Announcing the winner of ‘Best Musical’ at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, Chris Rock said: “If you’d told me two years ago that I’d miss the best basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane…”
Rock went on to say that opening the envelope to reveal the winner was a waste of time – “like taking a hooker to dinner.”
But when he did, ‘The Book of Mormon,’ as expected, won the ninth of its awards for the evening, out of 14 categories in which it was nominated. The somewhat-less-funny ‘War Horse’ was its nearest competition, winning five awards including Best Play.
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Read Walter Kirn’s piece in Newsweek, ‘Mormons Rock’.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson writes at the FT on how War Horse and Jerusalem made the transition from West End to Broadway.
The other Edge, meanwhile, joined his co-songwriter Bono in joking about delays to their “Spider-Man” show.
Meanwhile, in Miami, the game that Rock was missing saw Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks deliver a first NBA championship for owner Mark Cuban, beating the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game Six of the Finals.
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and, perhaps unsurprisingly, but certainly entertainingly, #Cleveland
And, really, who can begrudge them?
Dirk Chatelain at the Omaha World Herald tweets: “It can’t be overstated how good this series was for the NBA, and sports in general. Teams win, not the best collection of individuals.”
Manish Mehta at the New York Daily News tweets: “In a few short minutes, Dwayne Wade shows how to lose with class and LeBron James shows that he has a lot of growing up to do.”
The AP sports staff, though, gets the headline of the night: “Dallas Mavericks take their talents to South Beach, leave with NBA championship.”
Heat beat writer Ethan Skolnick of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tweets, finally: “Thanks again to all. Seasons don’t get much more interesting than that. Hopefully, the next one starts on time.”
Here’s some wraps:
Mavericks Defeat Heat For First Title (New York Times) by Howard Beck
Mavs had best player, better finishers, better team (CBS Sports) by Gregg Doyell
The Mavericks’ triumph, the LeBron shrinkage (San Jose Mercury News) by Tim Kawakami
America can rejoice as LeBron, Heat lose (MarketWatch) by Jon Friedman
The Dallas Observer has a slideshow of images of celebrating fans here.
In a news galaxy far, far away, Congressman Anthony Weiner is apparently “considering resigning” according to the New York Daily News, after TMZ published what the paper describes as a “slew of squirm-inducing self-portraits, including several full-body shots taken in the House gym - some clothed, some not.” The paper says that “Several show Weiner showing off his naked body holding only his camera and his privates.”
Pressure grew from congressional Democrats as both pro- and anti-Weiner camps among his constituents demonstrated at his local office. The protests came a day after Weiner said he would request a temporary leave of absence from the House of Representatives.
Earlier on Sunday, Howard Kurtz and his guests on ‘Reliable Sources’ discussed whether the reporting of the scandal had “gone too far.”
Finally, in sad, real-life news Sunday night, it was reported that E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons had suffered a stroke at his home in Miami, while Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin died of cancer aged 61.