The Tony Awards debuted live red carpet coverage this year, and just like live theater, it was far from perfect. However, nobody was more excited than Tony Award red carpet host Sierra Boggess. I hope they make this a tradition, and red carpets everywhere could learn a bit from Sierra Boggess' red carpet style — and I'm not just talking about her dress.
If you're unfamiliar with the vivacious hostess, Sierra Boggess is best known on Broadway for playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid (and on heelies). She also played Christine multiple times in Phantom of the Opera and is currently starring in It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. She's a Disney princess through and through, and that was very apparent on the carpet. While fellow hosts Laura Osnes and Darren Criss paired up and used their own chemistry to entertain, Boggess was on her own.
From flat out insisting to Christian Borle that she would never age (thanks to Disney magic) and asking Twitter to screen grab a reverse-photobomb of her and Helen Mirren, this is the kind of geeky energy that I want from my red carpet coverage. Forget mani-cams and selfie sticks. Not only was she excited to see everyone, but everyone was excited to talk to her as well. This may be an advantage of the Broadway community. All of the hosts are performers themselves, and many of them know one another. That gave the red carpet a friendly, approachable vibe. Awards shows are stressful enough as is, with all of the cameras and PR people trying to keep everything running! When Red Carpet commenters are able to put the stars at ease and have fun with them, that's the best.
Want more Sierra Boggess on red carpets everywhere. I sure do. As the presenter herself said in response to George Takei, "OK. Well. Look."