TONY TALK #3: The Top 10 Tony Performances of All Time

Like I said earlier on today, Tony performances have been my life line for experiencing theatre I have never been able to see for as long as I can remember. I have Tony performances to thank for helping me to discover some of my favourite shows like A Chorus Line, as well as helping me to discover forgotten legendary performances that I'm far too young to have ever seen.

Every year when Tony Day comes around, I take a moment to watch back on my favourites to get myself pumped for the performances on that year's telecast. This year, shows like Hamilton and Waitress are sure to become unforgettable performances that someone like me in 20 years time will look back on with hope and that is a feeling like no other.

10) "Statues and Stories" from The Light in the Piazza (2005)
The Light in the Piazza opened on Broadway at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre in 2005 and I have been in love with it from the moment I first discovered this performance about seven years ago. A young Kelli O'Hara and a soon-to-be Tony Award-winning Victoria Clark take on the show's first number in this musical about love, beauty and heart

9) "My Body" from The Life (1997)
  
Another show that I would never have heard of had I not seen this performance would be The Life, a very unknown musical that played on Broadway in 1997 with 12 Tony nominations. The fantastic score, which includes efforts from Cy Coleman who is a personal favourite, is extremely underrated and this performance shows just that. (Also, I'm obsessed with how minimalist yet effective this performance is!)

8) "The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from Grey Gardens (2007)
Grey Gardens was a musical that felt relatively unknown and forgotten until the Southwark Playhouse staged a production earlier this year. This performance by Christine Ebersole is proof of why it is so much fun and is a modern American classic that we should never forget.

7) "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line (1976)

One of my top three favourite musicals of all time is A Chorus Line and I'd only ever heard the album until I saw this performance in 2008 kind of time, around the same time as the revival cast performed their incredible piece (outdoors!) on the Tonys. I was mesmerised and this will forever be one of the most memorable Tony performances to me.

6) "Ring of Keys" from Fun Home (2015)

This performance stays most vividly in my head because I watched it exactly a week before I saw the show for myself on Broadway: a very surreal experience. It's a stunning performance of a song about a young girl starting to question her sexuality and I still listen to it as relentlessly as I did last summer.

5) "Wallflower" from The Rink (1984)

Nowadays, The Rink is remembered for having an awful book and an arguably awful score... with an awful staging and design element. However, the show will never be forgotten for the fantastic performances that Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli gave and this performance is proof of that.

4) "Forget About The Boy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002)

From here on in, I found it hard to rank it. When I think of iconic, fun performances on the Tony Awards, this is always first to come to mind. It's no secret that Sutton Foster is one of my favourite humans to have ever walked the Earth and this shows exactly why she won her first Tony that night.

3) "Ragtime" from Ragtime (1998)
 
Ragtime is my favourite musical that I've never actually seen (if that makes sense), so I cannot wait for it to be revived at the Charing Cross Theatre this Fall. In the meantime, I will continue to live vicariously through this Tony Awards performance that I've been watching different uploads of for the past decade; I love this song and performance of it so much that it's one of my favourite songs of all time.

2) "It's All Over"/ "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls (1982)

This is a performance that everyone remembers and loves and needs no introduction. Jennifer Holliday singing her tits off in Dreamgirls. Beyond incredible.

1) "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Gypsy (2008)

Patti LuPone is inconceivably incredible anyway, but this performance is above the rest. No one will ever do this role as well as she did it and I am forever in awe of this performance. True perfection.

Today is Tonys Day! You can read my essay on diversity on Broadway, my first "Tony Talk" post on cast albums from this season and my second one on snubs at the Tonys 2016 right now.

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