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Back Stage Executive Editor David Sheward was in the media room for this year's Tony Awards. Below are interviews he captured at the event. He interviewed such winners as Christine Jones (set designer for "American Idiot"), Kevin Adams (lighting designer for "American Idiot"), Michael Grandage (director, "Red"), Eddie Redmayne (best featured actor in a play for "Red"), Katie Finneran (best featured actress in a musical for "Promises, Promises"), Levi Kreis (best featured actor in a musical for "Million Dollar Quartet"), David Hyde Pierce (Isabelle Stevenson Award), Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (best actor and actress in a play for "Fences"), Bill T. Jones (choreography, "Fela!"), and Arielle Tepper Madover and John Logan (producer and author, "Red," best play).The winners talked about creating their roles, the differences between British and American audiences, and offered advice to newcomers to the theatre. Denzel Washington said, "Start with theatre, that's where you learn your craft. »
Manhattan, New York (X17online) - Scarlett Johansson is now a Tony Award-winning actress thanks to her work in A View from the Bridge. While receiving her award, she told the audience, "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway and here I am." The Iron Man 2 star was among several A-list celebrities who took home a Tony including Denzel Washington and Catherine-Zeta Jones. The big winner of the night was the drama Red, which took home the prize for best play and five other awards. Sean Hayes hosted the event from Radio City Music Hall. The winners are listed below: Best Play: "Red." Best Musical: "Memphis." Best Book Of A Musical: "Memphis." Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theater: "Memphis." Best Revival Of A Play: "Fences." Best Revival Of A Musical: "La Cage aux Folles." Best Performance By A »
The 'Great White Way' went Red on Sunday night when John Logan's Broadway hit landed the lion's share of honours at the 64th annual Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director.
Bon Jovi star David Bryan's Memphis was also the toast of Broadway, picking up four awards - including the night's Best Musical honour. Fela! and La Cage aux Folles claimed only three of their 11 nominations each.
Onstage husband and wife Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were big winners, claiming the night's Best Actor and Actress prizes for a Play for Fences, which was also named Best Revival. Scarlett Johansson was a first-time Tony Awards winner for her Broadway debut in A View From The Bridge and Catherine Zeta-Jones was named Best Actress in a Musical.
The show was a true celebration of all things musical and theatrical with highlights including a show-stopping performance by Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, a dramatic rendition of Send in the Clowns by Zeta-Jones and stunning segments from hit musicals Fela! and La Cage aux Folles.
It was couple's night in the audience with Johansson joined by husband Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas supporting his wife Zeta-Jones and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith turning out.
Host Sean Hayes was perfect, cracking jokes at the expense of some of his movie star audience members and dressing up as both Annie and Spider-Man for added laughs.
The 2010 Tony Award winners are:
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play - Scarlett Johansson (A View From The Bridge)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play - Eddie Redmayne (Red)
Best Direction of a Play - Michael Grandage (Red)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet)
Best Costume Design of a Play - Catherine Zuber (The Royal Family)
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Marina Draghici (Fela!)
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Christopher Oram (Red)
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Adam Cork (Red)
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Robert Kaplowitz (Fela!)
Best Performance by a Leading Lady in a Play - Viola Davis (Fences)
Best Performance by a Leading Man in a Play - Denzel Washington (Fences)
Lifetime Achievement Award - Alan Ayckbourn
Lifetime Achievement Award - Marian Seldes
Isabelle Stephenson Award - David Hyde Pierce
Best Orchestrations - David Bryan & Daryl Waters (Memphis)
Best Book of a Musical - Joe Dipietro (Memphis)
Best Choreography - Bill T. Jones (Fela!)
Best Revival of a Play - Fences
Best Play - Red
Best Revival of a Musical - La Cage aux Folles
Best Musical - Memphis. »
The musical "Memphis" was the big winner at the 2010 Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home four awards.
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Best Play: "Red. »
HollywoodNews.com: The 64th Annual Tony Awards took place in New York City and paid tribute to some of the best Broadway shows of the year.
Among the top winners were Eddie Redmayne’s “Red,” “Memphis,” and Viola Davis’ “Fences.” Host Sean Hayes (“Promises, Promises”) cracked jokes throughout the night and even came out dressed as Spider-Man to pay tribute to the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” which is looking at a November opening.
“Glee’s” Lea Michele and co-star Matthew Morrison returned to their Broadway roots with Morrison singing “All I Need is the Girl” from “Gypsy.” Michele then did a solo performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Both performances were the highlight of the evening among the awards.
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Below is the full list of winners:
Est Play: “Red. »
All of the winners at this year's Tony Awards have been named, unraveling "Red" as the big winner on the biggest night for Broadway. Stealing the spotlight, however, was Hollywood star Denzel Washington. The two-time Academy Award winner took home his first Tony award after the Sunday night, June 13 ceremony.
The star of "The Book of Eli" won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in "Fences". Accepting the kudo, the 55-year-old actor shared, "My mother always said man gives you the award and God gives you the reward. I guess I got both tonight." He went on to thank his longtime wife Paulette who was among the audience, and his children at home.
Denzel's win brought the Tonys' collection of "Fences" to three in total. Although nominated for 10 nods for the 61st Annual Tony Awards, the revival of August Wilson's play only managed to »
Here is a complete list of winners of the Tony Awards bestowed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday night.
Best Actor In A Musical
Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"
Best Actress In A Musical
Best Revival Of A Play
Best Revival Of A Musical
"La Cage aux Folles"
Best Actor In A Play
Denzel Washington, "Fences"
Best Actress In A Play
Viola Davis, "Fences"
Best Featured Actor In A Play
Eddie Redmayne, "Red"
Best Featured Actress In Play
Scarlett Johansson, "A View From the Bridge"
Best Featured Actor In A Musical
Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet"
Best Featured Actress In A Musical
Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises"
Best Direction Of A Play
Michael Grandage, "Red"
Best Direction Of A Musical
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, »
Scarlett Johansson won a Tony Award for best featured actress in a play Sunday (June 13) for her work in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."
Here are the winners; check back throughout the show to see the updated list.
Best musical: "Memphis"
Best lead actor in a musical: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"
Best revival of a musical: "La Cage aux Folles"
Best play: "Red" (author: John Logan)
Best revival of a play: "Fences"
Best choreography: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"
Best leading actress in a play: Viola Davis, "Fences"
Best leading actor in a play: Denzel Washington, "Fences"
Best featured actress in a play: Scarlett Johansson, "A View from the Bridge"
Best featured actor in a play: Eddie Redmayne, »
The creative arts section of the Tony Awards were handed out in brisk fashion during a 40-minute presentation that preceded the CBS telecast. "Red," which is expected to win the best play Tony, won lighting design (Neil Austin, who also contended for "Hamlet"), scenic design (Christopher Oram) and sound design (Adam Cork, also nominated for "Enron"). Catherine Zuber won for costume design for the play "The Royal Family." The musical "Fela" won costume design (Marina Draghici) and sound design (Robert Kaplowitz), while "American Idiot" won lighting design (Kevin Adams) and scenic design (Christine Jones). "Memphis," the front-runner for best musical, won three early awards -- score (Joe Dipietro, David Bryan), book (Dipietro) and orchestrations (Daryl »
"Memphis" won for best musical at the 2010 Tony Awards, but was shut out in the acting categories. The show, which tells the story of a collaboration between a white disc jockey and a black singer in the segregated South of the 1950s, also won for best book, best original score, and best orchestrations. Memphis came into the Tonys having bested the competition in the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, and was considered by many to be a favorite.Also favored to win was "Red," which was named best play. The play about the painter Mark Rothko led all productions with six awards—including best featured actor, which went to Eddie Redmayne, best direction, scenic design, lighting design, sound design. Best revival of a play went to "Fences," whose leads, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis won for best actor and actress in a play, respectively.Two thesps making their »
David Sheward is one of the shrewdest Tony Award pundits on the planet. The executive editor of Back Stage consistently has one of the most accurate prediction rates year to year. Now he sends us his latest forecasts of what to expect on June 13. (Thanks, David!) By the way, David recently shared with us his own private awards he'd like to bestow to the best productions both on and off Broadway. He calls them the David Desk Awards.
Below, his Tony predix.
Play: "Red" Musical: "Memphis" Book of a Musical: Joe Dipietro, "Memphis" Score: David Bryan, Joe Dipietro, "Memphis" Revival of a Play: "Fences" Revival of a Musical: "La Cage Aux Folles" Actor in a Play: Denzel Washington, "Fences" Actress in a Play: Viola Davis, "Fences" Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage Aux Folles" Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, "Memphis" Featured Actor in a Play: Eddie Redmayne, »
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
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:
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Time Stands Still
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical:
Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Memphis - Joe Dipietro
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
Fences - Music: Branford Marsalis
Best Revival of a Play:
Lend Me a Tenor
A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical:
La Cage aux Folles
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
Laura Linney - Time Stands Still
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
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
David Alan Grier - Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson - Fences
Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts
Eddie Redmayne - Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Maria Dizzia - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
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:
Robin De Jesus - La Cage aux Folles
Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises
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!
Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Lynne Page - La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp - Come Fly Away
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!
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!
Paul Tazewell - Memphis
Matthew Wright - La Cage aux Folles
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin - Hamlet
Neil Austin - Red
Brian MacDevitt - Fences
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Donald Holder - Ragtime
Nick Richings - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel - Fela!
Best Sound Design of a Play:
Acme Sound Partners - Fences
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 - Sondheim on Sondheim
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
Regional Theatre Tony Award:
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut
Isabelle Stevenson Award:
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
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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:
"Million Dollar Quartet"
"In the Next Room"
"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, »
New York – Star wattage will burn bright at the 2010 Tony Awards with Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kelsey Grammer among those receiving nominations Tuesday.Washington and Law were each cited for best actor performances in "Fences" and "Hamlet," respectively. Zeta-Jones was nominated for best performance by a leading actress in a musical, "A Little Night Music," and Grammer was nominated for lead actor in a musical, "La Cage aux Folles.""Fela!" — nominated for best musical — and "La Cage aux Folles," nominated for the best musical revival, each received 11 nominations, followed by "Fences" with 10 nods.Nominated for best play were "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" by Sarah Ruhl; "Next Fall," by Geoffrey Nauffts; "Red," by John Logan, and "Time Stands Still," by Donald Margulies.Best musical nominations went to Green Day's "American Idiot"; "Memphis"; "Million Dollar Quartet," and "Fela!"The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, »
By Roger Friedman
The problem is, it’s not quite a Broadway musical in the traditional sense. It’s a jukebox show without much of a story per se, or a “book.” If you’re looking for deep character development, “American Idiot” is not the show. This is no “Billy Elliot.”
But: “American Idiot” is vibrant, and so full of raw energy that it can’t be denied. It’s also maybe the best staging of a new musical since “Billy Elliot,” and far more cutting edge. Director Michael Mayer along with the set designer Christine Jones and choreographer Steven Hoggett have fashioned something unique and fresh from Green Day’s Grammy award winning 2004 album (along with some other songs from the group’s repetoire).
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