Saturday, June 09, 2007

Today Is Tony Day

Today Is Tony Day

It's officially June 10 where I am, and that means it's finally the day that the Tony Awards for the 2006-07 Theatrical Season will be handed out in New York.

Of course, it's just after 12 noon Saturday in the Big Apple, but it's just after midnight Sunday morning as I sit in my Nanjing, China hotel room, where I finally, finally successfully accessed Internet service after being down as expected over the past couple days.

I journeyed to Kaifeng, China on Thursday where I surprised my parents on their 50th wedding anniversary and helped them celebrate their magnificent milestone. You see, my parents chose to vacation outside the United States rather than having to endure a huge celebration at home in Georgia, but I couldn't let two of the greatest people I've ever known let their big day together pass by without notice, so I journeyed to China on Wednesday night and finally reached them Thursday, spending about 48 hours with them as we traveled by motorcoach across China from Kaifeng through Xuzhou to Nanjing today.

After I wake-up later this morning, I'll fly back to Beijing where I hope to see some Chinese theatre this evening -- still about 12 hours prior to the Tony Awards ceremony. When I rise on Monday morning Chinese time, I expect that I'll be able to catch the early portions of the awards before I must board my flight to Tokyo prior to catching my connecting flight home.

Rest assured, I'll be reporting on the Tony Awards as best I can. But I hope you'll forgive me for having missed the last couple days by putting my family priorities first. It's not every day I have the opportunity to do for my parents what they've always done for me: go to the ends of the earth for a loved one. But I'm proud of their 50 years together -- they serve as a great inspiration to me.

Congratulations, Mom and Dad on your long running hit. Your union is the ultimate winner in my book!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 09 June, 2007, Blogger SarahB said...

Absolutely fabulous and wonderful! You are definitely pursuing entertainment like no other I know and I'm just so proud! Happy anniversary to your parents and bravo to you for joining them for the momentous occasion.

At 09 June, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

I am thrilled that your surprise turned out so well! I know that your love for the theater is exceeded only by your love for your family and friends.

One of my all-time favorite Steve On Broadway moments is the account you wrote about taking your grandfather to see Anne Murray, then arranging for him to meet her backstage. And now, traveling thousands of miles to be with your parents on such a special day for them. They must be very, very proud of their son.

And Steve, the way you reached out in friendship to this novice theatergoer who happened across your blog is a true testament to your parents. They raised you right.

So happy anniversary Steve's mom and dad. Thanks for raising such a wonderful, theater-loving son!

At 10 June, 2007, Blogger Erica said...

Happy anniversary to your parents! It is wonderful that you were able to be with them on such a wonderful occasion. Hope your travel goes smoothly.

At 11 June, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Sarah - Yes, I guess I'm right there with you in the pursuit of great entertainment. I'm just thankful that I am blessed with the capacity to travel. Thanks for offering your congratulations to my parents.

Esther - Appreciate all your unflagging support and words of encouragement. As you know, I didn't know for certain until late Wednesday night while in Beijing exactly where I could "find" and surprise my parents. But I appreciate all your kind vibes sent my way! Oh, and my parents are pretty wonderful people - I'm very fortunate to have been raised by them.

Erica - I'm now safely home and deeply appreciate your well-wishes. Sure means a lot coming from you!


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