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Actors’ Equity Says Save the National Endowment for the Arts

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

Kate Shindle, President of Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers, released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018. The new budget plan again proposes to close the National Endowment for the Arts. The new budget includes just enough funding for “necessary expenses to carry out the closure of the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Kate Shindle (Photo: Sam Aronov / Shutterstock.com)

Kate Shindle (Photo: Sam Aronov / Shutterstock.com)

“The last thing we need to do is slash a program that creates and sustains jobs in small and regional theaters all over America. Thousands of our members have already spoken up about how the NEA is an economic lifeline in so many places. Members of Congress heard us loud and clear when they decided to maintain the NEA’s funding for the rest of 2017. As Congress takes up the new budget, Actors’ Equity will continue our fight to protect the NEA’s critical seed funding that helps productions get off the ground in small and regional theaters.”

Equity has historically fought for increased funding and recognition of the NEA. Over the last few months, Equity launched an aggressive campaign to preserve the NEA after media reports emerged that President Trump might slash funding for the program.

Shindle passionately demanded that Congress fund the NEA in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the very same day President Trump announced his proposed budget. The following week, Equity councilors and rank and file members lobbied on the hill during National Arts Advocacy Day.

Equity members across the country gathered to support the NEA, from rallies in New York to community discussions in Minneapolis. Equity gathered thousands of petitions from members and supporters of the arts asking Congress to fund the NEA. Equity also joined with a coalition that included 11 other national unions representing 4 million workers demanding that Congress fund the NEA.

Provincetown Art House Lines Up Stars for Summer Season

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off
Headliners this summer at Provincetown Art House.

Headliners this summer at Provincetown Art House.

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown’s famed Art House theater, has announced four more additions to his largest music and comedy lineup yet. Alice Ripley, winner of the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for “Next to Normal” joins the Broadway @ The Art House series on July 16 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Perennial favorites, the singing string quartet Well-Strung bring their new show for five performances only, from July 23 – 27. Drag comedy star Peaches Christ will host “Idol Worship,” a special, one-night-only show starring cult film icon Mink Stole on July 25. And “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8 star Bob The Drag Queen will make her Art House debut August 15 – 31.

Topping the bill again this season will be the internationally renowned “Broadway @” series, which dynamic duo Cortale and creative partner Seth Rudetsky began in Ptown in 2011 and now makes its home in more than 15 major venues worldwide.

Summer 2017’s series at Town Hall produced by Cortale will include Bianca Del Rio, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner, on July 10 at 8:30pm; Megan Hilty, breakout star of NBC TV’s “Smash” and Broadway’s “Wicked” and a Tony nominee for the recent Broadway production of “Noises Off”, on August 6 at 6:30pm, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Sutton Foster, Tony Award winner for “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and star of the hit TV Land series “Younger” by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, on August 13 at 6:30pm, with Michael Rafter at piano; Laura Benanti, Tony Award winner for “Gypsy” and star on Broadway in “She Loves Me!”, and TV’s “Nashville”, on September 3 at 6:30pm, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.  The Town Hall series will be raising funds this year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The seventh annual “Broadway @ The Art House” series for Ptown features another Summer avalanche of Broadway stars: Michael Cerveris, Tony Award winner as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Assassins” as John Wilkes Booth and Tony Award winner as Best Actor in a Musical for “Fun Home” as Bruce Bechdel, opens the series on July 1 & 2, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Alice Ripley, Tony winner for the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit “Next to Normal” as well as the first-ever Tony co-nomination (with her co-star Emily Skinner) as the conjoined Hilton sisters in “Side Show”, takes the stage on July 16; Melissa Errico, Broadway star of “Finian’s Rainbow” “High Society,” “Anna Karenina,” and a Tony nominee as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, stars on July 28 & 29, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

Further highlights include: Christine Pedi, star of Broadway’s “Chicago,” “Talk Radio” and “Little Me” and daily host of SiriusXM Radio’s On Broadway channel, takes the stage on July 30 with Seth Rudetsky at the piano; Marilyn Maye, living legend cabaret singer and perennial Art House favorite returns from August 4 – 7 with Billy Stritch at the piano; Beth Malone, Broadway star of “Ring of Fire” and Tony nominee for 2016’s smash hit “Fun Home,” makes her Art House debut on August 20 & 21; Faith Prince, Tony Award winner for “Guys and Dolls” stars on August 25 & 26 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host; Ana Gasteyer, star of TV’s “Grease Live” “Saturday Night Live” and “Suburgatory” and Broadway’s “Wicked” closes the Art House season on September 9 with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

