Look below for full lists of nominees by category and by show.
The Tony Award nominations have finally been released after a live broadcast announcement by Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Frozen) and Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels, God of Carnage) on April 29. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder nabbed the most nods with 10 while the Neil Patrick Harris-led Hedwig and the Angry Inch took 8. The most-honored plays of the season include The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night, which were remembered... [Read more]
My education on Denzel Washington began with the movies Philadelphia, The Bone Collector, which also starred a young Angelina Jolie, and Training Day, for which he won an Academy Award. Needless to say, I was impressed. Then, in college, my roommate was a huge Denzel enthusiast, so I took in several more performances, including Man on Fire and John Q. While I enjoyed his more subtle performances, I couldn't help but revel in the tough persona he had built with se... [Read more]
Musical theatre has its very own awards show, and The Tonys are very prestigious honors. But they aren't the only place where the best of Broadway is recognized. Thanks to the release of cast albums as well as television and film versions of musicals, the Grammys take notice as well. This year, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album went to Kinky Boots (music written by Cyndi Lauper), making it the newest addition to the hall of fame that was inaugurated in 1959 with The Music Man. Here... [Read more]
Daniel Radcliffe is at it again. You've got to believe that this young man never has to work again after starring in 8 Harry Potter films. But that wildly successful franchise is not enough for this ambitious young Brit. He has shown again and again that he is more than The Boy Who Lived; he is an actor, and a committed one at that. Since beginning his time as Harry Potter, he has appeared in other films like the horror flick The Woman in Black, the Allen Ginsburg biopic Kill Your Darlings, and ... [Read more]
Nobody on their deathbed has ever said "I wish I had spent more time at the office".
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner
I work at a company which acts as an online ticket marketplace for virtually every entertainment event in my (or anyone else's) area. And yet, when I question my friends, I don't attend significantly more concerts, sports, or theater than they do.
This must change.
I love music. I know no one says "I hate music," but I really, truly do love seeing live music performed. And a l... [Read more]
1. Kinky Boots - After making a strong showing at the Tony Awards and causing a bit of a stir with its performance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kinky Boots is still going strong. Cyndi Lauper's music and Harvey Fierstein's book have been a gold mine for the outstanding performers at the Hirschfeld Theatre.
2. Matilda - The beloved Roald Dahl heroine began her stage journey in England, where the show set a record for the most Olivier Awards ever won by a production. The American theatr... [Read more]
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
As long as we're capitalizing on valuable properties like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story, we might as well at least think about Rudolph. I don't know anyone who hasn't seen the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion movie, and if there's an American kid over the age of 3 who doesn't know all the words to the song, I would like to know how. The score of the Rudolph musical would include the Gene Autry song, the catchy tunes from the film, and hopef... [Read more]
1. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast - This is perhaps the quintessential feast scene from the musical theatre canon. The movie pulled out all the stops, unleashing an animated firestorm of popping champagne bottles, dancing dishes, and entree after steaming entree. The stage musical recreates the scene in real life with some very impressive costumed dancers.
2. "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver! - After breaking our hearts with an iconic scene where poor Oliver asks for more of that nas... [Read more]
On October 30th, the mega-hit musical Wicked plays its 10-year-anniversary performance at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. The New York institution is pulling out all the stops throughout the month of October with a new marketing campaign that will culminate in the October 30th show, a night that is sure to be full of special surprises. Let's celebrate by examining the wonder that is Wicked.
As a person who is openly obsessed with all things dark, creepy, and scary, I begin thinking about Halloween in about August. But now that it is actually October, I think it's generally acceptable by most people to begin preparations for the big day. And what better way to get in the spirit than to jump in feet first and see a live theatre show? Almost anywhere you go, there are offerings ranging from tame and campy to disturbing and downright terrifying. Check out this list for some suggestions... [Read more]