The Danciest Moments From Last Night's Tony Awards
The cast of "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock via Entertainment Weekly)
As usual, the Tony Awards 2018 were a musical theater lovers dream come true. There's nothing better than seeing some of our favorite dancers perform their hearts out on the iconic Radio City Music Hall stage, and we were seriously inspired by the power of theater in the process.
First things first, we were not at all surprised that ballet world aficionado Justin Peck scored the Best Choreography Award for his work in the Carousel revival. The male dancers in the cast performed "Blow High, Blow Low" and it was evident that his choreo was truly something special.
Congrats, Peck! 🎉👏🏆 We hope there are many more Broadway moments to come.
Peck and his fiancé, ballerina Patricia Delgado, were all the couple goals on the red carpet. (via @justin_peck on Instagram)
Oh, and Tony Awards, we have a bone to pick with you: Why is the Best Choreography Award announcement and acceptance speech almost never televised?! Peck won his award during a commercial break last night and we got to see about .2 seconds of his moment of glory. Last time we checked, dance is a pretty important part of musical theater...just sayin'. 😏🤷
We did love getting to see one of our fave dancers, Jess LeProtto—who's currently performing in Carousel—pop up centerstage with hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles during the pair's opening number. We also loved that the song highlighted the seriously hardworking ensemble members of Broadway's biggest shows.
(screenshot via YouTube)
👋 Hi, Jess! And if you can't get enough of Jess, make sure you get a copy of our July/August issue where he gives us the deets on everything from his most embarrassing onstage moments to the things that always make him laugh.
ICYMI, here's the cast of Carousel's stunning performance:
We also loved watching former DS covergirl Ariana DeBose SLAY her performance as Disco Donna with the cast of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Her dance moves were front and center, and she was also nominated for a Best Featured Actress Award.
GET. IT. GIRL.
Here's the full performance:
And even though the night's Best Musical Award went to a show sans a ton of dancing (The Band's Visit), we had SO much fun watching our favorite contenders perform their showstopping numbers. Ever since they graced our April cover, the dancers of Mean Girls will always be our favorite nice kids; it was so exciting to see Camille A. Brown's authentic and energetic Afro-Caribbean moves for the Once on this Island revival highlighted on the Tony stage; and Squidward's full-out spectacular from SpongeBob SquarePantsmade our tap-tastic, kick-lining hearts explode. Check out the performances below—and for even more Great White Way coverage, don't miss our annual July/August Broadway Issue, out now!
And that's a wrap on the best theater night of the season. Until next year, Tony's!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.