With all the hype that the Tony awards are getting this year, not the least of which is the news that Neil Patrick Harris (good old Dougie Howser MD) will be hosting again, everyone is pretty excited. But we wondered here at The Guardian Express, just how excited are you?
So we decided to have another Poll. You know how we love our polls! We want you to take a second a tell us how excited, or not excited you are by the prestigious event that will be airing on Sunday 9 June.
A lot of the more “cultured” of us love the Tony’s, otherwise known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, which is an award ceremony aimed at Broadway and the actors, actresses, writers, directors, et al; who are gracing the stage with wonderful shows of plays that are taking the theatre going public by storm.
The Tony’s have come a long way since their beginning in 1947 of a committee of the American Theatre Wing headed by Brock Pemberton. The award is named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, who died in 1946.
The first awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The first prizes reflected the times and were “a scroll, cigarette lighter and articles of jewellery for example, 14-carat gold compacts and bracelets for the women, and money clips for the men.”
It wasn’t until the third awards ceremony in 1949 that the first Tony medallion was given to award winners. The Tony Award medallion was designed by Art Director Herman Rosse and is a mix of brass and bronze, with a nickel plating on the outside; a black acrylic glass base, and the nickel-plated pewter swivel.
The face of the medallion portrays an adaptation of the comedy and tragedy masks. Originally, the reverse side had a relief profile of Antoinette Perry. Now it has the winner’s name, award category, production and year. The medallion has been mounted on a black base since 1967.
There was a change in the size of the base in order to make the award “feel more substantial” and easier to handle at the moment the award is presented to the winners. Howard Sherman, the executive director of the American Theatre Wing has said, “We know the physical scale of the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. While we’re not attempting to keep up with the Joneses, we felt this is a significant award, and it could feel and look a bit more significant.”
“By adding height, now someone can grip the Tony, raise it over their head in triumph and not worry about keeping their grip. Believe me, you can tell the difference'” he added.
Of course hosting the Tony’s is a great coup for any performer and the fact that fan-favourite Harris is hosting again has generated its own hype. But is this going too far? He has hosted the award ceremony three time previously and this is his fourth time as the emcee. Plus the actor has been signed up to host the Emmy Awards in Sept. for his second time.
Could this be a “new” career for the popular star?
Harris started his career, on television, as the young Dougie Howser, a genius level young teen who practised medicine, has moved onward and upward after a career resurgence that assisted by his return to television as Barney Stinson the “addicted to the chase” womaniser on How I Met Your Mother. But Harris was busy after Dougie Howser, working on other television shows and hitting the boards onstage.
He also joined the cast of the incredibly successful Glee and he appeared in Joss Whedon’s Dr Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog on the internet as the villainous, and musical Dr Horrible. It is in the works for Harris to reprise his role as Dr Horrible in a sequel that has been set aside until Whedon can finish his Avenger’s 2 film.
Since most of the Broadway shows that get honoured on the Tony’s are musicals, it seems fitting that the singing dancing Harris is again hosting the show.
But apart from Harris, would you even watch the ceremony? Do you like to see what is drawing crowds among the competition. Maybe you like the musical numbers or just like seeing the cadre of stage and screen stars who host and are nominated for the award.
We want to know if you are genuinely excited or couldn’t care less. We’ve given you a few options for answers and of course we’ve included the “other” answer for those of you who don’t like our other choices. Like all our posts, it is just for fun.
So the Tony awards are here! Getting aired Sunday night. How excited are you?
By Michael Smith