The 66th annual Tony Awards were dominated by Once, which took home eight Tony Awards last night. Host Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious and entertaining as always, and the musical numbers were amazing. A few weeks ago I made my predictions for this year's Tony Award winners; last year I got 14 right, which was pretty awesome; let's see how I did this year:
- What Liz predicted: Venus in Fur
- Who actually won: Clybourne Park
- What Liz predicted: Once
- Who actually won: Once
Best Book of a Musical
- What Liz predicted: Lysistrata Jones
- Who actually won: Once
Best Original Score
- What Liz predicted: Newsies
- Who actually won: Newsies
It's Friday again (how time flies!), and with it comes another week of popular stories. Check out our list below:
I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another is the horse who won the Kentucky Derby (at right) as well as the Preakness Stakes, setting him up for a chance to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown if he managed to pull out a win at the Belmont Stakes this weekend. But news came this morning that I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury, and a lot of people who don't normally care about horse racing seem to be pretty upset.
America's Got Talent
Many of you have probably seen the "America's Got Talent" audition of Timothy Poe, whose heartwarming story about overcoming a war injury and the resulting stutter to be a great singer was inspiring to everyone. (If you haven't seen it, look right.) But now his story is being questioned, as there is evidence the military photo he used was not his, and there is no record of an injury or a Purple Heart in his service career. If the accusations are true, Poe will have a lot to atone for.
As a Mets fan, I was thrilled when Johan Santana threw the very first no-hitter in franchise history last Friday, after a mere 8,020 games played by the team. It seemed an opportune time to speak for all of us who root for the Amazin's. Since a sense of humor is pretty much a requirement for being a Mets fan, here's a list of pros and cons for becoming a fan of New York's "other team":
|The Mets did not end up being the last team standing without a no-hitter. Sadly, that award goes to the Padres.
||Since the Padres are four years younger than the Mets, we might still end up being the team that went the longest before getting their first no-hitter.
|The Mets have the best mascot in baseball.
||I've got nothing. I mean, come on...it's Mr. Met.
|The Mets have an awesome theme song, which has been around in some version since 1961.("Meet the Mets")
||From 2007-2011, the Mets have the lowest winning percentage of any team in the majors who regularly uses a theme song written before 1963.
|The Mets have the home run apple (see pic above), which is raised every time a Met hits a home run at Citi Field.
||Until this year, Citi Field was so huge that we didn't see the home run apple all that often.
|David Wright/Johan Santana
||Jason Bay/Fred Wilpon
|The Mets are the only expansion team to win more than one World Series.
||We play just across town from some other team that claims to have won 27 World Series.
|Celebrity Mets fans include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and a myriad of others.
||Celebrity fans also include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. That one hurts.
All kidding aside, I think the Mets are one of the most fun-loving teams in baseball; they genuinely enjoy playing the game and supporting each other along the way, through thick and thin.
What team do you root for? And why?
The Tony Awards are rapidly approaching, with the telecast scheduled for 8/7c on June 10. Since I did pretty well last year, I decided to make some predictions about who will take home the big prizes this year. My predictions are below.
- Nominees: Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, Venus in Fur
- Liz's pick: Venus in Fur. I've heard great things about the show, and it also stars Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda.
- Nominees: Leap of Faith, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
- Liz's pick: Anyone notice that this category is almost entirely made up of musicals that were based on movies? I think it'll be a close race between Newsies and Once, but I think Once might squeak by with a win.
Best Book of a Musical
- Nominees: Lysistrata Jones, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
- Liz's pick: Lysistrata Jones. I think this one might come out of the woodwork to win. The plot is hilarious and I'm guessing the book is, too.
A lot's been going on this week in pop culture; here are a few highlights:
Van Halen postpones tour dates
The 2012 reunion tour of the 80s rock icons began on February 18 and will continue as planned through May 26, but the last three months of the tour have been suddenly and indefinitely postponed, with no reason given. You can read more over at Billboard.com or see remaining Van Halen tour dates.
Donna Summer passes away
Ms. Summer, one of music's greatest hit-makers, passed away on May 17 at the age of 63 after a battle with lung cancer. The singer was active for several decades and won multiple Grammys. Her hits included "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Hot Stuff" (see video at right).
Facebook goes public
In case you haven't heard, Facebook is in the middle of an IPO worth billions of dollars, and people are scrambling to invest in the social media giant. Help Facebook justify their high stock price by interacting with us on our page.
Have a great weekend, everyone!