: 
The SpiderMen introduce the Annie orphans?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:14 Jesse Green
9:14
Scott Brown: 
Yeah, she did not pull an Angelina. But dear God, Reeve Carney appears to be the Ryan Lochte of Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:14 Scott Brown
9:14
Jesse Green: 
Is that a Grimm tale?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:14 Jesse Green
9:14
Scott Brown: 
Well, they're both orphans, Jesse! What do you want?! BLOOD?!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:14 Scott Brown
9:15
Jesse Green: 
Classic Broadway Rhyme: smidge / orph-a-nidge.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:15 Jesse Green
9:16
Jesse Green: 
The Gleeification, reified.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:16 Jesse Green
9:16
Jesse Green: 
Jane Lynch can sing without Auto-Tune!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:16 Jesse Green
9:16
Scott Brown: 
Oh, Sue Sylvester! I love you but I am sniffly for the ghost of Katie Finneran.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:16 Scott Brown
9:17
Scott Brown: 
But yes, she's knocking 'em dead. What a larynx.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:17 Scott Brown
9:17
Jesse Green: 
and, deep in the shadowy past, the great Dorothy Loudon.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:17 Jesse Green
9:17
Scott Brown: 
Holla.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:17 Scott Brown
9:18
Scott Brown: 
After watching so many Oscarcasts for so many years, it's really weird to see audience reaction shots where everyone isn't covered in a fine sheen of vodka sweat.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:18 Scott Brown
9:18
Jesse Green: 
That's because we keep seeing shots of 12-year-old girls who aren't drinking vodka.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:18 Jesse Green
9:19
Jesse Green: 
Make that 10-year-old girls.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:19 Jesse Green
9:19
Scott Brown: 
Yeah. The twelve year olds are already hitting the bottle pretty hard. The 10s are sticking to beer.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:19 Scott Brown
9:19
Jesse Green: 
I'm holding my tongue about the Royal Caribbean non-Eq cruise . . .
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:19 Jesse Green
9:19
Scott Brown: 
Well, you'll only have to watch that ad about fifty more times. So keep your powder dry.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:19 Scott Brown
9:20
Jesse Green: 
But it is so odd that the vaunted Broadway "community" is augmented for television purposes with the likes of Mike Tyson, Steve van Zandt (sp.?), Anna Kendrick . . .
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:20 Jesse Green
9:20
Jesse Green: 
It's the fakery that bothers me. But that's true of all televised award shows.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:20 Jesse Green
9:21
Scott Brown: 
Absolutely. And in a way, the Tony awards' sheer weirdness makes it way more authentic than any other awards show.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:21 Scott Brown
9:21
Jesse Green: 
That's true. Its fakery is realer.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:21 Jesse Green
9:22
Scott Brown: 
It's also ad hoc: Tyson, Steve van Zandt, it's like they sent the Access-a-Ride van around and picked up everyone in the tri-state area.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:22 Scott Brown
9:23
Jesse Green: 
A reader has informed us that Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony award when she was 13.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:23 Jesse Green
9:23
Scott Brown: 
Kind of charmingly hapless. Like a band of ragamuffin newsboys!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:23 Scott Brown
9:23
Scott Brown: 
Was that reader Daisy Egan?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:23 Scott Brown
9:24
Jesse Green: 
Jerry Mitchell won for choreography of Kinky Boots -- a surprise, showing perhaps the leading edge of an upset.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:24 Jesse Green
9:24
Jesse Green: 
The reader has the odd name of "Guest." Christopher?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:24 Jesse Green
9:24
Scott Brown: 
Deserved. Tough category, though.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:24 Scott Brown
9:24
Jesse Green: 
A musical number to the tune of "America"!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:24 Jesse Green
9:25
Scott Brown: 
About inauthenticity! Excellent
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:25 Scott Brown
9:25
Scott Brown: 
The brass section has arrived!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:25 Scott Brown
9:25
Scott Brown: 
In the form of Megan Hilty!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:25 Scott Brown
9:25
Jesse Green: 
Megan Hilty with torpedo hair!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:25 Jesse Green
9:26
Jesse Green: 
That's a funny if inside number.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:26 Jesse Green
9:26
Scott Brown: 
Laura Benanti channeling Stritch! Add this to the burgeoning list of things I didn't think I'd be seeing tonight.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:26 Scott Brown
9:27
Scott Brown: 
"Will, don't suck anything!" Plus a half-shot of Debra Messing. It's getting REAL.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:27 Scott Brown
9:27
Scott Brown: 
This feels like a love in at 54 Below. Love it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:27 Scott Brown
9:27
Jesse Green: 
Debra Messing having borrowed Trunchbull's wig from Matilda.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:27 Jesse Green
9:28
Scott Brown: 
Hahahaha!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:28 Scott Brown
9:29
Scott Brown: 
All art-forms should have insecurity complexes this entertaining.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:29 Scott Brown
9:29
Jesse Green: 
I think mime may.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:29 Jesse Green
9:29
Jesse Green: 
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical: Andrea Martin's category, but great great nominees.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:29 Jesse Green
