And the Tony Goes To…

Perhaps it’s simply happenstance that the Tony Awards typically take place during Pride month.  It’s as if someone realized that the gays enjoy theatre!  Kudos to Ariana DeBose, who was a dynamic (if slightly frenetic) host.  The primetime Tony presentation kicked off with the “Featured Actor in a Play” going to Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Take Me Out – which also won “Best Revival”.  The iconic Patti LuPone won her third Tony for Company.  And speaking of Company, Matt Doyle’s win was surely a memorable moment.  This all led to the show winning “Best Revival of a Musical” and Marianne Elliott being named “Best Director of a Musical”.  Lastly, how thrilling for A Strange Loop to be named “Best Musical” – I can’t wait to see it.  Congrats to all!!


Beanie Feldstein has Covid.  I share the news because many of you wanted to see Funny Girl, but didn’t want to see Beanie.  And that’s a problem since she is the aforementioned girl (although, if reports are to be believed, more amusing than funny).  “I just found out that I tested positive for Covid, so unfortunately I’m gonna be out of the show for a little while to keep everybody safe.  I’m vaxxed and I am boosted, and I am very grateful to not be feeling too bad.  I’m just really bummed to miss seeing you all at the theatre and I can’t wait to get back onstage very soon.”  If you’re fleet of foot, you could get to see her understudy, the reportedly terrific Julie Benko.

Since it is Pride Month, I feel it’s worth mentioning that Beanie recently came out as a lesbian.  So at least she has company while she’s recuperating.


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