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#458 – Tony Telecasts (2019 – Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Tootsie – Part 1)

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The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall with James Corden hosting for his second time. Heading into the ceremony, Hadestown led with 14 nominations, followed by Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations with 12, Tootsie with 11, Beetlejuice with 8 and The Prom with 7. In the running for Best Revival of a Musical were just a pair of shows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and the Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate.

The 2018-2019 season was the last complete season on Broadway, since the 2019-2020 season was cut short this past March for two weeks…er, for two months…just kidding, we’re still here, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but I digress. 2019 marked the 3rd year of President Donald Trump’s term in office, and while he was rarely — if not ever — mentioned by name, his presence definitely loomed in the broadcast; from poignant speeches speaking out against demagoguery and systemic discrimination, to other beautiful speeches uplifting representation and opportunity for immigrants and the disabled, and even in the content of the work being celebrated itself, this telecast — and this season as a whole — seemed to stand against all the hate and intolerance being shepherded by the recent administration…

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