For many viewers it was a highlight of Monday’s Emmys ceremony, but not everyone was thrilled by longtime Tonys director Glenn Weiss’ show-stopping marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
“Some Broadway insiders bristled” at the stunt, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
The report quotes an unnamed theater pro saying: “Broadway types were less than thrilled by the display. Glenn has produced and directed the Tonys for CBS for many years, and is known as an unforgiving stickler when it comes to keeping acceptance speeches to the allotted 45 seconds.”
Weiss has directed 18 Tonys telecasts. The Post quotes a theater exec saying that behind the cameras, “every year, Glenn gives this pompous speech to all the nominees, lecturing everyone about how the clock starts the second your name is called and that going long is unfair to your fellow nominees because it eats time for everyone whose categories come later in the evening.”
The exec is also quoted saying: “Leave it to him to completely flout his own rule in order to grab as much attention as humanly possible for him and his girlfriend.”
The source reportedly clocked Weiss’ speech at “just under three minutes.”