Once leads 2012 Tony Award nominations

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This morning, the American Theatre Wing (well, Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons, on their behalf) announced the nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards. Several shows garnered lots of nominations, led by Once with 11 nominations, closely followed by Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, each with 10 nominations. In a few weeks I'll post my predictions for who will be doing the actual winning of the awards, but for now here's a complete list of nominations:

Best Play

Clybourne Park
Other Desert Cities
Peter and the Starcatcher
Venus in Fur

Best Musical

Leap of Faith
Newsies
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Once

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Master Class
Wit

Best Revival of a Musical

Evita
Follies
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Book of a Musical

Lysistrata Jones (Douglas Carter Beane)
Newsies (Harvey Fierstein)
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Joe DiPietro)
Once (Enda Walsh)

Best Original Score

Bonnie & Clyde (Music: Frank Wildhorn; Lyrics: Don Black)
Newsies (Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman)
One Man, Two Guvnors (Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding)
Peter and the Starcatcher (Music: Wayne Barker; Lyrics: Rick Elice)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Frank Langella, Man and Boy
John Lithgow, The Columnist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon, Wit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon, Wit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Follies
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Steve Kazee, Once
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines, Follies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Jan Maxwell, Follies
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, Once
Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Linda Emond, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Michael Cerveris, Evita
David Alan Grier, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Elizabeth A. Davis, Once
Jayne Houdyshell, Follies
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities
Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley, Once
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies
George Tsypin, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark

Best Costume Design of a Play

William Ivey Long, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Follies
ESosa, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca
Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Natasha Katz, Follies
Natasha Katz, Once
Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors
Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies
Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Evita
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Steven Hoggett, Once
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Direction of a Play

Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park
Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Direction of a Musical

Jeff Calhoun, Newsies
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
John Tiffany, Once

Best Orchestrations

William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Martin Lowe, Once
Danny Troob, Newsies

What do you think of this year's nominees? Any predictions? Tell us in the comments!

Best actors on both stage and screen

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This was originally going to be a post about the best actors on television or in movies to make a career transition to the theatre, but as I did more research it turns out that many of them actually started in the theatre and then made seamless transitions back and forth. So these are the chameleons that can act on film and onstage, despite the vast differences in the two mediums.

Matthew Broderick: Mr. Broderick has done his fair share of acting both onstage and in movies. He won a Tony Award when he was 21 with a featured role in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983). But, of course, he is most famous for the movie that came soon after, 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This really shot him to stardom, and he continued to dabble in films for several years. In the last 15 years or so most of his work has been back onstage, including 1995’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he won a Tony) and 2001’s The Producers. His next project is Nice Work If You Can Get It, which begins previews March 29, 2012, at Imperial Theatre on Broadway.

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Longest running Broadway shows

Broadway is about to kick off a new season of shows, all of which I’m sure would like to become the next big thing that runs for 20+ years. And some shows that have only been around for a year, like Book of Mormon, look like they’ll have nice long runs. However, some newbies have a long way to go before they can top the list of the longest running shows of all time. Below, the top ten (as of today…check out #10).



1. The Phantom of the Opera

Total performances: 9795 (as of 8/14/2011)
Run dates: 1/25/1988–present


The Phantom of the Opera wins this category by a long shot, as it’s been running over 23 years and it’s still going strong. Audiences love the spectacle created by the massive chandelier and other special effects that set the mood for this musical, and the production also won 7 Tony Awards in its first year.

2. Cats

Total performances: 7485
Run dates: 10/7/1982–9/10/2000


Cats is one of those shows that you either love or hate, and it’s apparent that a lot of people loved it, considering the run lasted almost 18 years. Unfortunately, this show will probably lose its #2 spot at some point, since there are some close competitors that are still on Broadway.

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2011 Tony Award winners

I just finished watching the 65th annual Tony Awards, and it was a great show. Host Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious and entertaining as always, even taking one 30 second interval to make as many jokes about "Spider-Man" as he could. All of the musical numbers were amazing, and Nikki M. James' acceptance speech almost made me cry; she was so excited! Also, you need to watch Mark Rylance's acceptance speech. It's...indescribable.

But the most important thing is, now we can figure out who won the Tony predictions war, me or Colin! Here are the results:

Best Play

  • What Colin predicted: War Horse
  • What Liz predicted: War Horse
  • Who actually won: War Horse

Best Musical

  • What Colin predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon

Best Book of a Musical

  • What Colin predicted: The Scottsboro Boys
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon

Best Original Score

  • What Colin predicted: The Scottsboro Boys
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon
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2011 Tony Awards predictions

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The Tony Awards are rapidly approaching, with the telecast scheduled for 8/7c on June 12. I decided to challenge one of our newest contributors, Colin, to try and predict who will win all the categories, and I did the same. Our predictions are below...once the awards are announced we'll see who wins.

Best Play

  • Nominees: Good People, Jerusalem, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, War Horse
  • Colin's pick: War Horse. A very deep and inventive play – all the neat puppetry with the horse figures and the intense World War I aura. The play itself is also British-based and so it has Shakespeare in its genes.
  • Liz's pick: I'll have to go with Colin on this one. It was a giant hit in London, and now it's a giant hit on Broadway.

Best Musical

  • Nominees: The Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act
  • Colin's pick: The Book of Mormon. Too big, too loud, too funny to ignore – customers rave, ticket sales are off the charts – is there really a choice? Lucky, too, that most of the drama critics in New York aren't Mormon...
  • Liz's pick: Ditto.

Best Book of a Musical

  • Nominees: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act
  • Colin's pick: The Scottsboro Boys. Author David Thompson graduated from Northwestern University, where I went to school—so he's obviously brilliant.
  • Liz's pick: The Book of Mormon. It's a lot like South Park and Avenue Q, which are both awesome.
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