Supporters of the Actors Fund got the jump on fellow Angelenos by securing a live feed of the
So while much of L.A. waited for Sunday's tape-delayed broadcast at 8 p.m. Pacific time, more than 400 theater lovers began their Tony viewing at 5 p.m. on a movie-size screen at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.
Dressed in his signature red suit, nine-time Tony Award-winner
Tune also gave a special salute to
In a feat of impeccable timing, the tributes and live entertainment in Hollywood took place before, after and in between the television segments, in other words, during the time allotted for commercials.
"It's like bringing the Titanic into a berth for a speedboat," said David Rambo, the show's writer and producer. Rambo is a writer and co-executive producer of TV's "Revolution."
In an audience packed with 400 veteran actors and entertainment professionals, it was not surprising to see shouts of approval for Tony winners, comments on those accepting awards and great appreciation for performers in the TV broadcast.
“Wow! Who knew?“ Tune declared, after
“I knew [Lynch] could sing,” said
Among others in the crowd were the legendary Mickey Rooney, champion ice skater Tai Babilonia, actors Loni Anderson, Stefanie Powers,
Frances Fisher of “Titanic” and Davis Gaines of “Phantom of the Opera” participated in ceremonies, which ended with a grand finale, complete with balloons, confetti, all seven honorees onstage and Marc Cherry there to serenade them. Cherry created “
"Who better to bring them up for a final bow than the man every actress in town wants to work for?" said Tune. Cherry then sang Stephen Sondheim's "Beautiful Girls."
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