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List of winners for the 2018 Tony Awards

Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq and Katrina Lenk as Dina in "The Band's Visit." (PHOTO: Matthew Murphy)
Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq and Katrina Lenk as Dina in “The Band’s Visit.” (PHOTO: Matthew Murphy)

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.

The musical “The Band’s Visit” swept the awards show, with 10 wins, while hot-ticket play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” picked up six awards.

Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo each were awarded a special Tony for their solo Broadway shows
Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo each were awarded a special Tony for their solo shows.

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.

Best Musical

The Band’s Visit

Frozen

Mean Girls

Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical

 

A scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photograph: Manuel Harlan
A scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (Photograph: Manuel Harlan)

Best Play

The Children

Farinelli and the King

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Junk

Latin History for Morons

Best Revival of a Musical

Carousel

My Fair Lady

Once on This Island

 

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America

The Iceman Cometh

Lobby Hero

Three Tall Women

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2018 Tony Awards nominations revealed this morning

Screen Shot of 2018 Tony nominationsIt pays to be “mean” and “square” on Broadway, according to the 2018 Tony Awards committee, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants each with 12 nods, including Best Musical.

Close was The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and trailing behind is Frozen (earning three nods). The list was revealed this morning (May 1).

The 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony is scheduled forJune 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban  co-host. Continue reading 2018 Tony Awards nominations revealed this morning

‘Comet’ and Bette lead 2017 Tony Award noms

Screen Shot of 2017 Tony nominationsLet’s hope that revealing the 2017 Tony Awards  nominations at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center encourage theater lovers to spend as many hours as I did excavating the Theater on Film and Tape Archive.

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!?

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Can’t stop watching 2013 Tony Awards opening

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.

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12 shows announce closing dates post-Tonys

Looking west on 45th Street, the heart of the theater district in Manhattan.
Looking west on 45th Street, the heart of the theater district in Manhattan.

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.

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2016 Tony Award winners; ‘Hamilton” takes 11

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of "Hamilton." (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of “Hamilton.” (Photo: Joan Marcus)

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!

Musical: “Hamilton”

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”

Lighting design, musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”

Direction, play: Ivo van Hove, “A View From the Bridge”

Direction, musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”

Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Brian Stokes Mitchell

Regional Theater Tony Award: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, N.J.

Special Tony Award: National Endowment for the Arts and Miles Wilkin

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater: Seth Gelblum

Joan Lader

Sally Ann Parsons

‘Hamilton’ leads Tony Award nods with a record 16 nominations

The coveted Tony Award.
The coveted Tony Award.

The biggest “duh” of the day: “Hamilton” has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history. Like, is anybody really surprised by that?!

Good for them. Good for the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who already has won has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. There is no doubt he will be adding a few more Tonys to that collection.

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Paper Mill Playhouse wins the 2016 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre

Image of the marquee for "Honeymoon in Vegas" played the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, before moving to Broadway.
“Honeymoon in Vegas” was one of the musicals it recently sent to Broadway.

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.

The award will be presented at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12th. They are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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‘Shuffle Along’ looses bid; competes against ‘Hamilton’ if nominated

Poster of "Shuffle Along."
Poster of “Shuffle Along.”

The Oscars never had to deal with  this one. If a “black” film gets nominated for Best Picture, it’s an event. With the Tony Awards administration committee’s decision that “Shuffle Along” is a new musical (not a revival) it now competes with the hit “Hamilton” resulting in two “black” shows battling for best new musical of the season.

That’s my prediction, anyway: Hamilton,” which features an all-black cast save one character (a white King George III — the oppressive monarch) will be seeking votes again the all-black “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” which is its complete title.

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HBO launches Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’

Audra McDonald who, as Nathan Lane has said wins a Tony Award every time she leaves her apartment — debuts 9 tonight (EST) on HBO recreating her — of course — Tony Award-winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for “Lady Day at the Emerson’s Bar and Grill.”

It’s not the best of plays with music. Set in a small Philadelphia jazz club at the end of Billie Holiday’s career (nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young),  and four months before her death, she rambles about her ups and downs — mostly downs. But this is essentially a tour de force  performance by one of Broadway’s greatest performers and for those who couldn’t get to Broadway to see it, HBO has preserved it by reuniting McDonald and her Lady Day Broadway director Lonny Price for the event.

The Broadway performance earned McDonald her sixth Tony Award, more performance wins than any other actor. She is the only person to win all four acting categories.

The program will repeat and is on demand. For more details, click here.