Movie Exclusive – Official Trailer for “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County, is being made into a major motion picture and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company. In 2007, Letts’ play debuted in Chicago at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and later made a Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater.  In 2008, the show went on to win five Tony Awards, including best play.

This critically acclaimed play is finally getting the big screen treatment and has an amazing team behind it.  John Wells is directing the film and Letts actually wrote the screenplay. The cast involved in this film is phenomenal and includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney.

Watch the wonderful first trailer for the film here. For those unfamiliar with the play, here is an official synopsis for August: Osage County (via Apple Movie Trailers):

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

What did you think of this trailer? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters November 8, 2013? Do you think August: Osage County could be a contender come award season?

August Osage County - poster

Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro

Broadway – Tony Award Nominees Announced!

The nominations for the 67th Annual Tony Awards have been announced. Broadway fans will know that these awards celebrate excellence in the theater scene and both musicals and plays are awarded for many different aspects of production. Be sure to tune into the Tony Awards on CBS, June 9 at 8pm! Here is a list of the nominees:

Best Play

The Assembled Parties

Lucky Guy

The Testament of Mary

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Musical

Bring It On: The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

Best Revival of a Play

Golden Boy

Orphans

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Revival of a Musical

Annie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Pippin

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Book of a Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Hands on a Hardbody

Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green

Kinky Boots

Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

Matilda The Musical

Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy

Nathan Lane, The Nance

Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Holland Taylor, Ann

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical

Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rob McClure, Chaplin

Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Carolee Carmello, Scandalous

Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical

Patina Miller, Pippin

Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Danny Burstein, Golden Boy

Richard Kind, The Big Knife

Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy

Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Judith Ivey, The Heiress

Judith Light, The Assembled Parties

Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Charl Brown, Motown The Musical

Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody

Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical

Terrence Mann, Pippin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots

Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Andrea Martin, Pippin

Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody

Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Nance

Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties

David Rockwell, Lucky Guy

Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical

Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Scott Pask, Pippin

David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

Best Costume Design of a Play

Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac

Ann Roth, The Nance

Albert Wolsky, The Heiress

Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots

Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical

Dominique Lemieux, Pippin

William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

Donald Holder, Golden Boy

Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary

Japhy Weideman, The Nance

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots

Kenneth Posner, Pippin

Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful

Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary

Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin

Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical

John Shivers, Kinky Boots

Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Direction of a Play

Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy

George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

Best Direction of a Musical

Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Diane Paulus, Pippin

Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical

Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical

Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Chet Walker, Pippin

Best Orchestrations

Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical

Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots

Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical

Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Mass.

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Career Transition For Dancers

William Craver

Peter Lawrence

The Lost Colony

The four  actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Plus, here is a breakdown of Tony Nominations by Production:

Kinky Boots – 13

Matilda The Musical – 12

Pippin – 10

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – 9

Golden Boy – 8

Lucky Guy – 6

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – 6

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – 5

The Nance – 5

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 5

Motown The Musical – 4

The Trip to Bountiful – 4

The Assembled Parties – 3

A Christmas Story, The Musical – 3

Hands on a Hardbody – 3

The Testament of Mary – 3

Bring It On: The Musical – 2

The Heiress – 2

Orphans – 2

Ann – 1

Annie – 1

The Big Knife – 1

Chaplin – 1

Cyrano de Bergerac – 1

The Other Place – 1

Scandalous – 1

What do you think of these nominations? Would you be interested in seeing any of these shows? Will you be tuning into the Tony’s this year? What id your favorite Broadway musical or play?

Tony Awards

Source: Entertainment Weekly