<p>The Tonys are rife with controversy every year! It's the nature of the beast when the nominees are decided by such a very small number of individuals. This year is no exception but maybe it's even more evident because it's such an extraordinarily weak year.</p>
<p>I saw Catherine when she was healthy and her performance was a delight. She has been very sick for several weeks now with very bad bronchitis and near pneumonia. Her vocal issues are not as a result of poor training. I think it was very obvious last night that she had a fever and probably should have been home in bed. No one expects her to resemble Linda Eder with her vocals. Her acting choices were somewhat strange and I wonder if the director asked her to exaggerate her movement due to the size of the venue. Whether she deserves the Tony or not, who knows. She was clearly very surprised when her name was called. </p>
<p>Denzel Washington was very good in Fences but my choice would have been Alfred Molina. Viola Davis deserved her award without a doubt, in my opinion.</p>
I think she was unduly lauded because everyone expected her to be a disappointment, like so many stunt-cast performers, and she wasn't.
<p>Who expected her to be a disappointment? Scarlet is a very talented actor who has been praised for many of her roles. I don't know anyone in the theatre community who expected her to be a disappointment. This was not a case of stunt-casting. Melanie Griffiths, and the many others that the Weisslers have had troop through Chicago are examples of stunt-casting, but Scarlet in Bridge? No more than Liev Schreiber is stunt-casting. In my opinion, this production was not nearly as good as the revival in the 90's. Anthony LaPaglia and Brittany Murphy interpreted the material in a much more believable way.</p>
<p>I always enjoy watching the Tonys and find the show to be the most entertaining of the awards shows, which I guess is no surprise. It's fun to see kids that I know onstage and see what everyone's wearing, the good and the bad (come on Kristin, you're 42 and shouldn't be wearing dresses meant for 16 year olds). I liked how they ended the show with the winning show performing. That was a nice touch. One thing that was a shame was the very bad sound throughout the show. Come on, Radio City, you should have the best sound people available for the Tonys!</p>