9:29
Scott Brown: 
Totally.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:29 Scott Brown
9:30
Scott Brown: 
Love to see Annaleigh Ashford getting a little refracted love.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30 Scott Brown
9:30
Jesse Green: 
Andrea Martin is such a good actress, she even looked surprised.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30 Jesse Green
9:30
Scott Brown: 
Oh, she's such a pro. I hope she gets on the trapeze tonight.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30 Scott Brown
9:31
Scott Brown: 
Before the afterparty, where we can still see.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:31 Scott Brown
9:31
Jesse Green: 
She is almost cruel in her mastery of the audience of that show.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:31 Jesse Green
9:32
Scott Brown: 
She's in such amazing voice while being hoisted like a small beef by a French Canadian... has that every been done? In peacetime, I mean?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:32 Scott Brown
9:32
Scott Brown: 
DON'T CUT HER OFF.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:32 Scott Brown
9:32
Jesse Green: 
Yay, yay, now let's move it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:32 Jesse Green
9:32
Jesse Green: 
At least he's wearing a formal do-rag.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:32 Jesse Green
9:33
Jesse Green: 
I mean creepy Steven Van Zandt.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:33 Jesse Green
9:33
Scott Brown: 
Yes! Little Stevie! Here comes the ham n' cheese. He looks like the nicest fry cook at the Paradise Diner. I want Terence McNally to write a play about him immediately.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:33 Scott Brown
9:34
Jesse Green: 
Such a natural pairing: van Zandt and the play medley.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:34 Jesse Green
9:34
Scott Brown: 
Oh good! More golden oldies! The whiff of "telethon" strengthens.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:34 Scott Brown
9:34
Scott Brown: 
These pairings were devised by a schizophrenic molecular gastronomist.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:34 Scott Brown
9:35
Jesse Green: 
I spy a redundancy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:35 Jesse Green
9:36
Scott Brown: 
Which? Seriously, I feel like we're calling in to cure a disease here. What is this?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:36 Scott Brown
9:36
Jesse Green: 
But really, if we can love listening to Richard Rodgers songs circa 1959, why not this? Except for the level of genius and craft, of course.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:36 Jesse Green
9:36
Scott Brown: 
Yeah, except for that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:36 Scott Brown
9:36
Jesse Green: 
I have (as many do) left out Oscar Hammerstein II, but who listens to words anymore? Or, in the case of Matilda, can hear them?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:36 Jesse Green
9:37
Jesse Green: 
So where are we at this point? Matilda not getting much love.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:37 Jesse Green
9:38
Jesse Green: 
Some nice surprises, and some nice non-surprises.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:38 Jesse Green
9:38
Scott Brown: 
I guess nobody. I've started tuning a lot of them out, honestly. Things are looking a tad bleak for the Brits. Taking bets now: What form will the 20th anniversary celebration of Phantom take?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:38 Scott Brown
9:39
Jesse Green: 
Didn't that happen like 10 years ago?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:39 Jesse Green
9:39
Scott Brown: 
Maybe dropping something heavy on the Newsies loge? Wait, did I say 20th? I meant the centenary.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:39 Scott Brown
9:39
Jesse Green: 
But my guess is that all the former Broadway phantoms will appear on a reality TV show in which one of them will get the chance to take the mask off.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:39 Jesse Green
9:40
Jesse Green: 
May I type the name Christine Daae? I just like to do that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:40 Jesse Green
9:40
Scott Brown: 
It's fun. Works the vowel fingers.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:40 Scott Brown
9:41
Jesse Green: 
WIsh I had an easy umlaut.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:41 Jesse Green
9:41
Scott Brown: 
Have you heard the rumor that Revisionist is transferring? Maybe this is old news. I was, frankly, kinda shocked.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:41 Scott Brown
9:41
Jesse Green: 
Jesse Eisenberg introduces The Assembled Parties, a nominee for Best Play.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:41 Jesse Green
9:41
Jesse Green: 
I did not hear that rumor! What a bad idea!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:41 Jesse Green
9:41
Jesse Green: 
Each play gets about 13 seconds.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:41 Jesse Green
9:42
Scott Brown: 
Just a rumor, I emphasize. But given half-credence by Eisenberg's presence here tonight.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:42 Scott Brown
9:43
Scott Brown: 
Weird clip of Lucky Guy. See how hard it is to find a Hanks-only excerpt? It really is an ensemble show.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Scott Brown
9:43
Jesse Green: 
I can't wait for Vanessa Redgrave to show up in a musical number on next year's Tonys.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Jesse Green
9:43
Scott Brown: 
Hoisted by a French Canadian acrobat!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Scott Brown
9:43
Jesse Green: 
THese clips are horrendous.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Jesse Green
9:43
Scott Brown: 
They always are.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Scott Brown
9:43
Jesse Green: 
Your least favorite winner, I suspect, Scott.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:43 Jesse Green
9:44
Jesse Green: 
