Live Tweeting the 2014 Tony Awards

Tony FinaleOn Sunday, June 8, Broadway recognized the high achievers of the year with its Tony Awards. As is my custom, I “live tweeted: the show and posted the results below. Like most Twitter streams, it is posted in reverse chronological order, so get to the full entry and start reading from the bottom up.

  • Fitting end to the Tony Awards, On Broadway! Live tweeting the Tonys will return June 2015 cia
  • Best Musical winner A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder! Yes!
  • Oh, a coming attraction #Neverland
  • Best performance by an Actress in a musical Jessie Mueller who’s performance has floored critics and fans alike
  • Glad Hedwig won for best revival. Never saw the original but had the pleasure of attending a one night only performance 5 yrs ago…
  • Wow, a rare public appearance by @Carole_King
  • And, as expected, a great acceptance speech by Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH
  • In all truth, any of the nominees in this category were good enough to win.
  • Leading Actor in a Musical winner Neil Patrick Harris! @ActuallyNPH And well deserved, too!
  • I saw Wicked 10 yrs ago and from that night onward my life “theme song” has been ‘Defying Gravity’ @WICKED_Musical
  • Best Revival of a Play winner A Raisin in the Sun. Great story, great director, great cast and Denzel too
  • Sutton Foster @sfosternyc is a true Broadway Baby. I’d pay to see her in any musical, anytime
  • Best Play All the Way About LBJ with Bryan Cray (OK, Cranston) but also a large cast of great actors
  • I absolutely LOVED Hedwig and Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH is amazing in it!Tony NPH
  • Lead Actor Play Winner – Bryan Cranston Never in doubt, way to go Mr White/Heisenberg
  • Best Lead Actress Play goes to Audra McDonald who wins Tony #6! Saw her this season in ltd Sweeney Todd run as the crazy woman
  • Jefferson Mays was a-Mays-ing in his Tony winner role in I Am My Own Wife, and hilarious in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder
  • Featured Actress in a Play – Sophie Okonedo for Raisin in the Sun. A self-described Jewish Nigerian Brit#notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat
  • For Cabaret, the entire cast is beautiful
  • The great @allencumming is the ultimate Cabaret MC – Have tix for July
  • Hah! Great “praise shout” by James Monroe Igelhart
  • Featured Actor Musical Winner – James Monroe Igelhart (Aladdin) (told ya so)
  • The buzz around Rocky the Musical has been uniformly positive
  • Best Director of Play winner Kenny Leon – Raisin In the Sun
  • Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder wins best director, the first of many tonight? This show is a delightful night at the theater
  • Alladin You’re also looking at the winner (trust me) of Best Actor in Featured Role in a Musical– James Monroe Iglehart (Genie)
  • Featured actress in a musical goes to Lena Hall! She is *brilliant* in Hedwig and the Angry Inch! #happyhugh jackman
  • Confession: I am in love with @emmyrossumoh, and I loved this revival of LesMiz
  • Mark Rylance the night’s first winner for his role in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
  • Nice #WTF joke from @RealHughJackmantowards @ActuallyNPH
  • After Midnight seems more like Smokey Joe’s Cafe part deux
  • Hugh Jumping-Jackman leads off the 2014 Tony Awards

 

Live Tweeting the 67th Annual Tony Awards

See July 11, 2013 update at the bottom

OK! Blog break over, and as a way back into the blogging groove let’s take a break from social media and get to one of the real treats of living in the New York city area – Broadway. And what better way to write about NY Theater than by live tweeting the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

NPH Tony OpenLast night, the annual award party that celebrates the actors, producers, directors and others behind the scenes on Broadway took place at Radio City Music Hall  with host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris, or just NPH as we call him. Some may know him from “Doogie Howser, MD” and others from the current  CBS hit ‘How I Met Your Mother“. But I first realized his musical theater talent when I saw him sing “What You Own” from ‘RENT’ when he was in the L.A. production. Since then I’ve seen him as the MC in ‘Cabaret’ and as Lee Harvey Oswald in ‘Assassins’. But he really shines as host of the Toy Awards. This year was his fourth time hosting– do let’s get to it.

Jun 09, 8:07pm @ActuallyNPH killed the #tonyawards opening – as usual! Bravo!

