Monday, April 22, 2024

Tony Awards: Anna Wintour Made Sure the Red Carpet Was Really “Red” This Year


The Tony Awards were a class act, as usual. But there were some weird things going on that had nothing to do with Broadway.

First, Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Why in the world did she involve herself with what nominees wore? She has nothing to do with Broadway. Sometimes she turns at premieres. But otherwise, how did she become the arbiter of taste?

I heard from various sources that Queen Anna didn’t like the actual red carpet that was chosen for the red carpet walkway and press interviews. So she demanded they change it to something really red and cushiony. No one’s sure if she knows these things are thrown out later.

Josh Groban: good voice, nice guy. But what the heck was he doing singing the In Memoriam? Broadway has dozens of golden throated top stars who could have sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” How about Norm Lewis, a Broadway superstar? You could tell how silly Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth thought this was idea was– they lampooned “coming up, Josh Groban” at every promo.

I’m sorry who is Ashley Tisdale, whose best friend is Vanessa Hudgens? Huh?

Back to Anna: seems she’s responsible for the number of beautiful, long legged creatures who did walk the red carpet last night. Kendall Jenner? The girls were attractive, but got a lot of laughs. They were just there as decoration. “The Curious Incident of the Models in the Night-time.” They couldn’t agree if Arthur Miller was a better playwright than Eugene O’Neill (just kidding).

Many reporters did point out: hard to Tweet out #tonyawards when the Wi Fi in Radio City was closed. Very poor service in there. And again, no food or drinks even for sale during a four hour show– very unpleasant.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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