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‘Something Rotten’ embraces losing Best Musical Tony Award

Although "Something Rotten"had 10 Tony Award nominations, the only one it took home was for Christian Borle for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)
Although “Something Rotten” earned 10 Tony Award nominations, the only one it took home was for Christian Borle for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

Usually a Broadway show that wins only one Tony Award, or just got nominated for one Tony, emphasizes the positive. Not “Something Rotten.” It ran a full-page ad in the NYTimes proclaiming  itself a “Loser,” after taking home only 1 of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

An excellent article recently published in the NYTimes explores the producers chutzpah. Reporter Michael Paulson writes, ” ‘The “Rotten!’ ad was devised the day after the Tony Awards, when the show’s dejected marketing team gathered at the offices of its advertising agency, SpotCo, to figure out what to do next.”

After all, the irony of the whole thing is “Something Rotten” is about two struggling playwrights who are desperate to best their chief rival — Will Shakespeare — and the only Tony the show got was for Christian Borle, who plays Shakespeare.

So the producers of the show that was nominated for “Best Musical” decided to point out what great company they were in including other “losers” that didn’t take home the Best Musical award, such as “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “Mama Mia!” and “Wicked.”

Image of the full page NYTimes ad for "Something Rotten."“You’re always hoping that you’re going to win, but if you don’t, you have to think about how to position your show,”  Kevin McCollum, the lead producer of “Rotten!”  told the NY Times. “Very few shows have the confidence to go with the headline ‘Loser!,’ but it illustrates that we’re confident enough to acknowledge our loss and celebrate those that came before us.”

To read the complete story, click here.

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2015 Tony Winners

In case you didn’t make it until 11 p.m. last night, here are the Tony Award winners for the past Broadway season. Too bad that in some categories there could only be one winner.

The coveted Tony Award.
It all comes down to this.

Want  to know how the Tony voting works, click here.

Are the Tony Awards (like the presidential race) rigged? Learn more  here.

The NYTimes profiled three diverse Tony votes and how they approach their responsibility. Get to know them, here.

Click here for the Tony Awards photo gallery.

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‘Something Rotten!’ musical forgoes Seattle, direct to Broadway

Screen Shot of website for new Broadway musical "Something Rotten!
Screen shot of website for new Broadway musical “Something Rotten!”

“Something  Rotten!” producers are so eager to get to Broadway they’re bypassing a world premiere in Seattle. With a plot about two brothers desperate to write a hit musical to compete with  Shakespeare, I can’t wait either. Tickets for the first three previews are  $15.95, the year in which the play is set: 1595. Cool.

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Lincoln Center ‘Sweeney Todd’ airs on PBS tonight

New TV shows and returning series used to be a big deal every Fall when I was growing up. Not so much any more with cable introducing new shows year-round and Netflix releasing entire series in one day. We can still count on PBS and Lincoln Center to come up with a Fall spectacular and it’s a New York Philharmonic concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody musical “Sweeney Todd” airing 9-11:30 p.m. today (Sept. 26) on Channel 13 in New York. (Check local listings for air dates and times in other locations.)

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Christopher Walken is Capt. Hook on NBC

NBC has finally announced the rest of the leading players for its Dec. 4 live airing of “Peter Pan.” The producers apparently chose to cast Capt. Hook and Mr. Darling with Christopher Walken and Christian Borle, respectively, instead of the same actor playing both parts.

I think the musical  is much more effective with the dad and the pirate played by the same actor, at least from a Freudian point of view. And isn’t that the point? Mr. Darling loves his children, but is a strict disciplinarian whose limited time with his two sons is not pleasant. Capt. Hook, as we well know, hates the Lost Boys, Peter Pan in particular, and in this dream-like play symbolizes the Darling boys’  fear of their unapproachable dad.

Allison Williams, daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams, plays the title role Dec. 4 on the live broadcast of the musical on NBC.
Allison Williams, daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams, plays the title role Dec. 4 on the live broadcast of the musical “Peter Pan” on NBC.

But  Walken is a definite “get” and we know he trained as a dancer in music theater at the Washington Dance Studio, before moving on to dramatic roles in theater and then film.   Besides Mr. Darling, Borle plays   Smee, Kelli O’Hara is Mrs. Darling and the previously announced Allison Williams is Peter Pan.  Here’s the NBC announcement.