The first annual Hamilton Awards — though I’m told it appeared on select DVRs as “the 70th annual Tony Awards” — felt like a three(ish)-hour of all that is right in the world.
On a day marred by unspeakable tragedy, it lifted our spirits and gave us countless reasons to smile. And in a time when other award shows fail to embrace diversity, it shone a proud spotlight on an incredible array of talent.
So in the spirit of having a laugh and obsessing over some sickeningly gifted humans, I invite you to join me for a look back at some of the more offbeat moments from the 2016 Tony Awards. Like host James Corden‘s (accidental?) match game with presenter Keri Russell. Or Andrew Rannells as Donald Trump (in a musical we would absolutely pay money to see.)
Grade tonight’s ceremony, then take a deep breath and click into my gallery of favorite Tony moments — complete with my own version of “awards.” And when you’re done, drop a comment with your own thoughts on the big show.