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Tony Awards Check Out All the Broadway References in the 2022 Tony Awards Opening Number

35 shows were represented in "This Is Your Round of Applause."

2022 Tony Awards Opening Number

You've certainly earned your round of applause if you spotted all of the Broadway references in the 2022 Tony Awards' opening number! How many of these thirty shows did you spot?

  1. Gypsy - the "I had a dream" vocal line was played by the horn section when host Ariana DeBose transitioned into the "mashup" portion of the number.
  2. Sunday in the Park with George - Gypsy was immediately followed by another Sondheim reference, when DeBose sang "bit by bit, putting it together."
  3. Hamilton - "woman in the sequel, WERK" from "The Schuyler Sisters" was rapped by the ensemble when DeBose was lifted to her perch. The ensemble also sang "look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now" further into the number when DeBose interacted with the audience.
  4. Chicago and...
  5. Cabaret - were the first mashup of the number, when DeBose slinked and sang her way through a sequence featuring both Kander and Ebb classics. Chicago was referenced a second time when DeBose sang from "I Can't Do It Alone."
  6. Evita and...
  7. Bye Bye Birdie - were the second mashup, showing off DeBose's skills as a partner dancer through portions of "A Lot of Livin' to Do" and "Buenos Aires."
  8. The Wiz - the previous mashup evolved into a medley when "Ease On Down The Road" came through, kicking the dancing up yet another notch.
  9. Aladdin and...
  10. Pippin - both had their moments in the sun when DeBose sang from "Friend Like Me" and "Magic To Do."
  11. The Sound of Music - DeBose yodeled the vocal pattern from "The Lonely Goatherd" before referencing the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in full by singing from "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
  12. Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2016 Tony Speech - while a montage of Tony speech videos were played, Lin-Manuel Miranda's "love is love is love" was the only speech that could be heard embedded in the song itself.
  13. A Chorus Line - the ensemble sang "What I Did For Love" with slightly adjusted lyrics, and DeBose later danced from "Music and the Mirror."
  14. Girl Crazy - DeBose sang a portion of "I've Got Rhythm," the seminal Gershwin classic, which was debuted by Ethel Merman in this musical which was later reworked into Crazy For You.
  15. Hairspray and...
  16. Wicked - were the third mashup of the number, as DeBose sang the lyrics to "You Can't Stop The Beat" over underscoring from Wicked.
  17. West Side Story - the opening riff of West Side Story transitioned the ensemble into the bridge of the number, the first of many West Side Story references. The second and third also came in the opening, when DeBose sang from "Somewhere" and danced to the underscoring from "America."
  18. Fiddler on the Roof - the underscoring from "Tradition" played as the ensemble congregated around DeBose.
  19. CATS - and a flute played the "Jellicle Theme".
  20. Bring It On - the ensemble sang a portion of "It's All Happening" from DeBose's Broadway debut, Bring It On, as clips from Tony speeches past were played.
  21. Hadestown - "Wait From Me" was similarly utilized during the speech section.
  22. Into the Woods - A brief musical sequence from "Stay With Me" can be heard underneath DeBose singing "Somewhere" from West Side Story.
  23. The Bridges of Madison County - DeBose sang the refrain from "It All Fades Away" when the ensemble regrouped.
  24. Mamma Mia - which was immediately followed by DeBose singing from "Thank You For The Music." "Dancing Queen" can also be heard in the earlier underscoring.
  25. Thoroughly Modern Millie - "gimme gimme that thing called love" can be heard from the ensemble while video of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony speech is shown.
  26. Les Misérables - "One Day More" was sung during the soft transition, and 24601 was namechecked.
  27. Dreamgirls - DeBose injected a fresh dose of adrenaline into the number with "One Night Only."
  28. Hair and...
  29. The Phantom of the Opera - were the final mashup of the opening, when lyrics from "Let The Sunshine In" were sung over underscoring from The Phantom of the Opera.
  30. Company - "Everybody Rise!" from the classic tune "The Ladies Who Lunch" was sung as the final chorus kicked in.
  31. Annie - A trumpet played the refrain from "Tomorrow" when DeBose was lifted atop the ensemble.
  32. The Producers - the "keep it gay" refrain was heard.
  33. Funny Girl - as was the title phrase of "People."
  34. La Cage Aux Follies  - and the title phrase of "I Am What I Am."
  35. RENT - and the number came to a close with a fervent "Viva La Vie BROADWAY!"

"This Is Your Round of Applause" featured a creative concept by Ariana DeBose, arrangement by Kurt Crowley and Ben Rauhala, original music and lyrics by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, orchestration by Alex Lacamoire, creative consulting by Sarah O’Gleby, electronic music production by Will Wells, music assistance by Eli Schildkraut, Stephanie Leah Evans, Terence Odonkor, music copying by Emily Grishman (who received a Special Tony Award at the ceremony), and was conducted by Patrick Vaccariello.

Check Out All the Broadway References in the 2022 Tony Awards' Opening Number!

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