Sunday, June 7, 2015

Big TONY Award Wins for Masters of Sex Cast! Annaleigh Ashford Wins a BEST ACTRESS award and Christian Borle Wins a Best Actor Award: Both Shine in the Cast of "Masters of Sex"

A lot of Hoopin' and A-Hollerin' Tonight on the Old Homestead as two of our favorites from "Masters of Sex" won Tony Awards!!

Annaleigh last year at "Kinky Boots"
Annaleigh Ashford won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. Annaleigh Ashford was awarded best featured actress in a play for her performance in You Can't Take it With You at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.
Backstage at "You Can't Take It With You",
Annaleigh poses with me and my wife Joyce McGurrin.

"Oh my goodness, thank you Lord!" Ashford said. "I can't believe I'm standing here … for the worst dancing on Broadway." She went on to thank her husband for holding her hand and her heart and "everybody I've ever met!" for the win.

Annaleigh with my son Drew
 and his girlfriend Leah Jackson backstage.
Annaleigh is a wonderful actress and comic talent who plays the role of "Betty DiMello " on Masters of Sex. Annaleigh was in the very first scenes of Masters of Sex and has been an integral part of the cast ever since. She's also been extraordinarily gracious to me and my family, both on the set of Masters and when we visited her backstage on Broadway. 

And Christian Borle wins a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.  Christian Borle was awarded best featured actor in a musical for his performance inSomething Rotten! at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Christian was fantastic in "Masters of Sex" as the brother of Dr. William Masters played by Michael Sheen. 

Perfect Gift for Father's Day: a Book about Fathers and Sons in Great Dynasties. Read about the Kennedy and Churchill Families. What Makes Greatness? Consider Winston Churchill and JFK and the People Surrounding Them. Reveals one of the great untold political scandals of the 20th Century -- I'll drink to that, Joe!

The paperback for WHEN LIONS ROAR is coming out in October with a big announcement. But for Father's Day on June 21, please consider the hardcover LIONS book about fathers and their sons, both great and not so much. The Washington Post review by Douglas Brinkley really underlines all that I was hoping achieve with this book. The book reveals one of the great political scandals of the 20th Century and in effect re-writes the history between these two dynasties. No less than that. Check it out. I hope you (and the fatherly-like figures in your life) get a chance to enjoy it.