Bret Michaels Injured During 2009 Tony Awards

The Tony Awards is the only awards show that matters.

C.C. DeVille and Bret Michaels of Poison perform with the cast of "Rock of Ages" at Radio City Music Hall.

C.C. DeVille and Bret Michaels of Poison perform with the cast of Rock of Ages at Radio City Music Hall. Shortly after this picture was taken, Mr. Michaels, after hamming to the crowd, would miss his mark and slam into a piece of descending scenery.

While it’s the Super Bowl for people who don’t watch the Super Bowl, the Oscars is just the Hollywood community tripping over themselves to pat themselves on the back.

The Emmy’s are more of the same only with the added bonus of annually awarding “great” television shows that nobody watches (i.e. 30 Rock).

The Grammy’s are the biggest award show joke. How can you possible give an award to the most subjective medium of them all?

Sure the Tony’s have a little bit of the aforementioned drawbacks, but the award show actually serves a purpose. Most of the world, Land of Punt included, doesn’t have the daily convenience of being able to use Broadway tickets whenever they want.

Billy Elliott The Musical was the big winner at the 63rd Tony Awards.  The movie turned musical won 10 trophies.

Billy Elliott: The Musical was the big winner at the 63rd Tony Awards. The movie-turned-musical took home 10 trophies.

The Tony Awards is the world’s only chance to glimpse into the Great White Way—our yearly, 3-hour window into the magical world of the theater where we can press our nose up against the glass and fog up it up with our breathing while our greasy hands leave prints that can only be removed with window cleaner and a soft rag.

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by the incorrigible Neil Patrick Harris, was an absolute delight made even more terrific by the fact that Bret Michaels was injured (we’re kidding, we don’t wish harm on anyone). Michaels suffered a broken nose in the evening’s opening number. His face collided with a descending back drop.

LOP enjoyed the fact that the awards show started with a rousing opening number that concluded with dozens of performers singing “Let The Sunshine In” from Hair. The gala concluded with NPH singing about the evening festivities to the tune of “Tonight” from West Side Story.

“This show could not be any gayer/if Liza was named mayor/and Elton John took flight.”

Usually awards shows start with song parody and end with the rousing number.

Alice Ripley's acceptence speech was awful.  she is why you ALWAYS watch awards show via your DVR.  That way you can fast forward through those trite acceptence speeches.

Alice Ripley's acceptence speech for best actress in a musical was awful. She

Billy Elliot took home 10 awards, including best musical. Perhaps the best moment of the night was when the three boys who portray Billy Elliot accepted the award for best actor in a musical (due to their age, the role is split three ways). They were nervous, excited and very pleased. Since you don’t often see multiple actors when for the same role, it was quite interesting.

Liza Minelli won a Tony for “Liza’s At The Palace” although it appeared her handles had her meds a little off; Bret Michaels lip-synced; Angela Landsbury won her fifth award and gave a terrifically graceful speech, she’s a classy broad; Will Ferrell, Tony loser and presenter, was obviously reeling from Land of The Lost’s horrific box office showing; Anne Hathaway was on hand and she looked cute as a button; James Gandolfini made the joke of the night when he said he wasn’t related to Shrek; God of Carnage won for best play; Alice Ripley, Tony winner for best actress in a musical screamed a quote from JFK, she was ridiculous and looked the fool; and Carrie Fisher embarrassedly stumbled her way through introducing the cast of Next to Normal.

Land of Punt wasn’t the only quasi mythological land to watch Broadway’s big night on CBS. The broadcast attracted 7.45 million people, a 19 percent increase over last year’s awards show, which had 6.27 million viewers.

Hair, Tony winner for best revival of a musical, brought the house down with their performance of the song, Hair.  Finally the hippies did something good for once.

An image from the show

The performances were great, and thankfully there were many of them, but the show was hampered by audio problems. It felt as if the audio technicians were rookies or the performers needed one more rehearsal to work out the kinks. Still, the show must go on. Also stagehands appeared in the background of numerous shots. Perhaps they come from a theater background and aren’t familiar with all the angles a television camera can capture.

Our favorite performance was Next to Normal. After that, we enjoyed Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages, Shrek, West Side Story, and Hair.

The worst performance was when the revival of Guys and Dolls sang over the revival of West Side Story (“Luck Be A Lady” versus “Tonight”). It was awful. Also, saving Jersey Boys for the end was cheap. It’s probably the reason why most people turned in (it’s still one of the most popular musicals around) and they buried it at the end of the night.

"How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris was awesome.  He was everything you want in a host.  He kept things moving and stayed out of the way.

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris was legend... wait for it... dary. He was everything you want in a host. He kept things moving and stayed out of the way.

Partial List of Tony Winners:

MUSICAL: “Billy Elliott The Musical.”
PLAY: “God of Carnage.”
REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: “Hair.”
BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Lee Hall, “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”
ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE: “Next to Normal.”
REVIVAL OF A PLAY: “The Norman Conquests.”
SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT: “Liza’s at The Palace.”
PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Geoffrey Rush, “Exit the King.”
PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Marcia Gay Harden, “God of Carnage.”
PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish, “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”
PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Alice Ripley, “Next to Normal.”
PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Roger Robinson, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”
PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Angela Lansbury, “Blithe Spirit.”
PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Gregory Jbara, “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”
PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Karen Olivo, “West Side Story.”
SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Derek McLane, “33 Variations.”
DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Matthew Warchus, “God of Carnage.”
DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”
CHOREOGRAPHY: Peter Darling, “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”
ORCHESTRATIONS: Martin Koch, “Billy Elliot, The Musical”; Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, “Next to Normal.”

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