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A simply monumental two-part revival, a stunning production of “Angels in America” is now on Broadway and outdoes the original (production) by a mile. I didn’t like it then. I like it now. British director Maryanne Elliot has done the impossible, making the old new again. It’s been 25 years, unbelievable, but true, since the original “Angels” ravaged Broadway audiences and won a Tony AND a Pulitzer. And established itself as the primo play on AIDS. A play that could cross over to straight audiences and make them care and feel about a disease that they didn’t want to even admit WAS a disease.Movie star-turned-actor Andrew Garfield is turning in one of the most powerful performances I’ve ever seen on a stage. And Garfield’s pain as the dying Prior Walter is palpable. The original actor who played it won a Tony as likely the astounding Andrew will, too. But I didn’t like him. I’m not going to even mention his name.

Garfield’s pain as his frail body is savagely torn apart from this dreadful disease is almost unbearable to watch, but Garfield MAKES you watch it for four full hours that just fly by. His skill and power and the heights of dejectedness and horror are hard to watch, but impossible to forget and admire. Who knew that “Spider-Man” had it in him? His high-pitched screeches and guttural roars of anger and helplessness are moving beyond belief. But he’s funny, too. He lisps and swishes and throws shade with the best of them.

His lover even leaves him in Part One. He is totally abjectly alone. But somehow he finds the inner strength of one tough drag queen to survive. And we love him for it. His struggle is our struggle.

He is matched on the dark side of the human race by the despicable Donald Trump mentor lawyer Roy Cohn, who also becomes afflicted with AIDS(this part is true). The homophobic Cohn who participated in witch hunts during the McCarthy era, against Communists, AND homosexuals, now becomes sick with AIDS himself. And it gives bona fide Broadway superstar, Nathan Lane a chance to chew up the scenery and even move us in a very grand manner that may also give Lane yet another Tony.

Cohn is playwright Tony Kushner greatest creation, I feel. It’s the character of the dying, hateful Cohn, who rages and rages against the dying of his light in the grip of the strangulating Reagan era, that is truly the great coup de theatre of Kushner and Nathan Lane makes you hate him and love him in equal measure.AIDS was allowed to flourish Kushner reminds us, because then President Reagan denied its’ existence. Even though he had a gay son himself. Reagan’s presidency is  an equivalent metaphor to AIDS, the disease, unchecked, that was allowed to kill so many, many of my friends, nearly an entire generation of gay men was wiped out.It is in the culminating, overwhelming image that concludes Angels Pt. One that director Elliot’s stupendous work is most fully realized. A grotesque bag lady (Amanda Lawrence) transforms startlingly into not a beautiful angel one would expect to haunt our poor hero Prior on what seems to be his death-bed, but a human cockroach descending surrounded by other similar insects.

Garfield screams in wholly justified horror as this vision from hell  envelopes him with its dirty, frightening wings and hisses”The great work begins.”

And on Sunday I see Part Two.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle Award Winners have just been announced this morning and of all things “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won Best New Broadway Play! I’d like to point out that Jamie Farr, who is playing the grown-up Harry, is familiar to Broadway audiences as one of the “History Boys” a few seasons back.

He’ll now be famous as Harry Potter forever. He’s nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Play, too. Best Actor in a Play for the Outer Critics was won by Andrew Garfield, formerly a filmic Spider-Man, in “Angels in America.”

Lauren Ambrose, a fan favorite for her series-long role as a troubled teen in “Six Feet Under” and a marvelous Juliet in Shakespeare in the Park several seasons back, won Best Actress in a Musical for “My Fair Lady.” Norbert Leo Butz also won for his Supporting Performance as Eliza Doolittle’s much-sauced dustman father Alfred P. Doolittle. Bartlett Sher also won for Best Director and “My Fair Lady” itself as Best Revival of a Musical.Lauren Ambrose 1

 

“Harry Potter” scored four times in the technical categories for lights, costumes, back-drop scenic effects and sound.

