So it feels like it’s been a while since I put pen to paper (…fingers to keys?) here, which I’m blaming on 40 hour plus weeks at work. Whilst I do have some exciting news on that front (hopefully-I don’t want to tempt fate), I wanted to really briefly chat about the Tony Awards.
The Tony Awards are basically akin to the Oscars for US theatre, the UK equivalent being the Oliviers. Making them incredibly important to this not-very-secret theatre nerd. This year, after 69 years, a female writing duo, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, won for Best Book and Best Score for their adaptation of Fun Home, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. The show and novel tell the story of Bechdel discovering her own homosexuality, and dealing with discovering her father’s sexuality after his death. The song above is ‘Ring of Keys’ and is the moment that a young Alison realises that she is not alone in being ‘different’. Plus Sydney Lucas, who plays Young Alison, is only eleven. Eleven.
So a pretty amazing year for the Tonys in terms of directly nodding to LGBTQ issues, finally having a female composing team gaining recognition and having Ruthie Ann Miles become one of just a handful Asian Tony winners.
Plus, Tony Yazbeck’s voice is so beautiful is makes Anna Wintour smile.
Please tell me someone else out there cares so much about the Tonys?