If not, you would have missed one of the most real parts of the night…Hugh Jackman accepting an award CBS Artilce on Hugh accepting award. I liked it because it was honest and almost like a glimpse of home for these two. Hugh was very gracious and it just struck me as honest and sincere.
Not to say the other recipients of the evening were not…not at all…this moment just stuck out for me.
On a content note, I thought there was a lot to be said about the lack of “legit-styled” singing in this telecast. Of course, Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess was the standout in my book. Maybe this goes to my feeling of reality. Real singing is so obvious when it is paired with the other. I believe people’s ears actually attract to this type of singing…It has presence, and commands attention. I really wish Broadway had a place for these type of shows…new shows…not revivals. I really would like to see a new American Musical in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein produced on Broadway that features real singers. Not opera singers slumming as Broadway performers…but singers from the era of Gordon MacRae or Howard Keel.
As far as the production numbers go, I liked the new distraction of going to one of the Royal Caribbean ships which did a “Broadway” production of “Hairspray”. That was one of the most entertaining parts of the night. I felt that moment just bumped up the perception of cruise line entertainment a few notches. Way to go!