Advertisement

Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Tony Awards’

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

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

70th Annual Tony Award Winners

June 13th, 2016 Comments off
The cast of 'Hamilton.' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Musical
Hamilton

Best Play
The Humans

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via The Broadway Blog)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via The Broadway Blog)

Best Musical Revival
The Color Purple 

Best Play Revival:
A View From the Bridge

Best Leading Actor in a Play
Frank Langella, The Father

Best Leading Actress in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night 

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton 

Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Cynthia Ervio, The Color Purple

Best Book of a Musical
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Original Score
Hamilton, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Zinn, The Humans 

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Best Direction of a Play
Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge 

Best Direction of a Musical
Thomas Kail, Hamilton 

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton 

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton 

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater
Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Regional Theater Tony Award
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, N.J.

Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts and Miles Wilkin

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater
Seth Gelblum
Joan Lader
Sally Ann Parsons

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

7 Nitpicky Musical Recaps From This Year’s Tony Awards

June 12th, 2016 Comments off
'Dames At Sea' (photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Dames At Sea’ (photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway’s greatest honors will be bestowed on a luck few at tonight’s Tony Awards, but we’d like to look beyond the red carpet to shine light on some of the season’s best (and worst) moments from this year’s musicals.

Ali Stroker

Ali Stroker

BEST
Deaf West Theatre’s revival of Spring Awakening (three nominations including Best Revival of a Musical) was a stirring reimagining of the original 2006 production.

While Deaf West has been lauded for its utilization of hearing impaired actors, let’s not forget the indomitable Ali Stroker—the first performer in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway.

WORST
Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, and George Takei led an enthusiastic cast in a new musical about the World War II experience of Japanese Americans. While the subject matter was stirring at times, a befuddled creative team (including theme park costumes by Alejo Vietti and overzealous choreography by Andrew Palermo) did little to solidify the musical’s brief Broadway run.

BEST
Dames at Sea (one nomination) couldn’t find its sea legs with Broadway audiences, but that doesn’t discount Randy Skinner’s electric choreography. Hamilton might win the duel for Best Choreography, but Skinner’s tap extravaganza was a treat to anyone who caught one of the production’s 85 performances.

BEST
You can’t have a compelling production of Fiddler on the Roof (three nominations) without a Tevye who can connect with the audience. Danny Burstein’s patriarch is infectiously charming, occasionally boyish, but with the gravitas needed to withstand the repercussions of his daughters’ love interests as well as the demands of his hard-edged wife, Golde (Jessica Hecht).

BEST (and WORST?)
Critics (including our own) have embraced the Roundabout’s revival of She Loves Me (eight nominations), but did anyone else notice a lack of minority actors in the company? Yes, it’s loosely set in 1930s Budapest but David Rockwell’s candy-colored sets and Jeff Mahshie’s high-slit dresses for nominee Jane Krakowski imply some creative liberties with the period. We doubt that audience members would be confounded by a more diverse cast. Note the same for their revival of Noises Off (5 nominations).

WORST
American Psycho (2 nominations) — Surprise… we actually really liked the production. So our “Worst” tag is directed at the Tony nominating committee, who overlooked Benjamin Walker as a nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. No, he wouldn’t have won, but he was damn good and the oversight is a bloody shame.

BEST
You knew we’d get to Hamilton (16 nominations) eventually, but perhaps for a reason that you’re not likely to expect. Lin Manuel Miranda has been at the epicenter of the Hamilton phenomenon, but stand-by Javier Muñoz was a critical figure in the development of the title role. He’s been playing one performance per week and it hasn’t been confirmed if/when he’ll be stepping into the role permanently after Miranda’s departure. Fingers crossed.

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

Barbra’s Back! Tony Awards Appearance Confirmed

June 1st, 2016 Comments off
Barbra Streisand (Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Barbra Streisand (Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Returning to the Tony Awards stage for the first time since 1970, legendary EGOT and show business icon Barbra Streisand will present at the 2016 Tony Awards. Hosted by Tony Award-winner James Corden, the telecast will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on the CBS television network, Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

As previously announced, Broadway’s biggest night will feature appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, 2016 Tony Nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller and Nathan Lane, among others. Additional presenters will be announced soon.

