Cynthia Erivo in Roberto Cavalli at the Tony Awards: incredible or bizarre?

The Tony Awards were bitter sweet after this very sad weekend. We were reminded that there is still joy, music and laughter in the world and it all seemed so poignant. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet speech got to me, as did several performances. Cynthia Erivo, who took home Lead Actress in a Musical for her work in The Color Purple, had me bawling during her performance. She was just beyond incredible and got a standing ovation for “I’m Here.” You can see her performance below and here’s a link to her acceptance speech, which got me welled up.

In terms of the fashion, Erivo was in this tiered metallic Roberto Cavalli gown which has ruffles, cutouts and lace and is somehow both metallic and multicolor at the same time. This dress is a mess but she probably wanted something fun and memorable.

Erivo’s Color Purple costar Danielle Brooks played it much safer in this off the shoulder gathered blue Derek Lam gown. I really like the gathering around the bustline and find this lovely. Brooks was nominated in the Featured Actress in a Musical category, which went to Renée Elise Goldsberry, for Hamilton.

Here’s Uzo Aduba, Brooks’s Orange is The New Black costar, in a flowing Juan Carlos Obando with a halter top and a high slit. I like everything about this gown, even the slight peplum. It’s just so effortless and chic.

Jessie Mueller was nominated for Lead Actress in a Musical, for her work in Waitress. She was in this canary yellow Christian Siriano gown which just looks so uninspired. It’s just a sleeveless top and miniskirt with a tulle skirt.


Laurie Metcalf, whom you might know from Roseanne, was also in Christian Siriano. Her dress was slightly better than Mueller’s. It has a built in cape, a v-neck and a full length blue skirt, which adds interest. Metcalf was nominated for Best Leading Actress in a play, for her work in Misery. That category went to Jessica Lange. The silver ribbon she’s wearing is in support of the victims in Orlando.


Here’s the performance from The Color Purple

photos credit: WENN and Getty

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22 Responses to “Cynthia Erivo in Roberto Cavalli at the Tony Awards: incredible or bizarre?”

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  1. Bex says:

    Cynthia’s performance was so unbelievably good that I’d overlook it if she’d turned up wearing a tea towel. She brought me to tears.

  2. Tig says:

    That dress is definitely wearing her. That said, she seemed to really enjoy wearing it. Amazing voice.

  3. QQ says:

    Every single one of these talented nice ladies deserve better dresses, Danielle could so SO much better with a different fabric!?!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Hmm, I see what you mean, but I still think she looks so pretty in that color. But satin isn’t does show every dart and seam, doesn’t it?

    • detritus says:

      I like the bustline on Danielle’s dress and the colour is beautiful…. but oh man you are right about the fabric. Didn’t one celeb cop to coming to a red carpet in a bus so they could stand and not wrinkle?

    • Tiffany says:

      I am very surprised that designers were not lining up to dress members for this event. This year has been an historic run and they would have grabbed tons of attention.

  4. MousyB says:

    Shes amazingly talented, well deserving of the award, etc but that is literally one of the ugliest dresses ive ever seen 🙁

    • MrsBPitt says:

      That dress is the worst….she looks like Mad Max does the Tonys….that may be the worst dress I’ve ever seen….

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Danielle Brooks looks beautiful.

  6. Brea says:

    I’m SO happy for Cynthia!!! She moved me to no end! I agree that the dress was very bizarre but I just dislike Cavalli’s designs so maybe it’s that. I like Uzo’s dress and Laurie Metcalf looks really elegant.

  7. Hudson Girl says:

    We thought her lower register was gorgeous but, she was screeching/screaming when she went high. 😬

  8. hey-ya says:

    …I love people who live live their moment..and that dress helps her along the road to her glory…was she a shoo-in because it would have been a difficult dress to wear if she hadnt got her statuette…

  9. Julie says:

    I love it.

  10. Cecilia Overballe says:

    Alexis Colby would want to wear that dress! And she would own it.

  11. Alex says:

    Dress was a mess but her performance and acceptance speech were amazing

  12. MrsBPitt says:

    Love seeing Laurie Metcalf….she was one of the best parts of Roseanne!! And she still looks great!!

  13. lucy2 says:

    Glad Cynthia won, after the clip of the cast singing Purple Rain went out, I watched a few performances of her, she’s amazing. That dress though, oof.
    Uzo looks amazing! She always posts to give credit to the team that gets her ready for events, which I think is really nice.
    I like Laurie’s look, and the yellow would be very pretty if it didn’t have the sheer/miniskirt thing happening.