Billy Porter sings In Memoriam at Tony Awards as John Stamos ‘disappointed’ by Bob Saget’s exclusion


Billy Porter sings emotional In Memoriam segment at the Tony Awards… as John Stamos says he’s ‘disappointed’ Bob Saget was ‘left out’

  • Porter, 52, performed On The Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady 
  • Performers honored included Sidney Poitier, Sally Kellerman and William Hurt 
  • Stamos, 58, was ‘disappointed’ Saget was excluded from the televised segment 
  • Saget appeared in two Broadway productions, The Drowsy Chaperone and Hand to God 
  • Saget was found dead at 65 in a hotel room in Orlando on January 9 after suffering head trauma

Billy Porter performed an emotional In Memoriam segment at the 75th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Sunday, singing On The Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady to honor those in the Broadway who have passed away in the following year.

The performers honored in the segment included Sidney Poitier, actor Eugene ‘Osborne’ Smith, actress Sally Kellerman, actor Maurice Murphy, actress Rae Allen, actor William Hurt, actress Arlene Dahl, actor Peter Scolari, actress Hollis Resnik, actor Harvey Evans and actor Robert Morse.

The others listed in the televised segment included composer Stephen Sondheim, casting director Jay Binder, author-composer Leslie Bricusse, producer Leonard Soloway, production stage manager Alan Hall, attorney Alvin Deutsch, producer Gary McAvay and costume designer Tony Walton.

The latest: Billy Porter, 52, performed an In Memoriam segment at the 75th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Sunday, singing On The Street Where You Live to honor those in the Broadway who have passed away in the following year

The latest: Billy Porter, 52, performed an In Memoriam segment at the 75th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Sunday, singing On The Street Where You Live to honor those in the Broadway who have passed away in the following year

Also honored were advertising exec Vinny Sainato, lyricist Marilyn Bergman, conductor Donald Pippin, playwright Jonathan Reynolds, critic Terry Teachout, music director Bruce Pomahac, production stage manager Craig Jacobs, vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern and author Joan Didion.

‘Since the theatrical community last gathered as one to celebrate our art, we have lost great number of cherished friends and colleagues,’ Laurence Fishburne said in his introduction to the segment. ‘Many were familiar to generations of theatergoers, theater lovers who were transported by their performances onstage or moved by their voices on cast albums.’

‘Others may not have been as well known beyond the 26 square blocks known as Broadway, but their contributions behind the scenes were equally vital to the American theater. We remember some of them now, along with all of our colleagues whose brilliance will forever enlighten future artists and admirers.’

John Stamos took exception to the exclusion of friend and former Full House costar Bob Saget in the televised segment in the show.

 

John Stamos took exception to the exclusion of friend and former Full House costar Bob Saget in the televised segment in the show

John Stamos took exception to the exclusion of friend and former Full House costar Bob Saget in the televised segment in the show

The late actor made his first appearance on Broadway in 2007's The Drowsy Chaperone playing Man in Chair, and returned in 2015 in Hand to God playing Pastor Greg

The late actor made his first appearance on Broadway in 2007’s The Drowsy Chaperone playing Man in Chair, and returned in 2015 in Hand to God playing Pastor Greg

William Hurt was among the Hollywood names included in the televised tribute

William Hurt was among the Hollywood names included in the televised tribute 

Composer Stephen Sondheim was the final person listed in the televised segment

Composer Stephen Sondheim was the final person listed in the televised segment 

Other performers honored in the segment included Sidney Poitier, actress Sally Kellerman and actor Peter Scolari

Other performers honored in the segment included Sidney Poitier, actress Sally Kellerman and actor Peter Scolari

‘Disappointed to hear that @bobsaget will be LEFT OUT of the In Memoriam segment tonight @TheTonyawards,’ Stamos, 58, tweeted Sunday, noting a pair of productions Saget had appeared in. ‘Bob was brilliant in The Drowsy Chaperone & Hand to God. Come on @BroadwayLeague and @TheWing! Do the right thing! Bob loved Broadway and I know the community loved him.’

Stamos continued: ‘Let’s make some noise about this everyone – and send our love and good wishes to the hosts @ArianaDeBose, @JulianneHough and my buddy @DarrenCriss and all the well-deserved nominees.’

Saget was listed on an In Memorial page on the Tony Awards website, but not featured in the televised segment.

Saget, who was found dead at 65 in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando, Florida on January 9 after suffering head trauma, had made his first appearance on Broadway in 2007’s The Drowsy Chaperone playing Man in Chair, and returned in 2015 in Hand to God playing Pastor Greg.