Below is a list of the complete winner ~

Outstanding New Broadway Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Admissions

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Desperate Measures

Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey, Mean Girls

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Revival Of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America

Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
My Fair Lady

Outstanding Director Of A Play
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director Of A Musical
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Choreographer
Justin Peck, Carousel

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Outstanding Actor In A Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels In America

Outstanding Actress In A Play
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women

Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Ethan Slater, Spongebob Squarepants

Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play
Nathan Lane, Angels In America

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel

Outstanding Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke

John Gassner Award (Presented For An American Play, Preferably By A New Playwright)
Jocelyn Bioh, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Travesties Cast Kick LineWhat an absolute pleasure it is to try to enumerate the many joys of Tom Stoppard’s early comic roundelay “Travesties!” It is joyously back on Broadway making the America Airlines Theater really Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease. The sound of audiences laughing at this deft, daft, witty, reimaging of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, and the early meeting in 1917 of James Joyce, Lenin and Dadaist founder Tristan Tzara (self-portrait above)as related by the doddering British bureaucrat, Henry Carr, was music to my ears! How rare it is to NOT be talked down to on dumbed-down Broadway. What joy! What rapture unforeseen!

Stoppard sends all us dictionairists flying high into the sky of silly syllogisms, real and imagined. He loves words. He loves playing with words, and the first time I ever saw “Travesties,” I just hated it. I didn’t get it. It was praised to the skies in its’ initial iterations on Broadway and the West End, and I couldn’t make head  nor tail of it. What WERE the critics cheering about? It won the Tony for Best Play of 1975. It didn’t make any sense. But this time, I got it. It’s not supposed to. In any traditional sort of way.

For we are within the meandering mind of Henry Carr, a personage of absolutely NO importance, and now, as the play begins, slipping wordfully into his dotage. He can’t remember anything. Or rather, he can’t remember anything CORRECTLY.

Carr was a real person, and he was VERY well connected, and he really did know all these renowned luminaries in their heyday of 1917, when Zurich, Switzerland, became a sort serene Alpine Paris.

“White flag, pacific, civilian Switzerland – the miraculous neutrality of it” amidst the War to End All Wars, “blundered and wandered” Henry Carr, who now decades later, encouraged to be a memoirist, can barely remember his own name. And history barely remembers him. Except as a litigant against James Joyce, for slander and the price of a pair of trousers. Joyce won.Travesties Trio

You see, Carr, was Algernon Moncrief, in an amateur production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed in 1917 in Zurich by James Joyce, who is writing “Ulysses,” or as Carr, still angry at Joyce after all these year, calls “Elasticated Bloomers,” as he hurls a copy of that masterpiece across the stage hissing “THAT BOOK!”

You see Carr DIDN’T write that book. As Salieri never equaled Mozart. And he also doesn’t remember, more than he mis-rembers his young self and all the greats he DID know. Kinda. Sorta.

Sounds confusing, no? But never has the onset of dementia been portrayed as such an intellectual laugh-riot.

Set in the reading room of the Zurich library and Carr’s more humble flat(though he does have a manservant), Stoppard comes to the conclusion, I feel, that Joyce, Lenin and the entire thought of World War, were all Travesties, as the title says.

Stoppard’s early masterwork is being given a first-rate production under the hand of British playwright Patrick Marber. Tom Hollander is the peerless British character who is having the time of his life as he is losing his mind, as Carr. He’s been nominated for a Tony for Best Actor, and the play as Best Revival.

“Travesties” is another delicious gem of a transfer by the marvelous Menier Chocolate Factory of London. Even though Carr and Tom Hollander as a limerick-spouting, loutish Joyce, are the only two original cast members, Marber’s spot-on, mind-spinning direction is a joy to behold.

But at last I have to say that it is the Dadaist painter and bon vivant Tristan Tzara, as played with the greatest of skill and elan by American actor Seth Numrich, that playwright Stoppard is the most sympathetic to. His Tzara is another joy of acting. Loose-limbed, loose-lipped and simply louche, he is always wearing a monocle and a bright purple carvat., He’s outrageous and adorable all at the same time.

