Week in Review 2.19.16
- As many predicted, Hamilton won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. (Lin-Manuel Miranda posted the photo at right of a celebratory cake.) Playbill has details about that award, and you can visit grammy.com for the full list of this year's winners, including the Oscar-winning song, "Glory." Before Hamilton won, though, the cast performed the opening number. Entertainment Weekly takes you behind the scenes of the performance.
- BAFTA Awards were handed out last week. The Revenant took home the top honor, and its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, director, Alejandro G. Inarritu, cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, and sound design team were also winners. Three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance won for Best Supporting Actor (Bridge of Spies), and Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer won the Best Original Screenplay award for Spotlight. Visit bafta.org for the full list of winners.
- Additional Oscars presenters have been announced, including Sacha Baron Bohen and John Legend, and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl will perform on the telecast, though details of his Oscars debut have not been announced. See the official Oscars press release for more.
- WGA Award winners were announced over the weekend. Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer won the Best Original Screenplay award for Spotlight, while writers for Veep, Silicon Valley, and Inside Amy Schumer were among the winners in the TV categories. Visit wga.org for the full list of winners.
The great Marin Mazzie (Zorba!, Next to Normal) will assume the role of Anna in the Tony-winning production of The King and I beginning May 3. Tony winner Kelli O'Hara will play her final performance on April 17. (Standby Analisa Leaming will play Anna in the interim.) Broadway.com has more.
"Every Minute Counts on the Way to Opening Night"
The New York Times spent the day with several productions set to open on Broadway this spring. Spending an hour with each of a dozen shows—Bright Star, Nerds, The Father, Hughie, Shuffle Along..., American Psycho, Waitress, She Loves Me, Eclipsed, Tuck Everlasting, Fully Committed, and Disaster—from 9am to 6pm, various reporters let readers in on the process of mounting a show, from pre-rehearsal workshops to costume fittings; from load-ins to the first preview—it's a fascinating look behind the scenes, and offers fans a chance to meet more of the people who help bring these shows to life.
Playwrights Horizons 2016-2017 Season Announced
Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2016-2017 season, which will feature: A Life, written by Adam Bock (A Small Fire), directed by Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime); Aubergine, written by Julie Cho, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Tales from Red Vienna); Bella: An American Tall Tale, written by Kristen Childs, directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue); Rancho Viejo, written by Dan LeFranc (The Big Meal), directed by Daniel Aukin (Fool for Love, Placebo); The Light Years, a musical written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, directed by Oliver Butler; and The Profane, written by Zayd Dohm. Visit playwrightshorizons.org to learn more about the season and to subscribe.
- Maya and Marty in Manhattan is happening, per Variety. This is the long-gestating variety show hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. It is set to premiere on NBC in May.
- Fiddler on the Roof tickets are now on sale through Labor Day. Playbill has more.
- Tony nominees Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky) and Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County) spoke to Playbill about the upcoming revival of The Robber Bridegroom, which Timbers directs and in which Pasquale stars. Previews are underway.
- Here's a cool milestone: Linda Cohn, one of ESPN's longest-serving anchors, will make history when she hosts Sports Center for the 5,000th time. The Wrap has more.
- Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Graceland) spoke with Collider about Grease Live and his upcoming flick, Stereotypically You.
- Mark your calendar: The Mindy Project will return on April 12, the show's creator and star, Mindy Kaling, shared on Instagram; and (an edited version of) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO April 30, the premium cable channel announced via Twitter.
- Vinyl, the new HBO show about New York City's music scene, circa the 1970s, has been picked up for a second season. The show stars Emmy winner and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, The Big Knife). Visit Broadwayworld.com for more.
- The creative team for the upcoming Hairspray Live NBC broadcast has been set, and boasts director Kenny Leon (Smart People), choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), and book writer Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina), who famously played Edna Turnblad in the Broadway show. Hairspray Live will air on December 7. Playbill has more.