I’m probably being more than a little hyperbolic but I truly believe that the Tony awards are the best awards show. You have a bunch of people who are used to performing live on stage performing live on stage. No brainer. You could argue that the Grammys have a similar advantage but the difference is that the Grammys opt to give out a lot of their awards in a pre-show ceremony or during commercial breaks. They’re pretty much a glorified concert at this point. The Tony awards strike a good balance between an entertaining show and handing out awards. Plus, they can do things like this.
Now, Neil Patrick Harris isn’t hosting this year but Hugh Jackman is and he’s proven that he is also quite capable of putting on a great show. Plus, Harris will still be there because he’s currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Many people will say that they aren’t interested in the Tony awards because they aren’t up-to-date on Broadway shows. I consider this to be a bug, not a feature. Unlike awards for television, movies, and music, these categories haven’t been re-hashed to the point where I’m bored with them. I learn about great shows that are out there simply by watching the Tonys.
The show isn’t entirely perfect. The plays get short shrift over the musicals because putting a musical number up on stage is easy. They tried putting up scenes from the shows nominated for best play throughout the ceremony a couple of years ago and it kind of fell flat. Still, that’s one tiny problem in an otherwise great show.
The Tonys air Sunday, June 8, at 8/7c on CBS.