Tzara is first seen cutting Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” into a million pieces of paper, shuffling them around in his hat, and then dumping them all out-of-order on the floor. And declaring as if it was some magic trick that it’s “Da-da!”

Stoppard’s magic trick is analogous to that silly symbol of legerdemain and simply not to be missed! It is flying high at the American Airlines Theater at 227 W. 42nd St. until June 17.

“Angels in America” tops the list of Best Play nominees for today’s just announced Tony Awards with eleven including Best Play Revival. Two musicals “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Mean Girls” topped the Best Musical Category with 12 nominations each. And the much favored musical, which dominated the Drama Desk Awards when it was Off-Broadway last year, the critically acclaimed “The Band’s Visit” tied “Angels,” a serious play, with eleven. 

 

Best Play:
“The Children”
“Farinelli and The King”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
“Junk”
“Latin History for Morons”

Best Musical:
“The Band’s Visit”
Frozen
“Mean Girls”
“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Revival of a Play:
“Angels in America”
“Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”
“Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”
“Lobby Hero”
“Travesties”

Best Revival of a Musical:
“My Fair Lady”
“Once On This Island”
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Best Book of a Musical:
“The Band’s Visit,” Itamar Moses
Frozen,” Jennifer Lee
“Mean Girls,” Tina Fey
“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical,” Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score:
“Angels in America”
“The Band’s Visit”
“Frozen”
“Mean Girls”
“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America”
Tom Hollander, “Travesties”
Jamie Parker, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Mark Rylance, “Farinelli and The King”
Denzel Washington, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Glenda Jackson, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”
Condola Rashad, “Saint Joan”
Lauren Ridloff, “Children of a Lesser God”
Amy Schumer, “Meteor Shower”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”
Joshua Henry, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Band’s Visit”
Ethan Slater, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Lauren Ambrose, “My Fair Lady”
Hailey Kilgore, “Once On This Island”
LaChanze, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”
Katrina Lenk, “The Band’s Visit”
Taylor Louderman, “Mean Girls”
Jessie Mueller, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play”
Anthony Boyle, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Michael Cera, “Lobby Hero”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Lobby Hero”
Nathan Lane, “Angels in America”
David Morse, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Susan Brown, “Angels in America”
Noma Dumezweni, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Deborah Findlay, “The Children”
Denise Gough, “Angels in America”
Laurie Metcalf, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Norbert Leo Butz, “My Fair Lady”
Alexander Gemignani, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Grey Henson, “Mean Girls”
Gavin Lee, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”
Ari’el Stachel, “The Band’s Visit”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Ariana DeBose, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”
Renée Fleming, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Lindsay Mendez, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Ashley Park, “Mean Girls”
Diana Rigg, “My Fair Lady”

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Miriam Buether, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”
Jonathan Fensom, “Farinelli and The King”
Christine Jones, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Santo Loquasto, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, “Angels in America”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Dane Laffrey, “Once On This Island”
Scott Pask, “The Band’s Visit”
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, “Mean Girls”
Michael Yeargan, “My Fair Lady”
David Zinn, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jonathan Fensom, “Farinelli and The King”
Nicky Gillibrand, “Angels in America”
Katrina Lindsay, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Ann Roth, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”
Ann Roth, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Gregg Barnes, “Mean Girls”
Clint Ramos, “Once On This Island”
Ann Roth, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
David Zinn, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”
Catherine Zuber, “My Fair Lady”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Paule Constable, “Angels in America”
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”
Paul Russell, “Farinelli and The King”
Ben Stanton, “Junk”

Now, come the Drama Desk Award nominations! Fast on the heels of the Outer Critics Circle Nominations, it’s so hard to keep up! The difference between the two is that the Drama Desk nominators as unbelievable as it sounds see (and nominate) EVERYTHING! From Broadway to Off Broadway to Off-Off Broadway! And even this year in Brooklyn! Maureen Gough, the young British actress, who made her debut this year at St. Ann’s Warehouse, in Dumbo, in Brooklyn, is nominated for Outstanding (Best) Performance by an Actress for “People, Places and Things” .

