Tony Awards 2019: Very Gay-friendly

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Tony Awards 2019: Very Gay-friendly

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 14 June 2019) Despite seven nominations, the musical The Prom left the 73rd edition of the Tony Awards ceremony with empty hands. At the Tonys 2019 award ceremony on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York during the night of 9 to 10 June, the work caused quite a buzz.

 

The buzz about The Prom

What was that about? Two songs from The Prom were presented by Kristin Chenoweth, an actress and singer known as Catholic but very gay-friendly. And at the end of their performance the singers and actresses Caitlin Kinnunen (Emma) and Isabelle McCalla (Alyssa) kissed each other on the mouth. And they did it intensively – already during rehearsals, but also on the New York stage and live on television, with the implicit consent of producers and broadcasters.

Let us take this opportunity to say a word about The Prom. As the title suggests, this is about the famous highschool proms. The story is simple: When a high school girl is denied the right to dance with her boyfriend in a small town in Indiana, a once-famous Broadway troupe decides to help the discriminated couple.

The play had received seven nominations, including one for the best musical. In the end it went away empty-handed, but made free advertising for the good cause.

 

A rainbow outfit in honor of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the city. Pride anniversary

There was a lot of winking towards the LGBT community, on stage and towards the audience. The same thing happened behind the scenes, in the direction of the media. The red carpet was much less noticed than the rainbow on the wall.

Here is a picture of the actress Caitlin Kinnunen in front of the rainbow of the Tony Awards.

Caitlin Kinnunen

Caitlin Kinnunen in front of the rainbow carpet of the Tony Awards 2019
©Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Production

 

A good laugh

Here is something to laugh before this article continues… The following video is really very, very funny. In The Late Late Late Late Show with James Corden, we see the parents of James Corden (the British actor who hosted the Tonys 2019). On the occasion of the Tony Awards, they embark on a voyage of discovery in New York, trying to find their place in the very young, very slim and very muscular universe of musicals that founded Broadway's reputation.

 

Oklahoma! wins the Tony Award for the best revival of a musical

The Tonys jury didn’t like the revival of Oklahoma! in the LGBT version, but gave the title to another piece entitled Oklahoma!

Explanation: The musical by the well-known duo Rodgers and Hammerstein was re-released in two different versions in less than a year: The “straight” version by Daniel Fish, whose name is not even mentioned on the Tony Awards website, received two Tony Awards, while the LGBT version by Bill Rauch had not even received any nominations. This shows once again how much such awards honor producers more than artists, at least in the United States).

There were only two nominations in the category “Best Musical Review.”

Santino Fontana won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance of Michael Dorsey in Tootsie, the Broadway adaptation of Sydney Pollack's film. In the movie, Dustin Hoffman had immortalized himself in both his male and female roles.

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally (l.), the rainbow author posing (here with Tom Kirdahy) for eternity
©Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Production

 

An honorary tony for Terrence McNally

As in a previous article, Terrence McNally will have the last word today.

The American playwright received a Tony Award for his lifetime achievement. The seriously ill Terrence McNally gave a very moving speech.

Terrence McNally conjured up the dramatist’s joys with his speech – and here the most important quote:

I love it when I know something I wrote softened the heart of parents who had banished their son and daughter from their lives when they came out as gay and lesbian

Frank-S / MensGo

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