While Streisand hasn’t appeared on the Tony Awards since 1970, Broadway has never left her. Streisand next releases “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” her third and long-awaited Broadway album, later in 2016. Streisand’s “The Broadway Album” and “Back to Broadway” released in 1985 and 1993, respectfully, both went multi-platinum.

Streisand’s appearance at the Tony Awards precedes the legendary recording artist’s nine-city August North American concert tour: THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC!

Breaking: Behind the Scenes at the Tony Awards

May 11th, 2016 Comments off

tony awards
For the first-time ever, as an official sponsor of the 70th Annual Tony Awards and presenting sponsor of the Behind the Scenes Livestream, BroadwayHD will join forces with the Tony Awards to stream extra behind-the-scenes video content during the CBS telecast of the awards, live from the Beacon Theatre. The stream will be available on BroadwayHD.com and TonyAwards.com on June 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The Behind the Scenes Livestream will contain exclusive backstage content including first reaction interviews with award winners moments after they have received their Tony, real-time reactions as winners are announced and as casts prepare to perform onstage, pre-recorded content from dress rehearsals, and more.

Launched in October of 2015 by Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, who among them have nine Tony Award wins, BroadwayHD is on a mission to promote and preserve live theater, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. This sponsorship is the next step in furthering the brand’s mission by allowing viewers around the globe to take a peek behind the curtain and experience the behind-the-scenes excitement at The Tony Awards for the very first time.

“Celebrating the performing arts is extremely important to us, and we have admired how The Tony Awards has been doing just that for 70 years now. This partnership seemed like the perfect fit in order to continue our mission and we could not be more thrilled to provide our viewers with another unique way to experience the magic of Broadway,” said Lane and Comley.

“Through our partnership with BroadwayHD, we are able to share all of the magic, excitement and chaos that happens backstage on Tony night. For the first time ever, our fans – no matter where in the world they may be – whether on their couch or their mobile device – will experience intimate behind-the-scenes moments that will allow them to feel as if they are at the Beacon Theatre in New York City,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, said.

Take a peek at highlights from last year’s Tony Awards.

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

2016 Tony Award Nominations!

May 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Tony AwardNominations in 24 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards were announced today by Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James and Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells at the Tony Award Nominations ceremony sponsored by IBM. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 47 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2016 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (The list of nominations follows.)

Marking 70 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre on CBS, on Sunday, June 12, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

Legitimate theatrical productions opening in any of the 40 eligible Broadway theatres during the current season may be considered for Tony nominations. The 2015/2016 eligibility season began April 24, 2015 and ended April 29, 2016. The Tony Awards will be voted in 24 competitive categories by 846 members of the theatrical community.

As previously announced, the 2016 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to both Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason. The 2016 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to attorney Seth Gelblum, vocal coach Joan Lader and costumer Sally Ann Parsons. The Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award will be presented to Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell. This year, the Special Tony Award will be presented to both Miles Wilkin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Each year, the Tony Awards Administration Committee presents a Tony Award to a regional theatre on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award will be presented to the Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, New Jersey.

The cast of 'Hamilton.' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Play
Eclipsed
The Father
The Humans
King Charles III

Best Musical
Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock—The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Waitress

The cast of 'Fiddler on the Roof' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock—The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock—The Musical
Waitress

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Hamilton.' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Megan Hilty (photo provided by Dan Dutcher PR)

Megan Hilty (photo provided by Dan Dutcher PR)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans

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

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

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho
David Korins, Hamilton
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
Tom Scutt, King Charles III

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

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

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

The cast of 'Spring Awakening' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Spring Awakening’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Sheldon Harnick
Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts
Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Seth Gelblum
Joan Lader
Sally Ann Parsons

Tony Nominations by Production

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Hamilton – 16
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – 10
She Loves Me – 8
The Humans – 6
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – 5
Bright Star – 5
King Charles III – 5
Noises Off – 5
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – 4
The Color Purple – 4
School of RockThe Musical – 4
Waitress – 4
Blackbird – 3
Fiddler on the Roof – 3
Spring Awakening – 3
American Psycho – 2
The Father – 2
Dames at Sea – 1
Disaster! – 1
Hughie – 1
Misery – 1
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan – 1
Thérèse Raquin – 1
Tuck Everlasting – 1

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

Standing Ovation: 2016 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

April 14th, 2016 Comments off

tonyThe Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year’s recipients of 2016 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories. This year’s Tony Honors will be presented to:

Seth Gelblum: Seth Gelblum is a Partner and Chair of the Theater department at Loeb & Loeb LLP. He practices in the live stage, motion picture, television and documentary film areas. His clients include producers, directors, playwrights, composers, performers, music publishers, designers and investors for Broadway, Off-Broadway, touring and foreign live stage productions, as well as theater owners, motion picture studios for live stage matters, not-for-profit theaters and licensing agencies.

