If you follow Fresno-area theater on this blog, then you know Marc Gonzalez, whose enthusiasm for the stage extends both to performing and spectating. I already told you last week how he, Mady Broach and Daniel Hernandez scored tickets to the Tony Awards by winning the ticket lottery. Now that he’s just finished up his action-packed visit to New York, which he topped off Sunday night with the Tonys, I’m giving his photos a standing ovation. Gonzalez has never met a stage door he didn’t like, and he got some great photos with some of Broadway’s biggest names. Below, Gonzalez with Sigourney Weaver after a performance of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
Gonzalez, who was flying back to Fresno on Monday afternoon, will be updating his blog later this week. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what looks like a most satisfying theater binge.
At the Tony Awards: “Classy and and funny evening ahead of us!!!!” With Daniel Hernandez, Taylor Abels (who scored the coveted fourth ticket), Gonzalez and Mady Broach.
Being at the Tonys means being at the theater Superbowl. Seeing the celebrities, Mayor Bloomberg and many Hollywood names as presenters and supporters was so inspiring and exciting to be a part of. Although being in the actual audience had its awkward moments. From Patina Miller’s acceptance speech forward, the screens used to help us in the boondocks see better were skipping and/or off.
It was interesting hearing the Special Tony winners go on and on beyond their two minutes. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krawkowksi hosted the non-televised pre-show and were a mighty funny duo. Overall, I am so honored that the Tony Awards allowed us students to have a chance to be a part of the 67th Annual Tony Awards for a reasonable price.
To be in that theater was purely magical and more than the doctor’s recommended dose of inspiration.
Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony winner for Best Actor in a Musical) Billy Porter.
Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony nominee) Stark Sands.
Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony nominee) Annaleigh Ashford.
Broach and Gonzalez were excited to see “Lucky Guy.”
Tom Hanks greets fans after a performance of “Lucky Guy.”
With Cinderella herself (Laura Osnes, another Tony nominee).
Gonzalez outside the “Matilda” stage door with Bertie Carvel, who stars as Miss Trunchbull. (Carvel is completely unrecognizable from the astonishing character he plays.)
With David Hyde Pierce after “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
With Terrence Mann of “Pippin.” Gonzalez writes: “Definitely a dream come true today.”
With Patina Miller, the Master of Ceremonies in “Pippin.” She won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.
All I can say is: Wow. You hit the jackpot on this trip, Marc.