But I at least enjoyed Vanya, Sonia et al more than you did.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:44 Jesse Green
9:44
Scott Brown: 
Yup. Less said the better. Though I'm happy the great Chris Durang is up there.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:44 Scott Brown
9:45
Jesse Green: 
Oh my god, I thought they put a limit on the number of people allowed to pretend to be producers in order to come onstage for the prize!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:45 Jesse Green
9:45
Scott Brown: 
Congrats to all. Now: The Assembled Parties is the best play on Broadway right now. Go see it before it's gone.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:45 Scott Brown
9:45
Scott Brown: 
It looks like the last scene of Lost, only whiter and older.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:45 Scott Brown
9:45
Scott Brown: 
And balder. And Spike.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:45 Scott Brown
9:46
Jesse Green: 
Is Spike in his skivvies? I didn't see.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:46 Jesse Green
9:46
Jesse Green: 
Durang thanks the nonprofit theaters, nice.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:46 Jesse Green
9:46
Jesse Green: 
And, of course, his agent.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:46 Jesse Green
9:46
Scott Brown: 
That's a classy move.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:46 Scott Brown
9:47
Jesse Green: 
HERE's Sandy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:47 Jesse Green
9:47
Scott Brown: 
That shut the orchestra up. "My mother died when I was 30." Play over that, assholes!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:47 Scott Brown
9:47
Jesse Green: 
They painted meat juice on NPH's cheek.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:47 Jesse Green
9:47
Jesse Green: 
X-rate French canine kissing!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:47 Jesse Green
9:47
Scott Brown: 
They did the same thing with Al and Tipper Gore
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:47 Scott Brown
9:48
Jesse Green: 
A Christmas Story closed, as you might expect, shortly after Christmas. But it will no doubt be back.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:48 Jesse Green
9:49
Scott Brown: 
I'm glad they're doing this number. It's solid and it showcases Pasek and Paul, in the classic vein.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:49 Scott Brown
9:50
Jesse Green: 
Can kid songwriters in their 20s, however good, have a "classic vein"? I'VE got classic veins.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:50 Jesse Green
9:50
Jesse Green: 
But it is a great number, and will sell tickets for next year's rendition.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:50 Jesse Green
9:50
Scott Brown: 
No one's doubting your veins, my friend. Nor mine, which are surging with insulin right now. So sweet, so sweet.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:50 Scott Brown
9:51
Jesse Green: 
Remind me who the actress is?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:51 Jesse Green
9:51
Scott Brown: 
I think these moppets are showing up the other moppets from other moppet-driven shows. That's a bit of an upset right there.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:51 Scott Brown
9:52
Scott Brown: 
Caroline O'Connor. So great.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:52 Scott Brown
9:52
Jesse Green: 
There's your headline: Moppets Take Manhattan.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:52 Jesse Green
9:53
Jesse Green: 
Is the moppet thing an accident? Or to do with the marketplace? The only money families are willing to spend is on full-family entertainment?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:53 Jesse Green
9:53
Scott Brown: 
Did that commercial just say "retirement is a great chance to recycle yourself?" Are the suicide booths far behind, or is this specifically tailored to Tony voters?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:53 Scott Brown
9:53
Jesse Green: 
An off-the-cuff theory.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:53 Jesse Green
9:53
Jesse Green: 
I am MUTING the commercials. I am afraid I may get sucked onto a Caribbean Cruise otherwise, and be forced to watch Pia Zadora in Mame!
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:53 Jesse Green
9:54
Scott Brown: 
Not an accident at all. Middle-aged people won't spend $100 per ticket on themselves. But they will spend it to make their kids happy, or at least immobile for 90 minutes.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:54 Scott Brown
9:55
Scott Brown: 
Tell me if that starts to happen. I'll call 311. I think that's the number you call for that sort of thing.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:55 Scott Brown
9:56
Jesse Green: 
Yes -- "noise complaints."
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:56 Jesse Green
9:57
Jesse Green: 
David Hyde Pierce shows up to stomp on NPH's cellphone, a joke only people who have seen Vanya Sonya et al will get.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:57 Jesse Green
9:57
Jesse Green: 
Didn't we see these cats before?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:57 Jesse Green
9:58
Scott Brown: 
I'm sorry, what is happening? And when does the weird sex begin?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:58 Scott Brown
9:58
Jesse Green: 
IMMERSIVE STAGING form Pippin.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:58 Jesse Green
9:58
Jesse Green: 
Does Pippin have a nipple wrangler?
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:58 Jesse Green
9:58
Scott Brown: 
We learned about this on Smash! Putting people in the audiene makes everything strangely better! And yes, of course they can afford a nipple wrangler on Canadian health insurance.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:58 Scott Brown
9:59
Scott Brown: 
Prepare to be devoured by Patina Miller.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:59 Scott Brown
9:59
Jesse Green: 
Patina Miller wearing her fascinator.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:59 Jesse Green
9:59
Scott Brown: 
I thought it was an insulin pump.