Saget was honored across the country Sunday at the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards in LA, where Stamos presented Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo, 43, with The Impact Award for his career achievements in the nonfiction, unscripted and reality television genres

Saget was honored across the country Sunday at the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards in LA, where Stamos presented Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo, 43, with The Impact Award for his career achievements in the nonfiction, unscripted and reality television genres 

Saget and Rizzo posed on the red carpet at the event held at the Fairmont Century Plaza

Saget and Rizzo posed on the red carpet at the event held at the Fairmont Century Plaza

Stamos noted Saget's Broadway resume, saying he 'was brilliant in The Drowsy Chaperone & Hand to God'

Stamos noted Saget’s Broadway resume, saying he ‘was brilliant in The Drowsy Chaperone & Hand to God’

Saget was honored across the country Sunday at the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, where Stamos presented Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo, 43, with The Impact Award for his career achievements in the nonfiction, unscripted and reality television genres.

Rizzo, who tied the knot with Saget in October of 2018, said on the red carpet in a clip on the show’s Twitter page: ‘He would be so thrilled – no he is – so thrilled, so honored and especially to be honored by the critics … he’d be equally thrilled and surprised … he’d be so, so happy, so honored and so touched and I’m just very honored to be here in his place.’

Among Saget’s career accolades include his stint playing the role of Danny Tanner on the hit show Full House from 1987-1995, as well as its reboot Fuller House from 2016-2020; as well as hosting the ABC series America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.

Saget was recently remembered in a new Netflix special that debuted Friday titled Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute, which was filmed earlier this year at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and featured a number of vivid memories of the late actor-comedian. Among those featured in the special included Rizzo, Stamos, John Mayer, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Ross, Paul Rodriguez and Dave Chappelle.

2022 Tony Award Winners

Best Play

Clyde’s, by Lynn Nottage

Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh

The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and Ben Power- WINNER

The Minutes, by Tracy Letts

Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau

Best Musical

Girl From The North Country

MJ

Mr. Saturday Night

Paradise Square

SIX: The Musical

A Strange Loop – WINNER

Best Revival of a Play

American Buffalo

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel

Take Me Out – WINNER

Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress

Best Revival of a Musical

Caroline, or Change

Company – WINNER

The Music Man

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night

Myles Frost, MJ – WINNER

Hugh Jackman, The Music Man

Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire

Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change

Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset

Sutton Foster, The Music Man

Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square – WINNER

Mare Winningham, Girl From The North Country

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Matt Doyle, Company – WINNER

Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square

Jared Grimes, Funny Girl

John-Andrew Morrison, A Strange Loop

A.J. Shively, Paradise Square

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Adam Godley, The Lehman Trilogy

Adrian Lester, The Lehman Trilogy

David Morse, How I Learned to Drive

Sam Rockwell, American Buffalo

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues

David Threlfall, Hangmen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth

LaChanze, Trouble in Mind

Ruth Negga, Macbeth

Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H. – WINNER

Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned to Drive

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Jeannette Bayardelle, Girl From The North Country

Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night

Jayne Houdyshell, The Music Man

L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop

Patti LuPone, Company – WINNER

Jennifer Simard, Company

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Alfie Allen, Hangmen

Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out – WINNER

Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s

Michael Oberholtzer, Take Me Out

Jesse Williams, Take Me Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Uzo Aduba, Clyde’s

Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew – WINNER

Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kara Young, Clyde’s

Best Book of a Musical

Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson

MJ, Lynn Nottage

Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel

Paradise Square, Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan

A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson – WINNER

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Flying Over Sunset; Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Michael Korie

Mr. Saturday Night; Music by Jason Robert Brown, Lyrics by Amanda Green

Paradise Square; Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare

SIX: The Musical, Music and Lyrics by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss – WINNER

A Strange Loop, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, Skeleton Crew

Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Anna Fleischle, Hangmen

Scott Pask, American Buffalo

Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, Flying Over Sunset

Bunny Christie, Company – WINNER

Arnulfo Maldonado, A Strange Loop

Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, MJ

Allen Moyer, Paradise Square

Best Costume Design of a Play

Montana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth – WINNER

Sarafina Bush, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Emilio Sosa, Trouble in Mind

Jane Greenwood, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite

Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Fly Davis, Caroline, or Change

Toni-Leslie James, Paradise Square

William Ivey Long, Diana, The Musical

Santo Loquasto, The Music Man

Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical – WINNER

Paul Tazewell, MJ

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Joshua Carr, Hangmen

Jiyoun Chang, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Jane Cox, Macbeth

Yi Zhao, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Neil Austin, Company

Tim Deiling, SIX: The Musical

Donald Holder, Paradise Square

Natasha Katz, MJ – WINNER

Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset

Jen Schriever, A Strange Loop

Best Sound Design of a Play

Justin Ellington, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H. – WINNER

Palmer Hefferan, The Skin of Our Teeth

Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy

Mikaal Sulaiman, Macbeth

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country

Paul Gatehouse, SIX: The Musical

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company

Drew Levy, A Strange Loop

Gareth Owen, MJ – WINNER

Best Direction of a Play

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Neil Pepe, American Buffalo

Les Waters, Dana H.

Best Direction of a Musical

Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop

Marianne Elliott, Company – WINNER

Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country

Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Warren Carlyle, The Music Man

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, SIX: The Musical

Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ – WINNER

Best Orchestrations

David Cullen, Company

Tom Curran, SIX: The Musical

Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country – WINNER

Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, MJ

Charlie Rosen, A Strange Loop

 

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