Join host Robert Hammond for a run-down of the Tony Award winners and losers. Joining him will be Ted Chapin, past Chairman of the Board for the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards) and current President of the Rogers & Hammerstein Organization.
According to The New York Times
Neil Patrick Harris
The Tonys ceremony opened with a breathless number led by the host, Neil Patrick Harris, who leapt through a hoop (a stunt from “Pippin”) and was hoisted aloft by cheerleaders (from “Bring It On: The Musical”) as he promised that the Tonys would “make it bigger” to celebrate the show’s return to Radio City Music Hall after two years at the smaller Beacon Theater.
He poked fun at Broadway marketing to families by noting all the musicals with children and teenagers in the casts: “They’re the reason this whole season seems to look like Chuck E. Cheese’s.” Among the dozens of Broadway performers in the number was a tuxedoed Mike Tyson, who had a one-man show last summer, and backed up Mr. Harris with “It’s bigger!” and “Go, Neil, go!”
Mr. Tyson was great fodder for Mr. Harris the entire night, as the host would appear periodically onstage with his latest Tyson joke: “Mike Tyson just gave three of the four Matildas face tattoos” and “You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mike Tyson in a pair of kinky boots.”
The crowd-pleasing Broadway show “Kinky Boots”
pulled off an upset victory as best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, edging out the onetime front-runner, “Matilda the Musical,” while also scoring wins for Billy Porter’s lead performance and Cyindi Lauper’s music and lyrics in her Broadway debut as a composer.
The unusually fierce head-to-head competition in 11 categories between the sunny “Kinky Boots,” about a drag queen who helps save a struggling shoe factory, and the darker “Matilda,” about a young girl battling against cruel adults, dominated the night — though the musical revival of “Pippin” also proved to be a major force. That show earned four Tonys — including best revival of a musical and two prizes for its actresses — as did the critically acclaimed “Matilda.” “Kinky Boots” ended up with six.
Theodore S. Chapin is President of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. He is responsible for the overall operation of the various divisions within R&H including Williamson Music, the Irving Berlin Music Company, R&H Theatricals, and the R&H Concert Library.
A native of New York City, Mr. Chapin attended the initial semester of the National Theater Institute of the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center. By the time he graduated from Connecticut College in 1972, he had amassed more than five years of Broadway credits as the production or directorial assistant for THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER AND HIS WIFE, THE ROTHSCHILDS, FOLLIES, and was assistant director for Bernstein's MASS at the Kennedy Center, and CANDIDE at the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Operas.
From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Chapin served as Associate to Alan Arkin, where his credits include the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's THE SUNSHINE BOYS, the CBS telecast of TWIGS starring Carol Burnett; Jonathan Reynolds’ RUBBERS & YANKS 3 DETROIT 0 TOP OF THE SEVENTH; and Neil Cuthbert's THE SOFT TOUCH.
From 1976 until he joined R&H, Mr. Chapin's career included serving as Musical Director for the National Theatre of the Deaf's production of FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS, Associate Director of the National Theater Institute, and Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
In 2003, Mr. Chapin turned his observations as the Production Assistant on the Sondheim/Prince/Goldman/Bennett musical FOLLIES into a book, EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL "FOLLIES," which was published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf and in paperback by Applause Books.
Mr. Chapin served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Theater Wing for four years. He was the chairman of the Advisory Committee for New York City Center's Encores! from its inception. He has served as a Tony Awards nominator for two seasons, and is currently a member of the Tony Administration Committee. He has served as a panelist for the Opera/Musical Theatre program of the National Endowment for the Arts, a producer and lecturer for four concerts of the Doubleday series at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale, New York University, Lawrence University, Columbia, and Baldwin Wallace. He has been a judge at the Lotte Lenya Awards and has been honored by New York City Center with its Leonard Harris Award. Recently he received two honors, one from Career Bridges for the Arts and one for the preservation of the musical theater, from the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.
A resident of New York City, he is married and the father of two daughters.