Award Shows – 2014 Tony Award Nominations Announced!

Broadway fans rejoice! The 2014 Tony Nominees have been officially announced! Actor Hugh Jackman will be hosting this year’s show on Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS. Take a look at the list below to see if your favorite shows or actors received nominations (via BuzzFeed Entertainment):

(Photo via Broadway.com)
(Photo via Broadway.com)

Best Musical

After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Play

Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullinger

Best Revival of a Musical

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet

Best Revival of a Play

The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

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

Samuel Barnett — Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston — All the Way
Chris O’Dowd — Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance — Richard III
Tony Shalhoub — Act One

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

Tyne Daly — Mothers and Sons
Latanya Richardson Jackson — A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones — The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald — Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Estelle Parsons — The Velocity of Autumn

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

Neil Patrick Harris — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo — Les Miserables
Andy Karl — Rocky
Jefferson Mays — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Photo via Buzzfeed)
Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Photo via Buzzfeed)

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

Mary Bridget Davies — A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster — Violet
Idina Menzel — If/Then
Jessie Mueller — Beautiful
Kelli O’Hara — The Bridges of Madison County

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

Reed Birney – Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry – Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie

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

Sarah Greene — The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger — The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okenedo — A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose — A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham — Casa Valentina

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

Danny Burstein — Cabaret
Nick Cordero — Bullets over Broadway
Joshua Henry — Violet
James Monroe Iglehart — Aladdin
Jarrod Spector — Beautiful

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

Linda Emond — Cabaret
Lena Hall — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen — Beautiful
Adriane Lenox — After Midnight
Lauren Worsham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction of a Play

Tim Carroll — Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage — The Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny Leon — A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany — The Glass Menagerie

Best Direction of a Musical

Warren Carlyle — After Midnight
Michael Mayer — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman — Violet
Darko Tresnjak — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

What do you think of this year’s nominees? Which show do you think will take over the Tony’s this year? Were there any nominations you were surprised about? Check out more details about the shows and the nominations over at tonyawards.com

(Photo via Variety)
(Photo via Variety)

Sources:  BuzzFeed Entertainment and tonyawards.com

Broadway Casting News – Tony Winner Sutton Foster Returning to Broadway in “Violet”

Fans of the two-time Tony winning actress, Sutton Foster, will no doubt be excited to hear that she will be returning to the Broadway stage this spring as the title character in Violet. Currently, the show is set to be performed at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, but this may change before the spring.

Here is an official synopsis of the show (via Broadway.com): Violet is set in the deep South of 1964 and concerns the relationship between a physically scarred young white woman and a young black soldier.

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Sutton Foster

Foster has won two Tony’s for her work in Anything Goes and Throughly Modern Millie. She has also starred in productions of Shrek the MusicalYoung FrankensteinThe Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Les Miserables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease. This actually is also not Foster’s first time performing in Violet. The Broadway starlet was a part of a one-night-only performance, directed by Leigh Silverman, at New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center back in July.

What do you think of this casting news? Are you a fan of Sutton Foster and her work in theater? Would you be interested in seeing her perform in Violet again?

Joshua Henry & Sutton Foster in "Violet"
Joshua Henry & Sutton Foster in “Violet”

Source: Broadway.com

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

Broadway – Orlando Bloom to star in Production of “Romeo and Juliet”

William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet, will be returning to Broadway for the first time in nearly four decades. Recent casting announcements have revealed that this production has gained some talented actors and actresses.

To begin with, it was recently publicized that actor Orlando Bloom will be making his Broadway debut and playing Romeo. Bloom will be joined by Tony-Award nominees Condola Rashad as Juliet, Joe Morton as Lord Capulet, and Jayne Houdyshell as the nurse. However, the Tony-nominated director, David Leveaux, has slightly adapted this classic tale by setting it in modern times and adding the aspect of ethnicity to the story.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leveaux states:  “Shakespeare did not only write of his world – he imagined ours. The very improbability that two young people might, through their imaginations and their courage, change the world by overcoming the cynical tyranny of division handed down to them by their elders, is the best and happily most improbable reason I can imagine to bring this story to the Broadway stage today.”

There will be previews of the show starting August 24 and opening night is on September 19 at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers theater. What do you think of the casting choices? What do you think of Leveaux choice to adapt Shakespeare’s classic play? Would you be interested in seeing this production and version of Romeo and Juliet?

Orlando Bloom

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Rising Star Monday – Andrew Garfield

It is time for another “Rising Star Monday” here on TrulyLuminary! Our star this week is actor Andrew Garfield.

Andrew Garfield has dual American and British citizenship and he was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Lynn, is British and his father, Richard, is American. Garfield’s family moved back to Britain when he was three years old, he is Jewish and his family was “middle class”. He was brought up in Surrey England and he was a gymnast and a swimmer when he was younger. Garfield was originally going to study business, however he became interested in acting. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and graduated from this program in 2004.

Garfield began his acting career by taking classes at the age of 12 and participated in several stage plays including Bugsy Malone and Romeo and Juliet. In 2005 he broke into television with guest starring roles on the British shows Sugar Rush and Doctor Who. So far, his film credits include Lions for Lambs,The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never let Me Go, The Social Network, and most recently he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man. His role in The Social Network shot him to stardom and gained him critical acclaim with two BAFTA award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role.”

In March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway debut as Biff Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman, which was directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols and performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This revival also stared Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Award nominee Linda Emond. Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award as a best featured actor in a play for the role.

Are you a fan of Andrew Garfield? What do you think of the films that he has been in?

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1940449/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Garfield

Broadway – Box Office Struggles for “Evita” and “Peter and the Starcatcher”

A recent article on Entertainment Weekly was addressing the box office struggles that some Broadway shows have been going through lately. Here is what Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly wrote:

“It seems that the hit Broadway revival of Evita needs more than just a little bit of star quality. In fact, it very much needs a star of the caliber of Ricky Martin — whose vacation last week had a huge impact on the musical’s box office. The show, which has grossed at least $1.1 million per week since its first preview performance in March, managed only $643,663 for the week ending July 8, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a drop of nearly 46 percent. Luckily, Martin’s holiday is a brief one (he’ll also be out Aug. 5 – 11), and he’s signed onto the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner through January.

Over at Peter and the Starcatcher, which had seen a box office boost since picking up five Tony Awards last month, sales fell 24 percent to $520,608 in the first week since Tony winner Christian Borle left the show to shoot the second season of NBC’s Broadway-set dramaSmash. Without the swash of Borle as over-the-top pirate Black Stache, audience interest seems to have buckled.

Overall, box office was down 2.5 percent from the previous week, to $22.4 million. Even without Evita, six shows managed to hold their standing in the Great White Way’s million-dollar club: The Lion King ($1.998 million), Wicked ($1.92 million), Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark ($1.7 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.6 million), Newsies ($1.03 million), and Once($1 million).”

I think that it is a shame that these Broadway shows are struggling because the cast(s) and the crew(s) all work extremely hard to put on an amazing show. What do you think about the fact that these shows are struggling? What do you think of this article?

Source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/07/10/broadway-box-office-evita-ricky-martin/