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The Cosmic Curtain: Broadway Shows and the 77th Tony Awards Results and Reactions

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The biggest and brightest night for Broadway has finally arrived, with the 77th Tony Awards! Hosted by Ariana DeBose, The Tony Awards pulled out the red carpet and was ready to celebrate all the fantastic theater from the past year. With so many incredible shows up for many awards, the excitement was never higher in the Cosmic Circus Broadway stratosphere, so of course, we had to jump on a podcast and share our thoughts with you!

Join hosts Brian Kitson and RJ Miller-Zelinko in the first official The Cosmic Curtain podcast since moving to our new home for all things Broadway! In this episode, our hosts share their highlights from the award ceremony and what left them scratching their heads. Did their favorite shows win big? What were their biggest shockers? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out! Kitson and Miller-Zelinko also discuss some recent local productions from Michigan and what you can expect from the Box Seat Babes, Cosmic Circus Broadway, and The Cosmic Curtain in the near future! Thank you so much for listening, enjoy!

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Timestamps: 77th Tonys, Broadway shows & Michigan local theater

  • 00:00 – an introduction to Brian, RJ, The Cosmic Curtain Podcast and Cosmic Circus Broadway.
  • 02:25 – General thoughts on the 77th Tony Awards, aka “the Theater Nerd Superbowl” hosted by Ariana DeBose. 
  • 08:45 – Many big stars at this year’s Tonys.
  • 12:20 – Discussing Stereophonic as big winner of the night.
  • 16:49 – Talking about plays and tours. Will we see more plays tour? (Sarah Paulson in Appropriate.)
  • 19:05 – Discussing Merrilly We Roll Along, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez.
  • 27:00 – What happened with Hell’s Kitchen at the Tonys?
  • 29:30 – Suffs The Musical
  • 34:10 – The Outsiders
  • 38:20 – Illinoise
  • 40:30 – The Great Gatsby, Tommy, Water for Elephants
  • 43:56 – Talking about Tony performances that turned us off from seeing the show.
  • 48:27 – Gutenberg! The Musical
  • 49:20 – Community Theater: Ella, First Lady of Song at the Meadow Brook theatre (starring Freda Payne)
  • 57:00 – Community Theater: The Sound of Music at St Dunstan’s Greek theatre, and talking about seeing a play outside.
  • 01:03:09 – Other shows to look forward to this upcoming season including: Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Les Mis, Mean Girls, Mulan Rouge, and Some Like It Hot.
  • 01:04:41 – Outro

Recommended articles about subjects from this podcast episode

The 77th Tony Award Nominations Highlights

Broadway Shows and 77th Tony Awards Discussion (Cosmic Circle Ep. 53)

Suffs The Musical is as Awe-inspiring As It Is Timely

Gutenberg! The Musical! is a Two-Man Show of Hilarious Wonder

Water For Elephants Musical is a Spectacle of a Show

Legendary Freda Payne Shines in Ella, First Lady of Song


Podcast credits and show notes

Contributors/Writers
  • Brian Kitson
  • RJ Miller-Zelinko
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 6/21/2024

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