Held at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, the 68th Annual Tony Awards may just be the award ceremony of the season tonight.
With performances from some of the best shows to grace the Great White Way in years, and an unexpected go-to for fashion, it’s entertaining from beginning to end. For Broadway’s biggest night, the ladies of Tin Pan Alley have been known to ruffle feathers and even stir up shock and awe the moment they step on the red carpet.
These crop of women are making themselves known not just for daring performances but their fabulous looks.
Making her Broadway debut, British actress Sophie Okonedo was honored this year with a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her turn in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Not a stranger to award shows, this Oscar-nominated thespian knows a thing or two about fashion. Fraternizing a mash-up of Nigerian tribal patterns and Audrey Hepburn’s gamine glamour girl flair, Ms. Okonedo creates a style that is absolutely regal, elegant and accessible in no matter what arena she is in.
Known for her prodigiously funny persona, nuanced performances and her operatic silvery soprano, Tony winner Laura Benanti —who recently starred in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound Of Music” with country pop queen Carrie Underwood—is a red carpet staple. Always chic racy, chic and sophisticated, Benanti is known for feminine colors with gorgeous cuts to accentuate her stunning figure.
Also making her Broadway debut this season is the soulful Michelle Williams, who won over audiences for her daring turn as the iconic Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall directed production of “Cabaret”. The three-time Oscar nominated actress, who is all about bold colors with unique textures and intricate patterns, may just be a style icon in the making.
After winning a Tony Award last year for her role in “Pippin” as The Leading Player, Patina Miller did what many Broadway stars may not have the opportunity to do: Branch out. Like her fashion, Ms. Miller is never afraid of taking risks (catch her replacement on Broadway if you can; it’s not easy doing that eight times a week). Whether it’s a metallic, snakeskin floral or lace, Patina can be seen sauntering in killer dresses with the best of them.
Winner of a record five Tony Awards (all for acting), Audra McDonald—the First Lady of Broadway—has been honored with another nomination this year for her over-the-moon performance as the First Lady of Jazz, Billie Holiday. It appears the theatre legend is also one of the best-dressed women on Broadway, with a style that accentuates grace yet appears effortless.
It’s true: Whether she is the girl you love to hate or the girl you hate to love, Lea Michele is a fashionista if there ever was. Whether you came to know her from her days as a Broadway baby in “Ragtime” and “Spring Awakening” or her Golden Globe nominated turn as Rachel Berry on Fox’s “Glee,” there’s no denying that she can rock a red carpet.
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While she hasn’t been on the Broadway stage since her Tony-nominated performance as Dinah Lord in High Society—at the age of 12 —Anna Kendrick built a reputation for herself with performances in “Bottle Rocket,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and an Oscar-nominated performance in “Up In The Air.” But she always stayed close to her musical theater roots, starring in cult faves “Camp” and “Pitch Perfect.” This year, she will serenade us in Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods.” Be prepared for hipster princess looks galore!
Since making her Broadway debut in 2005 as Olive Ostrovsky in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” –which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical– Celia Keenan-Bolger has been a fashion go-to. Whether wearing the clothes of friends or new designers, she dresses in a way that feels accessible, modern, perky but adult. Nominated this year for her third Tony nomination for her performance in the sixth revival of “The Glass Menagerie,” it could be her year! What will she wear?
Who says a lady loses her sexual appeal and vitality with age? At 65, soap icon and two-time Tony winner Judith Light looks better than ever! And no one uses bling better. This brassy lady is known to wear bold wardrobe; usually in one color with statement pieces that accentuate her ravishing neckline.
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Broadway legend Kristen Chenoweth hasn’t been on Broadway in some time, but when she does, she never disappoints. Her roles in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Wicked” have won her a legion of fans. But this bubbly coloratura soprano is also a stellar fashionista who never disappoints. Full of va-va-voom, she is known to shine with the best of them, wearing glittering metallic gowns and intricately designed, bedazzled ensembles that capture the eye.
When it comes to period pieces in musical theatre, it’s easy to argue that Sutton Foster is the go-to diva. Known for her roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Little Women,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Anything Goes” and “Violet,” the two-time Tony winner has been known to ditch her lazy Sunday fashion and switch it up with eye-popping gowns that show off her long legs.
With a voice and the sounds of a Disney Princess, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes is a fashion supernova! Showing off outrageously fun cut-out dresses and a Molotov cocktail of color saturated across the bodice, no one rocks the debutante look quite like Ms. Osnes.
Grace is very hard to pull off nowadays, considering many often confuse the term for modesty. But Tony winner Heather Headley maybe the essence of grace and poise, and her style follows suit. Blending Trinidadian palettes with beauty queen swagger, the triumphant singer is planned to Broadway again next year in the musical adaptation of “The Bodyguard.”
Comic actress Annaleigh Ashford knows a thing or two about getting kinky. After all, she was nominated for her Tony-worthy performance in Kinky Boots. The hip Broadway ingénue, who got her start in the Lower East Side club scene with the likes of Lady Starlight and Lady Gaga, is known to wear metallic, hot pinks and uniquely patterned outfits with strategically dangerous cuts. She always looks like a winner.
Anika Noni Rose
Starring alongside giants such as Hollywood big shot Denzel Washington and R&B pop queen Beyoncé, its easy to fade into the background, but Tony winner Anika Noni Rose stands out. The same can be said with her style, which she unafraid to flirt with a flashy bodice or floral prints and asymmetrical lines with peek-a-boo cuts; all the while very classy.