The 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall last night, and Broadway’s best came out dressed in their finest to compete in several categories. Best Musical is always the most anticipated award of the evening, and that honor went to Kinky Boots. Kinky Boots also took Best Actor (Billy Porter), Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Sound Design, and Best Orchestrations, making it the biggest winner of the evening.
As for the other major categories, Pippin won Best Musical Revival, which was not surprising given the warm reception that the show has received from critics and audiences alike (both Patina Miller and Andrea Martin also took acting awards for their work in this production). Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, won the award for Best Play. Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? earned the prize for Best Revival of a Play.
Other notable wins include 88-year old Cicely Tyson as Best Actress in a Play for her energetic turn in the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and Judith Light for Best Featured Actress in The Assembled Parties. Though film star Tom Hanks failed to take a Best Actor honor for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy (the award went to Tracy Letts for Who’s Afraid), Hanks’s co-star Courtney B. Vance did win a Best Featured Actor award. Similarly, much-raved-about Matilda star Bertie Carvel wasn’t able to nab Best Actor in a Musical, but his Matilda colleague Gabriel Ebert did secure a Featured Actor award.
For a complete list of Tony Award nominees and winners, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.
The Tony nominated hit Broadway revival of the musical Pippin now has a cast recording available, so that fans can re-live the experience through CD or digital download. The Stephen Schwartz score includes a number of memorable songs, including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” and “No Time At All”.
The cast recording includes the talents of Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller, Andrea Martin, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise. It also includes a 700-person “fan chorus” singing along with Andrea Martin on “No Time At All”.
Perfect for Broadway karaoke parties, the recording offers four “Sing Along with the Pippin Orchestra” tracks for the songs “Corner of the Sky,” “Kind of Woman,” “Extraordinary,” and “Simple Joys”.
Broadway will roll out the red carpet for high school musical theater’s best on July 1, when the Fifth Annual National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) are held at the Minskoff Theatre, current home to Disney’s The Lion King. The event will be hosted by Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes, the Tony Award-nominated stars of the Broadway musical Cinderella.
Referred to as the “Jimmy Awards” (named for Broadway producer and theater owner James M. Nederlander), these honors are awarded to student winners from 31 regional competitions. Over 50,000 high school students across the country take part in these musical theatre competitions each year.
Established in 2009, the National High School Musical Theater Awards were created to forge a connection between gifted student performers and the world of professional theater.
Broadway fans looking to watch the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 9 with fellow theater lovers can cheer for their favorites at “Celebrate the Tonys,” 54 Below’s Tony Awards viewing party. The venue will broadcast the Tony ceremony, which airs from 8:00-11:00pm, live on large screen TVs.
Located at 254 West 54th in the bustling theater district, 54 Below has become “Broadway’s nightclub,” a place where many of the finest and most famous theater singers and musicians love to perform. Given its Broadway-friendly reputation, it seems an ideal venue for theater fans to gather on Broadway’s most celebrated night.
There is no cover charge to attend 54 Below’s Tony viewing party, but there is a $30 food/drink minimum. Reservations are recommended, and can be obtained by calling 646-476-3551. Walk-ins will be allowed in, too, if the event hasn’t filled to capacity. Arrival time is 6:15 to 6:30pm for those who have made reservations, and the festivities start at 7pm. Find more information at www.54below.com.
Two of Broadway’s hottest tickets this season, the revival of Pippin and Motown the Musical, were given the top honors at the 31st Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which were held on June 3. The Astaire Awards recognize the best in dance and choreography, both on film and on Broadway.
Charlotte d’Amboise (Pippin) won Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, while Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown the Musical) took the Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show award. Chet Walker (Pippin) and Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams (Motown) shared the Outstanding Choreographer honor for their work on their respective shows.
The Astaire Awards ceremony featured many of Broadway’s best known dancers and choreographers, including Bebe Neuwirth, Susan Stroman, Lee Roy Reams, Cady Huffman, Kathleen Marshall, Karen Ziemba, and Harry Belafonte.
A limited number of tickets to the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 9 will be offered to New York metro area students through a lottery being held on June 6 at 12pm. The lottery will be held at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 W. 44th Street), home of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.
The student rush tickets will be $40 each, cash only. Students can begin submitting their names into the lottery at noon, with the drawing taking place at 12:30pm. Students who are selected will need to present a valid student ID, and they can buy up to two rush tickets.
Justin Matthew Sargent, currently starring in Rock of Ages as Drew, will draw the names. Participants have to be there in person as the names are being drawn to receive tickets.
She was perhaps best known as the endearing Edith Bunker on the classic TV show All in the Family, but Jean Stapleton also had a notable Broadway career. In memory of the actress who just passed away at the age of 90 on May 31, the marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm.
“The theatre is where Jean Stapleton started, and she often returned to the stage throughout her lengthy and multi-faceted career,” stated The Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin. “Her decades portraying a variety of roles on our Broadway and Off Broadway stages revealed her brilliance in believably playing many different characters. The range of her talent was also evident in that she could triumph in both musical comedies and serious dramas. She will be missed.”
Jean Stapleton’s many Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, Funny Girl (with Barbra Streisand), Damn Yankees, and Arsenic & Old Lace.
BROADWAY SALES BACK DOWN AGAIN
Following last week’s Memorial Day Weekend ticket sales boost, Broadway’s total ticket revenue fell again. Sales decreased by more than two million, with total earnings coming in at $23,307,202.
THE BIG KNIFE CLOSES WITH MODEST SALES
The non-profit Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Big Knife concluded its limited run this past Sunday, June 2. As is often the case with Roundabout productions, the production had only modest sales throughout its run. During its last week, The Big Knife filled its theater to 76.94% capacity, with an average paid admission of $56.31.
THE LION KING REMAINS BROADWAY’S BEST SELLER
Whatever ups and downs Broadway may experience, Disney’s The Lion King always seems to enjoy steady popularity. Once again, the musical was Broadway’s earnings champ, taking in a total of $1,870,584. Wicked was the second highest earner at $1,776,282, with The Book of Mormon coming a very close third at $1,742,062.
The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending June 2, 2013:
|I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS
|MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL
|NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
|ROCK OF AGES
|SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK
|THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES
|THE BIG KNIFE
|THE BOOK OF MORMON
|THE LION KING
|THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
|THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
|VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League. All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com.
Following its successful Off-Broadway run last summer, the new musical Soul Doctor is now gearing up for a Broadway run. The show will start performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) on July 17, with an official opening on August 15.
Conceived by Jeremy Chess and created by Daniel S. Wise and David Schechter, Soul Doctor tells the story of Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach, a controversial figure known as the “rock star rabbi” in the 1960s as he developed a form of popular Jewish music. The show includes more than 30 of the rabbi’s songs.
Eric Anderson, a Drama Desk Award nominee for his Off-Broadway performance in Soul Doctor, once again takes on the role of Schlomo Carlebach. The production is directed by Daniel S. Wise and includes costumes by Maggie Morgan and scenic design by Neil Patel.
Musical-loving Broadway is not always the most hospitable environment for a play, but limited-run plays with star power often prove to be the best bets for investors. Case in point, the new one-woman Broadway play starring Bette Midler, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, just announced that it has recouped its initial investment.
It only took a little over eight weeks for the production, which began performances at the Booth Theatre on Broadway on April 5, to earn back its $2.4 million investment. The sell-out show will continue to play through June 30.
Written by John Logan (Broadway’s Red, Skyfall on film), I’ll Eat You Last features Bette Midler playing notorious Hollywood agent Sue Mengers. The production marks the first time that Midler has been on Broadway since 1980 when she performed in concert.