Monday, June 16, 2008

Whoopi Goldberg Does An Amazing Job Hosting the 2008 Tony Awards-Check Out This Year's Winners

Although I have been looking forward to the Sunday June 15, 2008 Tony Awards telecast for several months now, today has been a very special one for me. I got to celebrate Father's Day with my family today and after the fantastic outdoor Bar-B-Q we had, the entire family joined me in our family room (except for our youngest son Matt who is away at College) and we watched this years awards show from 8-11pm. Our business is called Applause Theatre Service and we provide reserved seating for all Tony Awards web site and catch some of the telecast.

Although I usually can pick the winners only about 30-40 % of the time, my selections garnered around 65-70 % this year. Maybe it has something to do with seeing over 20 Broadway productions this year.

When Whoopi signed off and said goodbye tonight she said "come to New York and see a Broadway Show". You know, I started to think about what she said for a few minutes and think how great it is that she was this year's host.

Our team at Applause Theatre Service feels the same way as Whoopi really. We all enjoy the theatre. Sure some shows are amazing, others not so great but in general what could be better than sitting in a Broadway theatre, getting to experience a live Broadway Show? If your plans include a Broadway Show, we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you, your friends, family and co-workers. Simply give us a call toll free at 1-800-451-9930 or locally in New York City at 212-307-7050.

It gives me great pleasure to announce this years 2008 Tony Award Winners. They are:

August:Osage County-Best Play-Author:Tracy Letts

In The Heights-Best Musical

Passing Strange-Best Book of a Musical-Written by Stew

In The Heights-Best Original Score-Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Boeing-Boeing-Best Revival of a Play

South Pacific-Best Revival of a Musical

Boeing-Boeing-Mark Rylance-Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

August:Osage County-Deanna Dunagan-Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

South Pacific-Paulo Szot-Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Gypsy-Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

The Seafarer-Jim Norton-Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (show has closed)

August:Osage County-Rondi Reed-Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Gypsy-Boyd Gaines-Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Gypsy-Laura Benanti-Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

August:Osage County-Anna D. Shapiro-Best Direction of a Play

South Pacific-Bartlett Sher-Best Direction of a Musical

In the Heights-Andy Blankenbuehler-Best Choreography

In The Heights-Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman-Best Orchestrations

August:Osage County-Todd Rosenthal-Best Scenic Design of a Play

South Pacific-Michael Yeargan-Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Les Liaisons Dangereuses-Katrina Linsay-Best Costume Design of a Play

South Pacific-Catherine Zuber-Best Costume Design of a Musical

The 39 Steps-Kevin Adams-Best Lighting Design of a Play

South Pacific-Donald Holder-Best Lighting Design of a Musical

The 39 Steps-Mic Pool-Best Sound Design of a Play

South Pacific-Scott Lehrer-Best Sound Design of a Musical

Regional Theatre Tony Award-Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Special Tony Award-Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981

Lifetime Achievement Award-Stephen Sondheim

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