Just like Cyndi Lauper, Shindigger has prepared since childhood for Broadway’s biggest night by practicing our acceptance speech “to the shower curtain.” Of course, that practice came in handy for Ms. Lauper as she took home a statue at last Sunday night’s 67th annual Tony Awards. Shindigger, meanwhile, had to make do with running after Read More
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From Torch Song Trilogy to La Cage aux Folles, Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein has earned a legacy on the Great White Way. And now, his Kinky Boots has taken the theater world by storm, garnering a stunning 13 Tony nominations (the most of any show this year), including a nod for Best Book. Here, as Read More
Two huge egg-shaped seats greet you at the Union Square office of the Rockwell Group. Suspended by a rope from the ceiling, and made of paper, hand-dyed and stitched for a leathery look, they are replicas of the lobby chairs the firm made for a hotel in Puerto Rico. To the visitor, they seem to Read More
Here’s the bold—and only—prediction I’ll make about this year’s Tony Awards, to be presented at Radio City Music Hall a week from Sunday and broadcast on CBS: I think it’ll be a good show.
That’s a risky proposition, pre-emptively declaring the success of an awards show—any awards show, never mind this perennially little-watched one—when so much so often goes wrong. But the Tonys have been on an excellent run lately, I’d like to think emboldened by its producers’ recognition of that small audience.
“I’m a believer that karma takes care of everything in the long run,” Gabriel Mann, who plays billionaire Nolan Ross on ABC’s prime-time soap opera Revenge, told Shindigger last week in a leathery corner of the Royalton Hotel’s lobby bar. In person, the former model is hardly anything like his über-preppy, vengeful TV character.
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“I’m always pleasantly surprised when anybody wants to see a production that I’ve directed,” said John Tiffany over the phone from Glasgow two days after the Tony Awards, erasing all traces of false modesty with child-like wonder. “I kinda go, ‘Oh, wow!’ I feel humbled and privileged that people are actually interested. I’ve a strong philosophical belief that works should be accessible and popular—there shouldn’t be obstacles to anybody being able to connect with what you do—but I wouldn’t say I have a mainstream commercial gene in my body at all. All I know how to do is tell the stories in the most accessible way possible.”
That, apparently, is enough: His Once was Tony king at the recent ceremonies, raking in eight awards in all—among them those for Best Musical and Best Director.
Music has always been a key component in Mr. Tiffany’s theatrical pieces, but never before had he attempted a musical per se
People are talking about the Tony Awards this year, and not just to complain. (Clarification: Those few people who might talk about the Tony Awards are talking about them. Last year, the CBS broadcast of the annual awards show was viewed by seven million people, or a million and change fewer than watched a rerun Read More
Where were you when you found out that Daniel Radcliffe had not received a Tony nomination? Surely not far into any of the articles about this morning’s nominee announcement (the actual nominees are here)! In a move akin to the Los Angeles Times illustrating a Jennifer Egan critics’ award win with Read More
On a Tuesday night last summer-July 14, Bastille Day-I saw my first play as The Observer‘s new theater reviewer. It was Vanities, an awful Off Broadway musical at the Second Stage, and the evening was memorable only because it was also the night the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the trade Read More
This year’s Tony nominations were announced today and everyone paid attention, but only a little.
Gawker notes that Scarlett Johansson is now a Tony nominee (for A View from the Bridge), but manages not to get too offended. The Journal touts the Johansson nomination in its Read More