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As I have said before on S & A more times than I can count, sometimes you can't make this stuff up folks. It writes itself. A production scheduled in Berlin of Bruce Norris' satire Clybourne Park, which has won the Pulitzer, Tony and U.K. theater Olivier Awards, about class divisions and race relations, was cancelled by the playwright himself when he learned that one of black characters in the play would be played by a white German actress in blackface. That sort of defeats the whole purpose of the play wouldn't you say? The play had been successfully performed in Mainz, Germany in 2011, and Norris said he was especially looking forward to the »
Bruce Norris' darkly comic play "A Parallelogram" and Sebastian Berry's "The Steward of Christendom," starring Brian Dennehy, are among the five productions slated for Center Theatre Group's 2013 season at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Ctg Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced on Wednesday. The season also includes Nina Raine's off-Broadway hit "Tribes," directed by David Cromer; a revival of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," directed by stage and screen actress Phylicia Rashad; and a revival of Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw," directed by Anna D. Shapiro. "A »
- Kasia Anderson
Last Sunday, "Once" and "Clybourne Park" were the winners of the top prizes at the Tony Awards. In the week that followed, they each enjoyed the spoils of the victor as box office takings increased. It was the best week ever for Best Musical champ "Once" with earnings jumping by 13% (to $955,632), helped in part by an increase of $50 in the price of premium seats which now run $275. The tuner, which won eight Tonys in all, had been relying on discounted tickets to fill the house since it opened in February but is expected to sell more full-priced ducats. While Best Play winner "Clybourne Park" enjoyed a six percent rise (to $451,082), it also has had to make use of special offers to build an audience since debuting in March. However, this Pulitzer Prize champ by Bruce Norris explores race relations and already had a run off-Broadway. -Break- The Best Actor (Play »
There’s been a lot of shuffling happening on Broadway in the post-Tonys week, when many shows un-loved by the awards must leave the Great White Way.However, it doesn’t look like “Once” will be departing the Bernard Jacobs Theatre anytime soon. After the musical, which started at the New York Musical Theater Workshop in the fall, had its best week ever at the box office, landing in the top 10 grossing shows for the first time, it went on to lead the Tony winners with eight total, including Best Musical and Best Actor. A national tour has been announced, and according to producers, more stops could be added to the tour. The casting directors for the Broadway production is Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel. After winning Best Play on Sunday, Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” extended its limited run for a second time and is now set to close at the Walter. »
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And another one gets extended... The Wendell Pierce-produced Clybourne Park (which just won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play) has received a second extension; after its first extension, it was supposed to close on August 12, but has now been pushed almost a full month, to September 2. Written by Bruce Norris the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is directed by Pam MacKinnon, and is housed at the Walter Kerr Theatre. I saw the Raisin In The Sun-inspired play and reviewed it Here. In short, I dug it, and I think you will too, if you haven't seen it yet. »
Once, the intimate and melancholy bar-room musical that has charmed Broadway audiences and critics, took top honours at the Tony awards in a night of upsets at the annual Us theatre industry bash.
With its largely British creative team, Once beat the boisterous corporate Disney behemoth Newsies to best musical, Steve Kazee won best actor in a musical, and John Tiffany won best director. In all, Once took eight awards from 12 nominations.
Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park, a Pulitzer prize-winning drama about race and real estate, won the Tony for best play.
Tony voters were keen to spread the honours: in the biggest surprise of the night James Corden beat the strongly tipped Philip Seymour Hoffman to the award for best actor in a play, for his role in the British farce One Man, »
- Matt Wells, David Cote
"Once," the Broadway adaptation of the 2006 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, took home the most awards at the 2012 Tony Awards. It won eight, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Steve Kazee.
The full winners list:
Author: Bruce Norris
Producers: Jujamcyn Theaters, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, Jtg Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons
Author: Jon Robin Baitz
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett
Peter and the Starcatcher
Author: Rick Elice
Producers: Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affanato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, »
Broadway celebrated itself Sunday night - and crowned Once and playwright Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park as the season's best musical and drama, in a star-studded evening that third-time host Neil Patrick Harris called "the 66th annual Tony Awards, or, as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay." Clybourne Park, which also won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, takes its cues from Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, about developments in a Chicago neighborhood after the Younger family has moved in and moved on. The best play Tony was that show's only win; it was bested in »
- Stephen M. Silverman
"Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' prequel-sequel to "A Raisin in the Sun," received the Tony Award for Best Play on Sunday. The play beat out "Peter and the Starcatcher," which had been racking up awards for the first half of the show, to capture the prize. It also faced competition from the comedies "Other Desert Cities" and "Venus in Fur." The Pulitzer Prize-winning play almost didn't make it to Broadway after an eleventh-hour dispute between the playwright and producer Scott Rudin led Rudin to pull out his backing. Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, »
- Lisa Fung
"Once," the stage version of the Oscar-winning independent film, dominated the 66th annual Tony Awards, taking home a total of eight awards including best musical, direction of a musical, and in a surprise win, Steve Kazee as best actor in a musical. Danny Burstein of "Follies" and Jeremy Jordan of "Newsies" were seen in the industry as the forerunners. The team of producers indicated in the press room afterwards that the Tony wins might mean extra cities added the show's recently announced tour.The Tonys were presented in a three-hour ceremony from Manhattan's Beacon Theater on Sunday night. "Newsies" which featured music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman won for best score. "Once" was ineligible, as the songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova were written for the film. "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris's satiric Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama riff on Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun, »