Provincetown Art House

Provincetown Art House

More music and comedy stars will fill The Art House’s twin stages than ever: Indie music rock star and perennial Provincetown favorite Melissa Ferrick will once again make Memorial Day Weekend her Ptown performance home on May 27 & 28; Varla Jean Merman, the grande dame of Ptown, returns with an all-new solo show “Bad Heroine” running June 23 through September 1, with Gerald Goode at piano; Steve Grand, a singer who burst onto the scene with his video An All American Boy and his #3 Billboard Independent Album, returns to The Art House for an extended stay this summer from July 5 – August 31.

Summer 2015’s smash hit “Return to Grey Gardens” will return for a summer run starring Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ from July 5 through September 7; “5 to 9” a hilarious parody of the hit movie “9 to 5”, set in our even MORE absurd Oval Office! starring Varla Jean Merman, Ryan Landry and Peaches Christ and running from July 7 through September 9; Tori Scott, hailed as one of Time Out New York’s Top 10 Cabaret Artists, returns after her triumphant debut last summer, on July 8 & 9, featuring Jesse Kissel at the piano; RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five winner Jinkx Monsoon returns to The Art House with a new show together with cohort Major Scales from July 8 through September 10; Kitten N’ Lou, fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sold-out smash run at Fringe World in Australia and Joe’s Pub in NYC, everyone’s favorite gay-married superduo dyke darlings, debut their  “Holier Than Thou” at The Art House from July 9 to 24; international touring pop-classical quartet Well-Strung bring their new show for five performances only, from July 23 – 27; “Idol Worship” a one-night-only happening in the form of a chat-variety show premieres on July 25 starring Peaches Christ and Mink Stole; Burlesque Supertroupe The Atomic Bombshells return to Provincetown celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an all new show entitled “Cream” from July 28 to August 29; Bob the Drag Queen, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 debuts at The Art House August 15 – 31; internationally acclaimed opera star Marisol Montalvo premieres her new show “Mad Scene” in Provincetown, directed by Jeffery Roberson, on August 27.

Ben Rimalower’s hit comedy tribute to Patti LuPone, “Patti Issues” which was the NY Times’ “Critic’s Pick” and Patti LuPone herself called “fantastic” comes to The Art House on August 28; Unitard, the comedy trio returns to Ptown by popular demand with “Tard Core! (There Are No Safe Words)”- which Time Out NY called “incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious” – starring Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku, directed by Paul Dobie, on September 1 & 2; and the Afterglow Festival – the live performance arts festival – takes up residence at The Art House from September 12 – 16.

For Tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.

Inside Royal Caribbean’s Royal Theatre

May 19th, 2017 Comments off

Broadway-caliber technology is raising the bar for at-sea entertainment. Take a look!

Now Available! Cast Recording of Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

May 15th, 2017 Comments off

Hello Dolly Bette Midler

Masterworks Broadway proudly announces the release of The New Broadway Cast Recording of the 10-time Tony Award-nominated Hello, Dolly! starring three-time Grammy Award-winning legend Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi. Produced by multiple-Grammy Award winner Steven Epstein, with a cast of 37 and 28 musicians, the album is available everywhere now.

The Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle. Hello, Dolly! is now playing at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.  The official opening night was April 20, 2017.

Hello, Dolly! instantly became the hottest ticket of the year when it broke the record for the best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history.  By the time it began previews, it had the largest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history. Recently, the production shattered the record for the highest weekly gross of any show in the history of the Sam S. Shubert Theatre — a record set by a previous tenant over a nine-performance week — in just seven performances.

This Hello, Dolly! is the first new production of this classic musical (based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker) to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago.  It pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Bette Midler is joined by Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder) two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Beanie Feldstein (Minnie Fay), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), and an ensemble of 28.

Don’t Miss: Drag Queens of Comedy 2017

May 9th, 2017 Comments off
Lady Bunny (Photo provided by Drag Queens of Comedy via The Broadway Blog.)

Lady Bunny (Photo provided by Drag Queens of Comedy via The Broadway Blog.)

History will be made in Times Square in May when the “Crossroads of America” plays host to The Drag Queens of Comedy 2017, featuring 10 of the most outrageous and uproarious drag queens to ever throw shade over the “Great White Way.” Producer, celebutante and heiress Sasha Soprano presents the largest drag queen show ever served up to The Big Apple!

