The Tony Awards: Throwback to Avenue Q vs Wicked

6608_1176605568035_4071229_nI took one of my annual trips to NYC and chose to see two shows - The Boy From Oz and Avenue Q.  Watching The Boy From Oz, I  remembered having seen Hugh Jackman twice in Australia, in Oklahoma and Sunset Boulevard.  However, his performance in TBFO was the stuff star performances are made of.  Like most of the audience members I encountered on tour and on Broadway with Avenue Q, I thought I was going to see something Sesame Street or Muppet related.  Being a huge fan as a child, I was gleefully surprised when I discovered that this show was kind of like "Sesame Street for Adults".  I laughed 'til I cried and had no idea that almost a year to the day I would be playing Gary Coleman in this Tony Award winning musical. While "Q" was in production to open on Broadway, a documentary (Show Business:  The Road to Broadway) was filmed to chronicle their journey from workshop to the Tony's along with Wicked, Caroline or Change and Taboo and resulted in a very healthy rivalry between Wicked and Avenue Q for the race to win Best Musical.  In honor of the Tony Awards broadcast today, here is a look back at all drama that ensued Broadway that fateful season...

I also want to give a shout out to friends and nominees Adrian Lenox (After Midnight), Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin In The Sun), Sutton Foster (Violet), Anika Larsen (Beautiful : The Carole King Musical), Idina Menzel (IF/THEN), Howell Binkley (After Midnight), Alan Menken (Aladdin), Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County), Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch),  Audra McDonald (Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill), Steve Kennedy (Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill)...Congratulations and Break a leg to all!!!!


#TB Tonys - 30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #1 - AVENUE Q Vs. WICKED



ImageThe Oscar winning song "Let It Go" has become an anthem for little girls everywhere and "Frozen" has become the highest grossing animated film in history.  Needless to say, I am a little late coming to the party and I finally watched this monster hit over the weekend.  Originally released in September 2013 and inspired by the Hans Christina Anderson story "The Snow Queen", we follow the journey of Anna and Kristoff and Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. OMG!  What was I waiting for!!!  "Frozen" was a sheer delight and I am positive little girls everywhere will want to transform into Elsa or Anna for all eternity.  I found myself singing along with all the music and couldn't help being reminded about working on "Avenue Q" with now EGOT member Bobby Lopez and beautiful wife Kristin Anderson Lopez.

"Frozen" is proof that even the coldest of hearts can thaw when experiencing true love.  It's available on DVD and in re-leased in theaters now!!!


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!