Yes! It's almost that time of year again... TONY AWARD SEASON! Where the brightest gowns fight the biggest belters for the biggest statue on the Broadway calendar. And while we wait to see what returning host James Corden brings with his revival season, here... (drum roll) are our TOP FIVE Tony Award Ceremony Opening Numbers. OF. ALL. TIME. In no particular order - 'cause lets be honest... Who could do that!?! Enjoy. Team OLDFPC
5. 1989 Tony Awards Hosted by Angela Lansbury
It may not have any tricks or dancers or hopping... (See Hugh Jackman in 2014) But this classic opening features an artist in their prime. Angela Lansbury performs "Everything's Coming up Roses" from Gypsy, the audience regularly interrupting her performance with joyous applause. Live and not lip-synced. Wow. Just Wow.
4. 2012 Tony Awards Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris
Hello... My name is Neil Patrick Harris! And I will use some classic theatre tropes like scenery disappearing, a magical 7-second costume change, crazy dance routines and Patti LuPone... in this classic opening number that incorporated everything fans love about theater. It also kicks of with some hilarious real life 'door bells' as the cast of The Book of Mormon sing the musicals classic number, “Hello!”
3. 70th Tony Award Opening Sequence - Hamilton & James Corden
Lin Manuel Miranda's ground breaking work gives James Corden the almost perfect introduction! With cameos from the cast themselves, clever Corden references and the actual set from the show - seriously - just watch it now all the way to the end! Promise?! Good. Now, rewatch... Just you wait... Just you wait....
3. 2011 Tony Awards Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris
This wasn't a easy list to create... But some of us aren't afraid of the big questions.* *We're winking here in the office.... At the 65th Annual Tony Awards, Harris delivers a tongue in cheek instant classic “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore.” This hilarious and show stopping number employed all the staples of the art-form we love: singing, dancing, comedy... And live audience participation - what could possibly go wrong....
2. 2005 Tony Awards by Billy Crystal introducing Hugh Jackman
What's not to love about one of show businesses funniest fellows taking a random phone call on stage to welcome Australian heart-throb turn action star, Hugh Jackman... Here is the 59th Annual Tony Awards Opening Ceremony!
1. 2018 Tony Awards with Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban
It may be the most recent but its still one of our favourites... And maybe its because they are singing about us - 'those who have never won a Tony...' With Two pianos & Two Hosts - you can't miss! Or could you...
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