While the Mennonite folk Sherie Rene Scott left behind and refers to in her new musical Everyday Rapture may still be waiting for the title’s religious occurrence, the blonde, long-limbed, angel-voiced diva is the embodiment of that rapture at the American Airlines Theatre. Her musical co written with her director Dick Scanlan is a captivating delight.
Memphis and Red took top prizes, best musical and best play respectivitly, at the 2010 Tony Awards held Sunday June 13 at Radio City Music Hall.
Memphis, an orginal rock ‘n roll musical by David Bryan and Joe DePietro, which has been seven years coming to frutition and features no big name performers, a rarity by today’s standards, also won best book, score, and orchestrations. The British play Red by John Longan in addition to best play scored five Tony wins the most for the evening. However, a most surprsing trend may be developing as the Hollowywood star power nominees eclipsed Broadway veterns winning in every category they were nominated. They included Denzel Washingon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johnsson.
August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Fences won the Tony for best revival and the play’s stars, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, scored Tonys for best leading actor and actress. Best revival of a musical went to La Cage aux Folles, a British import, which also won best director of a musical Terry Johnson and best actor in a musical Douglas Hodge. Christiano
Photography By Barry Gordin
A complete list of winners follows:
Best Play In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play Next Fall Red Time Stands Still
Best Musical American Idiot Fela! Memphis Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical Everyday Rapture Fela! Memphis Million Dollar Quartet
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre The Addams Family Enron Fences Memphis
Best Revival of a Play Fences Lend Me a Tenor The Royal Family A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical Finian’s Rainbow La Cage aux Folles A Little Night Music Ragtime
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Jude Law, Hamlet Alfred Molina, Red Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane Denzel Washington, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Viola Davis, Fences Valerie Harper, Looped Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles Chad Kimball, Memphis Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play David Alan Grier, Race Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts Stephen Kunken, Enron Eddie Redmayne, Red Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet Bobby Steggert, Ragtime
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away Lillias White, Fela!
Best Scenic Design of a Play John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter Santo Loquasto, Fences Christopher Oram, Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Marina Draghici, Fela! Christine Jones, American Idiot Derek McLane, Ragtime Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles
Best Costume Design of a Play Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor Constanza Romero, Fences David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family Best Costume Design of a Musical Marina Draghici, Fela! Santo Loquasto, Ragtime Paul Tazewell, Memphis Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles
Best Lighting Design of a Play Neil Austin, Hamlet Neil Austin, Red Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences
Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, American Idiot Donald Holder, Ragtime Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles Robert Wierzel, Fela!
Best Sound Design of a Play Acme Sound Partners, Fences Adam Cork, Enron Adam Cork, Red Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge
Best Sound Design of a Musical Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles Robert Kaplowitz, Fela! Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim
Best Direction of a Play Michael Grandage, Red Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall Kenny Leon, Fences Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical Christopher Ashley, Memphis Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Best Choreography Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away Best Orchestrations Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles Aaron Johnson, Fela! Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis
Alec Baldwin heads a powerful production ofEQUUS, Peter Shaffer’s acclaimed play, which opened at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater on Friday June 11th. The 1974 Tony Award winning drama concerns a psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Baldwin), who must treat a 17 year old young man Alan Strang (Sam Underwood), who has blinded six horses with a spike for no apparent reason. In the drama directed by Tony Walton, who designed the 1977 film starring Richard Burton, Dysart is forced to examine his own life as he attempts to unravel the reasons behind the boy’s horrific act.