Sunday June 9, 2013 9:59 Scott Brown
10:00
Jesse Green: 
But that reveal really is thrilling, when the tent front drops away.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00 Jesse Green
10:00
Scott Brown: 
Yeah, that's pretty much the reason why you stage things on that scale. And why I can never stay mad at Diane Paulus.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00 Scott Brown
10:01
Jesse Green: 
Yeah, this probably wouldn't work very well at the Lucille Lortel.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:01 Jesse Green
10:01
Jesse Green: 
Upside-down abs!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:01 Jesse Green
10:01
Scott Brown: 
Random peas-and-carrots stage mumbling does not work on television. But the rest of the number is killing. Abs away!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:01 Scott Brown
10:02
Jesse Green: 
RED LEATHER YELLOW LEATHER.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:02 Jesse Green
10:02
Scott Brown: 
I think that's what the new lyrics say, "abs away," right?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:02 Scott Brown
10:02
Scott Brown: 
Sigourney Weaver and MIchael Bloomberg - that is like my dream cast for Aliens 9.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:02 Scott Brown
10:02
Jesse Green: 
Sigourney Weaver and Mayor Bloomberg -- let the rumors start.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:02 Jesse Green
10:03
Scott Brown: 
What rumor? That he is her end table?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:03 Scott Brown
10:03
Jesse Green: 
Bloomberg plays the creature who pops out of her sternum?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:03 Jesse Green
10:03
Scott Brown: 
He's popping out of Broadway's sternum to put a positive spin on some less-than-promising numbers.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:03 Scott Brown
10:03
Jesse Green: 
He's happily reporting a drop in Broadway attendance this season.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:03 Jesse Green
10:04
Scott Brown: 
That's the genius MBA in him.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:04 Scott Brown
10:04
Jesse Green: 
He is announcing the Best Play!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:04 Jesse Green
10:04
Scott Brown: 
WOOLF! WOOLF! The Woolf is on fire!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:04 Scott Brown
10:04
Jesse Green: 
Colonel Sanders, as played by Jeffrey Richards, approaches the stage.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:04 Jesse Green
10:05
Scott Brown: 
I could not be happier. Because I am hungry for a bucket of producer chicken and because this show is extraordinary. I don't care if it didn't reinvent the play. I'm still not convinced the play needed reinventing.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:05 Scott Brown
10:06
Jesse Green: 
Albee does not allow his plays to be reinvented. Only sorry that he was not able to be there tonight. He's always good for a tart comment. Or a playful of them.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:06 Jesse Green
10:06
Scott Brown: 
Chicago is a great theater town? Cut that shit off with the orchestra!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:06 Scott Brown
10:06
Jesse Green: 
Poor Barrett Foa . . . such nice teeth.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:06 Jesse Green
10:07
Scott Brown: 
He was bred in a vat of unicorn milk... for this?!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:07 Scott Brown
10:08
Scott Brown: 
"Tell your doctor if you've been a visitor to regions where certain fungal infections are prevalent." Just filling you in on what you're missing in the commercial audio. Pretty important stuff.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:08 Scott Brown
10:08
Jesse Green: 
As much as I thought WAOVW deserving (figure it out) I did love the revival of Golden Boy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:08 Jesse Green
10:09
Jesse Green: 
Oh, I thought that was part of Cyndi Lauper's thank you speech.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:09 Jesse Green
10:09
Jesse Green: 
And by the way, doesn't anyone who's ever been to a gym, or my son's room, qualify?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:09 Jesse Green
10:09
Scott Brown: 
So did I. I'd have been perfectly happy to see that. But great as it was, it was a revivification of grandly hokey material.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:09 Scott Brown
10:10
Jesse Green: 
Yes, hokey. I guess that's a word that will never be applied to WAOVW.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:10 Jesse Green
10:11
Jesse Green: 
Matilda won for Best Book of a musical, no surprise, except possibly to Harvey Fierstein.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:11 Jesse Green
10:11
Jesse Green: 
Here's Hal Prince, who just keeps working and working and working.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:11 Jesse Green
10:12
Scott Brown: 
Aren't they making a Sondheim-on Sondheim kinda show about him?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:12 Scott Brown
10:12
Jesse Green: 
It has been repeatedly postponed, and now seems to be in jeopardy.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:12 Jesse Green
10:13
Scott Brown: 
Well, he doesn't have a nice fingernail collection like Sondheim. And mazel tov to Matilda for Book - but is it a turnaround or a sop?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:13 Scott Brown
10:13
Jesse Green: 
He rightly crows about 28 musicians in the pit at Phantom -- the largest number on Broadway. Though middling in the "Golden Age."
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:13 Jesse Green
10:13
Scott Brown: 
The Fragment! From Phantom!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:13 Scott Brown
10:14
Scott Brown: 
I know! Phantom keeps a lot of pit musicians in their apartments.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:14 Scott Brown
10:14
Jesse Green: 
And gives them white-lung disease!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:14 Jesse Green
10:15
Jesse Green: 
But to your question about the Matilda book award. Do you think people strategize their votes that way? "Let's give Matilda book so we can give Kinky Boots best musical"?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:15 Jesse Green
10:15
Scott Brown: 
Yes! I'm sure there's a drug for that. We'll see it next break. After we've all inhaled enough CO2 mist to change the climate
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:15 Scott Brown
10:15
Scott Brown: 
And yeah, I think swing voters do kinda split their votes, making little bargains with themselves.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:15 Scott Brown
10:15
Scott Brown: 
I know I do. My worst wishy washiness comes out when I vote.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:15 Scott Brown
10:15
Jesse Green: 
Also (back to the Phantom pit players) there's a downside to all that employment: They have to play that score.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:15 Jesse Green
10:16
Jesse Green: 
YOU VOTE???
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:16 Jesse Green
10:16
Jesse Green: 
I got kicked out.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:16 Jesse Green
10:16
Jesse Green: 
But, to be fair, it was for attempted arson.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:16 Jesse Green
10:16
Scott Brown: 
Not this year. Hiatus disqualified me. Why'd they kick you out? For the quips or the good taste?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:16 Scott Brown
10:17
Jesse Green: 
All theater press were kicked out, and only a few were later returned. You among them, apparently; not me.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:17 Jesse Green
10:17
Jesse Green: 
I'm not bitter.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:17 Jesse Green
10:17
Jesse Green: 
Except by nature.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:17 Jesse Green
10:17
Scott Brown: 
I slipped in after that particular purge. Not sure how I made it. Via the NYDCC.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:17 Scott Brown
10:18
Jesse Green: 
Leading Actor in a Musical: Bertie Carvel out of drag looks, like . . . a nice man.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:18 Jesse Green
10:18
Jesse Green: 
Billy Porter or Bertie Carvel?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:18 Jesse Green
10:18
Jesse Green: 
Billy Porter wins. This was not unexpected. Carvel didn't even belong in the category, good as he was. It was a supporting role.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:18 Jesse Green
10:18
Scott Brown: 
Billy was what I was expecting.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:18 Scott Brown
10:18
Jesse Green: 
Can you spot Jerry Mitchell?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:18 Jesse Green
10:19
Jesse Green: 
He's costumed for the hunt scene in Mame.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:19 Jesse Green
10:19
Scott Brown: 
I lost him in the Harvey shot. It was like Where's Waldo, with more flair.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:19 Scott Brown
10:20
Scott Brown: 
Apparently, the cameras can't find Jerry either.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:20 Scott Brown
10:20
Jesse Green: 
Billy Porter seems not unpleased.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:20 Jesse Green
10:20
Scott Brown: 
Yes, God bless him, he's pretty happy to have that li'l bauble.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:20 Scott Brown
10:21
Jesse Green: 
Moving on leading actor in a play. A tough category, all deserving.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:21 Jesse Green
10:21
Jesse Green: 
Well, almost all.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:21 Jesse Green
10:21
Scott Brown: 
HOLY WONDERCRAP! I'm thrilled! Theater is for theater!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:21 Scott Brown
10:21
Scott Brown: 
TRACY LETTS!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:21 Scott Brown
10:21
Jesse Green: 
Amazingly, Tracy Letts, the coffee-drinker's coffee, defeats Tom Hanks.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:21 Jesse Green
10:22
Jesse Green: 
Is this the first time a playwright has won a best actor Tony? Other than Shakespeare, of course?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:22 Jesse Green
10:22
Scott Brown: 
Shakespeare got cut off by the orchestra, too.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:22 Scott Brown
10:23
Scott Brown: 
Class act, Tracy Letts. "The criminally undersung Madison Dirks." Damn straight.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:23 Scott Brown
10:23
Jesse Green: 
I actually find that to be a bit of hyperbole. Criminally? Really? I mean, the guy jost won, why be angry?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:23 Jesse Green
10:23
Jesse Green: 
Glee is back!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:23 Jesse Green
10:23
Scott Brown: 
Anger's his metier.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:23 Scott Brown
10:23
Scott Brown: 
Oh thank god! I was in hair withdrawal.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:23 Scott Brown
10:24
Jesse Green: 
Oh, wait, glee is not back.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:24 Jesse Green
10:24
Jesse Green: 
It's the obituary.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:24 Jesse Green
10:24
Scott Brown: 
By Cyndi! The mixed signals are poignant.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:24 Scott Brown
10:24
Scott Brown: 
Never a great live singer, let's remember. Grade on a curve.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:24 Scott Brown
10:24
Jesse Green: 
Accompanied -- good idea -- by Cyndi "Tony" Lauper singing True Colors.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:24 Jesse Green
10:26
Scott Brown: 
LARRY KING IS DEAD! Let's get a Twitter rumor going.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:26 Scott Brown
10:27
Scott Brown: 
Tony, unlike Oscar, has taken no steps to stop the "applause contest" syndrome in the In Mem montage.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:27 Scott Brown
10:28
Jesse Green: 
They did prevent the standing O, however.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:28 Jesse Green
10:28
Scott Brown: 
Restraint!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:28 Scott Brown
10:28
Jesse Green: 
It's weird how, each year, I know more of those people who have died. Mark O'Donnell!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:28 Jesse Green
10:29
Scott Brown: 
How'd you know him? (I kid, but those montages kinda wring my tear ducts.)
