Bucket List: Attending the Tony Awards

Bucket List: Attending the Tony Awards

Last year for my 30th birthday, mom sort of mentioned that she wanted to take me to the Tony Awards (they are always my birthday weekend), but she looked for tickets too late. So we started dreaming about this trip.

We booked it MONTHS in advance (like 8 months ago) but Tony tickets didn’t go on sale until May.  There was MUCH drama about getting the tickets.  They were going to sell public tickets, then they weren’t. Then they said a limited number would be released.

So on release day, we had a very dramatic time getting tickets (they were there, then they were all carted and we didn’t get them…so I refreshed the ticket count until two popped up and bought them ASAP).

So it was real. We got to get all fancy and attend the Tony Awards.

Another picture taken by the ladies in the hotel lobby.


We walked to Radio City Music Hall for entry into the side door (the celebs got the red carpet/front door treatment. As nobodies, we got the side door. ha)


We got there early because people said the Puerto Rican Day parade could have created a sea of people…but they had all cleared out by 5:30 when we left the hotel.

So we had lots of time to get T-shirts (yes, they sell T-Shirts at the Tony Awards!) and go to the ladies lounge. The lounges at Radio City are very old fashioned. There’s a parlor area with seats and huge mirrors.


It was a sea of fabulous theater lovers.


We got settled in our seats about 20-30 minutes before the show. We were in the 2nd balcony. They were pretty great seats. img_4183

Our seat neighbors were so nice and offered to take lots of pics for us.  img_4185

Seeing how they did the telecast was SO neat.  The first hour was all technical awards that got teased during the telecast. They explained to the award nominees that they each got 90 seconds from calling their names to get on stage and say their speeches.  They said “The music is coming, so kiss and hug your people later. Get on stage and give your speech!”

Commercial breaks on air were more awards and other performances. We didn’t move for 4 hours because we didn’t want to miss anything. Each nominated show (plus Summer, which had two main leads nominated) performed.  We saw: Frozen, Mean Girls, Spongebob, The Band’s Visit, Carousel, Once on this Island, My Fair Lady, Summer, and Dear Evan Hansen. Bruce Springsteen also performed from his one man show. The hosts were Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban- who were GREAT.

The performances were SO fun. I loved watching them all and seeing what they decided to showcase from their production.


When it was all over, we went to the ladies’ room before leaving, so we ended up walking out with some celebrities. I got to see Laura Osnes (Broadway’s princess) and talk to LaChanze. So amazing.

What a bucket list item! I am so grateful we got to go. It was amazing to be in the room with so many people I admire.

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