The 5 Biggest Wins of the Tony Awards
Fun fact of the day: A Tony nominee has been crashing on my couch. Yes — you read that right — a cast member from the Tony-nominated Spring Awakening revival has been sleeping on my couch for the past week. And while our conversations have been limited to the requisite where-are-you-froms, my mother has taken it upon herself to preemptively plan our wedding.
As a result, this year found me taking a voracious interest in the Tony Awards. In the event that you missed them or aren’t randomly hosting an accomplished houseguest like myself, here is my definitive guide to the best things that happened last night.
1. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech: A different style of rhyming.
In light of the horrific tragedy in Orlando early Sunday morning, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a beautiful acceptance sonnet commemorating his wife and family to remind the world that love, in all its endless and beautiful forms, conquers all.
Our deepest thank you to Miranda for this.
2. Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Hayes’ duet: The most random attendees of the night got in on the fun.
In case you needed more proof that commercial breaks ruin everything, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Hayes took to the stage during a commercial break to sing a rendition of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.
The way Gyllenhaal looked at Hayes will swirl around my happiest dreams for the rest of the week.
3. Lupita Nyongo’s dress: Taking the sequin out for a spin.
BUT CAN EVERYONE JUST LOOK AT HER!?!?!? She is wearing Jason Wu. LOOK AT HOW PERFECT!
4. The cast of The Color Purple: The two most important O’s of the night.
This beautiful performance from the cast of The Color Purple was met with the first standing ovation of the night. If we are going to split hairs though, the cast technically got two standing O’s, because the grand O-as-in-Oprah introduced the number.
5. Hamilton, duh: Need I say more?
As a final reminder of what the theater is all about in 2016 (read: Hamilton), the cast of Hamilton took to the stage in their red-carpet gear and performed the closing number.