Category Archives: Tony Awards

Orlando Shakes adds two hits to season lineup

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has added two recent Broadway hits,  Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage and John Logan’s Red, to its 2011-2012 season, artistic director Jim Helsinger has announced.

The theater company also will present Sleigh, the PB&J Theatre Factory Christmas show, as a special event.

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‘Book of Mormon, ‘Scottsboro Boys’ lead Tony nominations

The Book of Mormon, the impudent hit musical by the creators of South Park and Avenue Q, has won 14 Tony nominations, the most for any Broadway production in the 2010-2011 season.

In nominations announced this morning, that show was followed closely by 12 nominations for The Scottsboro Boys, a serious musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, creators of Cabaret and Chicago, which ran on Broadway for only six weeks last fall.

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‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘La Cage’ to be part of next Orlando Bway series

Faith Prince and Giuseppe Bausilio in the national tour of 'Billy Elliot the Musical' (photo by Joan Marcus)

Billy Elliot the Musical, the Tony Award-winning best musical of 2009, will be only one of several popular favorites included in the 2011-2012 Broadway Across America series at Orlando’s Carr Performing Arts Centre.

Also coming to Orlando next season: The 2010 Tony winner for best revival of a musical, La Cage aux Folles; the 2008 Tony winner in the same category, South Pacific; the multiple-Tony-winning mega-hits The Lion King and Les Misérables; and last season’s hit The Addams Family.

Billy Elliot will be here for a 12-day run and The Lion King for a month.

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Marian Seldes, and why she rocks

Those of you who watched the Tonys last night saw Marian Seldes, one of the last grande dames of the American theater, who deserves every grande adjective she gets.

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Sean Hayes to host Tonys

This was announced yesterday, but with so much Fringe stuff to do I wasn’t able to pass it on. Sean Hayes, of Promises, Promises and Will & Grace, will host this year’s Tonys June 13.

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Postcard from Broadway: ‘Red’

If you equate red with passion, and with tragedy, and with blood, you’re not far off from what playwright John Logan has in mind in Red, the new play that has scooped up more Tony nominations than any other this season.

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The snubs in today’s Tony noms

Tony nomination day is great news for lots of people — and not so great for others. Here’s the LA Times’s David Ng on who’s probably having a bad day.

Tony nominations announced

The musicals Fela! and La Cage aux Folles got the highest number of Tony nominations — 11 each — when the nominations were announced this morning in New York. A revival of August Wilson’s Fences got 10 nominations, and the musical Memphis — co-produced by Central Floridians Barbara and Buddy Freitag — won eight.

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Rolls grad gets another Tony nomination

Here’s good news around Annie Russell Theatre: Rollins alumnus Christopher Fitzgerald has won another Tony nomination, this time as the leprechaun Og (!) in the musical revival Finian’s Rainbow. He’s nominated for outstanding featured actor in a musical.

Fitzgerald also was nominated for his turn as Igor in the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein.


Seldes, Ayckbourn to get lifetime Tonys

Two veteran theater people, actress Marian Seldes and playwright Alan Ayckbourn, will get honorary Tony Awards this June.

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Theater review: ‘In the Heights’

Theater review: ‘In the Heights’
By Elizabeth Maupin

Maybe you don’t speak Spanish.

Maybe you’ve never ventured north of 96th Street in New York City, and the George Washington Bridge is just an Erector-Set toy out your hotel window and way, way uptown.

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