- Theatre Award Season Update
Several awards were presented this week. Here's a round up:
- Astaire Awards (the only award to recognize excellence in dance on stage and film)
Sutton Foster and Norbert Leo Butz took home honors for their dancing in Anything Goes and Catch Me if You Can, respectively, and Susan Stroman took home the award for best choreography on stage for her work on The Scottsboro Boys. Visit Backstage.com for the full list of winners, and check out Broadwayworld.com's photos from the evening.
- Outer Critics Circle Awards (recognizing excellence on and off-Broadway)
Winners included War Horse, The Book of Mormon, The Normal Heart, Anything Goes, Josh Gad, Sutton Foster and Mark Rylance (for Jerusalem, not La Bete). In addition, The Whipping Man was honored with the John Gassner Award, presented to a new American play. Visit Playbill.com for the complete list of winners.
- Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards
Fans vote on these awards. I think they got it wrong in several categories (and I voted so I get to complain) but they did get it right in one category: the Favorite Replacement honor went to Billie Joe Armstrong for his work at St Jimmy in American Idiot. Visit Broadway.com for the full list of winners, and for photos.
- Obie Awards
The off-Broadway awards, the Obies, were handed out this week. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity took home the award for Best New Play; Andre Braugher (The Whipping Man), Hamish Linklater (The School for Lies) and Brenda Wehle (The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures) won performance honors; and Roger Rees and Alex Timbers were honored for directing Peter and the Starcatcher. Visit Playbill.com for the full list of winners and visit Broadwayworld.com for photos.
- New York Drama Critics' Circle
Last week we learned the winners of the NYDCC awards. This week, lots of the theatre sites have photo coverage. Here are photos from TheaterMania; Broadway.com; and Broadwayworld.com.
- ITBA Awards
The third annual Patrick Lee ITBA awards were announced this week, as well. (ITBA is the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association.) I'm proud of the choices my fellow bloggers and I made, honoring Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Benjamin Walker; Jerusalem and Mark Rylance; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; Joe Iconis's ReWrite; and several other outstanding performances from this past season. You can visit Broadwayworld.com for the full press release, or watch below as Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen (team [title of show] and creators of the upcoming Now. Here. This.) announce all the winners. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who expressed something live in theatre this season. Thespis would be proud.
- Jon Stewart Welcomes Constitutional Scholar Richard Beeman
Like me, Beeman has a pocket copy of the Constitution (we both received ours from the National Constitution Center) and, also like me, carries it around with him at all times!
- One Acts Heading to Broadway
This fall, Broadway will welcome three one-acts on one bill. Relatively Speaking will include one one-act each from Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May. The play of plays will begin previews in September and open officially in October at a theatre to be announced. Stay tuned for details as they come out.
Lincoln Center Theatre is getting into the cheap-tickets-for-young-adults game. Joining the ranks of Roundabout and MTC, LincTix is launching a discount program for theatregoers under 35. You can register for LincTix for free and then you'll be privy to special ticket offers. LincTix members will also be able to purchase tickets for all Lincoln Center Theatre productions for only $30. Visit LincTix.org to register and for more information.
- Dig This
- Sutton on Sesame: Sutton Foster recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal about taping an episode of Sesame Street.
- Jon Stewart talked with Bill O'Reilly about several things, including the all important question: "Why all the tsuris about saving Two and a Half Men?"
- In light of a lovely and lengthy conversation I had this week with the über-talented Joe Iconis, I leave you with "Rosalie," one of my Iconis favorites, sung here by Ian Kagey. Dig it!