Week in Review 5.1.15

Tony Award Nominations and Honorees

The Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday. See the full list of nominees, check out my Culturalists (Best Nominations and Worst Snubs) and then head to Pinterest for Tony photos throughout the season. Also announced on Tuesday: The hosts of the Tony Awards. This year, Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth (a nominee this year for On the Twentieth Century) and Alan Cumming (Cabaret) will be our guides. (Visit Broadway.com for more about their hosting gig.) In addition to the competitive Tony Awards, some special, non-competitive awards will be handed out on June 7:
Tony nomination extras (some good, some bad): Broadway.com rounded up some choice GIFs of this year's nominees; Living on Love will conclude its Broadway run on May 3 (the show was shut out of Tony nominations); Playbill and Theater Mania have reactions from newly minted Tony nominees; Theater Mania was on the scene to catch up with nominees at the Meet the Nominees press event, bringing you these photos and this video; Broadwayworld.com has Tony nominee portraits; and Broadway.com asked Tony nominees to draw their reaction to their nomination.

Norbie, Cherry and More Set for PBS Civil War Drama

Josh Radnor (Disgraced), two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me if You Can, Big Fish), two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy (The People in the Picture), Gary Cole (The Good Wife, Veep) Tony nominee Shalita Grant (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Luke Macfarlane (The Normal Heart) and others have been cast in a PBS six-part Civil War drama. The miniseries, Mercy Street, boasts Ridley Scott as an executive producer, and will be directed by Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb. The show will air in winter 2016. As The Wrap notes, Mercy Street will "be the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade."

'S Wonderful Vlog

Broadway.com debuted a new backstage vlog this week, and it's from Tony nominee (!!!) Max von Essen, who's wowing crowds who are smart enough to see An American in Paris. Watch the first episode below, and check back next week for more. (Speaking of An American in Paris: Rita Moreno just interviewed Tony nominee Christopher Wheeldon at Symphony Space, and Dance magazine published a list of highlights.)

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