We interrupt Alison’s Italian Odyssey to bring you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Tony Awards from guest blogger Elizabeth Buoyer (Ellen’s daughter).
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Last week, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Tony Awards with my team from work. I currently work for the IBM Events Practice, a group of forty developers, designers and project managers who together enable the digital fan experience, delivering the web and app platforms for tennis and golf tournaments and, as I got to experience firsthand, the Tony Awards.
It would be easy to talk about the shiny aspects of the production — yes, I did breathe the same air as Hugh Jackman
and Clint Eastwood, and I saw live performances during the dress rehearsal from Idina Menzel, Carole King,
and Sting (twice — he messed up the first time).
My job there, however, wasn’t remotely glamorous. Sporting my mom’s long gold Badgley Mischka gown while the rest of my team donned their tuxedos, we set up camp at a makeshift work site in the basement
of Radio City Music Hall
I left the show mostly thinking about how attractive Bradley Cooper is,
but as I processed the experience, I began to think about all the people it took to put the production together. If you watched the show, you saw Hugh Jackman graciously thank his steady cam operator
who followed him hopping all over the venue for 4 long minutes during the opening segment. I was lucky enough to receive many thanks from my team for pitching in, but Hugh’s brief expression of gratitude points out that there are many “unsung heroes” who work to make Broadway’s most glamorous night happen. It also reminds me to stop and thank the office custodians and security guards, the traffic cops who direct Atlanta rush hour traffic, and the dry cleaners’ employee who let me in 5 minutes past close to pick up the shirt I had to wear that night.
Who are the unsung heroes in your life? How do you express your gratitude?
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Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your experience and insight with the posse! I am especially thankful because I know she wrote this (with a bit of reminding and arm-twisting ~ I’m still mothering from afar) for us despite her very busy schedule.
June 18, 2014