Covering the Tony Awards Red Carpet + What I Wore
by Kéla Walker
Take it from me, the Tony Awards red carpet is no joke. It’s a lot and I do MEAN a LOT of work that goes into successfully covering the annual award show.
The red carpet is not for the faint of heart, especially the Tony Awards honoring the best of the best in theatre. Every year I say it’s my last time yet there I was again this past Sunday, covering the Tony Awards for 4th year in the row. The red carpet is over 2 hours long. YES, 2 hours and sometimes goes for the full 3 hour duration. There are a lot of people that hit the carpet and it can be difficult landing the key players of the night in the hoopla of it all. All of broadway is there, along with the a long list of Hollywood A-listers that are presenting awards, the Tony Awards nominees, the play writers and producers- who aren’t so easy to spot because they are the behind the scenes players. It’s red carpet overload , though I’m happy to report I landed all the winners, with the exception of one. Oh and there was also that moment with Patti LaBelle and Fantasia Barrino of After Midnight. It’s a crazy whirlwind of an event.
You know there are a lot of interesting looks that make thir way down the red carpet and that especially holds true for Tonys. My vote for the best dressed women are…
Sutton Foster (Violet)- I love the contrast of pink and red and she stunned on the red carpet in this Pink Reem Acra dress. She looked so fresh and vibrant and stood out in the sea of dark and blah colors on the at the event.
Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun); Typically I would turn my nose up at the idea of leopard in the red carpet but I think Anika carried it off beautifully. I remember doing a double take when i saw her on the red carpet and shaking my head in approval. The asymmetric chiffon frock had the right balance of edge and sophistication.
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) wore Zac Posen and it was a divine fit. I love how the dress skims the body and and the extra side material that announce the curves in her figure. the pictures do this dress no justice. Its one of those looks you have to see in person. In the back it all let out, giving the illusion of a cape
Typically I don’t comment on men’s fashion because really they all look the same, penguins on the carpet but the Tony Awards are a different matter. I love that the men show up and out at this event.
Rupaul. The man wore a pink blazer. I mean really, does that need an explanation?
James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) wore the most interesting suit by far for the evening. There were rhinestones on his lapels! FIERCE. I love his acceptance speech or rather his holy shout on stage. I asked him about that shout in the press room and he broke it down that when you just dont know what to say to praise and thank GOD, you show thanks and shout to his glory. AMEN.
Samuel L. Jackson was there to support his wife LaTanya Richards Jackson (nominated for her leading role in A Raisin in the Sun) looked quite dapper in a chocolate colored suit. There aren’t a lot of men that can carry off that look yet in try Samuel L Jackson style, he did so quite smoothly.
Most folks head home after the red carpet but I head to the press room where the winners come to gush over the win. There is a conference room and a sit down interview that they do with select outlets. I love this moment as A Raisin in the Sun Director Kenny Leon takes a pause on questions to watch cast member Sophie Okonedo accept her Tony Award for best performance by an actress in a play. He shed a tear as he watched and later shared with me how proud he is of her and all the hard work she puts into her role. It’s her first time on Broadway and she WON a TONY.
I also loved this moment with Audra McDonald who I did a little shout for when I watched her accept her Tony Award and make industry history. Winning her sixth Tony Award, Audra now holds the most competitive wins by an actress. This win also makes her the first grand-slam performance winner having won in all four major Tony categories. Best featured & lead actress in a musical AND best featured & lead actress in a play. She also gave a really great acceptance speech acknowledging the women who’s should she stands on.
About what I wore to the Tony Awards… for the Fourth year in the row I went to my go-to dress label – Ivy and Blu. It always seems to fit the occasion, literally.
I loved the fit and flare style of this dress. It snatched, pull and flirted me in all the right places. P.S. remind me to never wear a dress without pockets on the red carpet again!!! Having pockets is always a bonus but having them while working the red carpet is a GOD SEND especially since you have so many things to juggle. I LOVED EVERYTHING about this dress. Trust, it will be making a few more appearances and may be seen at a wedding or two this season. Oh & about my shoes… remember that love for red and pink contrast? Well I finally got to break out these kuties which worked nicely with the black and white number
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