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    2019 Tony Awards

    The 2019 Tony nominations will be announced this coming Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m. It can be seen live on TV or heard live on various radio stations (such as Sirius XM's "On Broadway").

    I just looked at the list of eligible shows. Some comments:

    There are 14 eligible "original plays". As I look over that list, most of them would fit almost anyone's definition of "original". However, there is "Network", which admits to being based on the movie of the same name. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is based on the original book and not the movie, but I still question it as an "original" play as well.

    But then there are the 11 eligible "original musicals". SEVEN of them are either based on the lives and music of prior groups or soloists (including Cher and The Temptations) or they are based on movies being turned into a stage musical (for example, Beetlejuice, King Kong, and Pretty Woman). In the former concept, there is almost always very little original music, and in the latter, little or no original story. I have some trouble with both concepts being in this category. But without those 7, there would be 4 eligible shows, and that happens to also be the number of nominations.

    There are 7 revivals of plays eligible. This is enough to make even the nominations a bit competitive (though keep in mind that statistically each of them has a greater than 50% chance of much is a nomination on honor?)

    But then, there are only 2 eligible revivals of musicals......with 4 nominations available, I think they can both count on at least a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical.

    I have almost always found the Tony Awards broadcast to be the best awards show of the season, even if I knew almost nothing about the shows. So I am a bit of a fan who is also able to be critical of what goes on.


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    I think by original, they mean original Broadway production. For example, Spring Awakening was an original Broadway production, but was actually based on a play from the 1890's.

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    That is exactly the way they have chosen to interpret it. I am not comfortable with that interpretation, but then, my opinion doesn't count at all in the choosing of these awards.


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    Tonys: Judith Light to Receive 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award (Exclusive)

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    Judith Light

    The actress, a two-time previous Tony Award winner, will be honored for her work to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.
    Veteran actress and two-time Tony winner Judith Light is the 2019 recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, an honor presented annually by the Tony Awards to a member of the theater community for contributions to humanitarian, social service or charitable causes.

    Light will receive the award for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights, reflecting a vocal involvement that dates back to the early, bitterly divisive days of the AIDS pandemic. She has been an influential spokesperson for the movement, aligning herself with numerous organizations including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

    "To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life," said Light in a statement.

    "The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable and uplifting," she added. "They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theater family, whom I so respect, honor and love."

    Light's activism has been a constant over many years — in 1993 she spoke at the LGBT March in Washington, D.C.; in 1995 she bicycled from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center; the following year she joined Elizabeth Taylor at the National Mall in Washington for the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt; and in 1998, she was recognized by GLAAD with the Vision Award for her dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    She also traveled to South Africa in 2002 to participate in the 100-mile Africa AIDS Trek to raise awareness for on-the-ground care in that country and research in the U.S. Light has long been a supporter of Outfest in Los Angeles and sits on the honorary board of national LGBTQ+ scholarship fund the Point Foundation.

    "Judith is one of the most beloved members of our theater community," said Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens. "Her talent is as big as her heart and spirit — and her tireless commitment to HIV/AIDS organizations and to the LGBTQ community are unparalleled."

    A frequent presence on Broadway in recent years, Light received her first Tony nomination in 2011 for Lombardi. She then pulled off the rare achievement of winning back to back Tonys for best featured actress in a play in 2012 for Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities and in 2013 for Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties. Her most recent Broadway appearance was starring opposite Keira Knightley in Therese Raquin in 2015.

    Light has been nominated four times for a Primetime Emmy Award — for Ugly Betty in 2007, for Transparent in 2016 and again the following year, and for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace in 2018. She won Daytime Emmys in 1980 and '81 for One Life to Live.

    In addition to her scene-stealing role as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent, Light has contributed through her screen work to the cultural conversation around prejudice and bigotry toward HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities, going back as far as the ABC TV movie The Ryan White Story in 1989 and the feature film Save Me in 2007, written by her husband Robert Desiderio. She was both privately and publicly supportive of actor Danny Pintauro, who played her son on the '80s ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?, when he was coming out, first as gay and later as HIV-positive.

    Light's upcoming roles include the 1091 release Before You Know It, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance; the musical finale of Transparent, streaming on Amazon Prime in the fall; the Ryan Murphy Netflix series The Politician, with Bette Midler and Ben Platt; and the film Hot Air, with Steve Coogan.