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This is the first time since 1994 that four American plays are in contention for Best Play. And three of these productions mark the Broadway debut of the playwright. Thirteen of our 17 Experts are backing last year's Pulitzer Prize champ "Clybourne Park" to take the top Tony Award. This revisiting by Bruce Norris of the landscape first explored by Lorraine Hansberry in "A Raisin in the Sun" delves into race relations and gentrification in the changing face of a Chicago neighborhood. It has odds of 8 to 13 to win. Predicting it to prevail on Tonys night are: Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Frank Dilella (NY1), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill) Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Blake Ross (Playbill), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Doug Strassler (NY Press) and Matt Windman »
Will it be "Once" or "Newsies"? Will the author of "Other Desert Cities" or "Clybourne Park" be mounting the stage at the Beacon Theatre to pick up Broadway's highest honor at the 66th annual Tony Awards? Back Stage chief critics Erik Haagensen and David Sheward have seen all the nominees and offer their opinions on who will win, who should win, and who was overlooked. Take a look at their picks and keep them handy as you watch the Tonys June 10 on CBS.Play"Clybourne Park""Other Desert Cities""Peter and the Starcatcher""Venus in Fur"Will WINHaagensen and Sheward: "Other Desert Cities"It's a close race between "Cities" and Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize winner, "Clybourne Park," but Jon Robin Baitz's dysfunctional family drama is more emotionally satisfying.Should WINHaagensen: "Other Desert Cities""Clybourne Park" is not as dangerous as it should be or thinks it is.Sheward: »
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This is the first time since 1994 that four American plays are in contention for Best Play. And three of these productions mark the Broadway debut of the playwright. Nine of our Experts are backing last year's Pulitzer Prize champ "Clybourne Park" to take the top Tony Award. This revisiting by Bruce Norris of the landscape first explored by Lorraine Hansberry in "A Raisin in the Sun" delves into race relations and gentrification in the changing face of a Chicago neighborhood. It has even odds to win. Predicting it to prevail on Tonys night are: Frank Dilella (NY1), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Doug Strassler (NY Press) and Matt Windman (amNY). Five pundits believe the searing domestic drama "Other Desert Cities" will bag the top Tony Award. T »
Annie Parisse and Jeremy Shamos play not one but two different couples in Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park." In the first act, Shamos is Karl Linder, a character taken from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," and Parisse plays his pregnant wife, Betsy, in the 1950s. The second act flashes forward to 2009, and Parrise and Shamos are Lindsey and Steve, a progressive couple looking to build a new home in a struggling community.Back Stage caught up with the actors at the Lucille Lortel Awards on Sunday night and talked about playing different characters in the same show and tense moments onstage. "Clybourne Park" started Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and moved to Broadway. What was the process like?Annie Parisse: It's kind of amazing. It doesn't happen a lot, and at the same time aren't all the Tony nominees this »
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Annie Parisse and Jeremy Shamos play not one but two different couples in Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park." In the first act, Shamos is Karl Linder, a character taken from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," and Parisse plays his pregnant wife, Betsy, in the 1950s. The second act flashes forward to 2009, and Parrise and Shamos are Lindsey and Steve, a progressive couple looking to build a new home in a struggling community.Back Stage caught up with the actors at the Lucille Lortel Awards on Sunday night and talked about playing different characters in the same show and tense moments onstage. "Clybourne Park" started Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and moved to Broadway. What was the process like?Annie Parisse: It's kind of amazing. It doesn't happen a lot, and at the same time aren't all the Tony nominees this year Off-Broadway transfers? All the plays. »
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Franzen’s 2001 novel, often described as a masterpiece, was to be turned into a forty-episode adaptation, spanning four series, depending on HBO’s reception of the pilot, filmed earlier this year in Jauary.
Sadly, Variety are now reporting that HBO have decided not to pick it up, which of course puts a big question mark over the future of the project.
Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) has been working on the project for some time now, so I’m really hoping that all is not lost, and that it will be shopped to another network (and soon), because the line-up is fantastic.
- Kenji Lloyd
"Once," a contained sweet musical set in an Irish pub, leads the 66th Annual Tony Awards nominations with 11 nods. Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") and Kristin Chenoweth ("Gcb") announced the nominees from the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
The incredibly vibrant Broadway season comes to a climax Sunday, June 10, with the broadcast of the annual awards. Neil Patrick Harris hosts the CBS live awards show from Manhattan's Beacon Theater.
"Once," based on the 2006 film, features musician-actors playing instruments and enchanting the audience. The Gershwin brothers continue to rack up honors, with two of their well known scores fueling two musicals with 10 nominations each: "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
The very different and quite wonderful "Peter and the Starcatcher" came in at nine. The show that explains how Captain Hook and Peter Pan became who they »
The Broadway musical “Once” leads the 66th Annual Tony Award nominations with 11 nods, while “Peter and the Starcatcher” (above) leads the pack of plays with 9 nominations. Nominations For The 2012 Tony »
- Ryan Adams
In a diverse theater season with no clear frontrunner, the Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday morning swept across the board, with nods to major star vehicles like “Death of a Salesman,” offbeat newcomers including the new musical “Once,” work by Broadway veterans such as “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and classic revivals with “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
As expected, “Death of a Salesman” scored big. The play with a »
- Ellen Gamerman
Clybourne Park Walter Kerr Theatre, NY
Writing a prequel/sequel to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun sounds like a chancy and potentially gimmicky proposition, bordering on infringing upon the merits of another author, but playwright Bruce Norris has cleared the inherent hurdles and written a masterpiece with Clybourne Park. Making its Broadway début at the Walter Kerr with a cast and production that do it every bit of justice, this is easily one of the greatest original plays to hit New York City in the last decade.
Writing no heroes and few clear-cut villains, Norris has created one of the most honest and galvanizing plays about the current state of racial tension. Unlike so many others, he does not look to shock with epithets and extreme versions of racism to lend weight to his words, but rather works subtly, even-handedly distributing comedy and drama, using each to »
- C. Jefferson Thom
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