Advertisement

Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Tony Awards’

There to See: June — Tony Edition

June 4th, 2015 Comments off

At the beginning of each month we take a look at new productions opening on (and off) Broadway, offering our highly opinionated take on where you should spend your hard-earned theater bucks. This month we’re revisiting our three favorite shows of the season and suggesting you quickly scramble to get tickets before they run away with Tony honors.

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Whether you’re a fan of the original book by Mark Haddon or are experiencing Simon Stephens’ adaptation for the first time, Curious Incident is one of those rare evenings of theater that will make your heart skip a beat. Director Marianne Elliott (who helmed the Oliver Award-winning production at the National Theatre) along with choreographers Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett utilize the 10-member ensemble in ingenious and infinite ways—as animate as well as inanimate objects. But it is the design team’s sensory framework that catapults the play from spectacular to pure genius.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Barrymore Theatre
243 West 47th Street

 

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

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

An American in Paris
For anyone who danced around the bedroom as a child, listening to cast recordings and dreaming of the day he or she might be on Broadway, An American in Paris is that dream come true.

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, there isn’t a show on Broadway that comes close when it comes to storytelling through dance. Carried along by George and Ira Gershwin’s score, the musical is a sweeping celebration of musical theater.

An American in Paris
Palace Theatre
1564 Broadway

Kelli O'Hara ('The King and I' on Broadway/Facebook)

Kelli O’Hara (‘The King and I’ on Broadway/Facebook)

Kelli O’Hara in The King and I
She’s received six Tony Award nominations (including this year’s notch for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical), but O’Hara has yet to snag the coveted prize… until now. Her star turn as Anna Leonowens leads a cast of 50 in Barlett Sher’s gorgeous staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 classic. O’Hara is magnetic from the moment she appears on a magnificent ship sailing into Siam. And while that famous dress worn during “Shall We Dance?” took 20 yards of satin to create and delivers a circumference of nearly 30 feet, the actress is light as air. Her soaring soprano envelopes the rich score, but make no mistake—O’Hara is a superb actress on all fronts and delivers a performance of a lifetime.

The King and I
Vivian Beaumont Theater
Lincoln Center

Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter at @roodeloo.

Seth Rudetsky at Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop

June 2nd, 2015 Comments off

Seth's Broadway Diary Cover.jpgDo you have Tony Awards madness? The Tony Awards and Dress Circle Publishing announce a special fan experience at the Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop. Author and Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky will be joined by Broadway favorites Julia Murney (Wicked), Priscilla Lopez (In The Heights, the original cast of A Chorus Line), and more who will be reading excerpts from Seth’s Broadway Diary, on Wednesday, June 3  from 6 – 7:00 p.m.  The Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop is located at the Paramount Hotel and is open daily to visitors.

Seth’s Broadway Diary is a compilation of Seth’s hilarious, Broadway-centric “Onstage and Backstage” columns for Playbill.com, chronicling his unique life on and around the Great White Way. Seth’s Broadway Diary is full of his personal Broadway experiences, such as going to the final performance and party for Rent, watching in terror as Jeff Bowen was dragged off the stage during [title of show] and the night he saw Spring Awakening and helped Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele break (-ish) the law. Plus, inside scoop on what it’s like performing with tons of fantastic stars like Rosie Perez, Andrea McArdle, Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters and more.

“I love reading from Seth’s Broadway Diary with the actual celebrities who are featured in it.  Especially because the stories about them are usually embarrassing and it’s fun to watch a Broadway star verbally recount something mortifying,” said Seth. “Furthermore, the Tony Awards are always so thrilling and I love that now there’s an entire store dedicated to them.  My only devastation is that the store isn’t open all year. NOT cool.”

Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Diary fan experience will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00PM, and the Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop, located at the Paramount Hotel on 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Seth Rudetsky will be signing books following the reading.

About the Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop
Located at the Paramount Hotel (on 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue), The Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop is open to the public seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., through the day of the CBS Tony Awards® telecast on Sunday, June 7.

