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  1. says

    No, no, and who cares? Opening a show about singing, dancing, and acting with none of the above is pointless. Hugh can sing and dance–give him something to capitalize on his talents.

  2. Terri says

    Yeesh. This was pathetic. Compare this to last year’s opening number with NPH. It’s embarrassing.

    Prediction: NPH will host next year and there will be at least one joke about this sad opening number.

  3. BigGuy says

    Hugh Jackman could not possibly surpass NPH’s opening number last year.

    Sustained jumping for 4 minutes like that without breathing hard shows Hugh Jackman to be in better shape than most pro Basketball players.

  4. Lance says

    That’s easily one of the worst opening numbers I’ve seen in my 18 years of watching the Tony Awards. Quite frankly I can’t even think of a 2nd place right now; it was that bad.

  5. Dana says

    @VINT: Quite right. “Small Town Girl” was an MGM film released in 1953. It starred Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Bobby Van. The name of the jumping number was “Take Me To Broadway”, hence it’s use as the opening to the Tony Awards. It can be seen here:

  6. Mike in the Tundra says

    @ Terri –

    “Prediction: NPH will host next year and there will be at least one joke about this sad opening number.”

    I imagine that Hugh would prefer to be in the audience after a nomination for his role in “The River”.

  7. ThomT says

    The opening number was, in my opinion, as boring at the Tony’s as it was in the long forgotten movie “Small Town Girl”. While Bobby Van’s original “bounce” was unique at the time it ran too long in the movie and it certainly ran too long for Jackman last night. Variety said that the decision was made not to due a big flashy opening number as it would be compared to NPH’s opening number last year. Personally a big flashy opening number, regardless of comparison, would have been far better than what was done. Jackman was not well served by this year’s writers.

  8. ThomT says

    The opening number was, in my opinion, as boring at the Tony’s as it was in the long forgotten movie “Small Town Girl”. While Bobby Van’s original “bounce” was unique at the time it ran too long in the movie and it certainly ran too long for Jackman last night. Variety said that the decision was made not to due a big flashy opening number as it would be compared to NPH’s opening number last year. Personally a big flashy opening number, regardless of comparison, would have been far better than what was done. Jackman was not well served by this year’s writers.

  9. enough already says

    What is it with the commentators here?
    You are the crankiest bunch of sad old queens in queerland.
    Get a life.
    Get a sense of humour.
    Sheesh.
    First, it’s pretty damn impressive when a 45 year old man does that, live and without a break or missing a beat – or cutting the notes short on the song at the end.
    Damn impressive.
    Second, if you’re too illiterate to catch the references, well, who’s the bitches always screaming about how ‘dumbed-down’ Broadway has become?
    Right – you screaming ladies.
    He was cute, he was great.
    Oh – and has anybody noticed that while the Oscars go from clusterfuck to clusterfuck, the Tonys keep turning out perfect performances year after year?

  10. ThomT says

    If I’m not mistaken the Bobby Van bounce from “Small Town Girl” didn’t even make the MGM “That’s Entertainment” films until the third installment – or maybe even the minimally distributed “extras” video. I think MGM even forgot it.

  11. ThomT says

    If I’m not mistaken the Bobby Van bounce from “Small Town Girl” didn’t even make the MGM “That’s Entertainment” films until the third installment – or maybe even the minimally distributed “extras” video. I think MGM even forgot it.

  12. GeoffreyPS says

    @VINT

    Thanks. I saw the scene years ago as part of a musical compilation show and have been trying to remember the name. It’s fun, but oddly manic.

  13. Adam says

    Yes, the bouncing was physically impressive. And, yes, bring able to sing after that was great. But if I wanted to watch an impressive display of stamina and muscle control, I’d find a gymnastics competition. When your host is an excellent singer and dancer, hosting a show that honors great singing and dancing, he should, ergo, be singing and dancing. They could have simply brought him out, add a few jokes (kudos to the writers for the night’s jokes, btw) and segued into the Gladys/Patti/Fantasia trio.

  14. Daniel says

    Wow, what a bunch of bitter bees on this site. The fact that you all are too ignorant to know what this was referencing says nothing about this and a whole lot about you.

  15. Kit says

    Opening number (if you want to call it that, as “stunt” is more applicable) did absolutely nothing to engage the audience’s interest in Broadway. I imagine a lot of channels got changed pretty fast. And I’m not being bitter. Just my opinion, from someone who has an extensive resume working in theatre and entertainment.

  16. D.B. says

    Jackman is very talented, but last night wasn’t his best turn as Tony host. And as far as the opening segment goes, I just don’t see the point in a homage to an old, forgotten film — this was supposed to be a night to celebrate live theater.

    Overall, it was a somewhat dull Tony telecast, probably reflecting the rather lackluster season for musicals.

  17. Mort says

    Sorry about posting this so late… Being quite familiar with that number from “Small Town Girl” — and knowing that it sent Bobby Van into rehab for months — I was really creeped-out by the whole idea.

    Jackman’s number seemed intended to announce, “Hey, folks, welcome to the Theatre… the Wonderful World of Stunts.” Maybe, for Broadway, that’s true. But that’s sad.

    On the other hand, it’s hard to flat-out dislike anything the charming and absurdly talented Mr. Jackman does.

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