CBS' telecast of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors had all the glitz and glam of a Tony Award show, minus the handing out of golden awards. A "who's whom" of Broadway graced the stage and filled the seats of the presentation honoring composer Jerry Herman and director/ choreographer Bill T. Jones (and some other people ... oh, yes, Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, and Paul McCartney).
With three of the five recipients having a connection to Broadway, it was a special night indeed. Jerry Herman won the Tony Award for Best Composer of the classic Musical Theatre shows, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage. Bill T. Jones won the Tony Award for Choreography for Spring Awakening and Fela! Oprah Winfrey was one of the producers of The Color Purple.
With too many stars to name individually, stellar performances were delivered by Broadway royalty including Laura Benanti, Christine Ebersole, Christine Baranski, Kelsey Grammer, and vignettes with TV and film stars Alec Baldwin, John Travlota, Julia Roberts, Barbara Walters, Chris Rock, and more. Glee's Matthew Morrison provided some triple-threat delights while television lead of USA' White Collar, Matt Bomer, crooned a tune with Kelli O'Hara (which was cool because I didn't know he could sing).
Undoubtedly, the absolute pinnacle of the evening was the grande finale of the Jerry Herman tribute. Led by three true legends of the biz, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, and Carol Channing, the segment ended with a rousing, full-out, singing and dancing production number ... I'm still floating just thinking about it.