7:00 PM - Hello Broadway Fans! We're coming to you live from the Press Room at the Tony Awards! We're going to be giving you all the backstage fun as all the winners come in to talk to us! I'll be posting photos here in the Q&A room and my lovely assistant Nicole is going to be taking pictures up in the red carpet greeting room on our Facebook page, so be on the look out for those!
7:00 PM - Again I just wanted to thank everyone at Modern Formals in North Haven, CT for their amazing work with the tux I'm wearing tonight! I honestly was blown away by their service and can't recommend them enough for any formal occasion.
7:16 PM - With all due respect to Darren Criss but Laura Osnes was doing just fine without him. He's steam rolling every interview and barely letting Osnes get a word in.
7:21 PM - Pre Broadcast Begins! Jessie Mueller and James Monroe Iglehart giving us the rules for the evening! They're absolutely hilarious.
7:24 PM - Congratulations to the Cleveland Playhouse for their Regional Tony Award! Their work when it comes to educational theatre is astonishing.
7:26 PM - Very impressive acceptance speech from Cleveland Playhouse, 100 years young!
7:28 PM - The much talked about Tommy Tune awards presentation just began, so far a very nice video montage. Lots of discussion over whether or not this should have been Broadcast live.
7:29 PM - Tomme Tune "Broadway has a universal mystique and I'm humbled to be apart of it. All of it is simply an expression of love....What we do for love..."
7:31 PM - Richard Skipper was right, that should've been televised.
7:42: And Curious Incident takes the first award of the evening for Best Lighting Design of a Play. No surprise there.
7:44 - An American in Paris takes Best Lighting for a Musical, 2/2 with our picks so far.
8:00 PM - Just a reminder that I'm only doing a live blog from the Press Room, if you want to see our thoughts on the ceremony broadcast itself, follow us on twitter @onstageblogwhere our Twitter Mistress Caitlin Arcand is doing an ahhhhmazing job!
8:09 PM - Natasha Katz enters, answers one question and the bee lines it out of here, interesting....
8:36 PM - Cleveland Playhouse just announced they will open their season with a Ken Ludwig world premiere.
8:44 PM - Helen Mirren on being a Grammy short of an EGOT, "I'll have to do an audiobook."
8:48 PM - When asked if she would play Queen Elizabeth II again, "I don't think so. I think she's sick of me by now."
8:50 PM - No one shuts down a press room like Helen Mirren....
8:55 PM - Press room went nuts for Sam Gold, me thinks this is a Fun Home crowd....
9:00 PM - Richard McCabe's advice to young actors, "It's not a race..you're doing to be doing this for a long time."
9:12 PM - John Cameron Mitchell announces that Hedwig is headed to the West End!
9:19 PM - I don't know who it is but they keep calling a on a guy who only asks, "If you could give any advice to your younger yourself, what would it be?" It's getting old.
9:20 PM - Christian Borle made sure to mention his 7th grade teacher who inspired him to get involved in theatre.
9:32 PM - Jeanine Tesori "You have to stick with it."
9:33 PM - Jeanine Tesori "I've done some pretty shitty musicals, but this one was air tight."
9:38 PM - Sam Gold on Sydney Lucas - "She didn't needed to be treated like a kid, she needed to be treated as an actress."
9:42 PM - Sam Gold on Fun Home's commercial success, "I thought it was so ambitious it wouldn't be."
9:56 PM: according to the director, we may be seeing a Curious Incident film sometime soon...
10:17 PM - The creative team of Curious Incident in the room, they're very quiet....like can't hear them talk at all.
10:22 PM - Christopher Oram on why British diesginers do both costumes and scenic, "I need to realize everything and I think most British designers do. We do storytelling through costumes and sets, so being just one person makes it easier."
10:35 PM - The only "In Memoriam" without paying tribute to individual performers I've ever seen.
10:46 PM - The entire press room is going nuts for Kelli O'Hara.
10:56 PM - The gentleman who won the Education Award, I'm sorry I didn't catch his name, was incredibly charming and inspriing, no wonder he won the award.
11:00 PM - I can't believe they played off Fun Home to get to a closing number.....
11:05 PM - Biggest winner tonight? Women. Biggest Loser? CBS for not showing more of their wins during their telecast.
11:17 PM - Just had a lovely chat with Suzanna Bowling from Time Square Chronicles. Love her!
11:19 PM - Blown away by Alex Sharp. Such poise and class.
Well that's going to do it for us. We'll be posting out reaction to tonight's awards tomorrow morning so be on the look out for that!
Thank you to everyone at Slate PR, Modern Formals and the Hyatt Times Square. Let's do it again next year!