10:26: Glenn Close must have gone gown-shopping with Laura Linney. "We want something that will match our flesh and hair and wash us out completely. Think 'burial shroud.'" And Glenn is really not pulling it off. A better shape and a brighter color might have kept her from looking so corpsey, although her straight-from-the-shower approach to hair and makeup doesn't help either. She's presenting the Best Revival of a Musical Tony to South Pacific, whose win she announces by bellowing a bit of "Some Enchanted Evening." No one mentions the TV movie version of South Pacific in which Glenn Close starred a few years ago. It's possible that no one remembers but me.
10:31: Lily Tomlin struts out onto the stage, catwalk style, and announces, "That was my homage to Marisa Tomei." I'm not sure I get it, but Marisa, in the audience, is laughing harder than anyone. It's time for the Xanadu number! "I saw it the other night," says Lily, "and I... L...M...A...O." She has to search so hard for each letter that it looks like she might be having a stroke right there onstage, but fortunately she gets it together in the end. I love Lily and all, but the clock is ticking, and I think maybe another person, someone a little less scattered and a lot less hammy, could have done this in half as much time.
10:32: Anyway: "Don't Walk Away"! This is my favorite number of the evening, and I don't care who knows it. Cheyenne Jackson has a voice from the gods, even, or maybe especially, when he's singing ELO. And Kerry Butler, who was one of the few bright spots in this season of Lipstick Jungle (and I should know!), is even more adorable and hilarious here. And you know who else loved it? Alec Baldwin, and whichever Baldwin brother he brought as his date! I can't tell them apart, but I swear to you, Alec came to the Tonys with one of the other Baldwins. And why not.
10:41: Whoa, Madonna presented a Tony award in 1988! And she did a crappy job, too. "I'm being punished for not coming to rehearsal today," she admits to the audience in this little clip, from back before she had a British accent.
10:42: Whoopi, who keeps changing into costumes and then back into that ridiculous clown blouse, is now introducing the number from Rent (which finally closes this fall). I've never been a Rent-head, so I'm not really swept up in the lovefest that ensues, but it is cute to see Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs together with the rest of the original cast. People in the audience are singing along with "Seasons of Love," and marveling that what used to seem edgy now looks quaint and cuddly.