Pick up exclusive merchandise including t-shirts, pins, posters, mugs, sweatshirts, onesies, hats, binoculars, umbrellas and more. The Pop-Up will also have merchandise available from Tony-eligible shows of the 2014-2015 Broadway season. Tony Awards memorabilia celebrating the last 69 years of the Awards will also be on display.

Breaking: Tony Awards to Present ‘LIVE! From the Red Carpet’

May 29th, 2015 Comments off

tonyFor the first time ever, the Tony Awards will present “LIVE! From the Red Carpet,” a live-streamed red carpet special helmed by TV and Stage Star Darren Criss and two-time Tony Nominee Laura Osnes. Criss and Osnes will be joined by George Takei, serving as the live stream’s official fan correspondent; Randi Zuckerberg as the tech/social correspondent; Blake Ross as the theater correspondent; and Emilio Sosa as the fashion correspondent.

The 2-hour, 30-minute special will air from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on TonyAwards.com, CBS.com, Playbill.com and TimeOut.com. Viewers will feel like they are right in the action, enjoying interviews with the 2015 Tony Nominees from the red carpet as they arrive for Broadway’s biggest night. In partnership with Stage17.tv and Playbill, the live special will also showcase exclusive behind-the-scenes features showcasing the nominated shows and actors of 2014-2015 Broadway season.

Darren Criss (photo: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

Darren Criss (photo: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

“There is no experience quite like being on the Tony Awards red carpet. The energy and excitement of the nominees, presenters and performers as they are about the enter Radio City Music Hall is exhilarating, and we are thrilled to share this unique experience with Broadway fans around the world – live – for the first time,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St Martin, President of The Broadway League, said.

Fans who are in the New York City area can watch the live stream with fellow fans at the Times Square Simulcast via Clear Channel’s SpectacolorHD screens in the heart of the Broadway community—New York City’s Times Square. Exclusive content will also be available for fans to enjoy on the go through the Tony Awards Youtube channel and the Tony Awards Second Screen Experience at www.TonyAwards.com/secondscreen.

2015 Tony Award Nominations

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

Want more Broadway Blog? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

We’ve survived side shows and Russian revolutions (barely), foul-mouthed puppets and dreamlike trips to Paris… but what resonated with the Tony nominating committee this year? Since 1947, the theater community has honored its own with the coveted Antoinette Perry Award. Here are this year’s nominations. Who do you predict will take home the coveted medallion?

We’ve highlighted shows that we’ve reviewed this season. Click to see if our opinions stack up with Tony voters and see you on the red carpet this June!

Nominations for the 2015 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®
Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing

 

Steven Boyer in "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Steven Boyer in “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Simon Stephens

Disgraced
Author: Ayad Akhtar

Hand to God
Author: Robert Askins

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Co-Authors: Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton


Best Musical
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit


Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
Skylight
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It with You

Megan Fairchild and the cast of 'On the Town' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Megan Fairchild and the cast of ‘On the Town’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Book of a Musical
An American in Paris
Craig Lucas

Fun Home
Lisa Kron

Something Rotten!
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell

The Visit
Terrence McNally


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fun Home
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Lisa Kron

The Last Ship
Music & Lyrics: Sting

Something Rotten!
Music & Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick

The Visit
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Elisabeth Moss in “The Heidi Chronicles” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

The cast of "Gigi" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It with You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

AnAmericanInParis1_MatthewMurphyjpegBest Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

John Cameron Mitchell (JStone/Shutterstock)

John Cameron Mitchell (JStone/Shutterstock)

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

John Cameron Mitchell to Receive Special Tony Award

April 27th, 2015 Comments off
John Cameron Mitchell (JStone/Shutterstock)

John Cameron Mitchell (JStone/Shutterstock)

Calling all Hedwig fans! The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that John Cameron Mitchell will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award.

“John’s return to Hedwig and the Angry Inch is one for the history books. He not only wrote and co-created the role with Stephen Trask – before directing and starring in the film – but returned to Broadway to star as Hedwig this season after a series of rave performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall. This is a remarkable undertaking, and we are honored to recognize his outstanding success with this honor,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said.