In the course of his representation of producers, writers, directors and underlying rights holders involved in many of the most significant theatrical productions of the past 25 years, Gelblum has become recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the structuring of theatrical compensation and financing. He also represents writers and directors of motion pictures and television, documentary filmmakers and entertainment executives. Gelblum was listed in the top 100 of New York Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. He has served as Chairman of the Board for New Dramatists since 1999 and has been a long-term Board Member for the Canavan Foundation and Lawyers for Children.

An excerpt from Fun Home, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Joan Lader: For more than 30 years, Joan Lader has provided vocal training and rehabilitation for those who use their voices professionally. Joan’s extensive practice includes leading performers from the worlds of Opera, Film, R&B, Rap, Rock and Pop, but more than any of these, the world of Broadway.

Her clients have won countless Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and more, and while she has trained people whose names are above the title, she has trained innumerable performers in the chorus of just about every Broadway show in the last thirty years, as well. Joan Lader is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, the Pacific Voice Foundation in San Francisco, NYSTA, Berklee College of Music and the Commercial Voice Conference at Vanderbilt University. She is currently a consultant for the New Studio at New York University and is proud to be involved with the National Young Arts Foundation, whose participants so often become the stars of tomorrow.

Sally Ann Parsons: Sally Ann Parsons and her husband, James Meares, founded Parsons-Meares in 1980 after working many years with the brilliant Ray Diffen. From squatting in an abandoned school building, the business grew to become one of the premier costume shops in New York City, producing costumes for, among others, Sophisticated LadiesCats, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Will Rogers Follies, Victor Victoria, Guys and Dolls, Wonderful Town, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wicked, Spiderman – Turn Off the Dark, Aladdin, and most recently Hamilton. Since James’ death in 2008, Sally Ann has been the sole owner, often with more than 50 dressmakers, craftspeople and artists working on a single project. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of costume technology, she received the 2009 TDF Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.

Daveed Diggs (center) and the cast of 'Hamilton' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Daveed Diggs (center) and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

“The Tony Awards have a long standing tradition of honoring the un-sung heroes of our community.  We are thrilled to present this year’s Honors to three incredible talents, from three very different areas of expertise,  who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to inspire what you see on the Broadway stage,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, said.

These honors will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party, a private cocktail reception, on Monday, June 6 at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

The Tony Awards Announce James Cordon as Host

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off
James Cordon (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

James Cordon (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

The Tony Awards announced today that James Corden of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” will host  the 70th Annual Tony Awards live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 12 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be Corden’s first time hosting the Tonys. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards. Both times I’ve worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It’s gonna be fun, I can’t wait to dust off my tap shoes!” said Corden.

“James is one of those rare performers whose gifts translate perfectly to both the Broadway stage and the television screen, making him the ideal choice to host the Tony Awards. The last time he was at the Tonys, he went home with one. We think he’ll have even more fun as host. This is going to be one unforgettable show,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.

“Carpooling on Broadway will never be the same!” said Executive Producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.

“We are thrilled to have James Corden not only as a member of the CBS family, but as host of this year’s Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “James is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and comedian – he’s the perfect choice to host our live television event.”

James Corden is a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. He took the reins of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, and has quickly become known for generating buzzworthy viral videos, such as Carpool Karaoke, garnering over 500 million views and 2.8 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel. Since Corden took the helm, THE LATE LATE SHOW has consistently been the most social talk show in its time period according to Nielson Social.

Corden came to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television. Corden hosts the BAFTA Award-winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and starred in, produced and wrote the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. Also, he appeared in the BBC television movie “Esio Trot,” alongside Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Outside of his native England, Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play “One Man, Two Guvnors,” performing first in the National Theatre and the West End in London and then on Broadway, which earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. His additional theater credits include the worldwide tour of “The History Boys” in the role of Timms, which he also played in the feature film adaptation.

