By   |   June 11, 2010   |   Entertainment

delainamemphiYou know that TV DivaGal loves a musical.

That’s why my little booty will be right here to watch The 2010 Tony Awards live on Sunday night.

I got into the spirit of things a few nights back when I joined the Tony nominated stars of Memphis: A New Musical for a larger-than-life dining experience at Double Crown, an Asian-influenced eatery in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Assigned a seat, I was next to Joe DiPietro, the man who wrote the toe-tapping musical about the first white DJ in Tennessee to play black music on the radio (loosely based on a true story) with his collaborator, Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan!

Not only was Joe excited about the show’s Best Musical nomination, he spilled that he and David we’re already working together on their third musical.

dc_porkrilletteIf that wasn’t enough to blow my mind, Memphis star Chad Kimball was directly across the table from me, encouraging me to sample some of Double Crown’s more exotic meal offerings, like the roast pork belly and duck steam buns.


Montego Glover, simply dressed in a sparkly sheath top, explained how it feels to be nominated for her first Tony Award. “What an incredible honor,” she shared. “Memphis is so special to me, and I’ve poured everything I am as an artist into this role and it feels amazing to be recognized for it.” Of course, she had props for her leading man, Chad, who revealed that there had been a little snafu on getting the news the day of the nomination announcements.

“My cell phone had died and I emailed my publicist my phone home number, but accidentally gave her the wrong number,” he confessed. “I called my publicist and she yelled, ‘You gave me the wrong number! I called someone in Queens and now he think he has a Tony nomination!’ΓÇ¥

My mind might have been on Broadway overload, but my stomach was ready to tackle the nine-course meal of delish dishes like coconut chicken salad, butternut squash curry, steamed snapper and chocolate “thai iced coffee” cake.

Stuffed and satiated with the food — and the company, I headed out, humming “The Music of My Soul” in my head.

The 2010 Tony Awards airs live Sunday, June 13 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Learn more about Memphis: A New Musical, here.

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