John Cameron Mitchell’s New York stage appearances included Broadway’s Big River, and the original casts of The Secret Garden (Drama Desk nomination) and Six Degrees of Separation. Off-Broadway: Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me (Obie Award and Drama Desk nom.) and Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again (Drama Desk nom.). He adapted and directed Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth starring Cynthia Nixon and Peter Sarsgaard and starred in and wrote the book for the 1998 Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (directed by Peter Askin) for which he won an Obie Award along with co-creator/songwriter Stephen Trask.

MV5BMjE1NTIxNzQ5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDMzODA5._V1._CR0,1,265,404__SX1189_SY612_The film adaptation (2001) of Hedwig and the Angry Inch won him Best Director at Sundance and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He directed Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2011) adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Nicole Kidman in an Oscar-nominated performance. He recently appeared in HBO’s Girls and is preparing to direct a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s punk-era story How to Talk to Girls at Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.

Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker will announce the 2015 Tony Award Nominations LIVE on Tuesday, April 28 from the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe in New York City. The Tony Award Nominations can be viewed LIVE on “CBS This Morning” and in their entirety, at www.TonyAwards.com.

The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 on the CBS, live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 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.

A limited number of tickets to the 2015 Tony Awards will be made available to the general public. Tickets will be available at www.TonyAwards.com starting on April 28, 2015.

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Awards Announced

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

tonyThe Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year’s recipients of 2015 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. These honors will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party, a private cocktail reception, on Monday, June 1 at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe. The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 7 on CBS, and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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:

Arnold Abramson: Abramson began his career at Triangle Studios and Dunkel Studios. When William Nolan open Nolan Scenery Studios in the newly purposed Brooklyn Ice Palace in 1956, he became Charge Scenic Artist and a partner in the business. During this time, Abramson taught scene painting for seven years at Yale University and 22 years at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Abramson moved to Florida in 1991 and opened a Union shop called Studio South where he painted several backdrops for New York City Ballet, as well as productions that were sent to New York for Broadway. Studio South also painted sets and backdrops for the Miami City Ballet, and Abramson designed four productions for Miami City Ballet. Studio South was closed in 2005, after which Abramson painted at Coconut Studios until his retirement in 2012. Abramson was the second to be honored as a Master and Legend in 2012 at SUNY Purchase.

Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards (photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards (photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Adrian Bryan-Brown: Adrian is a partner in Boneau/Bryan-Brown, one of the largest theatrical public relations offices working today, established in 1991 with his business partner, Chris Boneau. Adrian has worked on more than 400 shows on and Off-Broadway, consulted on theatrical productions across the country and around the world, as well as providing strategic public relations advice to the film and music businesses and other areas of the entertainment industry. Productions represented by Boneau/Bryan-Brown have received 8 Pulitzer Prizes and 195 Tony Awards. A proud member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) for more than 25 years, Adrian has taught theatrical public relations as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and has written about the work of a press agent in numerous publications. Adrian is married to the theatrical photographer Joan Marcus, who received a Tony Honor last year.

Gene O’Donovan: One of Broadway’s most respected and successful theatre technicians, Gene has been a member of the Broadway community for more than 40 years. His passion, commitment and technical expertise has directly enhanced a host of legendary Broadway productions, including The Wiz, Barnum, Annie, 42nd Street, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, The Who’s Tommy, Master Class, Titanic, Spamalot, Frost Nixon, The Book Of Mormon, Matilda, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Starting off his career in one of the preeminent scene shops of its time, Feller Scenery, Gene moved on to become a Local One stagehand, a production carpenter and the founder of one of the most influential scene shops of the past 30+ years (Hudson Scenic Studio). He founded Aurora Productions, which over the last 20 years has supervised a combined total of more than 200 Broadway Shows, many Off Broadway shows tours, and international productions in London’s West End, Europe, Japan and Australia. For more than 13 years, Gene has been teaching production management at SUNY Purchase and Columbia University. Gene will be the fourth to be honored as a Master and Legend in 2015 at SUNY Purchase.