Jun 09, 8:10pm Featured Actor in a Play up first include the ones I saw: Billy Magnussen and Courtney B Vance #tonyawards

Jun 09, 8:11pm And the winner Courtney B. Vance! Loved him in “Lucky Guy”  #tonyawards

Jun 09, 8:14pm “Matilda” has four young actresses who rotate playing the lead role. Had to get a waiver to be nominated as a group  #tonyawards

Jun 09, 8:15pm ‘Matilda’ reminds me of ‘Spring Awakening’ for the grammar school set  #tonyawards  Read more of this post

Digital Native, Digitally Naive?

Say, for a moment, that you need to hire someone to lead your company’s nascent social media effort. Quick — picture what that individual looks like. Did an image of a young digital dude (or dudette) come to mind? If so, you’re likely making a mistake.

digital native vs digital immigrantYou’re not alone, the majority of the hiring decision-makers (HR talent recruiters and hiring managers alike) whom I’ve come across, with little personal understanding of social media themselves, believe that this type of job is best filled by a digital native — one for whom the Web and social media have been a part of their lives from early on.

Now, consider these job requirements that I read today on an actual position listing (identifying details altered):

  • Develop a comprehensive social media and community management strategy leveraging your background, experience and knowledge of social media trends and emerging technologies
  • Partner with individuals across the company (management, development and research) to strategize and educate the team on relevant social media techniques to drive adoption and increase thought leadership
  • Manage the day-to-day activities for Facebook, Twitter, Company Blog, LinkedIn and other social media sites
  • Research and write content for social media channels
  • Track and analyze performance of social media programs and activities to drive continuous improvement
  • Manage web and Facebook advertisements
  • Help direct a grassroots street team to promote the [product]
  • Interact with our PR team
  • Monitor trends in social media tools and applications and appropriately apply that knowledge to increasing the use of social media at the company

Did that change your thinking? Sounds like a great job with plenty of opportunity to create strategy, implement tactics and lead the social media initiative for this company for years to come, right?

In fact, this is a great spot for someone like me, a social media professional paid to curate communities, engage with customers, build brands,  develop brand ambassadors and promote products via social media as a career (in my case since 1997).  So why didn’t I immediately submit my application and resume? Because of this next line: Career Level: Early Career (1+ yrs experience) 

Whoa, you want to trust this job — and the reputation of your company, its brand and products (the success of which is essential for the future survival of the company itself) — in the hands of an entry-level individual? Really?

The disconnect comes when companies fail to understand that digital natives lack the necessary business acumen and experience to actually get the job done. They instead believe they need to hire young because, you know, when it comes to social media ‘young people get it’.

That’s a fatal flaw that sets up both the individual hired and the company for failure. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to developing a digital roadmap or building consensus among varied internal stakeholders to insinuate social media throughout the enterprise (the long-term goal for success). And do not for a minute discount the institutional knowledge an experienced person brings to the table regarding what’s worked (and failed) in the past to better be able to recognize the next big thing.

If you want a leader; if you use  phrases like “create strategy”; “implement tactics”; “develop policy” or “lead the organization” as part of the job description, set yourself up for success: hire the digital immigrant —  a social media professional. 

New Broadway Hotline – 1-855-SEE-BWAY

Broadway producer Ken Davenport

Broadway impresario Ken Davenport

Bravo to Broadway producer Ken Davenport (“Godspell” and others) and team for staffing the free Broadway hotline 1-855-SEE-BWAY. Want to know what’s opening or closing? Need to see what shows have performances on Mondays, or curtain times as early as 7:00PM? Curious as to who the leads currently are in a long-running show, or how long a TV or movie star will be in a current show?

Just ask Ken and his team from Davenport Productions who are staffing the line as a service for Broadway lovers (and more importantly, potential Broadway lovers).

Kudos, Ken.

Here’s a link to Ken’s blog entry: http://ow.ly/8OWYq

My New York: A Not Atypical Night in NYC

Catch Me If You Can PlaybillJust another Thursday night in New York City in July.

Went to the TKTS booth in Times Square and picked up discounted tickets for ‘Catch Me If You Can‘ at the Neil Simon theater starring Aaron TveitNorbert Leo ButzKerry Butler and Tom (TV’s “Luke Duke“) Wopat.

Courtesy IMDB.ComOn the way to the theater, passed Sutton Foster walking on Broadway to her gig in ‘Anything Goes‘. Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt with no make-up — still beautiful.

Matthew BroderickAprés theater, dinner at Angus McIndoe Restaurant (try the burgers ans McIncheese) on W 44 Street with Matthew Broderick (OK, well, he was at the table next to me).

