May 13, 2021

The Tony Awards: So Hot Right Now

It was 10 minutes or so into the official start time of the 71st annual Tony Awards red carpet, and things were already in meltdown mode.
A large suit-wearing publicist nursed a pink and purple handheld fan, seeking salvation. Sweat pooled from the foreheads of security guards, uniformed in heavy black suits and tuxes. Worst off was a reporter tasked with a Facebook live, who had momentarily blacked out and was taking a breather on the floor.
“It’s 91 degrees, so I think we’re all just doing the dab every once and awhile,” said “Bandstand” lead actress Laura Osnes of the heat, blotting her face.
Yes, it was hot — but that didn’t stop Broadway’s top talent from donning their evening best for the big night, held this year at Radio City Music Hall.
“Doll’s House, Part 2” actress Condola Rashad, nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play, walked the carpet in a Vivienne Westwood gown. “I have this phenomenal stylist that I work with, Thomas Cartner Phillips; we met a couple weeks ago and I tried on a few but the minute I put this on I was like ‘This is the one — there’s no

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