Surprises? There were a couple. But other than a few unexpected wins, the 2018 Tonys shaped up exactly the way most people thought they were. The Band's Visit dominated the evening with 10 wins which surely pleased the "theatre snob" crowd who feel like the sky is falling when it comes to "quality" Broadway shows.
Did The Band's Visit deserve every award it won? Yes and no. But it did certainly warrant some of the bigger wins in the evening. Let's run down some of the highlights as well as the lowlights of the ceremony.
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban as hosts
I'll be honest, they did a lot better than I thought they would. I had low expectations for the evening but they surprised me with some funny songs and intros. I won't lie, I don't want to see them host the show again, but they certainly carried the banner well for one night.
Award Order was a bit off
Was it just me for did the order of the awards last night feel a bit weird? Best Actor in a Play was the first award of the night? Best Play before Best Revival of a Play? It felt like knee-jerking moves by the Tonys and CBS to strategize keeping viewers which failed more than succeeded.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Bring it
A surprise performance by the drama club members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had everyone standing up and in tears. "Seasons of Love" felt like the perfect song choice. And Kali Clougherty impressed everyone with her solo.
There were some surprise wins and snubs throughout the evening. The first came in the technical categories with Spongebob Squarepants losing to The Band's Visit for Best Lighting and Best Sound Design. No disrespect to the designers for The Band's Visit but it doesn't hold a candle to Spongebob's technical elements.
Marianne Elliott deserved to win Best Director of a Play and really deserved it when John Tiffany decided to waste everyone's time by singing Happy Birthday to his boyfriend from the stage.
David Cromer probably won from the down-the-line voting for The Band's Visit because let's be honest, if you saw Once on this Island, you would agree that Michael Arden's work on that show was the best of the season.
I'm also going to say that while many may feel Tina Fey was snubbed, again, if you saw both The Band's Visit and Mean Girls, Itamar Moses' work is incredible.
Weird Song Choices
Was it just me or were the song selections for the performances lacking? Or at least weren't the numbers we'd expect. "Blow High, Blow Low"? "Omar Sharif"? If these performances are also to serve as essentially commercials for these shows, they failed in their advertising.
I may be alone in thinking this, but I didn't like Robert DeNiro's f-bomb usage during the Tonys. Do I feel the same way? Of course. But using the Tony stage to do that is just not the right venue. Also, I hate the fact that it's going to be the only thing that the mainstream media picks up from last night's event and not anything else.
Fail of the evening
This one goes to Neil Patrick Harris....Come on man!