    Previous Isabelle Stevenson Award winners have included Phyllis Newman, David Hyde Pierce, Eve Ensler, Bernadette Peters, Larry Kramer, Rosie O'Donnell, Stephen Schwartz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Baayork Lee and Nick Scandalios.

    The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of the 2018-19 Broadway season, will be presented June 9 in a ceremony broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall, with 2012 Tony winner James Corden returning as host. Nominations in the competitive categories will be announced next Tuesday.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

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    As usual, for me the Tonys Show was the best awards show telecast of the year. It always amazes me that they can totally hold my interest when awarding shows of which I have seen exactly none.

    Special shout out to the opening number: Can the Tonys put together an opening number or what? This one was amazing.

    There was somewhat more spreading around of awards than there was last year. But still, Hadestown was the single biggest winner with 8 Tonys, including Best Musical. The play with the most wins, including Best Play, was The Ferryman with 4 total Tonys.


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    Those of us in the Dallas area didn't get to watch the Tony Awards or anything else. A freak storm (that kinda looked like a hurricane) came through yesterday afternoon and most of us had no power until today and many still waiting.

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    For @shtexas and anyone else who wants to see the opening number, but missed it.

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    Full winners list via @cnn

    Best play

    "Choir Boy" by Tarell Alvin McCraney
    "The Ferryman" by Jez Butterworth *WINNER
    "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus" by Taylor Mac
    "Ink" by James Graham
    "What the Constitution Means to Me" by Heidi Schreck

    Best revival of a musical

    "Kiss Me, Kate"
    Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" *WINNER

    Best musical

    "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
    "Hadestown" *WINNER
    "The Prom"

    Best revival of a play

    Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"
    "The Boys in the Band" by Mart Crowley *WINNER
    "Burn This" by Lanford Wilson
    "Torch Song" by Harvey Fierstein
    "The Waverly Gallery" by Kenneth Lonergan

    Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

    Brooks Ashmanskas, "The Prom"
    Derrick Baskin, "Ain't Too Proud"
    Alex Brightman, "Beetlejuice"
    Damon Daunno, "Oklahoma!"
    Santino Fontana, "Tootsie" *WINNER

    Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

    Stephanie J. Block, "The Cher Show" *WINNER
    Caitlin Kinnunen, "The Prom"
    Beth Leavel, "The Prom"
    Eva Noblezada, "Hadestown"
    Kelli O'Hara, "Kiss Me, Kate"

    Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

    Paddy Considine, "The Ferryman"
    Bryan Cranston, "Network" *WINNER
    Jeff Daniels, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Adam Driver, "Burn This"
    Jeremy Pope, "Choir Boy"

    Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play

    Annette Bening, "All My Sons"
    Laura Donnelly, "The Ferryman"
    Elaine May, "The Waverly Gallery" *WINNER
    Janet McTeer, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
    Laurie Metcalf, "Hillary and Clinton"
    Heidi Schreck, "What the Constitution Means to Me"

    Best book of a musical

    "Ain't Too Proud," Dominique Morisseau
    "Beetlejuice," Scott Brown and Anthony King
    "Hadestown," Anaďs Mitchell
    "The Prom," Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
    "Tootsie," Robert Horn *WINNER

    Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater

    "Be More Chill," Joe Iconis
    "Beetlejuice," Eddie Perfect
    "Hadestown," Anaďs Mitchell *WINNER
    "The Prom," Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
    "To Kill a Mockingbird," Adam Guettel
    "Tootsie," David Yazbek

    Best direction of a musical

    Rachel Chavkin, "Hadestown" *WINNER
    Scott Ellis, "Tootsie"
    Daniel Fish, "Oklahoma!"
    Des McAnuff, "Ain't Too Proud"
    Casey Nicholaw, "The Prom"

    Best direction of a play

    Rupert Goold, "Ink"
    Sam Mendes, "The Ferryman" *WINNER
    Bartlett Sher, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Ivo van Hove, "Network"
    George C. Wolfe, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"

    Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

    André De Shields, "Hadestown" *WINNER
    Andy Grotelueschen, "Tootsie"
    Patrick Page, "Hadestown"
    Jeremy Pope, "Ain't Too Proud"
    Ephraim Sykes, "Ain't Too Proud"

    Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

    Lilli Cooper, "Tootsie"
    Amber Gray, "Hadestown"
    Sarah Stiles, "Tootsie"
    Ali Stroker, "Oklahoma!" *WINNER
    Mary Testa, "Oklahoma!"

    Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

    Bertie Carvel, "Ink" *WINNER
    Robin De Jesús, "The Boys in the Band"
    Gideon Glick, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Brandon Uranowitz, "Burn This"
    Benjamin Walker, "All My Sons"

    Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

    Fionnula Flanagan, "The Ferryman"
    Celia Keenan-Bolger, "To Kill a Mockingbird" *WINNER
    Kristine Nielsen, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
    Julie White, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
    Ruth Wilson, "King Lear"

    Best choreography

    Camille A. Brown, "Choir Boy"
    Warren Carlyle, "Kiss Me, Kate"
    Denis Jones, "Tootsie"
    David Neumann, "Hadestown"
    Sergio Trujillo, "Ain't Too Proud" *WINNER

    Best orchestrations

    Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, "Hadestown" *WINNER
    Larry Hochman, "Kiss Me, Kate"
    Daniel Kluger, "Oklahoma!"
    Simon Hale, "Tootsie"
    Harold Wheeler, "Ain't Too Proud"

    Best scenic design of a musical

    Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, 'Ain't Too Proud"
    Peter England, "King Kong"
    Rachel Hauck, "Hadestown" *WINNER
    Laura Jellinek, "Oklahoma!"
    David Korins, "Beetlejuice"

    Best scenic design of a play

    Miriam Buether, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Bunny Christie, "Ink"
    Rob Howell, "The Ferryman" *WINNER
    Santo Loquasto, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
    Jan Versweyveld, "Network"

    Best costume design of a musical

    Michael Krass, "Hadestown"
    William Ivey Long, "Beetlejuice"
    William Ivey Long, "Tootsie"
    Bob Mackie, "The Cher Show" *WINNER
    Paul Tazewell, "Ain't Too Proud"

    Best costume design of a play

    Rob Howell, "The Ferryman" *WINNER
    Toni-Leslie James, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
    Clint Ramos, "Torch Song"
    Ann Roth, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
    Ann Roth, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    Best sound design of a musical

    Peter Hylenski, "Beetlejuice"
    Peter Hylenski, "King Kong"
    Steve Canyon Kennedy, "Ain't Too Proud"
    Drew Levy, "Oklahoma!"
    Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, "Hadestown" *WINNER

    Best sound design of a play

    Adam Cork, "Ink"
    Scott Lehrer, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Fitz Patton, "Choir Boy" *WINNER
    Nick Powell, "The Ferryman"
    Eric Sleichim, "Network"

    Best lighting design of a musical

    Kevin Adams, "The Cher Show"
    Howell Binkley, "Ain't Too Proud"
    Bradley King, "Hadestown" *WINNER
    Peter Mumford, "King Kong"
    Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, "Beetlejuice"

    Best lighting design of a play

    Neil Austin, "Ink" *WINNER
    Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
    Peter Mumford, "The Ferryman"
    Jennifer Tipton, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, "Network"
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    Wow, I think that's Elaine May's first Tony and she must be close to 90 years old.

    Side note: Several years ago, Craig and I had season tickets to one of the local theaters here and we saw a workshop of Bart Sher's "To Kill a Mockingbird" that was godawful. I actually fell asleep for a long stretch of it, and we escaped before the second act. It wasn't just us; the play was savaged by the local critics. I've been reading that they rewrote it so the play is no longer carried by child actors (the ones we saw were unwatchable and they were recast multiple times during the workshop), but it must have really improved to get so many Tony noms.
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    JazzNU, So glad you posted the opening number. I loved it just as much re-watching it just now. That surely gets my vote for best opening number I've ever seen in any awards show. I love the use of the entire cast of every nominated musical. The mob on stage gets pretty big by the end. I do wonder how long they rehearsed was flawless, and with a cast of hundreds.


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    JT, Thanks for that insight on To Kill a Mockingbird. The actress who played Scout, and won the Featured Actress in a Play Tony for it, is 41 years old. She looks like she could still be a child, unless you see her very close up.



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