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July 19, 2005 |
Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 1939 film "Wuthering Heights" and rebelled against the Hollywood studio system before returning to the New York stage, has died. She was 91. Fitzgerald died Sunday in her New York City apartment after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, said her daughter, Susan Scheftel. The striking, Irish-born actress had appeared in two Broadway shows when Warner Bros. movie studio signed her to a seven-year contract in 1938.
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."
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.
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.
June 1, 2012 |
Had you polled theater pundits in recent years about which they thought would be in better shape today, the Broadway musical or the Broadway play, it's hard to imagine any of them choosing the drama. Yet one of the unexpected developments of the past season is the robust showing of what used to be called "the straight play" - a designation that sounds vaguely apologetic for not featuring high-kicking chorus girls and 11 o'clock numbers. Apparently, those mythological hordes of tourists with their insatiable appetite for franchise spectacles aren't having the final say. Playwrights and the producers who love them have been putting up a sneaky defense against the theme-park takeover of Broadway.
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.