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:29 Scott Brown
10:30
Scott Brown: 
John Malkovich saved a man from a gruesome death?! That was rhe tout for the news after the Tonys.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:30 Scott Brown
10:30
Jesse Green: 
We worked at the same magazine years ago. Such a dear odd man. And then, other end of the fame scale, Nora Ephron. An endlessly enthusiastic (if critical) theater fan. Delicious hearing her talk about, well, anything.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:30 Jesse Green
10:30
Jesse Green: 
Wait, I'm off track. John Malkovich what?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:30 Jesse Green
10:31
Jesse Green: 
Is this that play he's in, or real life?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:31 Jesse Green
10:31
Jesse Green: 
Wait, obviously, it's excellent press agentry!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:31 Jesse Green
10:31
Scott Brown: 
No, it's real. Ish. Apparently. Local news real. I was just broadsided by this news tout: "Malkovich saves man from gruesome death!" Guess that's why he wasn't available to present Best Cummerbund.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:31 Scott Brown
10:32
Scott Brown: 
Well done, Velma. Excellent teleprompter cover.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:32 Scott Brown
10:32
Jesse Green: 
Lighting Design for a musical went to Hugh Vanstone! His competition was Ken Posner, and Ken Posner, and Ken Posner.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:32 Jesse Green
10:33
Jesse Green: 
I guess he split his vote.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:33 Jesse Green
10:33
Jesse Green: 
Best performance by leading actress in a play -- the most overstuffed category.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:33 Jesse Green
10:33
Scott Brown: 
Seeing "Ken Posner" in a playbill is basically like seeing an EnergyStar seal.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:33 Scott Brown
10:33
Scott Brown: 
Yes, here we go!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:33 Scott Brown
10:33
Jesse Green: 
Cicely Tyson is wearing a dahlia.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:33 Jesse Green
10:34
Scott Brown: 
Apparently it was a good luck charm.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:34 Scott Brown
10:34
Jesse Green: 
And she and her dahlia win. She is said to 88 years old.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:34 Jesse Green
10:34
Scott Brown: 
Though it sounds like she didn't need much luck. Just fabri
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:34 Scott Brown
10:34
Jesse Green: 
I hate to carp, but, well . . . I won't.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:34 Jesse Green
10:35
Scott Brown: 
Yeah, I think the carping limits kick in around 85.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:35 Scott Brown
10:35
Scott Brown: 
Also, I think she might banish you to the phantom zone with a flick of her wrist.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:35 Scott Brown
10:35
Jesse Green: 
Will the orchestra dare to cut her off?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:35 Jesse Green
10:36
Scott Brown: 
They will not. They see Frank Gehry's corpse all caught up in those tungsten folds. It's a warning: Keep back.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:36 Scott Brown
10:36
Scott Brown: 
MJ!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:36 Scott Brown
10:37
Jesse Green: 
She is certainly giving a Tony-worthy performance now.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:37 Jesse Green
10:37
Scott Brown: 
She is! My God, she's using the playoff as a vamp!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:37 Scott Brown
10:37
Jesse Green: 
That was a quick metaphor turnaround: wrap it up/wrap me up.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:37 Jesse Green
10:37
Scott Brown: 
I've never seen that done! She could've launched into Give My Regards and ridden it to three verses!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:37 Scott Brown
10:38
Jesse Green: 
Best leading actress in a musical: underpowered category, in my opinion.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:38 Jesse Green
10:38
Scott Brown: 
Great metaphor, though technically impossible, given the impossible kleinbottle geometry of that outvfit.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:38 Scott Brown
10:38
Scott Brown: 
And Patina gets her Sister Act back-taxes.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:38 Scott Brown
10:39
Jesse Green: 
She's wearing a gorgeous dress. Isn't that what matters?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:39 Jesse Green
10:39
Jesse Green: 
Also, she's wearing her arms.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:39 Jesse Green
10:39
Scott Brown: 
And she's from the Carolinas! I salute my countrywoman.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:39 Scott Brown
10:39
Scott Brown: 
Yes! She is well armed! Bloomberg, take that!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:39 Scott Brown
10:40
Scott Brown: 
SHE name checked Gypsy!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:40 Scott Brown
10:40
Jesse Green: 
That's Gypsy Snyder (Snider?) who staged the circus material in Pippin.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:40 Jesse Green
10:40
Scott Brown: 
Yup. Giving the circus art its due.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:40 Scott Brown
10:41
Scott Brown: 
Something Diane didn't cover in her speech, right?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:41 Scott Brown
10:41
Scott Brown: 
Did I miss that?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:41 Scott Brown
10:41
Jesse Green: 
Diane Paulus neglected to mention Gypsy Snyder or however you spell it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:41 Jesse Green
10:42
Jesse Green: 
Here comes Kinky Boots. The only big number in which Porter is not in drag.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:42 Jesse Green
10:42
Jesse Green: 
Got, what it must have cost to import that set, with its conveyor belts, to Radio City.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:42 Jesse Green
10:43
Scott Brown: 