“We are thrilled to announce that Arnold Abramson, Adrian Bryan-Brown and Gene O’Donovan are this year’s recipients for the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. They exemplify the dedication, creativity and tireless work that goes on behind-the-scenes to make attending a Broadway show the sensational and unforgettable experience we know it to be. We could not be more proud to honor these three outstanding individuals with this year’s Tony Honors,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, said.

The American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7, 2015 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network, live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 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.

67th Annual Tony Awards Wins Two Emmys

August 18th, 2014 Comments off

tonyThe June 2013 broadcast of the 67th Annual Tony Awards was honored Saturday evening with two Primetime Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Awards presentation in Los Angeles. The Awards won in the following categories:

Outstanding Special Class Program – Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer, Glenn Weiss Executive Producer and Neil Patrick Harris, Host/Producer

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics “Bigger!” – Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This is the third consecutive year that the Tony Awards have won in these categories.

The Awards are nominated in two additional categories – Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, directed by Glenn Weiss, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg – that will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday, Aug. 25, in Los Angeles.

“This show certainly was ‘bigger’, living up to the lyrics of the opening song,” Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner said. “This could not have happened without the talents of hundreds of theater and television professionals working hand in hand. Our gratitude to everyone on the production and especially Neil Patrick Harris, whose talents helped the Tonys bring home another two Emmys.”

“The 67th Annual Tony Awards was certainly an outstanding production from the spectacular opening number to the moment the lights dimmed at the end of the show,” Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theater Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said. “We are incredibly proud of the entire team for their hard work and are honored that the Awards continue to be recognized.”

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment have acted as executive producers of the Tony Awards telecast since 2004. During White Cherry’s tenure, the Tony Awards have been recognized with an unprecedented 34 Emmy nominations and 18 Emmy wins, including the best show in its class for the last five consecutive years, and seven of the last eight outings.

The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award, which was founded by the American Theatre Wing in 1947, is bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast—the night America watches Broadway—is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.

The opening number from the 2013 Tony Awards.

Tony Award Rants, Raves and Wins

June 9th, 2014 Comments off
Hugh Jackman (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Hugh Jackman (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

“Everybody loves a winner, so nobody loves me.”

So sings Sally Bowles in Cabaret, but we didn’t hear Michelle Williams belt it out last night at the 68th Annual Tony Awards. Was she even in the room? Instead, we were treated to Alan Cumming recreating his Tony Award-winning role as the Emcee in the revival of the 1998 revival. How meta. That and other artistic oddities dominated this year’s Tony Award broadcast that aimed to invigorate a relatively anemic season on the Great White Way. We can’t say that we laughed, we cried, or it was better than Cats, but there were a few “a-ha” moments worthy of chuckles and tears.

Idina Menzel (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Idina Menzel (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Rant: What’s with the jumping, Hugh? The entire opening sequence had Jackman bouncing past vignettes of nominated performers and shows through the massive hallways of Radio City Music Hall. According to CNN, the bouncing was in reference to Bobby Van’s performance of “Take Me to Broadway” in the 1953 film Small Town Girl. Most (all?) avid theatergoers missed the reference and it ended up coming off like a last-minute fix for an elaborate opening dance sequence that perhaps went awry during rehearsals.

Rave: Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony Award for her performance of Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Tricky that it was for the Best Play category, but we won’t squabble. McDonald is Broadway royalty.

Rant: Idina Menzel… let it go. And by that, we mean the crazy eyes and Olympic mouth stretching during your performance from If/Then. We were getting a bit of Elphaba, which also brings us to another rant as we were hoping you’d go green for the 10th anniversary performance from Wicked.

Jefferson Mays (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Jefferson Mays (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions via The Broadway Blog.)

Rave: They should give out a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor Introducing a Musical… and when they do, please bestow it on Jefferson Mayes, for his gender-bending, denture-swapping narrative that preceded the best musical excerpt of the evening, which also happened to be from the show that won Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Rave: Neil Patrick Harris – you rock. Period.

Rant? The jury is out on Jennifer Hudson’s performance from the forthcoming Finding Neverland. According to the New York Daily News, Harvey Weinstein wanted to bring Hollywood cache to create hype for the show, but Broadway purists were pissed that members of the actual cast were kept on the sidelines.

