The 63rd Annual Tony Awards presentation would have been an incredible show, had it not been for the many production problems that marred the performances.
Considering the fact that this award show pays homage to people who put on hundreds of live performances every year, this live show was pretty poorly planned. The biggest problem was with the body mics, which seemed to be picking up everything except the singers who were singing. The problem reached its pinnacle when a stagehand had to run a handheld microphone out to the poor actor performing Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat. Ever the trouper, he grabbed it, ran with it and never missed a note.
Even more bizarre was the intricately staged opening number that had the cast of six different shows performing one right after the other. Near the end, Brett Michaels hit the stage with the cast of Ready to Rock, and then the stage hit him as he tried to duck under a moving scrim to clear for the next act. Michaels was knocked over, and news outlets report that he required X-rays and medical attention.
On the upside, I was delighted by the performance of Hair, and the revival cast of West Side Story took my breath away. I was much less impressed by the new musicals like Next to Normal. They just don't write show tunes the way they used to.
In other musical theater news, my favorite contestant, Lee, won the British talent show Any Dream Will Do. I'm exceedingly (and rather inexplicably) happy about that.
Tonight's TV top picks:
In this, the fifth season opener, a family of four is murdered in their home, but Brenda's investigation leads her right to the doorstep of the FBI. It's an aggravating (in a good way) start to a great new season.
Watch The Closer at 9:00 on TNT.
It's the second season opener for this quirky legal drama that focuses on the public defender's office. A barber is accused of dealing drugs, and Jerry is forced to do something drastic to get justice for his client.
Watch Raising the Bar at 10:00 on TNT.
The third season of this poignant and dramatic series begins tonight on Lifetime.
Roxy, Denise, Roland and Pamela offer their support to Claudia Joy and Michael, who are unable to leave for Brussels because of Emmalin's disappearance. Roxy struggles to take control of the bar away from Collin, and Denise faces serious consequences as news of her affair spreads around the hospital.
Watch Army Wives at 9:00 on Lifetime.
ABC is bringing back I Survived a Japanese Game Show earlier than planned. The second season of the show will begin on June 17. Mark your calendar.
Because of the aforementioned Japanese Game Show, the new series The Goode Family is being moved to Fridays along with Surviving Suburbia, which appears to be a sign of impending cancelation.
The CW has put the brakes on Blonde Charity Mafia, a reality series about young socialites in DC. It was supposed to air this summer but has been pushed off the schedule, according to TV Week.
Dancing with the Stars runner-up Gilles Marini is joining the cast of Brothers and Sisters.
Tony Award photo: CBS
The Closer -- Pictured: Kyra Sedgwick, Corey Reynolds. Photo: TNT/Karen Neal
Army Wives -- Pictured: Paul Wesley (left) and Katelyn Pippy (right). Photo: Lifetime
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