May 11, 2010 |
Toward the end of her very full life, Lena Horne suggested to a PBS interviewer that, after decades of struggling to define her image as an artist and a black woman, she finally had seized possession of her identity. "I don't have to be a symbol to anybody," said Horne, who died Sunday night in a New York hospital at the age of 92. "I no longer have to be a 'credit.' " Americans born before 1960 will recognize Horne's fragmented reference to a phrase that, mercifully, has now been confined to history's ash heap: "a credit to her (or his)
June 3, 1991 |
"The Will Rogers Follies," an all-American song-and-dance extravaganza, was named best musical of the 1990-91 Broadway season Sunday, beating out the highly publicized "Miss Saigon" at the annual Tony Awards ceremonies. "Lost in Yonkers," Neil Simon's tale of a deeply troubled family, took the prize for best play. It was the second best-play award for Simon, who won in 1985 for "Biloxi Blues."
April 2, 2013 |
"I Am Harvey Milk," a new oratorio from Tony and Grammy nominee Andrew Lippa, will make its world premiere in June at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 35th anniversary. The composer, who penned the music and lyrics for Broadway's "The Addams Family," also will star as the late gay rights activist, alongside Tony-winner Laura Benanti ("Gypsy"). Tickets range from $25 to $65. The show - part choral performance, part theater - traces Milk's life from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man in the United States to hold public office.
May 17, 2006 |
"The Drowsy Chaperone," a zany tribute to the rollicking musicals of the 1920s, received 13 Tony nominations Tuesday, including one for best musical, making it the surprise leader in the race for Broadway's top honors. The Oprah Winfrey-produced musical "The Color Purple," based on the Alice Walker novel, garnered 11 nods, and the revival of "The Pajama Game," starring pop and jazz singer Harry Connick Jr., followed with nine nominations.
June 4, 1988 |
Why all the fuss about the Tony Awards? They don't even represent all of the New York theater, let alone the American theater. Still, they do sum up the Broadway season. They remind us that theater people know how to put on a better TV awards show than movie people. Also, this year South Coast Repertory is getting a special resident-theater Tony. It will be presented by Madonna, who became a theater person last month when she opened in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." The Tony show starts at 9 p.
May 18, 1994 |
Gordon Davidson was crowing. "We're the most active and productive theater in the area of new and challenging work in the United States," claimed the artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum. "Somebody else can add 'the world.' " The most recent evidence in support of his boast: The Taper co-produced three of the four nominees for one of Broadway's top awards, the Tony Award for best play.
June 9, 1987 |
"Can you imagine a British actor holding this on a Broadway stage?" marveled Robert Lindsay, receiving his Tony Award for "Me and My Girl" Sunday night. The home viewer had no problem imagining it. Not only did every other Tony recipient this year seem to have a British accent, so did every other presenter, starting with emcee Angela Lansbury. Depressing? Realistic, rather. The Brits did sweep the field this year, so why not recognize it?
June 3, 1997 |
On Sunday night's new, improved, three-hour Tony Award telecast, host Rosie O'Donnell described herself as "Broadway's biggest fan." But she was a subtle critic, too. She exclaimed over the number performed from the sensational revival of "Chicago," while remaining suspiciously tight-lipped over a song from "The Life," which featured actresses in grotesque get-ups playing angry but proud prostitutes. The Tony broadcast offered no major gaffs and few surprises.
June 7, 1988 |
"This is rather unexpected," said Andrew Lloyd Webber, accepting "Phantom of the Opera's" award for best musical on Sunday night's Tony broadcast. It certainly was, considering that "Into the Woods" had just received awards for having the Broadway season's best score (by Stephen Sondheim) and best book (by James Lapine). The reasoning seemed to be: Yeah, but "Phantom" is a better show . Fudge. However, as colleague Robert Hilburn might say, it's only rock 'n' roll.