BY: MAGGIE PARKER
The 72nd annual Tony Awards were as dazzling as ever, and not just because of the performances. As with any award show, these are as much about the clothes as the trophies — which is why it’s impossible not to comment on some of the outfits from Broadway’s big night. Below, Broadway Spin has broken down some of the biggest fashion wins from the event, and some of the more questionable ones that wouldn’t even fly in SpongeBob Squarepants.
While we weren’t thrilled with the tulle tiered gown that she wore on the red carpet, the singer and co-host of the award show redeemed herself the second she stepped onto the stage in a tapered black tux with shimmery details. She found her femininity later on with a series of gorgeous gowns in royal hues like maroon and gold. We definitely could have done without her second to last look — Josh Groban’s costume from Great Comet.
The Three Tall Women star (and Strong Female Lead) won the Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, but she also won our award for best gown of the evening. Her off-the-shoulder black and white Christian Siriano gown was equal parts classy and unique.
While this gorgeous nominee didn’t win an award for her performance in Saint Joan, she was winning in red. The actress glowed in a bright red off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown with puffy shoulders and a flowing skirt. Her tousled hairstyle and smoky eyes balanced out the glamorous gown with a bit of edge.
The president of Jujamcyn Theaters never disappoints with his eye-popping ensembles, and this year it was all about the ombré. His on-trend suit morphed from blue to black from top to bottom, a look only he could pull off.
The Summer: The Donna Summer Musical star did her character proud in a custom blue gown with a sequined asymmetrical design covering the bottom half of the skirt. Her voluminous curls added even more drama.
Cast of Boys in the Band
And the award for best ensemble performance goes to the cast of Boys in the Band; we’re referring to their coordinating suits here. Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons all wore gorgeous tuxedos and bowties in shades of hunter green, navy blue, turquoise, and maroon, respectively. Cue the coos.
We can’t even lie to Tina Fey (a la Regina George) about liking her silver dress. This short-sleeved suit-style frock aged her. The feathers on the bottom of this custom Thom Browne gown just made it worse.
The show’s backstage host wore a white T-shirt with Stephen Sondheim’s face drawn on it (he’s smoking a joint in the drawing). She tucked the tee into a big tulle skirt. We like the idea of it, but the execution wasn’t so successful. She also wore way too many hats, literally, and none of them enhanced the already odd outfit.
Tina Fey’s outfit was perfection compared to the prom dress Kelli O’Hara was wearing. The gray gown had a sheer panel across her stomach, which for some reason looked odd on the experienced actress. It also had feathers all over it, but not in bunches; the singular wispy fluffs just looked like pulled threads or whiskers.
We actually love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress’ red and pink floral Dolce & Gabbana dress. It’s just unfortunate that it was almost the exact same pattern as the flower wall behind the step and repeat. So, she sort of blended in with it on the red carpet, making the outfit hard not to laugh at. Unless she did it on purpose, in that case, we’re laughing with her.