“The Band’s Visit” just like at the Outer Critics is MIA, because it was nominated last year because it was Off-Broadway and won for Best Musical then. No show can be nominated twice, unless it is substantially different from the previous iteration

Which is why the Drama Desk are considered the most prestigious award, because all contenders on all New York platforms are considered equally.

Here’s a complete list of the nominees.

Outstanding Play

Admissions, by Joshua Harmon, Lincoln Center Theater
Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog, New York Theatre Workshop
Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones, Playwrights Horizons
People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh, MCC Theater

Outstanding Musical

Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theatre Company/Woodshed Collective
Mean Girls
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Revival of a Play

Angels in America
Hindle Wakes, Mint Theater Company
In the Blood, Signature Theatre Company
Three Tall Women
Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory/Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Amerike-The Golden Land, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Carousel
My Fair Lady, Lincoln Center Theater
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Johnny Flynn, Hangmen, Royal Court Theatre/Atlantic Theater Company
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory/Roundabout Theatre Company
James McArdle, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, At Home at the Zoo, Signature Theatre Company

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Carrie Coon, Mary Jane, New York Theatre Workshop
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Billie Piper, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones, the cell
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Gizel Jiménez, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater
LaChanze, Summer
Jessie Mueller, Carousel
Ashley Park, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ben Edelman, Admissions, Lincoln Center Theater
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero, Second Stage
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Jocelyn Bioh, In the Blood, Signature Theatre
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans, Roundabout Underground
Barbara Marten, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Deirdre O’Connell, Fulfillment Center, Manhattan Theatre Club
Constance Shulman, Bobbie Clearly, Roundabout Underground

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones, Ars Nova
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Kenita R. Miller, Once on This Island
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Kate Rockwell, Mean Girls

Outstanding Director of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary, Playwrights Horizons
Simon Stone, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
Teddy Bergman, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective
Jack O’Brien, Carousel
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography

Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Abingdon Theatre Company

Outstanding Music

The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones, Ars Nova/Piece by Piece Productions/Z Space
Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
David Friedman, Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective

Outstanding Lyrics

Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes/Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, Public Theatre
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob Squarepants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures, York Theatre Company
Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2B Theatre/59E59

Outstanding Orchestrations

Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin (John Bertles and Bash the Trash, found instrument design) Once on This Island
Charlie Rosen, Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, Public Theater
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Outstanding Music in a Play

Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Hicks, Mlima’s Tale, Public Theatre
Amatus Karim-Ali, The Homecoming Queen, Atlantic Theater Company
Justin Levine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Public Theater
Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

The Hudson Scenic Studio Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Bunny Christie, People, Places & Things, St. Ann’s Warehouse/National Theatre/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Lizzie Clachan, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory
Maruti Evans, Kill Move Paradise, National Black Theatre
Louisa Thompson, In the Blood, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical

Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
Beowulf Boritt, Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club
Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Santo Loquasto, Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, MCC Theater
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Emilio Sosa, Venus, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady, Lincoln Center Theater
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Play

Admissions, by Joshua Harmon, Lincoln Center Theater
Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog, New York Theatre Workshop
Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones, Playwrights Horizons
People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh, MCC Theater

Outstanding Musical

Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theatre Company/Woodshed Collective
Mean Girls
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Revival of a Play

Angels in America
Hindle Wakes, Mint Theater Company
In the Blood, Signature Theatre Company
Three Tall Women
Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory/Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Amerike-The Golden Land, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Carousel
My Fair Lady, Lincoln Center Theater
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Johnny Flynn, Hangmen, Royal Court Theatre/Atlantic Theater Company
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory/Roundabout Theatre Company
James McArdle, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, At Home at the Zoo, Signature Theatre Company

