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).
February 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - A few years ago, playwright Christopher Durang began wondering "what if" a bunch of Anton Chekhov's characters lived in Bucks County, Penn., as he did. And what if two of the older ones lived in a nice stone farmhouse like his for not just in midlife, as he does, but for their entire lives? "Even when I studied Chekhov's plays in college, I felt empathy for his older characters, often regretful and unhappy," says Durang. "Now that I'm older, I wanted to do something triggered by Chekhov but put in the present day. My farm house, which is on a little hill, made me think of a lot of the sets I've seen in 'The Seagull.'" The result of such musing is "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
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.
April 8, 2014 |
One Tony Award winner is already a lock, with organizers of the theater awards ceremony announcing that costume designer Jane Greenwood would be this year's recipient of a special Tony for lifetime achievement. Tuesday's announcement included the following words of praise from Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theater Wing: "It is our honor to present Jane with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding work in costume design and for her dedication to the theatre.
March 12, 2014 |
Blythe Danner will return to Broadway in the new Donald Margulies play "The Country House," which is scheduled to open Oct. 2 in a production by the Manhattan Theater Club. But before bowing in New York, Danner and the play will open at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for a month-long run starting in June. As previously announced, "The Country House," directed by Daniel Sullivan, is set to open at the Geffen on June 11. (The staging will be a co-production between the Geffen and MTC.)