You didn't hear Cynthia Nixon or Lin-Manuel Miranda announce this Tony nomination but if it were up to me the award for Best Special Theatrical Event of 2009 would go my surprise birthday party weekend!
Produced, directed and costarring the very talented Steve on Broadway, it also starred Chris, Kari, Sarah and Roxie. They were all wonderful! Plus, there were cameos from Angela Lansbury, Renee Fleming, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Dame Judi Dench.
And what magnificent sets - from the marble corridors of power to the glitz of a 1930s movie palace, from the gritty streets of an urban neighborhood that drew Italian immigrants seeking the American Dream to the opulent mansions of the Gilded Age where millionaire industrialists and their families whiled away the summer.
Really, it had everything I love about live theatre - it took me to places I'd never been before, there were plot twists I never imagined, moments of laughter and tears (of joy), an abundance of witty banter and an absolutely perfect ending. I wish it could have run forever.
To everyone who made the weekend possible, "Bravo!" Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for the best birthday celebration I've ever had. Please come back soon. It's never too early for a revival!