In the afterglow of last night's 2013 Tony Awards, here's another gay man's opinion, limited to 10 observations ...
1. Neil Patrick Harris' opening number was spectacular, but then I thought he went flat. Perhaps the Billy Crystal syndrome? His mash-up of titles of musicals and plays is tired; one joke at Mike Tyson's expense was enough; and his tux was unflattering and looked like it was made from itchy flannel.
2. A few years ago the theme of the Tonys was "Broadway - It's Not for Gays Anymore!" This year I didn't even hear the word "gay" mentioned. However, there was plenty of gayness. Besides NPH, out actors Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Alan Cumming, Andrew Rannells and David Hyde Pierce had stage time; Christopher Durang mentioned his partner; and actors who appeared to be seated in the audience with their same-sex partners/boyfriends abounded (e.g., Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Mitchell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
3. As he closed his acceptance speech after winning for Matilda, Gabriel Eberts thanked "Mom, Dad and Scott", leaving many viewers to wonder whether Scott was his partner, dog, agent, or brother.
4. Kinky Boots choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, gets my vote for sexiest man in attendance. And although he looked great in his red tux jacket, the oversized bow tie was an unfortunate choice.
5. Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Cicely Tyson and Patina Miller all gave wonderfully heartfelt acceptance speeches. Tyson's slow and deliberate delivery of her acceptance was in refreshing contrast to the rat-a-tat-tat style of most of the other winners (see Judith Light, below). And Miller's gown was gorgeous, the most beautiful of the night.
6. I love Judith Light and was delighted that she won another Tony, but her overwrought acceptance was a repeat of last year's. OK Judith, you won the Tony, you can stop acting!
7. I thoroughly enjoyed the musical numbers from Matilda (it reminded me of the number from Spring Awakening a few years ago) and A Christmas Story, but wasn't blown away by the Kinky Boots number, which just seemed like generic Broadway.
8. The actor who portrays Simba in The Lion King appeared on stage twice. And although he had a dazzling smile, his pecs were a bit too man-boobish for my taste. (Or perhaps it was the make-up on his upper chest area that accentuated them.)
9. Instead of Cherry Jones or Cynthia Nixon, this year's token lesbian was Jane Lynch.
10. Finally, whose idea was it to pair somewhat diminutive Mayor Michael Bloomberg with Amazonian Sigourney Weaver? (I suppose it could have been worse - he could have been accompanied by her and the equally towering Jane Lynch.) Also, despite his glowing report about Broadway attendance, just a few days ago there was an article in the Times reporting on declines in attendance and box office revenue.
And if you still can't get enough of the Tonys, here are links to recaps from the previous two telecasts: