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Congratulations, George C. Wolfe!

May 11th, 2016 Comments off
Honoree George C. Wolfe at the 16th Annual Monte Cristo Award presented by The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Eugene O'Neill Theater)

Honoree George C. Wolfe at the 16th Annual Monte Cristo Award presented by The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Eugene O’Neill Theater)

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center celebrated the 16th annual Monte Cristo Award ceremony with a presentation of the honor to award-winning stage and film director, playwright, and actor George C. Wolfe last night at the Edison Ballroom. The O’Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater. The gala event supports the Center’s commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage.   

Former Monte Cristo Award recipient and celebrated actor Hal Prince presented the Award to Wolfe. In his speech, Prince described what it is like not only to work with Wolfe, but to be an audience member experiencing one of his shows.

“When I know I’m going to the theater to see something George has directed, I anticipate the occasion with great excitement because his imagination is boundless,” Prince said. “The energy he marcels from his performers is always honest, infectious, muscular, dynamic and educated. George’s work celebrates not only American theater, but his direction reflects an understanding of international theater. He gets what’s great about great material; respects great performers; respects his audiences, so in my experience, every time I leave a George Wolfe show, I feel ennobled, informed, smarter than when I came in.” 

Wolfe then accepted his Award, emphasizing that the right words were hard to find to properly describe how honored he was to receive the Monte Cristo Award.  

“So many people in my career have given me a place to play and to discover and to fail and to not know. And I look around this room, and this room is filled with people who do that every day of their lives,” Wolfe said with excitement. “I consider myself one more person who does that, and that’s what you’re supposed to do. When people give you something to you, it is your responsibility to give it back to those who need it. And the O’Neill Center does nothing but that. That’s what makes theatre, theatre.”

The program featured of a scene from Colored Museum by actress Eisa Davis, a tap number by Savion Glover and a performance of “I’m Simply Full of Jazz” by Adrienne Warren and the cast of Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

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Hanks, Breakfast at Tiffany’s & More Hollywood on the Hudson

October 22nd, 2012 Comments off

It’s no surprise anymore when Broadway attempts to add some extra pizazz to the marquee by sprinkling some Hollywood stardust, whether through film star casting or name brand titles. But four recent news tidbits caught my eye as particularly covered in tinsel (town):

  • Emilia Clarke. Image via O+M.

    It’s official: two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is coming to Broadway April 2013 in Lucky Guy, a play by the late, beloved Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle). A tale of New York journalism during the 1970’s, this play adds additional cache with its director George C. Wolfe (The Normal Heart). I imagine tickets are already sold out before they go on sale but…a boy can dream.

  • If that’s not “old hollywood” enough for you, how about a new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Truman Capote’s classic is getting a fresh (and supposedly more faithful than the Hepburn film) adaptation by Tony-winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out). Those who are more fantasy geek than Tiffany’s chic will also have reason to check it out; the February 2013 bow will star Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke.
  • Multiple Emmy-nominee Sarah Paulson (Game Change, American Horror Story) may not have above the title multiplex stardom, but to me she’s A-list. And now comes news that she is coming back to the stage to star in Roundabout’s revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly. Paulson will be joined in the sweet love story by recent Broadway everyman Danny Burstein (Follies…perhaps he should do La Cage aux Folles next and continue the pattern?).
  • Don’t count out true Broadway glitter, though. The bigger than life new musical Giant, based on the Liz Taylor – Rock Hudson – James Dean classic, is heading to the Public starring Blog favorites Brian d’Arcy James (Smash) and Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow). Watch the video from their recent promo shoot (after the jump below) and tell me the Great White Way can’t be just as glamorous.

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