The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards Red Carpet

It may have been Hamilton‘s night to clean up–11 awards won out of their record-breaking number of nominations. But the red carpet was far more egalitarian about having room for all types, both musical theater people and serious drama actors.

This being the theater awards, most of them didn’t list who they were wearing. (Sorry guys.) But that doesn’t mean we can poke at how they looked anyway.

1 Lupita-Nyong-o

There’s nothing A list folks love more than going downtown and slumming it with the poor. They pull up in designer duds and gawk at the stage actors doing the red carpet walk.

Take Lupita Nyong’o, her style is loaded, ut oh, but little does she know that the Top Ten contain both Angelica, Eliza, two ladies who know how to get us to all say

6 renee goldsberry

Work Work, etc.

Note that Renee Goldsberry changed her dress after winning and wore a yellow Oscar De La Renta for the rest of the evening.
3 Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale

Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale looked so good, they’ve been pulled up from the couples section to the Top Ten.

No, I didn’t forget Peggy. Jasmine Cephas Jones didn’t walk the red carpet. I suppose she wanted to avoid the “AND PEGGYS!”

2 Mary-Elizabeth-Winstead

In non Hamilton Top Ten Looks: Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

4 Cate-Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in something that no one should be able to pull, and looking smashing, as usual.

5 Cynthia Erivo

One of the few to beat Hamilton this evening, Cynthia Erivo, who won Best Actress for The Color Purple is also wearing something that inexplicably works, and i think could only be pulled off be her.

7 Patina Miller

Patina Miller, long time Broadway vet, and now on Madame Secretary.

8 Nikki M. James

Nikki M. James, who starred in The Book of Mormon.

9 Lucy-Liu

Why yes, we *are* going in color order. So many red carpet goers fear color, but not the theater crowd. Even Lucy Lui went from safety black gowns to this soft butter yellow.

10 Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo, fresh off walking away with The Hollow Crown on the BBC, and wearing all the color to boot.

Honorable Mentions

11 Jane-Krakowski

Jane Krakowski looking bright and fresh

12 Laura Michelle Kelly

Laura Michelle Kelly is in Finding Neverland. Can’t you tell?

13 Thalia

Thalia is here, because there was a Red Carpet and she’s got an album coming out to promote. At least she added value to the carpet.

14 Uzo-Adubo

I love the color on Uzo Adubo, but not the hem length.


Meghan Hilty, still playing on people’s memories of Smash.

16 Ali Stroker

Glee actress Ali Stroker, reminding everyone that all kinds should be able to walk, or roll, the red carpet.

17 Adrienne Warren

Adrienne Warren from Shuffle Along.

18 Bee-Shaffer

Bee Shaffer, announcing who she would like to win Best Actor.

19 Anna-Wintour

If you’re wondering why Anna Wintour and Bee are matchy matchy, it’s because they are mother and daughter.

20 Claire-Danes

And rounding out the Honorable Mentions: Claire Danes.

The Men

21 Common

Common, walking away with the award for Sharp Dressed Man.

22 Jonathan Groff

Groff, here to gracefully lose to his costars in Best Supporting actor.

24 Brandon Victor Dixon

Brandon Victor Dixon, showing off a Church Outfit in the wild.

24 Questlove

Questlove, sans drumkit, and looking like he wish he had a drum stick so he had something to do with his hands.

25 Zachary-Levi

Zachary Levi rounds out our best of the solo men.


26 Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs

I love the sleeve on Daveed Digg’s jacket. LOVE.

27 Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jealous Part 1: Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

28 Nicolette Robinson and Leslie Odom Jr.

Almost Jealous Part 2: Nicolette Robinson and Leslie Odom Jr. But then I saw Odom wasn’t wearing socks.

29 Neil-Patrick-Harris-David-Burtka

NPH shaved his head for a role, but I still don’t have to like it.

30 Jourdan-Dunn-Zac-Posen

Zac Posen forgot this wasn’t the CFDA awards and showed up with a date wearing his creation.

31 Jesse-Tyler-Ferguson-Justin-Mikita

I like Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s husband’s outfit better. Good job,  Justin Mikita.

32 James-Cordin-Julia-Carey

This was one of several suits James Cordon wore over the course of the show. Unfortunately, it’s also the one that makes him look most like a busboy, even if it did complement wife Julia Carey’s dress.

33 Gloria-Estefan-Emilio-Estefan

The Estefans.

34 Glenn-Close-Andrew-Lloyd-Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close.

35 Christopher and Victoria Jackson

Jealous part three: Christopher and Victoria Jackson.

36 Desiree DaCosta and Blair Underwood

Ok, Blair Underwood, but that’s a little too matchy-matchy to the wife.

37 James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart

James Earl Jones and his wife.

38 Angela Christian and Thomas Kail

Angela Christian and Hamilton musical director Thomas Kail.

39 Bobby Cannavale Rose Byrne

Bobby Cannavale has that look of an actor who knows everyone hates his new HBO show, but they are too polite to say anything. Rose Byrne does too, but more out of sympathy.

The Rest


Allison Williams has about two extra yards of fabric stuffed into this outfit which she doesn’t need.


Busy Philipps, in the cheaper, printed version of Jane Krakowski’s dress.


Carole King doesn’t care what you think. She needs to walk without tripping damn it.


Diane Lane in a magic eye zebra pattern.


Jenna Ushkowitz in four different dresses that were accidentally sewn together.


Jessica Lange in spangly blue table bunting.


Karolina Kurkova, and other models like her, are invited to spice up the red Carpet. She is failing at her job on every level.


It’s the armpit holes on Keri Rssell’s dress that upset me the most. That and the slit all the way up that looks like she ran out of buttons. NOPE.


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