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- Tony Awards
The Tony Award nominations were announced this Tuesday. Here's the complete list of nominees, including my commentary, of course! I'm most excited about the fact that the glorious and magical Peter and the Starcatcher earned nine nominations, more than any other play. Once led the pack of musicals, much to my dismay. I'm glad that the nominating committee remembered Jessie Mueller from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, but I'm thoroughly upset and confused because they forgot to nominate Raul Esparza for Leap of Faith. But that's what I thought. What about the nominees? Playbill, Broadway.com and Broadwayworld.com found out. My favorite reaction comes from Starcatcher co-director Alex Timbers. He says, "The breadth of nominations [for Starcatcher] really reflects the nature of the process—the show is built by an ensemble of actors and designers working together as equals and each excelling because of it." Well said! (And Broadway.com lists (and asks readers to vote on) some surprising snubs, like Raul Esparza, while Broadwayworld.com lists everyone who did not receive a nomination. Um, not sure that's terribly friendly, BWW.) More Tony news:
- Meet the nominees: On Wednesday, the nominees gathered to meet the press and take their Tony class photo! Playbill has official photos and behind the scenes pics; Broadwayworld.com also has behind the scenes photos, as well as nominees' Tony portraits. (And watch a Christian Borle video interview below!)
- Kristen Chenoweth and Jim Parsons, who announced the nominees on Tuesday, offer their reactions and advice to nominees.
- Broadway.com provides some stats about this years slate of nominations.
- Unfortunately, with Tony nominations - or, rather, a lack thereof - also comes some closing notices. Struggling shows hoping to have received a Tony boost sometimes close if they do not receive any nominations; others that receive a few nominations hold out until after the Tonys, but if they don't win, you can expect to see closing notices. And so, we have our first two Tony casualties. The terrific Seminar, a new play written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Sam Gold, will close this weekend, May 6. The play will have played 26 previews and 191 performances. The following week, Magic/Bird, chronicling the careers of and relationship between basketball legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, will close. After its final performance on May 12, Magic/Bird will have played 23 previews and 38 performances. Neither Seminar nor Magic/Bird received a single Tony nomination. (In Seminar's case, this is evidence of what a wonderfully packed year it was for plays.)
- Sound City
After teasing Foo Fighters fans for months, it's been officially announced that frontman Dave Grohl is directing and producing Sound City, a documentary about the iconic recording studio in California. As noted in the announcement in Variety, Grohl says, "Sound City is a film about America's greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California's sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of a legend. It was witness to history." (Look at this hand-written note from Grohl!) Stay tuned for additional details as they're announced.
- Ghost Buzz
Check out the excitement for Ghost the Musical as the cast, creators and notable audience members revel in the opening night glow:
- The Boss Sings The Band
At his recent Wrecking Ball Tour gig in Newark, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to the late Levon Helm by performing The Band's classic "The Weight." Watch below:
- Dig This
- Ghost's Bryce Pinkham fills out Playbill's Cue & A
- Go behind the scenes again with Adam Chanler-Berat and Peter and the Starcatcher. It's episode three of Boy's Life. And check in Tony-nominated playwright Rick Elice, who talks to Gothamist about the genesis of Starcatcher.
- Another Little Shop of Horrors? Maybe. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50) is developing a remake of the 1982 movie musical, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa may pen the new film. Playbill has details.
- Choose the nominees in Broadwayworld.com's Theater Awards!
- Part two of five of playwright David Ives and The New Yorker's John Lahr discussing Venus in Fur: