Whether you think the Tony Awards represent the epitome of Broadway talent or serve as just another marketing device, it’s a night where everyone has a front row seat to the creative, the lively, the emotional moments that have become a part of the Great White Way this season. Today, on behalf of the OUP Music team, I’m sharing a playlist featuring some of those moments – with bonus songs from Tommy Tune (this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient), The Last Five Years (now a feature film), and A Chorus Line (which recently celebrated 50 years since it opened on Broadway).
Note: I did cheat twice. Ella Fitzgerald may not be in An American in Paris but her version of “I Got Rhythm” is fantastic and can’t be left out. Josh Groban will be performing at the show this year because of the release of Stages, his (impressive) album of show tune covers. I couldn’t resist including one of my personal favorites.
Don’t forget to print out your Tony ballot and tune in on 7 June 2015, 8/7c!
Featured image: The Cathedrals of Broadway, 1929. Painting by Florine Stettheimer. Public domain via WikiArt.