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9 items from 2010

A Salute to the 64th Annual Tony Awards

27 May 2010 11:05 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Though the economy was still in dire straits, Broadway carried on during the 2009-10 season, with visits from such high-voltage marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liev Schreiber, and Scarlett Johansson. A little group called Green Day rocked Broadway's world with the stage adaptation of the band's hit album "American Idiot," Twyla Tharp paid tribute to Frank Sinatra in "Come Fly Away," and Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins formed a "Million Dollar Quartet." "Fela!," Bill T. Jones' combination dance party, concert, and musical biography, transferred to the Main Stem from its Off-Broadway run, as did Geoffrey Nauffts' tender and moving play "Next Fall." "Red" and "Time Stands Still" offered searing portraits of artists coping with crises, while Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play" captured the repressive Victorian era. Broadway fare also »

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Tony Nominations Or, Hollywood on Stage

5 May 2010 3:45 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

There are so many movie and television faces nominated for the Tony Award this year that one begins to worry about how any stateside stage actor can earn a living. The answer, appears to be get famous in another medium in order to get plum stage roles.

Jude Law (Hamlet) is equally at home on screen or stage

This can work against the audience, this self destructive drive to only see the familiar, if it robs them of great stage trained actors in meaty roles. But thankfully this isn't a problem with actors who are adept at changing their "scale" for any medium. Take The Lovely Laura Linney, for instance, who no one would dare accuse of being out of her element whether she's on the silver screen, the living room telly or treading the boards on Broadway.

Lead Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red

Liev Schreiber, »


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'Fela!,' La Cage' top Tony noms

4 May 2010 9:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

One has to hand it to the Tony nominators: They didn't follow conventional wisdom nor did they particularly pay heed to commercial considerations.

Indeed, some of the biggest noms went to shows that are either long gone ("Ragtime," "Finian's Rainbow," "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play," "Time Stands Still") or lagging at the boxoffice ("Fela!" "Memphis," "Next Fall," "Million Dollar Quartet").

The biggest surprises Tuesday were the omissions.

"The Addams Family," the most successful new musical of the season, was thoroughly dissed, failing to get noms for best musical, for its stars Nathan Lane or Bebe Neuwirth, or even for its production design. And though it did get one for original score, that's not exactly a coup in a season in which only one other musical, "Memphis," even had one. The category had to be embarrassingly filled out with the forgettable music from "Enron" and Branford Marsalis' incidental music for "Fences. »

- By Frank Scheck

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La Cage Aux Folles & Fela! Lead Tony Award Nominations

4 May 2010 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge's La Cage Aux Folles musical and Broadway show Fela! are leading the way at this year's Tony Awards after scooping 11 nominations each.

Fela!, about the life of revered African world music star Fela Kuti, will go up against Green Day's American Idiot, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet in the coveted Best Musical category at the 64th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.

Meanwhile, Grammer and Hodge, who star as a camp gay couple in La Cage, will compete against Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Chad Kimball (Memphis) and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

The evening is sure to be a star-studded event, with Hollywood actors Jude Law (Hamlet), Alfred Molina (Red), Liev Schreiber (A View from the Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Denzel Washington (Fences) pitted against each other for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play award.

Washington's co-star Viola Davis will battle it out in the category for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, against Valerie Harper (Looped), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still) and Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family).

Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Montego Glover (Memphis) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime) received nods for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.

Nominations for Best Play include In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Next Fall, Red and Time Stands Still.

The winners will be announced on 13 June at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best Play:

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Next Fall


Time Stands Still

Best Musical:

American Idiot



Million Dollar Quartet

Best Book of a Musical:

Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott

Fela! - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones

Memphis - Joe Dipietro

Million Dollar Quartet - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:

The Addams Family - Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa

Enron - Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble

Fences - Music: Branford Marsalis

Memphis - Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe Dipietro, David Bryan

Best Revival of a Play:


Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical:

Finian's Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music


Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:

Jude Law - Hamlet

Alfred Molina - Red

Liev Schreiber - A View from the Bridge

Christopher Walken - A Behanding in Spokane

Denzel Washington - Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:

Viola Davis - Fences

Valerie Harper - Looped

Linda Lavin - Collected Stories

Laura Linney - Time Stands Still

Jan Maxwell - The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:

Kelsey Grammer - La Cage aux Folles

Sean Hayes - Promises, Promises

Douglas Hodge - La Cage aux Folles

Chad Kimball - Memphis

Sahr Ngaujah - Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin - Finian's Rainbow

Sherie Rene Scott - Everyday Rapture

Montego Glover - Memphis

Christiane Noll - Ragtime

Catherine Zeta-Jones - A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:

David Alan Grier - Race

Stephen McKinley Henderson - Fences

Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts

Stephen Kunken - Enron

Eddie Redmayne - Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:

Maria Dizzia - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Rosemary Harris - The Royal Family

Jessica Hecht - A View from the Bridge

Scarlett Johansson - A View from the Bridge

Jan Maxwell - Lend Me a Tenor

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:

Kevin Chamberlin - The Addams Family

Robin De Jesus - La Cage aux Folles

Christopher Fitzgerald - Finian's Rainbow

Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet

Bobby Steggert - Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:

Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim

Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music

Karine Plantadit - Come Fly Away

Lillias White - Fela!

Best Direction of a Play:

Michael Grandage - Red

Sheryl Kaller - Next Fall

Kenny Leon - Fences

Gregory Mosher - A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical:

Christopher Ashley - Memphis

Marcia Milgrom Dodge - Ragtime

Terry Johnson - La Cage aux Folles

Bill T. Jones - Fela!

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises

Bill T. Jones - Fela!