“The Drag Queens of Comedy” stars Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Willam, Bob the Drag Queen, Sasha Soprano, Miss Coco Peru, Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Peaches Christ, Heklina and Lady Red Couture.

The Drag Queens of Comedy 2017, touring across America, arrives for a one-night-only, two-performance show. These headline grabbers have made their name in clubs across America and on the world-renowned “RuPaul’s Drag Race” TV show, where most of America first met them, fell in love or were scandalized by them.

Guests who attend this epic, not-to-be-missed comedy extravaganza will roar with laughter as these “girls” serve up politically incorrect humor guaranteed to offend everybody. Those who are easily shocked should take their anti-anxiety medication before arriving at the PlayStation Theater.

The Drag Queens of Comedy
PlayStation Theater
1515 Broadway at 44th Street, NYC
6 p.m. – click here for tickets.
10 p.m. – click here for tickets.
Show entry is limited to people 16 years or older.

Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim at Feinstein’s/54 Below

May 5th, 2017 Comments off
Melissa Errico (Photo provided by Sam Morris PR via The Broadway Blog.)

Melissa Errico (Photo provided by Sam Morris PR via The Broadway Blog.)

Tony Award-nominated singer and actress Melissa Errico will return to Feinstein’s/54 Below on Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. for the NYC debut of her acclaimed concert “Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim” where she will lend her gorgeous voice to the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, including songs from shows of his that she has starred in. With numbers from Gypsy, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, A Little Night Music, and more, the concert is one no Sondheim or Broadway fan should miss.

As DC Arts wrote from the debut of “Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim”: “Her song choices were interesting and varied, [from] a fun jazz arrangement of ‘Not While I’m Around’ from Sweeney Todd to slightly lesser-heard Sondheim songs. Her rendition of ‘(Not) Getting Married Today’ from Company was hilarious and had the audience in stitches. Errico’s skill as a singer and as an actress was most clearly evident in her rendition of ‘Send in the Clowns,’ the highlight of the night.”

Errico’s history with Sondheim began when he selected her to star as Dot in Sunday In The Park With George at The Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration. She went on to perform many tribute concerts for Sondheim at such venues as Avery Fisher Music Hall, Symphony Space, and The Natural History Museum. Errico was honored to costar as Clara opposite Judy Kuhn in Passion at Classic Stage Company, and critics called Errico’s Drama Desk-nominated performance “sublime; I’ve never seen or heard a better Clara,” (The Wall Street Journal).

In the 2016 Encores! season, Melissa tackled one of Sondheim’s most controversial and conflicted heroines when she shone as Leona in Do I Hear A Waltz?. For this, it was said that “Errico delivers an emotionally complex and haunting performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) and her interpretation was called “exquisite” (The New York Times).

Tickets are $40-$80 and can be purchased online at www.54Below.com or by phone at 646-476-3551.

Recap: The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala

May 4th, 2017 Comments off
The New York Pops 34 Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

The New York Pops 34 Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

The New York Pops celebrated its 34th birthday on Monday night with a star-studded Carnegie Hall concert honoring actress Kelli O’Hara, director Barlett Sher, and Karen van Bergen (CEO, Omnicom PR Group). It was the first time The Pops paid tribute to an artist/director collaboration. O’Hara and Sher’s longtime creative partnership dates back to 2005’s The Light in the Piazza and also includes South Pacific, The Bridges of Madison County, and The King and I.

The evening, helmed by music director and conductor Steven Reineke, featured works from the pair’s creative endeavors as well as tributes to their solo efforts. The evening began with a sweeping orchestration of music from The Bridges of Madison County, arranged and orchestrated by the show’s composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown.

Next on the roster was Brian D’Arcy James singing “At the Fountain” from Sweet Smell of Success, in which he co-starred with O’Hara. James — always in terrific voice — overcame what has become a common issue with Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall: poor sound design. Muffled and flat, the mix was eventually fine-tuned by mid-evening, but it’s a continuing frustration at one of the world’s most notable concert venues.

Other highlights included opera star Gioachino Rossini (appearing courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera), singing “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia; Steven Pasquale’s stunning rendition of “It All Fades Away” from The Bridges of Madison County (so powerful that it actually brought the audience member sitting in front of me to tears); Marin Mazzie’s luminescent rendition of “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I; and a trio of Mazzie, Judy Kuhn and Rebecca Luker singing “Make Someone Happy.”