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Carrie Coon, Mary Jane, New York Theatre Workshop
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Billie Piper, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones, the cell
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Gizel Jiménez, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater
LaChanze, Summer
Jessie Mueller, Carousel
Ashley Park, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ben Edelman, Admissions, Lincoln Center Theater
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero, Second Stage
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Jocelyn Bioh, In the Blood, Signature Theatre
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans, Roundabout Underground
Barbara Marten, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Deirdre O’Connell, Fulfillment Center, Manhattan Theatre Club
Constance Shulman, Bobbie Clearly, Roundabout Underground

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones, Ars Nova
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Kenita R. Miller, Once on This Island
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Kate Rockwell, Mean Girls

Outstanding Director of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things, National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary, Playwrights Horizons
Simon Stone, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
Teddy Bergman, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective
Jack O’Brien, Carousel
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography

Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Abingdon Theatre Company

Outstanding Music

The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones, Ars Nova/Piece by Piece Productions/Z Space
Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
David Friedman, Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, The Public Theater
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective

Outstanding Lyrics

Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes/Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, Public Theatre
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures, The York Theatre Company
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob Squarepants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures, York Theatre Company
Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2B Theatre/59E59

Outstanding Orchestrations

Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin (John Bertles and Bash the Trash, found instrument design) Once on This Island
Charlie Rosen, Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, Public Theater
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Outstanding Music in a Play

Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Hicks, Mlima’s Tale, Public Theatre
Amatus Karim-Ali, The Homecoming Queen, Atlantic Theater Company
Justin Levine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Public Theater
Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

The Hudson Scenic Studio Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Bunny Christie, People, Places & Things, St. Ann’s Warehouse/National Theatre/Bryan Singer Productions/Headlong
Lizzie Clachan, Yerma, Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory
Maruti Evans, Kill Move Paradise, National Black Theatre
Louisa Thompson, In the Blood, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical

Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, 2b Theatre Company/59E59
Beowulf Boritt, Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club
Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Santo Loquasto, Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, MCC Theater
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Emilio Sosa, Venus, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady, Lincoln Center Theater
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale, Playwrights Horizons

For more nominations and analysis and summation, go to http://www.awardswatch.com

Spring must finally be here as this season’s theater awards-giving organizations begin to announce their nominations for the Best of the Season. First up, the Outer Critics Circle with “SpongeBob Squarepants,”the musical based on the cartoon.

Here below is the complete list ~ Note: That “The Band’s Visit” was Off Broadway last year and was eligible then, but not again this season. “The Band’s Visit” is now on Broadway. Previously, last season it was at the Atlantic.

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

The Children

Farinelli and the King

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Junk

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

Escape to Margaritaville

Frozen

Mean Girls

Prince of Broadway

SpongeBob SquarePants

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Admissions

Cost of Living

Hangmen

The Low Road

Mlima’s Tale

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Cruel Intentions

Desperate Measures

Jerry Springer- The Opera

Miss You Like Hell

Woody Sez

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Tina Fey     Mean Girls

Quiara Alegría Hudes     Miss You Like Hell

Kyle Jarrow     SpongeBob SquarePants

Peter Kellogg     Desperate Measures

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith,               Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C,      Jonathan Coulton, Tom Kitt                 SpongeBob SquarePants

David Friedman & Peter Kellogg          Desperate Measures

Imogen Heap                   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Quiara Alegría Hudes                             Miss You Like Hell

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez              Frozen

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Angels in America

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Lobby Hero

Three Tall Women

Travesties

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Carousel

My Fair Lady

Once on This Island

Pacific Overtures

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Jo Bonney     Cost of Living

Marianne Elliott     Angels in America

Patrick Marber     Travesties

Joe Mantello     Three Tall Women

John Tiffany     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Michael Arden     Once on This Island

Bill Castellino     Desperate Measures

Tina Landau     SpongeBob SquarePants

Casey Nicholaw     Mean Girls

Bartlett Sher     My Fair Lady

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Camille A. Brown     Once on This Island

Christopher Gattelli     My Fair Lady

Christopher Gattelli     SpongeBob SquarePants

Steven Hoggett     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Justin Peck     Carousel

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Miriam Buether     Three Tall Women

Myung Hee Cho     In the Body of the World

Christine Jones     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Yeargan     My Fair Lady