On television, Corden starred as Smithy in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series “Gavin and Stacey,” which he co-created and co-wrote. Prior to that, Corden starred in the British television series “Fat Friends” from 2000 to 2005. In 2011, Corden had a recurring role in the popular BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who” as Craig Owens, the Doctor’s roommate. In addition, Corden hosted the Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014. Corden starred opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the Golden Globe Award nominated feature film “Into the Woods.” His additional film credits include “Begin Again,” with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo; “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” with Jeff Bridges; “Gulliver’s Travels,” with Jack Black; and “The Three Musketeers,” with Orlando Bloom.

Opening of the 2013 Tony Awards.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 17th consecutive year.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 28, 2016, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2015-2016 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2016 Tony Award nominations.

The Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from that Paramount Hotel in New York City.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit www.TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

Categories: The Buzz Tags: ,

2015 Tony Awards… and the Winner Is

June 7th, 2015 Comments off
'Fun Home' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Fun Home’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Wow! What a year… Tony voters surprised us by crowning Fun Home the best musical of the year. Well deserved and certainly a less mainstream title than some of the other nominees. Other big winners include Kelli O’Hara for The King and I and Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography for An American in Paris. Big nominees that failed to snag significant awards include Hand to God and Something Rotten!—though they’re both fantastic shows, too. Our final word? … Go to the theater!

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best musical
Fun Home

Best revival of a play
Skylight

Best revival of a musical
The King and I

Best book of a musical
Winner: Fun Home, Lisa Kron

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater
Fun Home
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Lisa Kron

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play
Winner: Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Helen Mirren in "The Audience" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog).

Helen Mirren in “The Audience” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog).

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play
Winner: Helen Mirren, The Audience

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
Winner: Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical
Winner: Kelli O’Hara, The King and I

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play
Winner: Richard McCabe, The Audience

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play
Winner: Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical
Winner: Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical
Winner: Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

Best scenic design of a play
Winner: Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best scenic design of a musical
Winner: Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris

Best costume design of a play
Winner: Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best costume design of a musical
Winner: Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best lighting design of a play
Winner: Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best lighting design of a musical
Winner: Natasha Katz, An American in Paris

Best direction of a play
Winner: Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best direction of a musical
Winner: Sam Gold, Fun Home

'An American in Paris' (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

‘An American in Paris’ (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Best choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best orchestrations
Winner: Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater
Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theater Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Tony Honors for excellence in the theater
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

Jennifer Lopez Joins 2015 Tony Awards Line-Up

June 5th, 2015 Comments off
Jennifer Lopez (Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Jennifer Lopez (Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

The stars will align on Sunday night for the 69th Annual Tony Awards! Hosted by Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the evening will be packed with entertainment and performances.  The 2015 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m. –  11 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The Tony Awards announced that Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Kiesza, Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey, Dulé Hill, Judith Light, Patina Miller, Bernadette Peters and Phylicia Rashad will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

"Jersey Boys". Image via BBB.

“Jersey Boys”. Image via BBB.

As previously announced the night will feature a special performance by Josh Groban who will be joined on stage by 175 performers.  The night will also include performances by Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century; Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles from The King and I; Sydney Lucas, Michael Cerveris and Beth Malone from Fun Home; Brian d’Arcy James, Brad Oscar and the cast of Something Rotten!, Leanne Cope, Robert Fairchild, Brandon Uranowitz, Max von Essen and the cast of An American in Paris, Chita Rivera and the cast of The Visit; Tony Yazbeck and the cast of On the Town; Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland; Vanessa Hudgens, Cory Cott and Victoria Clark and the cast of Gigi; Lisa Howard, Adam Heller and Tyne Daly from It Shoulda Been You.   The evening will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jersey Boys on Broadway.

Other names who will be taking center stage include:  Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Tisdale, Bryan Cranston, Joe Manganiello, Kiefer Sutherland, Anna Chlumsky, Larry David, Jason Alexander, Misty Copeland, Sting, Corey Stoll, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Messing, Jennifer Nettles, Marg Helgenberger, Rita Wilson, Rose Byrne, Thomas Sadoski, Sutton Foster, Taye Diggs, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale and Tommy Tune, among others.

The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Categories: The Buzz Tags: ,