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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby The Original BJ » Sun May 20, 2018 12:03 pm

Glenda Jackson was interviewed on Vanity Fair’s podcast this week, and she was asked — in lieu of her Oscar/Emmy absences — if she’ll be attending the Tonys. Sounds like she is!

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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby Greg » Tue May 15, 2018 1:43 pm

flipp525 wrote:His mood shift in the play is just as startling as the film’s Michael and Parsons does a great job of keeping the whole ensemble together through the Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf-style drunken confrontations that begin to accumulate.


My reaction of the films is that, even while they cover much the same territory, I found Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? to be electric and compelling; but, The Boys In The Band just hit me as too overwrought.
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby flipp525 » Sun May 13, 2018 12:36 pm

Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band opened right after the Tony Award nominations for this year, but I’m going to put my review of it in this thread because I think Jim Parsons’ performance could figure into next year’s nominations. (Apparently, Parsons was injured during yesterday’s matinee performance thus cancelling the Saturday night show. I’m not sure how long it will take for him to recover. He is on stage the entire show and is the lead of the play so I could see this posing a problem. The show has not officially opened yet.)

I saw the show last Friday night. The performances definitely improve upon some of the more creaky, dated elements of the play. But it's best, of course, to go into the show thinking of it as a time period piece revival and not anything that explicitly has to do with contemporary gay life (although, its elements of self-hatred, yearning for acceptance, and incisive gay bitchiness are pretty timeless). Jim Parsons was the clear standout. I thought he absolutely nailed the central role of Michael. His mood shift in the play is just as startling as the film’s Michael and Parsons does a great job of keeping the whole ensemble together through the Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf-style drunken confrontations that begin to accumulate. Parsons was absolutely the stand-out along with Michael Benjamin Washington and Tony-nominee Robin de Jesus who play Bernard and Emory, respectively. de Jesus nails that incredibly affecting monologue in the play’s second half. Matt Bomer does a great job playing the compassionate Donald, never veering into the territory of being recessive window dressing (we saw him two days later at Three Tall Women and he really has this waxen, mannequin thing going on - he is very beautiful). He reminds me of the Harold line from the show that goes something like, "Sure, he's beautiful but I couldn't fuck him because he can't speak intelligently about art). I’m not entirely sure what Andrew Rannells was going in this, but if you've ever seen him as Elijah on Girls, you've seen his The Boys in the Band performance. We all thought Charlie Carver was a huge miss as the Cowboy. Did nothing with the role, had hideously dyed blond hair, and seemed to deliver every line as if it was going to bring the house down (but didn't). Le Tourneau in the film did so much more with the role. Kyle Dean Massey would've been excellent in the role and actually could've played 'Larry' as well. I think they should have just kept Carver's red hair.

Zachary Quinto acquits himself well in the role of Harold, but it doesn't seem like he's quite found the character just yet (the show is still in previews, I believe). I really have to give it to the set designer who creates an entire duplex apartment with living room, kitchen, with that kind of red carpeting and step-down living area (I can't think of what it's called when there's a step down into the living room, but you know, that 60's/70's look sort of like Don and Megan Draper's apartment in Mad Men - “sunken living room”?). I think the best seats are in the mezzanine level so you are on level with the second floor of the set (and have numerous opportunities to see Bomer's ass and prancing around in white underwear), but still get access to the main action down below.

We are friends with one of the other cast members and so we were able to go backstage after the show which was fun. I had a nice moment with Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, and Matt Bomer.

I thought the play went on a little long without an intermission but that might have just been because of the champagne I had during the show. I think this production best viewed while slightly tipsy which were all were at the beginning.

All in all, a great night of theater and a very enthusiastic audience. The cast seemed really excited. The show has already done enormously well financially and I could easily see it being extended past it’s limited run.
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 13, 2018 2:17 am

mlrg wrote:Great post flipp


Most definitely. Can't help but feel a wee jealous as Glenda is one of my all-time favourites. I'd pay to watch her read the phone book.
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby mlrg » Fri May 11, 2018 3:47 pm

Great post flipp

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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby flipp525 » Fri May 11, 2018 12:37 pm

The revival this Broadway season of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women is an extraordinary achievement. The obvious draw here is being able to see the legendary two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in her dominant Tony-nominated role as "A." Jackson must be viewed as the presumptive winner for the Tony this year in Best Actress in a Play. There are only four nominees in the category and one of them is, well, Amy Schumer, so, I mean, come on. But Jackson is every bit as good as you would suspect in Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play based on the playwright's relationship with his adopted mother. At turns regal and conspiratorial then stricken and haunted, her performance is funny, raw, painful, and heartbreaking. She has a really wonderful sense of timing throughout and that booming British voice that can command every eye of the audience in a second.