No kidding. And in under three hours.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:43 Scott Brown
10:43
Scott Brown: 
Unless there's a set of spares. And spare drag queens to go with.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:43 Scott Brown
10:44
Scott Brown: 
Amazing it took this long for OKGo's video concept to make it to Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:44 Scott Brown
10:44
Jesse Green: 
Is there no obscruity you will not stoop to?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:44 Jesse Green
10:44
Scott Brown: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:44 Scott Brown
10:44
Scott Brown: 
NOTHING IS BENEATH ME! I am a Google bottom feeder.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:44 Scott Brown
10:45
Jesse Green: 
I wonder how this number is playing in your fabled "average American" home.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45 Jesse Green
10:45
Jesse Green: 
The camerawork is too busy to make it cohere.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45 Jesse Green
10:45
Scott Brown: 
Whatever that is, in Nichemerica. Um... I'm guessing general befuddlement?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45 Scott Brown
10:46
Scott Brown: 
Though this show, presented in context, is a GIANT crowdpleaser for recently reformed homophobes.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:46 Scott Brown
10:46
Jesse Green: 
Now that's going to be a big niche.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:46 Jesse Green
10:46
Scott Brown: 
Seeing it today made me think its tour prospects could be brighter than I'd originally believed.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:46 Scott Brown
10:47
Jesse Green: 
Gays and drags are infinitely preferable onstage, apparently, than in one's boy scout troupe or church.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:47 Jesse Green
10:47
Jesse Green: 
So, yes, I think it'll tour fine.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:47 Jesse Green
10:48
Scott Brown: 
Unfortunately, I think you're right. And there's plenty to insulate you from "real" gay culture in Kinky Boots. The drag thing is like insulation.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:48 Scott Brown
10:49
Scott Brown: 
OK, I'm word-repping now. Must be getting tired. Or sobering up.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:49 Scott Brown
10:49
Jesse Green: 
But i do think, with the right wingers, that what's on stage eventually changes the minds of those who watch. Theater is, at its best and worst and everywhere in between, insidious.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:49 Jesse Green
10:49
Scott Brown: 
Culture's erosive. It's sneaky that way.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:49 Scott Brown
10:50
Jesse Green: 
Have some unicorn milk and wake up -- we've still got four hours.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:50 Jesse Green
10:51
Jesse Green: 
Just as you said that, my laptop notified me of its own power shortage. It wants the Tonys to end.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:51 Jesse Green
10:52
Scott Brown: 
Can it direct next year's broadcast?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:52 Scott Brown
10:52
Jesse Green: 
Rob Howell won for best design of a musical: MATILDA. And John Lee Beatty for THE NANCE. Both deservedly.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:52 Jesse Green
10:53
Jesse Green: 
Patti LuPone is wearing something made of old phone cords.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:53 Jesse Green
10:53
Scott Brown: 
The great John Lee Beatty! Cut off in the middle of saying "We've got a gay Automat!" God knows what Joe the Plumber (falling asleep in his Barcalounger after a small stroke) made of all that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:53 Scott Brown
10:53
Scott Brown: 
Patti: She IS a landline! David Hyde Pierce cannot stomp her!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:53 Scott Brown
10:54
Scott Brown: 
My God, Verizon is wiretapping through her! And here's the secret intel: PIPPIN wins! And Jesse Green dies a small death.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:54 Scott Brown
10:54
Jesse Green: 
The best revival of a musical, as expected, is PIPPIN. Barry Weissler accepts. My autocorrect tried to suggest Weasel.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:54 Jesse Green
10:54
Scott Brown: 
Hahahahaha... I'm starting to crush on your computer.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:54 Scott Brown
10:55
Jesse Green: 
No, I'm okay with that.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:55 Jesse Green
10:55
Scott Brown: 
I'm aboard. It was "an extraordinary evening," in Weasel's words.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:55 Scott Brown
10:56
Jesse Green: 
He's old school: he says broad-WAY.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:56 Jesse Green
10:56
Jesse Green: 
So has anyone been keeping track? What's left besides Best Musical?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:56 Jesse Green
10:56
Scott Brown: 
I've never known: Where's that pronunciation originate?
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:56 Scott Brown
10:56
Jesse Green: 
I think that pronunciation originates, or at least owes its future to, Kristin Wiig.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:56 Jesse Green
10:57
Scott Brown: 
I think that's it. The acting awards are gone. Play's been done. Revival play's been done.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:57 Scott Brown
10:57
Jesse Green: 
that is, "originates with"
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:57 Jesse Green
10:57
Jesse Green: 
So, just the literally million dollar question. Or perhaps, by now, billion.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:57 Jesse Green
10:58
Scott Brown: 
Depends on how many "premium" seats are being sold.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:58 Scott Brown
10:58
Jesse Green: 
Even without premium seats, Mamma Mia and Phantom and maybe a few others have broken the billion mark, I believe. Speaking globally.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:58 Jesse Green
10:59
Scott Brown: 
Both now playing in Seoul, I think! A huge new Broadway theater market, I understand. Just in the last ten years.