Kelli O'Hara and Steven Reineke. (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Kelli O’Hara and Steven Reineke. (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

In an unusual turn, the honoree took to the stage. For the finale, O’Hara sang “Fable” from The Light in the Piazza for a captivating conclusion. Visibly touched by the evening’s outpouring, O’Hara truly has one of the most magnificent voices on Broadway and beyond.

With the mission to broaden public awareness and enjoyment of America’s rich musical heritage through a presentation of concerts of the highest quality in traditional and non-traditional settings, The New York Pops is also a big proponent of arts in education. More than 60,000 students have participated in the orchestra’s free education programs since 1990, and there were more than 800 of them in the balcony for this year’s birthday celebration.

The New York Pops returns to Forest Hills Stadium on June 8 for a concert featuring the music of John Williams, including selections from Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, and more.

15 Minutes with Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
Eva Noblezada

Eva Noblezada

The Broadway Blog continues our partnership with ShowTickets.com, one of the best online resources for choosing, purchasing, and saving on the most popular shows nationwide. We’ve combined creative forces to bring you exclusive interviews with some of Broadway’s biggest stars.

This month we bring you Tony-nominated actress Eva Noblezada, who is currently starring as Kim in the critically acclaimed revival of Miss Saigon. Eva reveals how Broadway differs from London’s West End, what she loves most about her co-stars, and how she takes care of her voice for such a demanding role.

Click here for the full interview.

Bette Brings in Big Bucks: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Crashes Shubert Records

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Hello Dolly Bette Midler

The new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler has already made a habit out of breaking the house record at the Shubert Theatre, and now it has had the best week in the history of the entire Shubert Organization.  As previously announced, Hello, Dolly!, on the heels of its ecstatic reviews,  grossed $2,105,473 over just seven performances, last week.  This number tops the previous highest weekly gross in the organization’s history, set by Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway with $2,056,956 over nine performances.  The Shubert Organization is America’s oldest professional theatre company and the largest theatre owner on the Broadway. Shubert currently owns and operates seventeen Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues.

This production of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, Hello, Dolly! instantly became the hottest ticket of the year when it broke the record for the best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history.  By the time it began previews, it had the largest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history.  It previously broke the Shubert Theatre house record over the weeks ending April 2 and April 16 with $1,965,673 and $2,032,256, respectively.

Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! began performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

This Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of the classic musical (based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker)  to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/ choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

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And the Nominees Are… Tony Awards 2017!

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Hmmm… It’s going to be an interesting Tony Awards on June 11! What do you think of this year’s nominations?

'Sweat' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Sweat’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Play:
“A Doll’s House, Part 2”
“Indecent”
“Oslo”
“Sweat”

Best Musical:
“Come From Away”
“Dear Evan Hansen”
“Groundhog Day The Musical”
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Book of a Musical:
“Come From Away” — Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen” — Steven Levenson
“Groundhog Day The Musical” — Danny Rubin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — Dave Malloy

Ben Platt in 'Dear Evan Hansen' (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Ben Platt in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Original Score:
“Come From Away” — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen” — Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
“Groundhog Day The Musical” — Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best Revival of a Play:
“August Wilson’s Jitney”
“Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
“Present Laughter”
“Six Degrees of Separation”

Best Revival of a Musical:
“Falsettos”
“Hello, Dolly!”
“Miss Saigon”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”
Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in 'The Present.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in ‘The Present.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”
Laura Linney, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Christian Borle, “Falsettos”
Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Michael Aronov, “Oslo”
Danny DeVito, “Arthur Miller’s The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson, “August Wilson’s Jitney”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Johanna Day, “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Cynthia Nixon, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”
Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”
Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”

André Holland and Carra Patterson in August Wilson's 'Jitney.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

André Holland and Carra Patterson in August Wilson’s ‘Jitney.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
David Gallo, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”
Michael Yeargan, “Oslo”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Rob Howell, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
David Korins, “War Paint”
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jane Greenwood, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

'Anastasia' (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Anastasia’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Linda Cho, “Anastasia”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”
Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, “Indecent”
Jane Cox, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Donald Holder, “Oslo”
Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Howell Binkley, “Come From Away”
Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”
Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Japhy Weideman, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Direction of a Play:
Sam Gold, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”
Daniel Sullivan, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”

'Bandstand' (Photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Bandstand’ (Photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Denis Jones, “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical”
Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Orchestrations:
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, “Bandstand”
Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
James Earl Jones

Special Tony Award:
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, sound designers for “The Encounter”

Regional Theatre Tony Award:
Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award:
Baayork Lee

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser

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