But I have to say, I was equally bowled over and impressed by Laurie Metcalf (nominated in Best Featured Actress in a Play) who inhabits the stage with such authority and acumen in her role as "B." This was my first time seeing Metcalf perform on stage and she is so detailed in her work. Never sacrificing breathability for precision. If each moment feels natural, it can only be because she's allowed it to be so. Her monologue in Act II, delivered directly to the audience, is one of the my favorite moments in the theater. Alison Pill does a great job as the young "C" - creating a lot of hinge moments for the two other women to play off of. And there's nothing more heartbreaking than watching a younger version of a character asking for, pleading for, answers from her older selves about events she cannot even fathom are coming down the pike for her. The final moment of the play in which the three women join hands and wait for what is next to come, the elegant theme music piping through the speakers, and the lit frame of the stage increasing in halogen brilliance, is quite simply unforgettable. Run, do not walk, to this production immediately.

I saw the show at the Golden Theatre which is where I had seen The Normal Heart in 2011. I remembered Damien had seen me check in to the play on Facebook and had sent me a message to say that he lived not too far away and that I should ping him the next time I was in town so we could grab a drink. That, of course, never happened, but being back at this beautiful theater made me think of him. We waited at the stage door and got Metcalf and Pill to sign our playbills. Glenda Jackson came out about 15-20 minutes later in slicked-back hair and a men’s Army jacket. The bodyguard handed her a Sharpie and she came right over to us. As she signed my playbill, I said, "Ms. Jackson, you were just extraordinary tonight." She looked right at me and smiled and thanked me. She really took in my compliment and we had this wonderful moment together. I'll never forget her watery blue eyes and the kindness that shone out of them.

After meeting Maggie Smith at the Ivy in London in December (and complimenting her about her performance in California Suite in which she, of course, has a line about Glenda) and now Glenda Jackson in New York in May, I feel like I'm working my way through the Best Actress winners. So, I guess, next would be Jane Fonda in L.A. in August? ;-)

I saw The Boys in the Band the same weekend and can write about that in another post.
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 01, 2018 5:57 pm

Another bit of trivia - if Diana Rigg wins for My Fair Lady she will be the first non-singing, non-dancing winner in a musical since Thomas Mitchell in Hazel Flagg, the 1953 musical version of Nothing Scared in which he played the doctor who delivers the wrong diagnosis to Hazel (Carole Lombard in the 1937 film with Charles Winninger as the doctor).
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby The Original BJ » Tue May 01, 2018 4:55 pm

Mister Tee wrote:I do take note that Prior Walter -- which won Stephen Spinella a supporting Tony in 1993 -- is now the lead in Angels in America, while Roy Cohn -- which won Ron Leibman the lead Tony that year -- is now supporting. Tonys doing Tonys.


And Hailey Kilgore is nominated as lead actress for the same role LaChanze was nominated as featured actress in Once On This Island almost 30 years ago.

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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby Mister Tee » Tue May 01, 2018 4:48 pm

The Original BJ wrote:At first I thought, how great that someone my age will finally get to see Glenda Jackson give an acceptance speech at an awards show... until I did some digging and learned that she wasn't present to accept her Oscars or Emmys either!

I'm surprised you didn't know this before; it was even the subject of a Maggie Smith throwaway line in California Suite. (The one time Jackson did appear at the Oscars -- 1974, presenting to Art Carney as the reigning best actress -- she gave a sort-of thank you for both her awards, saying "Thank you...well, thank you twice, actually.")

I thought my own mostly-lacking-interest view of this year's face-off was owed to my (largely financial) inability to see much, but I find nearly everyone is moaning and groaning about how weak the competition is, on both the play and musical side (most see best play and best musical as sure things for Harry Potter and The Band's Visit, while doubting either would have had a chance over even some recent losers).

I've seen two shows that were nominated: Junk (which is engaging enough but doesn't offer any special insight) and Mean Girls. You may wonder why I saw Mean Girls, of all things; the answer is, a special connection to a cast member, Barrett Wilbert Weed, who plays Janis in the show. For shorthand, I call her my niece, though the relationship is somewhat less direct (her mother and my wife were first cousins). We have, however, known and been close to her since she was a wee child (the Kathi she credits in her Playbill bio is my wife), and I've watched in delight as her career has advanced over the last half-dozen years. She has a knockout second-act number in Mean Girls (she performed it on the Tonight Show week before last), so I was hoping she'd make the list today and am definitely disappointed it didn't happen. As for the show itself, it's no great shakes, and largely coasts on audience affection for the movie...but it's got a fair number of laughs (not all of them recycled from the film) and some good performers, Barrett and Grey Henson (who did get nominated) my favorites.

