The TONY Awards Twitter Trends and Inevitable James Earl Jones Meme
Tonight’s Twitter trends were basically a roll call of the American Theatre Wing’s 66th Annual TONY Awards presenters, winners, and performers.
Broadcast live on CBS, the celebration filled the Beacon Theatre with guests such as Andrew Garfield, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Jonas, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Sheryl Crow, as the Great White Way pulled all the stops to bring mainstream audiences to the East Coast’s home of theatre. But, of course, Broadway has enough to boast about with its own legends and newcomers, most of whom were trending tonight on Twitter.
For a quick recap, here are tonight’s big winners:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Audra McDonald, Porgy and Bess
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Steve Kazee, Once
Best Revival of a Musical
Porgy and Bess
Best Revival of a Play
Death of a Salesman
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
To start the evening off right, Neil Patrick Harris’ snappy opening routine quickly surfaced online, including appearances by Amanda Seyfried, Patti LuPone, and the iconic little orphan Annie.
The #TonyAwards tag also got a lot of love in honor of Broadway’s biggest night.
Two Evitas backstage at the Tony Awards.instagr.am/p/LtzUbaGFLB/
— Telly Leung (@tellyleung) June 11, 2012
— JudithLight (@JudithLight) June 11, 2012
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 11, 2012
Much credit to cbs for continuing to air the #TonyAwards despite the ratings.It’s an important NY tradition.
— Mike Shoemaker (@shoemakermike) June 11, 2012
— radiostaticstar (@radiostaticstar) June 11, 2012
The Tony Awards is my favorite “it gets better” video.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) June 11, 2012
Finally, it seems inevitable that a meme will emerge from this screencap of James Earl Jones being confused and/or disappointed upon hearing that fellow nominee James Corden, won the TONY Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
What did you think of tonight’s TONY Awards? Answer in the comments and tweet us @WhatsTrending!