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The 10 Best Moments in the 2018 Tony Awards: From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students singing “Seasons of Love’ to Nathan Lane rejecting the goat

My favorite moments in the 72nd Tony Award broadcast were moving, inspiring, funny and weird.  Click on any of the photographs to read the captions explaining the moment.Videos below.

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Memorable Moments on Stage in 2017

There were so many memorable theater-related moments this year that were not part of any scripted show that they threatened to upstage any moments on stage. Even some of the most encouraging of these off-stage moments – such as the Town Hall held at the Public Theater on sexual harassment in the theater, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efforts on behalf of hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, including the song “Almost like Praying” – were silver linings in a largely cloud-filled year.
Still, even in 2017, there were plenty of worthwhile moments in shows that ran in New York this year to help us to escape from, or inspire us to engage in, the world outside the theater.
They happened unexpectedly, in shows you might not otherwise care for, and they happened in every month.

Click on any photograph below to see it enlarged and to read the extensive caption that explains the memorable stage moment. (In a few examples, the only photograph available was about the show, not the specific moment.

 

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Memorable Moments on Stage in 2016

Among the worthwhile moments I saw on stage in 2016, a surprising number became more memorable because of off-stage events.
It’s impossible now to remember the Radio City Rockettes performing to Singin In The Rain (in the video below), without thinking of Debbie Reynolds, who became a star at age 19 because of the movie that introduced that song, and who died at the end of 2016 at age 84, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

Many memorable stage moments of 2016 that were connected to the outside world had to do with the politics of this surreal year. (Look at Hadestown and The Last Black Man.)

There were also moments of spectacle and spectacular tricks of stagecraft that I’m not likely to forget, and quieter moments that roped me in emotionally.

Click on any photograph below to see it enlarged and to read the extensive caption that explains the memorable stage moment.

Links to reviews and more photographs of the shows whose moments I list above:

New York Spectacular

Head of Passes

Paramour

Tiny Beautiful Things

Sweat

Indecent

YOUARENOWHERE

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead

A Life

Hadestown

A 24 Decade History of Popular Music

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Twelfth Night

The Last Walk