As I say, I haven't seen anything else, but there's the standard plethora of celebrity names in mostly revivals. I do take note that Prior Walter -- which won Stephen Spinella a supporting Tony in 1993 -- is now the lead in Angels in America, while Roy Cohn -- which won Ron Leibman the lead Tony that year -- is now supporting. Tonys doing Tonys.

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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby Greg » Tue May 01, 2018 3:46 pm

The Original BJ wrote:At first I thought, how great that someone my age will finally get to see Glenda Jackson give an acceptance speech at an awards show... until I did some digging and learned that she wasn't present to accept her Oscars or Emmys either! Presumably she'll show at the Tonys, right, considering there's no travel involved?


I once watched what I believe is Glenda Jackson's first acceptance speech, when she was elected to Parliament for the first time.
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Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Postby The Original BJ » Tue May 01, 2018 12:15 pm

This was a pitifully thin season on the musical side. The four Best Musical nominees were just about the only available options, despite not-exactly raves for many of them. (And it's really depressing that all of them are film/tv adaptations, though at least the presumed frontrunner -- The Band's Visit -- is based on grown-up material.) And voters couldn't even come up with five leading actors in a musical to nominate, leaving out the one other eligible actor (from Escape to Margaritaville).

Over on the play side, Angels in America broke the record for most nominations for a play with 11, and did so without nominations for Lee Pace and James McArdle, viewed by many as among the year's most surprisingly overlooked.

At first I thought, how great that someone my age will finally get to see Glenda Jackson give an acceptance speech at an awards show... until I did some digging and learned that she wasn't present to accept her Oscars or Emmys either! Presumably she'll show at the Tonys, right, considering there's no travel involved?

The one production I saw this year was Once On This Island, which I thought was quite spectacular. I was pretty familiar with the show, but the entire staging of this production, in the round at Circle in the Square, was full of imagination -- a stage filled with sand, a virtual lake that actors could enter and exit through, live animals, rain. Every directorial and design choice seemed to answer the question, "How can we pull off this moment in the story with as much invention as possible?" And even the gender-blind casting of the gods -- a female Papa Ge and a male Asaka -- was the kind of "why not?" choice that proved hugely effective. (Though, of course, it helps when both of these roles are played by your friends!) I've not seen the other revivals in contention -- though the more traditionally-mounted My Fair Lady has still been quite enthusiastically received -- but I would happy to cheer for prizes for this production.

I've crossed paths with presumed Best Actress in a Musical frontrunner Katrina Lenk a number of times over the years. She spent a lot of years pounding the pavement in the LA regional theater scene, where we knew each other mostly by reputation, and would run into each other from time to time at auditions and benefits around town. She made the move to New York a few years ago, doing mostly the ensemble/replacement thing, and then seemingly from nowhere landed this star-making role. If she wins her category, as many expect her to, she'll have gone from complete unknown to lead acting Tony winner in a manner of months, more proof of the old adage that it takes twenty years to become an overnight success.

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2018 Tony Awards

Postby anonymous1980 » Tue May 01, 2018 8:12 am

The nominees:

Best Book of a Musical

The Band's Visit: Itamar Moses
Frozen: Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls: Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical: Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America
Music: Adrian Sutton

The Band's Visit
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Frozen
Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Mean Girls
Music: Jeff Richmond
Lyrics: Nell Benjamin

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil'C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band's Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band's Visit

Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band's Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Orchestrations
John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Play
The Children
Author: Lucy Kirkwood

Farinelli and The King
Author: Claire van Kampen

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Author: Jack Thorne

Junk
Author: Ayad Akhtar

Latin History for Morons
Author: John Leguizamo

Best Musical
The Band's Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero
Travesties

Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Chita Rivera
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards
John Leguizamo
Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award
La MaMa E.T.C. New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Sara Krulwich
Bessie Nelson
Ernest Winzer Cleaners

Tony Nominations by Production
Mean Girls- 12
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical- 12
Angels in America- 11
The Band's Visit- 11
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel- 11
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two- 10
My Fair Lady- 10
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh- 8
Once On This Island- 8
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women- 6
Farinelli and The King- 5
Travesties- 4
Frozen- 3
Lobby Hero- 3
The Children- 2
Junk- 2
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical- 2
Children of a Lesser God- 1
Latin History for Morons- 1
Meteor Shower- 1
1984- 1
Saint Joan- 1


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