I love NY.

My New York: Live Tweeting The 2011 Tony Awards

 I love Broadway, so for me the best entertainment awards show is the Tony Awards for excellence in American theater. The 65th annual awards were held June 12 at New York’s Beacon Theater with the ultra-talented Neil Patrick Harris as host — and he killed (as they say). From an opening number that spoofed Broadway’s reputation as being less than manly to a closing rap that  recapped the highlights of the  night, NPH showed why he is today’s best awards show host (highlight video –>).

And, of course, Broadway fans nationwide were tweeting their comments as the awards were announced. Here are mine plus additional comments.

  • roncasalotti: Nice @ActuallyNPH killed the Tony Award opening. FTW 8:05 pm
    Neil Patrick Harris can do it all. I saw him on Broadway as the MC in ‘Cabaret’ and Lee Harvey Oswald in ‘Assassins’. But my first “Aha!” moment of his post Doogie Howser career, when he sang on a Broadway TV special from ‘Rent’ (he was in the L.A. production) Who knew?!?!
  • roncasalotti: Ellen Barkin wins Featured Actress in a Play for ‘The Normal Heart’ Well deserved, she rocked that role. 8:09 pm
  • roncasalotti: The Normal Heart is a great play; very moving; great performances; and I think more impactful than likely when it first ran in 1985…. 8:13 pm
  • roncasalotti: General consensus holds than Daniel Radcliffe was greatly deserving of a Tony nom (but overlooked) 8:14 pm
  • roncasalotti: Nice ‘Equus’ reference by @ActuallyNPH re: Daniel Radcliffe poking out ‘War Horse’s” eyes. 8:23 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Performance by Featured Actor in a Play goes to John Benjamin Hickey of ‘The Normal Heart’ 8:28 pm
  • roncasalotti: John Benjamin Hickey’s performance in ‘The Normal Heart’ brings both cheers and tears. Well deserved award. 8:29 pm
  • roncasalotti: Performance by the cast of ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ mainly for the road tour (as it closed in December after a short run) 8:53 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Actress in Featured Role in a Musical goes to Nikki M. James for ‘The Book of Mormon’ She rocked that role 9:00 pm
  • roncasalotti: The song ‘I Believe” from ‘The Book of Mormon’ is great, but I think its opening number ‘Hello’ should’ve opened the show 9:04 pm
  • roncasalotti: Hah,, funny “Host-Off” between @RealHughJackman and @ActuallyNPH 9:16 pm
    Clever bit, and it shows that both Hugh and Neil are consummate entertainers. Loved Hugh in ‘The Boy From Oz’
  • roncasalotti: Best Featured Actor in a Musical to John Laroquette for ‘How to Succeed…’ He’s hilarious in it – much better than expected.9:20 pm
  • roncasalotti: Jennifer Damiano (‘Spider-Man’) is the 2nd ex-cast member of ‘Next to Normal’ on tonight with Aaron Tveit (‘Catch Me If You Can)  9:27 pm
  • roncasalotti: Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the movie ‘The Sister Act’ is the producer of the B’way musical of the same name  9:41 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Revival of a Play goes to the touching, moving, disturbing, powerful and simply great ‘The Normal Heart’ 9:51 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Play goes to ‘War Horse’ (the safe, expected choice)  10:04 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Revival of a Musical goes to ‘Anything Goes’. A nod to old-time Broadway. 10:27 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play to Frances McDormand for ‘Good People’ 10:37 pm
    Who apparently stayed in Southie character when she decided to wear a denim jacket to the show.
  • roncasalotti: Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical goes to Sutton Foster ‘Anything Goes.’ Saw her in a cabaret last year – big talent; nice person 10:41 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Actor in a Play goes to Mark Rylance for ‘Jerusalem’. Loved in him ‘Boeing Boeing’ & ‘La Bete’. He’s certainly, umm quirky 10:53 pm
  • roncasalotti: Best Actor in a Musical goes to Norbert Leo Butz for ‘Catch Me If You Can’ loved him in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 10:55 pm
  • roncasalotti: Quelle surprise, ‘The Book of Mormon’ takes Best Musical. My review: Often offensive; frequently obscene; always hilarious. 11:03 pm
 Finally, here's NPH's great ending rap of a Tony Awards presentation that was well hosted, and well done.                                                                                                                                                    See you at the theater!

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