Ben Vereen hosted the 28th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honoring excellence in dance on stage and in film Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in NYC. The star studded event celebrating dancers and dance featured performances by cast members of Fela, Come Fly Away, Ragtime & Memphis as well a special numbers by Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, “Dancing With the Stars” Tony Dovolani and Lee Roy Reams performing with ladies who once danced with Fred Astaire. The evening was directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Patricia Watt. Director & Choreographer Kenny Ortega received the The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. Photography: Barry Grordin
The New York Premiere of Dissonance, an engaging new play by Damian Lanigan, opened at Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage on Saturday June 5. The first play of their 2010 summer season is a poignant tale that tests the loyalties of a string quartet when Beth (Rosie Benton), the foursome’s attractive cellist, begins giving music lessons to Jonny (Gregory Wooddell), a sexy rock star. The smart story unfolds during their rehearsals for a major concert revealing a tense conflicted history that is heightened as Jonny and Beth’s romance blooms. Lonny Price, a Tony nominated director, guides a talented cast that includes Daniel Gerroll, Morgan Spector, and Robert Stanton, to the final fade out on the stage of Carnegie Hall.
By: Patrick Christiano The 60th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced at Sardi’s Restaurant (234 West 44th Street) in NYC on May 27, 2010. Catherine Zeta- Jones A Little Night Music and Montego Glover Memphis tied for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
The 2009-2010 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners are:
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY Next Fall * Red Superior Donuts Time Stands Still
Broadway’s Favorite Ingénue Sutton Foster wowed a packed house at BAY STREET THEATRE in Sag Harbor, where the Tony Award winner held a captive audience in the palm of her hand. Her intimate concert included songs from all of her Broadway shows along with several surprises from her debut album WISH. Foster performed memorable covers of Sunshine on My Shoulders, My Heart Was Set on You, Once Upon a Time, Up on the Roof that were moving indeed and she did a hysterical rendition of Air Conditioner.
Vered Gallery hosted an opening reception for the internationally renowned artist BOTERO this past Saturday May 28th. His sensual massive sculptures dominate the exhibition with an arresting impact. They will be on display with his paintings and drawings through June 22, however, Botero is probably best known for these immense sculptural forms, which he began creating in 1970, shortly after rising to prominence in 1961. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see his amazing works up close at 68 Park Place in East Hampton, across the street for UA movie theaters on Main Street. Click on the Vered banner on the right for more information.
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO… Deborah Colker…Banana Spheel By Ellis Nassour Cirque du Soleil has returned to New York and has pitched its trademark 2,500-seat blue-and-yellow grand chapiteau again at Randall’s Island, where it’s scheduled to play through June 6. Things are a bit different with this edition, titled OVO. It’s about time. For one thing, at its helm is a woman director for the first time in Cirque’s quarter century of shows, acclaimed Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker. Her much-honored contemporary dance troupe tours the world. And the show has a new beat, very Brazilian.
By: Ellis Nassour An economic downturn, rampant unemployment, home mortagemania, terrorist plots, and a drop in tourism must have happened in a Dallas-type dream. It certainly hasn’t affected theater attendance with Bway and Off Bway boasting their best season yet. The fact that ticket prices are through the roof hasn’t hurt to make box offices boffo. It’s something everyone complains about but which they keep ignoring. Natives and visitors alike flock to the unique TKTS booth in Times Square, and not just to perch themselves in the dark at the top for the red stairs. What would theater attendance be without TKTS [the booths and their mailings offering steep ticket discounts]?
“True colors” came shining through at the 2010 GLSEN Respect Awards when Chely Wright, the country western star arrived. With her new biography, “Like Me,” she’s finally out of the closet. And no one was happier to see her than GLSEN’s honoree, Cyndi Lauper who looked like she was literally “Lifted Off the Ground.”
By Ellis Nassour Last Monday May 17, at the Players Club in Gramercy Park, the Theatre Museum honored Disney film musical legends Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with its Theatre Museum’s Career Achievement Award, the Mint Theatre Company for Theatre Preservation in their mission to revive long ago classics; and Samuel French, the publisher/licensee of countless plays, for Theatre Arts Education.
Huckadoo! "Memphis" scores 4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Music, Orchestrations, and Montego Glover for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, a tie with Catherine Zeta-Jones "A Little Night Music"