Friday, January 20, 2012

Media Morsels 1.20.12

  • Tony Update
    The 2012 Tonys now have a date. As I suspected, the 66th Annual Tony Awards will be handed out from the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 10. Several technical awards will be handed out (and not televised) at 7pm, and the CBS broadcast will begin at 8pm. Look for lots of shows to open this spring before the April 25 Tony eligibility deadline (see two examples below), and stay tuned for updates, like who will host. (Let's get Neil Patrick Harris to host for a third time!) Also, what do you think of this year's Tony logo, at right?

  • Clybourne Park Finds a Home
    One of the productions aiming for Tony love will be Clybourne Park, a Broadway transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winning Bruce Norris play that premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2010. (Here's my review of that production.) Clybourne Park will play at the Walter Kerr theatre, with previews beginning (probably) in late March in anticipation of an April 12 opening. The Playwrights Horizons cast, including Jeremy Shamos and Annie Parisse, are expected to reprise their roles.

  • Starstuff Coming to Broadway
    Another show competing for Tony love will be Peter and the Starcatcher, the terrific Peter Pan prequel that ran off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop last February. It was magical and inventive and wonderfully playful, and now it's coming to Broadway. It will play at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning March 28, and will celebrate its official opening on April 15. Tickets go on sale on February 13. Casting has not been announced, but I'm hoping that NYTW cast members Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan Bolger and Christian Borle will reprise their roles. Stay tuned for details!

  • Bruce Springsteen's New Record
    The Boss got back in the studio and recorded new music! As reported by Rolling Stone, his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, will "drop" on March 6th. You can listen to the first single, "We Take Care of Our Own," on his official website, brucespringsteen.net. (Or you can listen/watch below.) It's a great track - driving and powerful - and if it's any indication of the rest of the record, we can expect an amazing new set of songs.

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