The 68th Annual Tony Awards were held last night and for the sixth consecutive year Audemars Piguet was proud to act as the presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. Xavier Nolot, CEO of Audemars Piguet (North America) Inc. was joined on the red carpet in front of the 7’ Audemars Piguet Royal Oak countdown clock tower by Broadway’s finest including Neil Patrick Harris, Orlando Bloom, Emmy Rossum, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kelli O’Hara, Lucy Liu, Leighton Meester, Kate Mara, Tyne Daly, James Monroe Iglehart, Billy Porter, Tony Goldwyn, Jonathan Groff, Matt Bomer, RuPaul, Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Kevin Bacon, Zachary Quinto, and ?uestove to name a few.
Audemars Piguet timepieces were worn by Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina), Norm Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera) and Randi Zuckerberg (Tony Awards backstage correspondent). Mr. Fierstein wore the stainless steel Millenary 4101, Mr. Lewis wore the elegant white gold Jules Audemars Extra-Thin and Ms. Zuckerberg wore the all diamond-set Royal Oak.
In honor of its Tony Awards partnership, Audemars Piguet has developed a time capsule to commemorate this year’s Tony Awards nominees. The contents of the Audemars Piguet Tony Awards Time Capsule will be kept under the auspices of the American Theatre Wing and during an event celebrating the Tony Awards 75th Anniversary in 2021 will be opened revealing the contents.
Since the nominations announcement, the company has been busy collecting memorabilia from Broadway’s biggest stars, including Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel, and Chris O’Dowd for a Tony Awards Time Capsule. Throughout the process Audemars Piguet has captured footage of those moments that will be available exclusively on Chideo (charity + video), the first interactive charity broadcast network. Four-time Tony Award winning actor Harvey Fierstein appears in a video introducing the project with a separate longer video capturing the behind-the-scenes moments and thoughts of the stars. This longer video can be viewed with a tip jar at the end of the video for suggested donations. Funds raised will be donated to the Broadway League Foundation’s Family First Nights and the American Theatre Wing.
A partial list of donated items include:
- Sheet Music signed by Tom Kitt, donated by Idina Menzel from If/Then
- Pet Mouse, donated by Chris O’Dowd from Of Mice and Men
- Bryan Cranston’s prostethic earlobes, framed art, photo album of Polaroids of the cast donated by Bryan Cranston, William Jackson Harper, Robert Petkoff, and Roslyn Ruff from All the Way
- T-shirt, bottle of “poison”, tankard, and an opening night Playbill, donated by Jefferson Mays from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
- Signed copy of sheet music, donated by Kelli O’Hara from Bridges of Madison County