Rave: Could Carole King be any cuter? Yes, when performing with Broadway’s newest A-Lister Jessie Mueller. The pair were all rainbows and free love, and Mueller, who has trudged through less-than-thrilling revivals of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Into the Woods is a shining star in the Chicago-based Mueller family of actors, who have been on the regional boards for decades.

What will the 2014-15 Broadway season bring? We can’t wait to find out. But in the meantime, we’ll be reveling in the hit shows of the current season.

Take the leap for the full winner list.

Read more…

The Tony Awards by the Numbers

June 6th, 2014 Comments off
Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (photo: Joan Marcus) via The Broadway Blog.

Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (photo: Joan Marcus) via The Broadway Blog.

Before Broadway’s biggest night on Sunday, June 8th, 44 productions will have opened on Broadway in the 2013-14 season. Of those productions, 12 were eligible for Best New Musical and 10 were eligible for Best New Play at the 68th Annual Tony Awards.

Ramin Karimloo in "Les Misérables" (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Ramin Karimloo in “Les Misérables” (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Before the Awards ceremony begins, the 110 Tony Award Nominees will walk down 210 feet of red carpet. The Nominees will join an expected 5,500 guests in Radio City Music Hall, which spans a full New York City block wide.

During the Tony Awards broadcast, the winners from 26 categories will be announced. These winners will each receive a Tony Award with its signature 3-inch-diameter Tony Medallion that spins atop a 9-inch-tall Tony Statue.

By the time they hit the stage at the 68th-Annual Tony Awards, many of the performers and productions appearing at this year’s Awards show will have accomplished the following:

  • 908: Number of total costumes made this year by the eight Tony-nominated costume designers from Bullets Over Broadway, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Act One, Casa Valentina, AfterMidnight, Machinal and Twelfth Night
  • 478.5: Number of performances Alan Cumming has portrayed the Emcee in Cabaret on Broadway
  • 337: Number of costumes in each performance of Aladdin
  • 300: Number of raw eggs Tony Nominee Andy Karl has consumed on stage in Rocky
  • 67: Number of votes Lyndon B. Johnson, played by Tony Nominee Bryan Cranston, gets to pass his proposed bill inAll the Way
  • 26: Number of Carole King’s hit songs featured in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • 16: Carole King’s age when she wrote her first song, as told in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • 5: Number of Tony Awards Nominee Audra McDonald has won in her career
  • 4: The height (in inches) of Tony Nominee Neil Patrick Harris’ highest pair of heels worn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • 1: Number of inches Hedwig is angry about

 

The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 8pm ET. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visitwww.TonyAwards.com.

Terence Archie and Andy Karl in "Rocky" (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Terence Archie and Andy Karl in “Rocky” (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Categories: The Buzz Tags:

Breaking News: Guess Who’s Peforming at the Tonys?

May 29th, 2014 Comments off
The Tony Award. Image via Google.

The Tony Award. Image via Google.

The Tony Awards have announced the line-up of performances for the 68th Annual Tony Awards, which will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

The entertainment-packed evening will feature performances by 2014 Tony Nominee Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet; Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret and 2014 Tony Nominee Idina Menzel performing from the new musical If/Then.   

The evening will also feature not-to-be missed performances by the casts of this year’s Best Musical and Best Musical Revival Nominees, as well as other new musicals: Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky.

Idina Menzel in the original cast of "Wicked" (photo: wickedthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.

Idina Menzel in the original cast of “Wicked” (photo: wickedthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.

The cast of Wicked will return to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since 2004, when they won three Tony Awards. The cast will take the stage once again in what is sure to be a very special performance to celebrate Wicked’s 10th Anniversary. Also not to be missed: music legends Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia, who will take the stage for an unforgettable performance with the cast of After Midnight.Sting will also perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship.

Hosted by Tony Award winner, Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s biggest night will feature appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, visit www.TonyAwards.com.

A scene from "Les Misérables" (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

A scene from “Les Misérables” (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.