In advance of tonight’s Tony Awards show on CBS at 8PM, I wanted to reflect back on the days when the Tonys would pay tribute to the giants of the Broadway world.
From the 1970s through the 1980s the telecast, in addition to handing out the awards for excellence that year on Broadway, would deliver world-class numbers and entertainment honoring the artists of the Broadway genre.
In 1988, a year after 7-time Tony Award winner Michael Bennett’s death, original cast members of A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls came together for a terrific montage to remind of his genius.
More than any other director or choreographer, I think (in my mind) I’ve hoped to aspire to the kind of vision Michael brought to his work. Breaking ground time after time with Company, Follies, A Chorus Line and the breathtaking Dreamgirls, I’ve had a visceral connection to his genius ever since I can remember understanding who he was.
Watch below – AND don’t forget to watch the Tony tonight!