The 68th Annual Tony Awards provided many memorable moments from Hugh Jackman hopping his way through an opening number to Lena Hall uttering a joyous "friendship is magic" line with her first Tony in hand to Audra MacDonald's emotional speech for her record-breaking sixth award. Those examples barely scratch the surface of highlights, but this piece isn't about the telecast itself. Prior to the curtain going up at Radio City Music Hall, nominees, past winners, and stars from all walks of pop life took to red carpet to field questions from reporters who sweated out the summer humidity and worked side-by-side in a sardine-tight space that Tracy Morgan might say could've gotten some people pregnant. A-Sides was right in the middle of the action, and interviewed a wide range of talent including Gloria and Emilio Estefan who discuss their upcoming Broadway musical, Andy Karl discussing the evolution of the Rocky musical, and Questlove spilling the beans on a planned Soul Train Broadway musical. All videos filmed by Yale Goodman.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Zach Braff, Andy Karl, Kelly O'Hara, Questlove, and T.I.:
Tony Award winner Lena Hall
Tony Award Winner Sophie Okonedo
Forget the Tony Awards, let's talk Joe Versus the Volcano with John Patrick Shanley
For more A-Sides red carpet coverage, view the official brand YouTube page here as videos will be uploaded all week.
About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Rob Zombie, Pharrell Williams, Courtney Love, American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.