Superlative Sunday :: my thoughts on the 2017 Tony Awards

11 Jun

Short answer: ugh.

Dear Evan Hansen and Hello Dolly! took the big prizes of the night (Musical/Actor/Featured Actress [plus Book/Score/Orchestrations] and Revival of a Musical/Actress/Featured Actor [plus Costume Design] respectively). I care negative amounts about Hello Dolly! most of the time, and Bette Midler is kind of a shoe-in for things at this point, I feel like.

And I don’t think I can accurately describe how continually unenthusiastic I am about Dear Evan Hansen. Ben Platt seems like a nice kid! He’s talented! But holy cow, you guys, this show seems like an amalgamation of everything that I hate most. The Tony Awards performance is traditionally a number or medley but the Dear Evan Hansen performance was just… Evan Hansen singing about being lonely while surrounded by images of social media (oooh deeeeeeep social media isolates us) and at the end the other people show up to echo him. Yikes.

I have no opinions about any of the plays who won things. Those two musicals won most of the awards, but The Great Comet raked in scenic design and lighting design (eh, that makes sense to me, it was hard to sit through the number but it was at least visually interesting) and Come From Away got direction. Shrug.

Next year, maybe, will be better.

–your fangirl heroine.

yuck

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