Strange Brouhaha

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Tony Awards (Go Away, Cyndi Lauper)

I am watching the Tony Awards tonight, as I (try to) do every year. At this very moment, the horrendously untalented Cyndi Lauper (lack of talent exaggerated, but only a little, for hyperbole's sake) is attempting to sing with Alan Cumming in a performance from "The Threepenny Opera". (It is obvious, at least to me, that they really wanted Bernadette Peters but couldn't get her, because Lauper was made up to look like her.) Cyndi Lauper has an unbelievably weak, completely unsupported singing voice. I am bothered, but fortunately not enough to stop watching the Tony Awards forever.

Don't laugh. Cyndi Lauper is the reason I stopped watching the American Music Awards. (Okay, laugh, but it's true.)

(By the way, did I use enough parentheses?)

So far, "Jersey Boys" had the best performance, which is kind of sad because it wasn't an original song--but the performance was great.

Best line: Christine Ebersole, to Rod from "Avenue Q", "A Republican puppet. Sounds familiar." Got a big pop from the audience.

Biggest WTF: The "special performance" from "Phantom" in honor of Hal Prince's Lifetime Achievement Tony was about fifteen seconds long.


  • (Savannah) But isn't Cyndi Lauper pretty much *supposed* to have an unbelievably weak, completely unsupported singing voice? She's a pop singer. That's the field where all you need is a microphone, the will of a titan, and a complete lack of shame.

    Putting her on the *Tonys,* of course, among Broadway professionals with bottomless chests, would tend to strike an odd note. But she herself is exactly what she's supposed to be, given her job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 PM  

  • In addition to the Cyndi Lauper boot, I would like to boot Harry Connick Jr, who gets the award for Faceless Acting and Creepy Dead Eyes While Singing.
    WTF indeed.

    And the Phantom guy screwed up his words. I think they faded out at the end when it was clear it was over for him. Poor mister.

    By Blogger Ray, at 9:06 AM  

  • I can't disagree about Harry Connick. I heard another "Pajama Game" number and I thought for a second that it was Frank Sinatra. Not that that has anything to do with what you said.

    Yeah, the Phantom thing was really weird, like the introduction took too long and the singing started a few bars too late. He was in the middle of a phrase, fer cryin' out loud. Very weird.

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:29 AM  

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