June 2, 2000 |
If Sunday's annual Tony Awards came with a stretchy-toy mascot--and really, what awards show couldn't use one?--that mascot would be good old Gumby. For those who haven't seen it lately, Gumby's head resembles the state of New York, proud home to New York City and, in turn, the industry and somewhat distressed state of mind known as Broadway. Faced with musicals that some consider less than "real," the Tony administration has added a catch-all category for hard-to-categorize productions.
May 28, 1995 |
Next Sunday is the annual Tony Awards telecast, traditionally a time for critics to dish the New York theater season that was. So, here we go. This was the year in which the Tony nominating committee simply handed out two awards to "Sunset Boulevard"--the only new musical of the season with a book (Don Black and Christopher Hampton) and an original score (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber).
June 8, 1999 |
Like all probing artistic explorations of the human condition, Sunday's Tony Awards telecast dared to provoke the unanswerable questions. What's up with that number from "The Civil War," for instance? Thirty seconds into "Freedom's Child," a poorly filmed mess featuring the music of Frank Wildhorn and two guys running across the stage with flags, you could hear the scramble for remotes all across this mighty nation.