BEST: Less-Is-More Musical Interludes
…went the less-is-more route. Idina Menzel stood by herself on a stage and belted out "Always Starting Over" from If/Then — and it killed. Ditto Alan Cummings' rendition of "Willkommen" from Cabaret, which still included dancers and a band yet managed to keep things lean and spare, the better to sell Cummings' Weimar-meets-punk take on the song. (We wished the medley from the Carole King biomusical Beautiful had simply stuck to award-winner Jessie Mueller and her piano, even if that meant she wouldn't have got to duet with Ms. King herself.) Minimalism triumphed over maximalism during the Tonys broadcast, with one notable exception.