“Be More Chill” has been characterized as a “Cinderella” story. A world premiere at New Jersey’s Two River Theater (2015), cast album drops Oct. 31 earning more than 250 million streams. That caught producers’ interest. It opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 and opened on Broadway March 10 (2019). It’s about teens who take a “pill” to be cool.
“Hadestown” is a musical a 2016 adaptation of a 2010 folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus descending to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.
The 72nd Annual Tony Awards were held June 10, 2018, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2017–18 season. The ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and was broadcast live by CBS.
Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo each were awarded a special Tony for their performances on Broadway this season.. Each told a story about their American experiences growing up
The Grammy-winning rock legend’s sold-out solo show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” according to New York Times critic Jesse Green, “… is a painful if thrilling summing-up at (age) 68: a major statement about a life’s work, but also a major revision of it. As music acts go, it thus has more in common with Lena Horne’s revelatory “The Lady and Her Music” from 1981 than with a greatest-hits concert by the likes of Barry Manilow.
Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” marked his sixth solo venture, following his success on Broadway with “Ghetto Klown,” “Sexaholix…A Love Story” and “Freak (he earned Tony nominations for writing and starring in the latter).
Also, Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber were awarded special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
The winners are noted in bold face.
The Band’s Visit
Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
The Tony Award nominations include, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” came out on top with 12 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score for Dave Malloy, and Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, as well as nods for its two leads: Josh Groban and Denée Benton (both in their Broadway debuts).
Next, the woman whose LPs (look it up) I spent hours listening to in college: the great Bette Midler’s “Hello, Dolly!” earned 10 nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and all four performance categories: Midler for Lead Actress, David Hyde Pierce for Lead Actor, Kate Baldwin for Featured Actress, and Gavin Creel for Featured Actor. I mean, was there any doubt!?
No doubt, at least in my mind, that this is the best Tony Award show opening number ever. Even Broadway pros are looking around with their mouths hanging open in astonishment (look for Debra Messing’s swiveling head). It’s not just the look, it’s the clever lyrics and jokes that bring the spectacle to a higher level.
But what else would you expect from the guys who wrote the specialty song “Bigger” — Tony Award winners Tom Kitt and the pre-“Hamilton” genius Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Just goes to show you. Winning a Tony Award doesn’t mean it will save your show. But that’s Broadway … You can make killing (“Hamilton”), but you can’t make a living (most everything else).
Broadway veterans guess that 20 percent to 25 percent of shows eventually recoup, according to Bloomberg News, but that means 80 to 75 percent lose money. Not such great odds so it’s no surprise that theater lovers make up the vast majority if investors.
In case you fell asleep last night, here are the winners of the 70th annual Tony Awards. And, no, “Hamilton” the most nominated show ever for Tonys did not break the record after all. “Hamilton” won 11 Tonys — one less than a record 12 won by “The Producers” in 2001.
But, we must note, that all four awards for performances in musicals went to black actors. Match that, Hollywood!
Play: “The Humans”
Musical Revival: “The Color Purple”
Play Revival: “A View From the Bridge”
Actor, play: Frank Langella, “The Father”
Actress, play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Actor, musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”
Actress, musical: Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”
Book, musical: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda
Original Score: “Hamilton,” music and lyrics, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Featured actor, play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”
Featured actress, play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”
Featured actor, musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Featured actress, musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Scenic design, play: David Zinn, “The Humans”
Scenic design, musical: David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”
Costume design, play: Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”
Costume design, musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”
Lighting design, play: Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Paper Mill Playhouse, which in the past few years has sent several shows to Broadway including “A Bronx Tale” and “The Bandstand”planned for next season, has won the 2016 Best Regional Theatre Tony Award , it was announced today.