Tomorrow night is the Tony Awards—the one night a year we theater queens get our nationally broadcast moment in the spotlight. It’s like Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Eve and our birthdays all rolled into one.
Heck, it’s even worth skipping the Mad Men finale!
It’s also around this time of year that theaterfolk submit their lists of favorite Tony Awards numbers: New York Times critic Charles Isherwood released his list this week and it was full of pedestrian “Great Moments.” (Angela and Bea singing “Bosom Buddies” is grand, but we’ve seen it a million times.)
Last year, Time Out New York‘s Adam Feldman compiled a whopping 25 musical numbers, comprehensively covering all the bases for anyone who has spent an evening in a showtune video bar.
And then there is the next level—for the diehards who will squint at the grainiest bootleg just for a chance to experience a glimpse of long-forgotten Broadway magic.
That’s where I come in.
In the spirit of the season, I’ve assembled some amazing, lesser-known showstoppers from the Great White Way. Most won the top Tony awards for their season, although not all of these clips appeared on the telecast. You’ve seen the marvelous clips from Wicked and Dreamgirls and Rent a hundred times already. So, sit back and smile at the just-as-rich, deeper treasures for no-holds-barred Broadway freaks like me.
Click through for the toe-tappingest unsung moments in Broadway history
The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 10, at 8pm EST.