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Wedding woes took center stage at the 2015 Tony Awards on Sunday with a performance of “Jenny’s Blues” from It Shoulda Been You.
Director David Hyde Pierce introduced the performance from the wedding comedy, at which, he said, “audiences have been laughing their nuptials off,” before reading an email from an audience member.
The performance featured castmembers Lisa Howard, Adam Heller and Tyne Daly, whom Pierce introduced as “the mother of all mothers.”
Howard, as the defiant Jenny, stopped her mother’s instructions and got a drink as she sang about getting “a little sumpin‘ sumpin‘.” After some playful interactions with Daly and Heller’s characters, Howard was left alone onstage to belt out the rest of the tune.
The new musical comedy follows the troubled impending nuptials of a Jewish bride and Catholic groom. It did not receive any Tony nominations. But in his review, The Hollywood Reporter critic Frank Scheck called Howard’s “powerfully sung rendition” of “Jenny’s Blues” “an undeniable highlight.”
Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the Broadway-lauding awards show also included a 10th-anniversary celebration of Jersey Boys as well as performances by the casts of Gigi, Finding Neverland, On the Twentieth Century, Something Rotten!, The Visit, The King and I, An American in Paris, Fun Home and On the Town.
The broadcast — presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing — aired live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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