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:59 Scott Brown
10:59
Jesse Green: 
So that's why North Korea has been getting so feisty. Envy!
Sunday June 9, 2013 10:59 Jesse Green
11:00
Scott Brown: 
And we return to... Irish cacophony!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:00 Scott Brown
11:00
Jesse Green: 
Why is this show called "Once"? It's been on the Tonys about a hundred times now.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:00 Jesse Green
11:00
Scott Brown: 
Hahahaha...
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:00 Scott Brown
11:01
Jesse Green: 
I guess it was the 11 o'clock number.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:01 Jesse Green
11:01
Jesse Green: 
NPH can speak really fast with no loss of comprehensibility.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:01 Jesse Green
11:01
Scott Brown: 
Right on time. And here comes Bernadette, the 11 o clock woman.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:01 Scott Brown
11:01
Jesse Green: 
In emerald!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:01 Jesse Green
11:01
Jesse Green: 
And the Best Musical goes to . . . BRING IT ON!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:01 Jesse Green
11:02
Jesse Green: 
Oops, sorry. No.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:02 Jesse Green
11:02
Scott Brown: 
Here we go...
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:02 Scott Brown
11:02
Jesse Green: 
KINKY BOOTS.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:02 Jesse Green
11:02
Scott Brown: 
THE BOOTS HAVE IT!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:02 Scott Brown
11:02
Jesse Green: 
The Brits will now all become dragophobes.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:02 Jesse Green
11:03
Scott Brown: 
I want to make another Thrones joke here, but "dragonphobes" doesn't really track with our logic.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:03 Scott Brown
11:03
Scott Brown: 
Not that that's stopped me so far.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:03 Scott Brown
11:03
Jesse Green: 
All puns forgiven in the glow of the kinky boots.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:03 Jesse Green
11:04
Jesse Green: 
A (male) husband shout-out! This really is the Tonys!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Jesse Green
11:04
Jesse Green: 
Will NPH get a closing number?
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Jesse Green
11:04
Jesse Green: 
OF COURSE HE WILL. Time be damned.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Jesse Green
11:04
Scott Brown: 
Oh yes!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Scott Brown
11:04
Scott Brown: 
After a fake out!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Scott Brown
11:04
Scott Brown: 
Lin Manuel is grinning in the belltower.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:04 Scott Brown
11:05
Jesse Green: 
Durang Durang!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:05 Jesse Green
11:05
Jesse Green: 
Unfortunately the song that's the basis of the parody is such a turkey. And nothing to do with Broadway.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:05 Jesse Green
11:06
Jesse Green: 
But with Audra singing it, it might as well be Nessun Dorma.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:06 Jesse Green
11:06
Scott Brown: 
I think we just entered that postracial America everyone's been talking about for the last half-decade. Or maybe just the postlyrics America.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:06 Scott Brown
11:06
Scott Brown: 
OK - and you upbraid me for OKGo?!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:06 Scott Brown
11:07
Jesse Green: 
I'm so 19th century.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:07 Jesse Green
11:07
Scott Brown: 
Wellsir, that's it.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:07 Scott Brown
11:07
Jesse Green: 
Yes, and what have we learned?
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:07 Jesse Green
11:07
Scott Brown: 
I think I was the Spike and you were the Masha. And also, I am the Seagull.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:07 Scott Brown
11:07
Jesse Green: 
And I am an actress. Chekhov lovers will understand.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:07 Jesse Green
11:08
Jesse Green: 
Rule 1: Wear a big purple dahlia dress if you want to win big.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:08 Jesse Green
11:08
Scott Brown: 
Rule 2: Sonia Sotomayor drag gets you nowhere.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:08 Scott Brown
11:08
Scott Brown: 
Even if you are a multiple Oscar winner.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:08 Scott Brown
11:09
Scott Brown: 
Rule 3: Theater's still unreformably weird.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Scott Brown
11:09
Jesse Green: 
Rule 4: If you don't succeed as a nun, come back as a circus dominatrix.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Jesse Green
11:09
Jesse Green: 
And maybe we should end it there.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Jesse Green
11:09
Scott Brown: 
God, that is so true.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Scott Brown
11:09
Jesse Green: 
Which?
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Jesse Green
11:09
Scott Brown: 
Good night, sir. You've earned unconsciousness.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Scott Brown
11:09
Scott Brown: 
Both?
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:09 Scott Brown
11:10
Jesse Green: 
Catch you on the Post-Tony wrap-ups and subsequent pre-season previews! Good night all! We love you!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:10 Jesse Green
11:10
Jesse Green: 
And our agents!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:10 Jesse Green
11:10
Scott Brown: 
Hugs and sequins! See you at the circus! Which was staged by Gypsy Snyder! And presented by Dee Snider.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:10 Scott Brown
11:11
Scott Brown: 
Because he was available!
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:11 Scott Brown
11:11
Jesse Green: 
As will we be, very soon.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:11 Jesse Green
11:11
Scott Brown: 
Ha ha ha ha [sob sob sob] G'night, Gracie.
Sunday June 9, 2013 11:11 Scott Brown
11:13
 

 
 
 
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