David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Katrina Lindsay     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Clint Ramos     Once on This Island

Paloma Young     Time and the Conways

David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants

Catherine Zuber     My Fair Lady

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical) Kevin Adams     SpongeBob SquarePants

Neil Austin     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Paule Constable     Angels in America

Paul Russell     Farinelli and the King

Lap Chi Chu     Mlima’s Tale

 

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN

(Play or Musical) Tim Reid     1984

Finn Ross     Frozen

Finn Ross     In the Body of the World

Finn Ross & Adam Young     Mean Girls

Finn Ross & Ash Woodward     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

(Play or Musical) Gareth Fry     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Kate Marvin     [Porto]

Fitz Patton     Napoli, Brooklyn

Marc Salzberg     My Fair Lady

Darron L. West     Mlima’s Tale

 

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS

Jason Robert Brown     Prince of Broadway

Tom Kitt     SpongeBob SquarePants

AnnMarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin     Once on This Island

Jonathan Tunick     Carousel

Claire Van Kampen     Farinelli and the King

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Sean Carvajal     Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Andrew Garfield     Angels in America

Tom Hollander     Travesties

Gregg Mozgala     Cost of Living

Michael Urie     The Government Inspector

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

MaameYaa Boafo     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Jessica Hecht     Admissions

Glenda Jackson     Three Tall Women

Lauren Ridloff     Children of a Lesser God

Katy Sullivan     Cost of Living

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Harry Hadden-Paton     My Fair Lady

Joshua Henry     Carousel

David M. Lutken     Woody Sez

Conor Ryan     Desperate Measures

Ethan Slater     SpongeBob SquarePants

  

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Lauren Ambrose     My Fair Lady

Erika Henningsen     Mean Girls

Hailey Kilgore     Once On This Island

Taylor Louderman     Mean Girls

Patti Murin     Frozen

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Anthony Boyle     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Johnny Flynn     Hangmen

Nathan Lane     Angels in America

David Morse     The Iceman Cometh

Paul Sparks     At Home at the Zoo

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jamie Brewer     Amy and the Orphans

Denise Gough     Angels in America

Harriet Harris     The Low Road

Laurie Metcalf     Three Tall Women

Mary Testa     The Government Inspector

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Norbert Leo Butz     My Fair Lady

Alexander Gemignani     Carousel

Gavin Lee     SpongeBob SquarePants

Nick Wyman     Desperate Measures

Tony Yazbeck     Prince of Broadway

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kerry Butler    Mean Girls

Lindsay Mendez     Carousel

Lauren Molina     Desperate Measures

Ashley Park     Mean Girls  

Emily Skinner     Prince of Broadway

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Billy Crudup     Harry Clarke

Eve Ensler     In the Body of the World

Alison Fraser     Squeamish

John Lithgow     Stories By Heart

Sharon Washington     Feeding the Dragon

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Kate Benson     [Porto]

Jocelyn Bioh     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Lindsey Ferrentino     Amy and the Orphans

Meghan Kennedy     Napoli, Brooklyn

Dominique Morisseau     Pipeline

 


 


 

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

SpongeBob SquarePants – 11; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – 10; My Fair Lady –9; Mean Girls – 8; Desperate Measures – 7; Angels in America – 6; Carousel – 6; Once On This Island – 6; Three Tall Women – 5; Cost of Living – 4; Frozen – 4; Prince of Broadway – 4; Farinelli and the King- 3; In the Body of the World- 3; Mlima’s Tale – 3; Miss You Like Hell – 3; Travesties – 3.

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I host an impromptu surprise birthday party for the lovely and talented mezzo-soprano Caitlin Burke. Ms. Burke has played in sixteen of the grand character women’s roles with NYGASP, New York’s Gilbert and Sullivan Players, including “Patience” and their current offering, the little-seen “Ruddigore” currently opening this weekend at Hunter College.

http://www.nygasp.com

Videography by Jad Jacobs and Emily Miller

Editing by Jad Jacobs

Special Thanks to Kevin Teller

 

 

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