Last night marked the 70th annual Tony Awards, aka Broadway's biggest night, aka one of the BEST (and danciest) nights of the whole year. It's always a glitzy evening complete with fabulous performances from the Great White Way's hottest shows, super-fun opening numbers, inspiring acceptance speeches and tons of celebration. And last night's show did not disappoint in any of those categories. (Speaking of Broadway's hottest shows, pick up a copy of our July/August Broadway issue where we feature the latest and greatest from this season.)
Host James Corden opened on a somber note, dedicating this year's broadcast to the victims in Orlando. But then he got straight to business, breaking out an opening number that featured spoofs of iconic Broadway shows and classic musical theater choreo.
It was truly a night of Hamilton (unsurprising since the show scored the most Tony noms of all time) and Lin Manuel-Miranda's masterpiece snagged award after award—including the much-deserved Best Musical and Best Choreography titles. The incredible cast performance was introduced via video by none other than President Obama and First Lady Michelle and was literally EVERYTHING. Watch below and catch this month's DS cover stars and ensemble ladies Sasha Hutchings and Ariana DeBose!
Other highlights of the night included:
Shuffle Along's mind-blowing tap number.
The kids of School of Rock and their epic performance of "You're in the Band."
When salsa took over the stage, thanks to an energetic performance from the cast of On Your Feet!
Jane Krakowski's leggy dance moves and her splits (which she busted out while simultaneously singing her heart out!) in her performance for She Loves Me (skip ahead to about 1:45):
What were your favorite moments? Tell us in the comments!
Tony! Tony! TONY!
Every savvy student knows the student rush tickets offered by many Broadway shows are the best—and cheapest—way to see hot new musicals.
But student rush tickets to the Tony Awards?? Now we're really talking.
And that's not just a pipe dream: The Tonys are offering a Student Rush Lottery for the awards ceremony this Sunday night. If you're a student in the New York area, get your hiney to the Helen Hayes Theatre (W 44th St between 7th and 8th avenues), home to Rock of Ages, this Thursday, June 6 at noon. Present your valid student ID, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a pair of $40 tickets to Broadway's biggest night. The drawing will take place at 12:30 pm the same day.
Click here to find out more—then commence fantasizing about sitting next to nominee Tom Hanks and becoming best friends with host Neil Patrick Harris. Eee!