Week in Review 5.19.17

It's an Honor

Lilly AwardsTony nominee Denee Benton (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and others are among this year's Lilly Award honorees. These awards recognize women's contribution to American theatre, and the women will be feted at the May 22 ceremony. Playbill has more.

Mark Twain Prize for Humor—Funny man and former late night weirdo David Letterman has been named the 2017 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Letterman will be honored at the Kennedy Center in October, and an edited recording of the tribute will likely air on PBS later in the year. Rolling Stone has more.

Broadway.Com Awards—Winners of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards were announced, and the fans loved Dear Evan Hansen. The musical won eight awards, including Favorite New Musical and Favorite Lead Actor, Ben Platt. Visit Broadway.com for the full list of winners.

Off-Broadway Alliance Awards—Honoring excellence in off-Broadway, the Off-Broadway Alliance Award winners were announced this week. The Vineyard Theatre production of Paula Vogel's Indecent won Best New Play, and the site-specific, immersive production of Sweeney Todd won Best Revival of a Musical. Playbill has the full list of winners.

Idina Menzel Sets Stage Return

Roundabout is adding the world premiere of Skintight to its 2017-2018 season. The new comedy is penned by Roundabout vet Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), and will star Tony-winning icon Idina Menzel (Rent, If/Then). Previews at the off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre begin May 31, 2018, with opening night set for June 21. The limited engagement, directed by Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews), is scheduled to conclude August 26. Playbill has more.

Coming to the Stage

  • Edward Albee's Three Tall Women will come to Broadway next season. Starring Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf (A Doll's House, Part 2) and Glenda Jackson, will begin previews February 27, 2018, and open March 29. Playbill has more.

  • Classic Stage Company's 2017-2018 season has been announced, and will feature Shakespeare, new works by American playwrights, and a revival of Carmen Jones. Playbill has details. 

  • A national tour of Dear Evan Hansen will launch in Denver in October 2018. Broadway.com has more.

  • King Kong: The Musical is slated to hit Broadway in fall 2018, with a new book writer in tow. The musical would play the Broadway Theatre. Playbill has more.
In Other News

  • Interview magazine spoke to Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens about their latest collaboration, The Decalogue, which premiered at NYCB on Friday, May 12.

  • Spend the morning with NYCB principal dancer, Tiler Peck, via this Coveteur feature.

  • A new block of tickets for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is now on sale. Fans can purchase tickets for performances through January 8, 2018. Playbill has more.

  • Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) will lead the cast of Bruce Norris's A Parallelogram. Previews at Second Stage begin July 11, with opening night set for August 2. Playbill has the full cast list.

  • Jimmy Kimmel will return as host of the Oscars in 2018. Hollywood's biggest night is set for March 4, 2018. Variety has more.
  • A filmed version of Oh, Hello, the Broadway play written by and starring by John Mulaney and Nick Kroll (and directed by Alex Timbers) is coming to Netflix on June 13. Theater Mania has more.