Why Millennials Should Watch the Tony Awards

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Entertainment

The Tony Awards. The theatre kid version of the Super Bowl.

Whether you’re a theatre kid or not, let’s chat about the Tony Awards, and why you should watch them.

Of course, theatre kids like me block out our schedules for this auspicious occasion (unless, of course, we have rehearsal) every year. But believe it or not, the best of Broadway can appeal to both theatre-loving millennials as well as those who don’t cry during the opening overture of any show playing on the Great White Way.

So, why should we all watch?

The Performances
The Tony Awards are filled with fantastic performances that are sure to entertain anyone. Plus, they’re pretty catchy too! If you’ve heard even one song off the Hamilton soundtrack, you’d know that Broadway is trying to produce shows and music that appeals to a wide audience.  Yes, I know, Mike Pence may not have enjoyed this particular show, but Hamilton (last year’s Best Musical Winner) is filled with songs that range in variety from typical Broadway three-part harmony to something resembling hip-hop.

The Venue and the Spectacle
As with any awards show, the lead-up to the Tony Awards is filled with glamour and excitement. There’s a red carpet, there’s pre-awards coverage, there’s beautiful outfits, and so much more. Be on the lookout for those who are lucky enough to attend the live show (who are, of course, regular people like you and me and not celebrities). When the performers are dancing in the aisles, the looks of amazement on their faces are worth the price of admission.

The Speeches
The speeches by both presenters and Tony Award recipients on the Tony Awards are known for their depth, and for the manner in which the stars utilize their platform to make their voices heard. There’s a reason why these people do theatre — it’s because they’re expressive.

A few examples from the past: Idina Menzel celebrated our differences in 2008 when she received the award for Best Actress in a Musical for Wicked. Jonathan Larson’s sister, Julie, accepting the award for Best Musical for Rent on his behalf following his passing — indicating that Larson “dreamed of creating a youthful, passionate piece that would be pertinent.”

And who could forget Lin-Manuel Miranda’s speech from the 2016 Tony Awards, following the tragic Pulse Nightclub Shooting? “Love is love is love is love is love.”

 

Enjoying the Holiday Season as a Twenty-to-Thirtysomething

Adulting, Author: Gauri Bhatia

Ho, ho, ho, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc., etc.

The holiday season is filled with exciting and fun things to do! I won’t get into the actual religious celebrations, as I only celebrate them insomuch as I get presents. But here are a list of fun things to do this month to end the year on a great note!

  • If you get the chance, spend some time with your family. Talk, play cards, play chess, watch holiday-inspired movies…all of it!
  • Bake cookies! I personally love to go to my best friend’s parents’ house and bake corn flake wreaths, thumbprint cookies, or really whatever her mom lets me make!
  • Listen to Christmas music, some of which is featured in this issue!

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  • Go and see the windows on Fifth Avenue (or your home state’s version of it)! Nearly every store has a window display and I assure you, they are magical. Saks Fifth Avenue does a sort of laser light show on the windows, which is spectacular. Macy’s has two displays this year, one centering on the new film, Trolls, and their usual one around “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” Bloomingdale’s has a “Sing” centered display, and the Cartier building is usually wrapped in a bright red bow. If you can’t make it to New York, we even found a directory of holiday celebrations in other major U.S. cities just for you.
  • Go to a tree lighting! In New York, see the tree at Rockefeller Center. It is always amazing, with the ice skaters all around and with a bit of a chill in the air. We’ve also provided a list of tree lightings in other major U.S. cities.
  • Ice skating in Rockefeller Center, Central Park, or Bryant Park…or your hometown equivalent. All are amazing!
  • Sit back and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate or eggnog. I am not a huge fan of eggnog, so I can’t give you any advice there, but Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate is to die for. A must-have holiday tradition!

Happy Holidays, everyone! And Happy New Year of course!