Like the 1993 original, this new version of Tommy will be directed by Des McAnuff. “Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,
“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” said McAnuff in a statement. “Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is ‘Does the story sing?’ and this one most certainly does.”
McAnuff called the Tommy character – marking his 50th birthday this year – “the anti-hero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, but existence itself. He becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image. This gives our story a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole
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“Broadway Balances America” launches September 30 with a segment on the 50th Anniversary American tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Milt will interview the cast about the musical’s legendary score and portraying the events of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.
Next up is Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, a segment that will include interviews with associate director Amy Corcoran and choreographer Kelly Devine along with stars Chris Clark and Sarah Hinrichsen.
Written by George Eastman and directed by Karen Carpenter, the new play is set for City Center’s Stage II for a strictly limited engagement beginning previews November 18 and opening December 4.
Producer Dennis Grimaldi announced the production today.
Harry Townsend’s Last Stand follows 85-year-old Harry Townsend (Cariou), a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan (Bierko), who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s
Meanwhile, Jez Butterworth’s Irish-set drama “The Ferryman” earned four awards, including Best Play as well as one for director Sam Mendes.
“Glee” alum Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win the Tony Award, for her turn as the flirty Ado Annie in the Best Musical Revival winner “Oklahoma!” “This award is for every kid who has a disability, a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said just minutes after belting out “I Cain’t Say No” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.
At 87, Elaine May won her first acting Tony for her lead performance in the Kenneth Lonergan revival “The Waverly Gallery,
The eight design Tonys will be handed out in the half hour before the show goes live at 8 p.m. Et as will the award for Best Orchestrations. Those winners will be showcased throughout the telecast, with inserts of their acceptance speeches.
As usual, the first award on the broadcast will be one of the featured acting races (this year it is on the musical side of the aisle) while the show closes with a big one, Best Musical. In between, the winners of the other 15 Tonys races will be revealed as detailed in the presentation order below.
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While the nominees for these top theater kudos were determined by 48 theater professionals, the winners were voted on by 831 members of the Broadway community. Below, is the full and complete list of 2019 Tonys winners in each of the 26 competitive categories.
Heading into the evening, two new musicals – “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud” — lead the Tony Awards nominations with 14 and 12 bids respectively including Best Musical. Among new plays, the British import “The Ferryman” and Aaron Sorkin‘s adaptation of Harper Lee‘s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned nine nominations each but the latter was snubbed for the top prize. Unlike last year, revivals of plays don’t dominate
Thirty-four shows were eligible for the 73rd annual Tony Awards. A whopping two dozen of these reaped at least one bid across the 26 Tonys categories when the complete list of nominations was announced on April 30 by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and three-time nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. While the nominations were determined by 48 theater professionals, the winners were decided by 831 members of the Broadway community.
The full list of 2019 Tony Awards nominations is below.
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“Ain’t Too Proud”
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Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar (“The Prom” songwriting team): Lyricist Chad Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar picked up their second Tony nomination for Best Score for “The Prom.” The duo previously competed in the same category in 2006 for “The Wedding Singer” and also contributed the score for the Broadway adaptation of “Elf.” Beguelin has an additional Tony nomination this year as the book writer for “The Prom” (shared with Bob Martin) and was previously nominated in the Book of a Musical category for “Aladdin” and “The Wedding Singer.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
In this conversation, Pope explains how his double play almost didn’t happen, about what inspired each role and about a Tony night years ago that proved far unhappier than the one he’s about to experience.
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times Of The Temptations,
The coast-to-coast tour of Ain’t Too Proud will kick off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in July 2020, and will include a “homecoming” stop in Detroit, and a return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
In a statement, Pittelman and Hulce said, “We have been so blown away by the reception for Ain’t Too Proud – not only on Broadway, but also from our pre-Broadway engagements – that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America. Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary.”
One of those pre-Broadway runs was at the Kennedy Center,
McAnuff was initially hesitant to take on another biographical musical because he didn’t want it to compete and be compared with his Best Musical Tony winner “Jersey Boys.” But when Otis Williams himself asked the director to take up the reigns, the opportunity was “impossible to resist.” Over the course of the initial conversation with Williams, McAnuff says that “it was clear this was very important to him… he was willing to open a vein in order to tell this story.
The project was announced today by Efg-Renascence founder Solomon J. LeFlore and partner Susan Gee. Pickett will write the musical in collaboration with composer Anthony Adams.
Sideways was previously adapted for the stage as a non-musical play, most notably in a 2013 production at The La Jolla Playhouse directed by Des McAnuff (Ain’t Too Proud). Pickett said an Off Broadway staging of that adaptation is planned for next January. The author said the musical will be based on the novel, with scenes not in the movie.
Said LeFlore, “Sideways is an incredible film that has never really been quarried for its franchise potential. We plan to rectify that. With movie-to-Broadway musical adaptations so popular, this seems a natural first step.
In Plays, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird each received 9 nominations, tied for most in Plays and fourth overall. The Ferryman is up for Best Play, while Jeff Daniels is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The nominees were announced live today from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. Neuwirth garnered the Tony Award in 1986 for Best Featured Actress in a
At #3, Tootsie has 11 nominations; The Ferryman 9 and Beetlejuice 8.
But the big surprise were the no-votes in the Best Play category for both To Kill A Mockingbird and Network, particularly for Aaron Sorkin’s gloriously reviewed and wildly popular adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. That omission might be the single biggest Tony snub in years, if not decades.
Deadline will examine that omission and other surprises in a complete analysis of the Tony nominations by Deadline theater critic Greg Evans, coming shortly. Check back soon.
The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced live by Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth
Three years after making his Emmy-winning debut as the host of these top theater honors, James Corden is returning to preside over the June 9 ceremony from Radio City Music Hall that will air live on CBS. This edition of the Tonys celebrate the best of the 2018/2019 theater season. Corden won a Tony in 2012 for his comic turn in the play “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
The full and complete list below includes all 26 competitive categories.
“Ain’t Too Proud”
Best Musical Revival
“Kiss Me, Kate”
Best Actor (Musical)
Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”
Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud”
The 2019 nominees were announced today in the categories of Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award. The roster was read this morning by the current stars of Broadway’s Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan at Sardi’s Restaurant.
The 85th Annual Drama League Awards will be held on Friday, May 17.
Here is the complete list of nominees:
Outstanding Production Of A Broadway Or Off-broadway Play
Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties
by Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue
Written by Clare Barron
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Written by Jackie Sibblies
“I immediately tried to shut him down,” Baskin recalls in this Deadline interview. But the actor had a change of heart, and now finds himself leading what is easily the biggest hit musical of this Broadway season,
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