Lynne Page - La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp - Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations:

Jason Carr - La Cage aux Folles

Aaron Johnson - Fela!

Jonathan Tunick - Promises, Promises

Daryl Waters & David Bryan - Memphis

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty - The Royal Family

Alexander Dodge - Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto - Fences

Christopher Oram - Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:

Marina Draghici - Fela!

Christine Jones - American Idiot

Derek McLane - Ragtime

Tim Shortall - La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Martin Pakledinaz - Lend Me a Tenor

Constanza Romero - Fences

David Zinn - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Catherine Zuber - The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical:

Marina Draghici - Fela!

Santo Loquasto - Ragtime

Paul Tazewell - Memphis

Matthew Wright - La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play:

Neil Austin - Hamlet

Neil Austin - Red

Mark Henderson - Enron

Brian MacDevitt - Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:

Kevin Adams - American Idiot

Donald Holder - Ragtime

Nick Richings - La Cage aux Folles

Robert Wierzel - Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play:

Acme Sound Partners - Fences

Adam Cork - Enron

Adam Cork - Red

Scott Lehrer - A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical:

Jonathan Deans - La Cage aux Folles

Robert Kaplowitz - Fela!

Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen - A Little Night Music

Dan Moses Schreier - Sondheim on Sondheim

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:

Alan Ayckbourn

Marian Seldes

Regional Theatre Tony Award:

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut

Isabelle Stevenson Award:

David Hyde Pierce

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

B.H. Barry

Tom Viola »

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2010 Tony Awards nominations: Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Catherine Zeta-Jones

4 May 2010 8:17 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Although the Tony Awards honor Broadway productions, plenty of familiar faces from film and TV are among those receiving nods.

Among them are Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber for "A View From the Bridge," Christopher Walken for "A Behanding in Spokane," Kelsey Grammer for "La Cage aux Folles," Catherine Zeta-Jones for "A Little Night Music" and Laura Linney for "Time Stands Still."

Overall, "Fela!" and "La Cage aux Folles" tied for the most nominations with 11 apiece.

The Tony Awards show will air June 13 on CBS.

The full list of nominees:

Best musical

"American Idiot"



"Million Dollar Quartet"

Best play

"In the Next Room"

"Next Fall"


"Time Stands Still"

Best performance by a leading actor in a play

Jude Law, "Hamlet"

Alfred Molina, "Red"

Liev Schreiber, "A View From the Bridge"

Christopher Walken, "A Behanding in Spokane"

Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Best performance by a leading actress in a play

Viola Davis, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Tony Award Nominees Announced! “Fela!,” “Fences” Lead The Charge!

4 May 2010 8:04 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Theatre’s highest honor – Broadway’s Oscar equivalent – unveiled its nominations for the 64th Annual Tony Awards.; and it’s quite “colorful,” if you catch my drift, thanks to strong runs by 3 productions, namely, David Mamet’s Race, Fela!, the musical, and the revival of August Wilson’s Fences. I’m privileged to say that I saw all 3 productions and enjoyed them!

Notable nods include Fela! for Best Musical, Fences for Best Revival Of A Play, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for Best Performance by a Leading Actor & Actress in a Play (both for Fences), Sahr Ngaujah (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, for Fela!), Montego Glover (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Memphis), David Alan Grier (Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, for Race), Lillias White (Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for Fela!), Kenny Leon (Best Direction of a Play, »

- Tambay

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'Ragtime,' 'Scottsboro' Lead Drama Desk Noms

3 May 2010 9:17 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

"Ragtime" and "The Scottsboro Boys" came up big as the nominees for the 55th annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. The short-lived Broadway revival of the Terrence McNally musical and the new Off-Broadway tuner each received nine nominations, more than any other production.The nominees were announced by actors Brian Stokes Mitchell and Cady Huffman at the Friars Club in New York. It was also announced that Drama Desk members have voted this year to present special ensemble awards to the casts of "Circle Mirror Transformation" and "The Temperamentals." The awards will be presented May 23 in a ceremony hosted by Patti LuPone at the Laguardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.The complete list of nominees is below.Outstanding play:Alan Ayckbourn, "My Wonderful Day"Annie Baker, "Circle Mirror Transformation"Lucinda Coxon, "Happy Now?"John Logan, "Red"Geoffrey Nauffts, "Next Fall"Bruce Norris, "Clybourne Park"Outstanding musical:"American Idiot""Everyday »

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Addams Family on Broadway Scares Critics Stiff

9 April 2010 12:24 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

The Addams Family on Broadway is killing the critics — and not in a good way — despite an all-star cast and can’t miss material from the macabre mind of Charles Addams, who created the family in cartoons for The New Yorker. The Addams Family cartoons successfully transfered to television in the 1960s and two movies. The sit-com, which starred John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia and Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester, ran for two seasons but has lived on in endless re-runs. The Broadway cast is equally noted, led by Nathan Lane as Gomez, the delicious Bebe Neuwirth, who fits the bill as sexy Morticia and Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester. What could go wrong? »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Character Traits

4 January 2010 4:04 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Dear Michael:i am a 30-year-old actor who's often told he looks 25. I started in this business some nine years ago because of a fascination with musical theater. Over the years, having matured and become more open-minded, I've expanded my interests and training to other areas, and I'm now hoping to have a career that encompasses anything from Shakespeare to "All My Children" to "Dolly." I must admit, I'm realizing that my chances of succeeding in musical theater are slim, because I don't have the look that seems to so inevitably go with it. I am what you'd call a character man. I'm not overweight, but I'm not a square-jawed hunk either. I take care of how I look and what I eat, but still don't look like I've come out of Vogue.You might ask, "Why do you feel that way? There are character types in musicals." Certainly, but it »

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