The theater, which is known for its all-American musical productions, was a good setting for asking red-carpet arrivals to name their favorite musical.
Minority Leader Nacy Pelosi came in right behind Brian Stokes Mitchell and cited the show for which he won a Tony nomination. “I’d have to say ’Ragtime,’” said Pelosi, “considering the present company.”
Sam Palladio, who arrived with his “Nashville” co-star Clare Bowen, said his heart belongs to “Pirates of Penzance,” because, well, Penzance is his hometown. “Sweeney Todd” is a favorite of Bowen’s, who wore a creamy, diaphanous vintage number.
Opera singer Denyce Graves and Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winning actor from “Modern Family,” also appeared on the red carpet. Inside, right after the responders were saluted, Stokes Mitchell sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel.” Broadway performer Heidi Blickenstaff, in short J. Mendel, sang “New York, New York.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Hall of Fame basketball center Bill Russell were given the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal for exemplifying the legacy of the president, who was assassinated in the theater in 1865.
By: Natan Meaza