I am a total theater geek and live for the Tony Awards. I love to see and hear what’s new on Broadway and while I watch the awards, I’m always inspired to travel to New York and have a weekend hopping from theater to theater along the Great White Way.
This year, I’ve had the joy of watching Hamilton in Denver, and I’ll just say that it is totally worth the hype. If you get a chance to see it, do it–whether you think you like theater or not. It is a truly brilliant piece of art.
On my list for the rest of this year is Dear Evan Hansen (also in Denver), and in NYC: The Boys in The Band (what an all-star cast!) My Fair Lady (because I absolutely love Lauren Ambrose and her performance on the Tonys was amazing…who knew she could sing like that?)
Carousel (Lindsey Mendez won a Tony for her performance and we happened to go to the same high school), Hello Dolly (an old friend is in it with Bernadette Peters!) and Once on this Island (chickens and goats on stage, oh my!)
I love the costumes in the productions and am fascinated by the work of the sewists. Designing and executing costumes for a full stage production is no joke. And although I could go on and on about the costumes in the aforementioned productions, I’m going to focus instead on the fashions of last night!
The Tony Awards doesn’t get red carpet coverage, like the Emmys or Oscars. For some reason networks don’t give as much attention to the stage actors. I bet they would get a lot more attention and better attendance if there were pre-awards coverage, but I digress.
Hailey Kilgor is looking angelic in this number, complete with red embroidered roses. There was a floral theme for sure, from the photo background made entirely out of roses to the motifs on the fabric prints.
Carey Mulligan went with a floral print and full coverage. She looked stunning.
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the event and changed outfits a number of times. Each look was great, IMO. Even when they donned costumes from their own past performances. Josh Groban looked particularly great wearing a costume from Waitress.
Kelli O’Hara looked amazing in a white gown bedazzled with feathers and crystals.
Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk was also in white with green earrings that stole the show.
I loved Laurie Metcalf’s gown. She looked sleek and classic in black and white.
Another stunner from the night was Condola Rashad in a voluminous red gown.
My favorite dress of the night was worn by Lauren Ridloff, also in red. I think I like this so much because I could see myself wearing it (in my dreams).
I had a difficult time finding a look that I didn’t care for. But Katharine McPhee wasn’t my fave. The embroidery on the front just emphasized the belly. I guess if you’re super thin, this doesn’t bother you? But I think no matter what your figure is, that embroidery should be placed elsewhere. It looked better going rather than coming. The embroidery continued down the back in two rows and ran down the train of the dress. It just should have been edited from the dress front, IMO.
Fortunately, as sewists, it’s our great privilege to take parts of these looks and translate them into our own creations. What’s your favorite element from last night and how would you translate it into your own sewing?