Saturday, June 10, 2023

A MOMENT WITH SOME OF THE 2023 TONY© AWARD NOMINEES

                                                


I cannot believe that theater award season is about to end with an unscripted Tony©Awards show because of the film/tv writers strike.  In a way it is kind of fitting that the show will have to go rogue.  Considering that the show is headed into the Heights.  It will be an interesting presentation, to say the least.  Until we hear"... and the Tony© Award goes to...", it will be anyone's guess as to whom the American Theater Wing will bestow their honors.  Academy Award winning actress, Ariana Debose, will again host this year's Tony© Awards. 

While you are rooting for your favorites, please enjoy these moments of conversation with a few of this year's nominees. 


Kevin Cahoon- Best Featured Actor in a Musical for SHUCKED
                                                    
 


Kevin Del Aguila- Best Featured Actor in a Musical for SOME LIKE IT HOT



Josh Groban- Best Lead Actor in a Musical for SWEENEY TODD




Wendell Pierce- Best Lead Actor in a Play for Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN




Ben Platt-  Best Lead Actor in a Musical for PARADE

    

Miriam Silverman- Best Featured Actress in a Play for THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW


    


Sharon Washington-  Best Book of a Musical for NEW YORK, NEW YORK



Natasha Yvette Williams- Best Featured Actress in a Musical for SOME LIKE IT HOT




Kara Young- Best Featured Actress in a Play for COST OF LIVING




David Zayas- Best Featured Actor in a Play for COST OF LIVING




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Sunday, June 4, 2023

HERE'S TO THE FOLKS WHO LUNCH


Speaking of lunch?  This past week I had the fantastic pleasure of covering the 71st Annual New Dramatists Luncheon.  This year's honoree is the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks.  She is the FIRST Black woman to win the coveted prize. 

I had a great time conversing on the red carpet/press line for the event.  I got a chance to chat with some really great folks:  Ben Platt, Josh Groban, Kenny Leon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lauren Molina, Irene Gandy, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kevin Cahoon, Wayne Cilento, Sharon Washington, Natasha Yvette Williams, Kara Young, David Zayas, and Wendell Pierce.  Please enjoy these fun moments of conversation with me. 

 

 

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

2023 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS AND TRADITION



I love tradition.  Every year since I have been able to talk about the Tony nominations with fellow confessed theater geeks, Greg Allen and Paul Winkler, a tradition was born. Now that the Tony Award© nominations have been announced, the theater award season is officially popping, and we're back to dish.
We're Back!!!

  Many shows were elated about the announcements: 


Other shows were not so happy. 

Because of Tony Award nominations, shows will be seeing a boost in ticket sales. Sadly, some will be making more closing announcements.  Limited runs will be ending, and on various nights throughout late May until the BIG NIGHT on June 11, 2023, many other prizes are going to be won. 
                                        
The latest hot topic conversation circling the award circuit this year is going to be about non-binary performers and their representation in a binary performance world.  The Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle have already made a more public attempt to address the problem and the Tony Awards have not made a distinction, but have offered an olive branch of sorts with making groundbreaking nominations: 

 

In between our moments of shade, we can have a little substance.  However, when given more time and a microphone (and an IMovie tutorial), we armchair quarterback the Tony Awards just like every one of our fellow theater geeks and have already planned our menu for the big night. So come join us and see if you agree or disagree with our choices, as we continue our fun tradition.  Support live theater wherever you are.


Part 1: Best Technical and Creative Awards

Part 2: Best Performances and Shows











Wednesday, April 26, 2023

And The Award Goes To.....


Can you feel a brand new day for award shows? If not, then this year's Drama League and Outer Critics Award nominations should be the first step to jar your thinking. They are the first to launch a gender neutral nominating process to answer the challenge of representation that gender/non-binary and Trans identifying performers are bringing to the industry this time of year. It's an opportunity to keep the conversation of gender expression ongoing, especially in an industry built on imagination.  


This conversation really came through when Justin David Sullivan refused to accept his Tony nomination eligibility for his role in the show, & Juliet, back in February.  Of course,  the shadier  queens than me said that perhaps one might be putting the cart before the horse, but some might have seen this as the first real attempt to deconstruct gender norms and in some cases the patriarchy.   Meanwhile, some of my friends feel like it may be the "everyone gets a ribbon" line of thinking. I told you they were shady.  


No matter how you choose to view it, the whispers have grown and conversations have begun.  If not now, then when? The Drama League and The Outer Critics Circle contain smaller voting bodies that can manage whatever heat that this new approach will garner in terms of conversations, backlashes, and God willing, some significant changes. Besides, if other categories like Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design, Books and Lyrics, Directors, etc, can have mixed candidates, then why should performing be any different? Well, I am not gonna touch that one, but I assure you the conversation is gonna be fire. The Tony Award Nominations are coming on May 3rd, and it will be interesting to see if this new trend is going to continue.


For more about the Drama League Awards, click here.

For more about the Outer Critic CIrcle Awards, click here


Since the original posting, the Drama Desk nominees were announced and the same with the performance categories.