Broadway Obsessions

I am super excited for the Tony Awards tonight. I love theatre, especially Broadway musicals, and always have a lot of fun watching the Tonys every year. But with an especially talented crop of nominees, this year’s Tony Awards should be amazing. Of course, I expect Hamilton to dominate the night. With a record-breaking 16 nominations, it’s hard to imagine we won’t be seeing a lot of Lin Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit tonight. (Considering how I am utterly obsessed with this show but don’t expect to be get tickets for quite a while, I won’t be mad to get my Hamilton fix during tonight’s ceremony!) But I am also looking forward to seeing how The Color Purple does tonight.

Rob and I saw the show on my birthday and it was incredible. I loved the set and was really interested to see how the minimal amount of props – mostly chairs, baskets, and fabric, were used to convey so much. The cast was amazing. Cynthia Erivo’s voice was simply mind-blowing and she brought both strength and humor to the role of Celie. It’s funny. You don’t often think of humor in connection with The Color Purple. The show, which was based on the Alice Walker novel of the same name, deals with a lot of heavy issues, including domestic abuse and racial violence, but as Celie comes into her own and grows as a character, Erivo really shone at delivering Celie’s wryly humorous comments.

Of course, Erivo had help in bringing humor to the show. I particularly loved the Church Ladies, who as a cross between a Baptist Choir and a Greek Chorus, offered context, commentary, and sass to the proceedings. Danielle Brooks, from Orange is the New Black, obviously had a great time playing Sofia and that came across in her performance. And with the crowd pleasing number, Hell No!, and a lot of the show’s funniest lines, she really had the chance to shine. (This is the second time I have seen an actress from Orange is the New Black perform on Broadway. Rob and I saw Uzo Aduba perform in the recent revival of Godspell a few years back. And if these two ladies are any indication of what to expect, I will be sure to see any Broadway show that features someone from OITNB from here on in.) All in all, The Color Purple was a powerful show that received not one but two standing ovations throughout the evening.  And I will be shocked if Cynthia Erivo does not bring home a Tony tonight.

To help tide me over until the Tonys start, I made this little tribute to a classic Broadway musical, My Fair Lady. Great for a day at the Ascot races or seeing a play on Broadway, this outfit was inspired by a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film version of the musical. Although Eliza’s outfit in that scene is a dramatic and elegant black and white ensemble, I added one of my Tea With Eliza Doolittle necklaces to the outfit for a pop of color and a little reference to Eliza’s time selling flowers on the streets of London.

My Fair Lady

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I hope you enjoyed my Broadway obsessions. Will you be watching the Tony Awards tonight? Who do you think is going to win tonight? Leave your Tony predictions in the comments!

 

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