Broadway Grosses w/e 6/17/2018: What happens the week after The Tonys.

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 17, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Broadway Grosses w/e 6/10/2018: A Pre-Tonys Pick-Me-Up

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 10, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Who won the $500 in our 2017 Tony Awards Pool?

You may recall that we ran an online Tony Pool over the past several weeks.  And it is now time to crown the winner . . .

Ok, well, not just yet.

Before we announce who won the 500 smackeroos . . . let’s take a look at how you all did, as a majority.

This past Saturday,  I posted what you all thought was going to go down on Tony night. How did you do?

Not so bad.  You got 79% of the answers right.   A high C+.  Oh come, come now.  Don’t be sad, you overachievers you.  Honestly, you bested me.

The awards you got wrong?

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:  You guessed DeVito.  The winner was Michael Aronov for Oslo.
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical:  You guessed The Great Comet.  The winner was Santo Loquasto for Hello, Dolly! 
  • Best Direction of a Play:  You guessed Oslo.  The winner was Rebecca Taichman for Indecent.  
  • Best Direction of a Musical:  You guessed The Great Comet.  The winner was Christopher Ashley for Come From Away.  
  • Best Orchestration: You guessed The Great Comet.  The winner was Alex Lacamoire for Dear Evan Hansen.

But still, guys, come on. 79.5% is pretty damn good.

It’s no 87.5% though . . . and that is what our winner scored, missing just 3 of the winners.  Pretty sweet, huh?  Remind me to hire that guy to pick my projects for me.

And that guy is . . . Glenn Gralak!!!

Congratulations, Glenn.  Drop me an email and collect your prize.

For the rest of us (myself included), there is always next year.

Need to see a full list of the winners?  Click here.

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My Top 5 Favorite Moments of the 2017 Tony Awards.

Well, another Tony Awards is in the books!

And, I gotta say, when Michael Aronov won for Oslo at the top of the show over the beloved Danny DeVito, I thought we were in for a night of surprises (some of you who were following me live tweeting the show may have even caught my quickly deleted tweet congratulating Mr. Aronov, with a link to Danny DeVito’s Taxi clips!  Oops!  I had admittedly prepped the DeVito tweet before it was announced and forget to remove the link!  #TweetPas).

But after that, things settled down, and the odds makers earned their money, with most of the awards going as the pundits called them.  And while I’m disappointed that my Groundhog Day and even more so that my original Altar Boyz  cast member, Andy Karl, didn’t walk away with a hunk of metal for his mantelpiece, at least they were bested by a terrific show and a terrific talent.

So now . . . on to the telecast itself.  What did I think?

Well, without further adieu, here are my Top 5 Moments of the 2017 Tony Awards Telecast.

1. That Time When the Co-Producers Rushed The Stage.

It wasn’t written about too much, but there was quite a scandal brewing last week, when the Producers of nominated shows were told they could only have a total of six people on the stage.  This was an attempt to prevent the many Co-Producers out there from flooding the stage when their show won and making it look like it took the state of Delaware to produce a new play.

The problem is, there are more than six people in the hair department of most big Broadway musicals, so I’m not sure how this was expected to go down.  And it didn’t.  Jitney broke the ice, and then all the others, Mr. Rudin’s Hello, Dolly! most prominently, followed.  And, I can’t blame them.  Co-Producers are who we count on in this business to help us get these shows off the ground, especially the risky ones (my Spring Awakening never would have happened without my tenacious Co-Producers and I think we’re all better off for it).  So is keeping them off a stage the best way to distinguish between what Lead Producers do and what Co-Producers do?

2.  That Time When The Playwrights Were Given A Voice.

“So . . . how are we going to represent the plays?”

I feel like this is a question that gets asked every year at the first Tony Awards meeting.  And what I love, is that every year, they try something different . . . trying to find the magical combination of marketing and respect.  This year, they let the playwrights tell the audience directly what their play was about.  It was simple, honest, and confident.  We’re not pandering.  We’re playwrights.  We’ve written this.  See it.  Or don’t.  But we’re proud of it.  Will it sell tons of tickets?  Probably not.  But I loved seeing the faces of people we don’t see very often.  And hearing them speak.  And, oh, I also loved that it was the Broadway debut for all four of them.  And 50% of them were women.

3.  That Time Kevin Spacey Impersonated . . . Everyone.

The best award shows don’t force their hosts to do something.  They let them do whatever they do best.  And what we learned, is that Kevin Spacey can impersonate the @#$% out of a ton of people.  I mean, that Johnny Carson impersonation?   Wow.  If this acting thing doesn’t work out, Kevin has a career as a Las Vegas lounge act like tomorrow.  Move over Rich Little, Kevin Spacey is a comin’!

Overall, Kevin was funny, classy, charming, and even did a little hoofin’.  I’d be lying if I didn’t scroll through the list of roles in classic musicals he could play (comment below if you’ve got any good ideas and I’ll bring them to him!).

4.  That Time They Had An In Memoriam.

Remember that one time they didn’t have an In Memoriam section?  Yeah, well, thank G-d that’s over.  Because this one was a classic.  The cast, the song . . . the truth is, if we have time for The Rockettes, then we have time to honor the men and women who helped build the theater as we know it.  Honor what has gone before us, so they’ll look out for us as we go forward into the future . . . that’s what I say.  Well done, Tonys.   Well done.

5.  That Time Bette Midler Gave A Speech.

Ok, so the WHOLE speech wasn’t one of my Top 5 moments, because after a while, it got a wee bit awkward, didn’t it?  At least they stopped playing the music and didn’t cut her off and cut to commercial like they did to Elaine Stritch years ago.  But still . . . whew . . . it went on a little long.

That said, something she said at the beginning of her speech was one of my favorite moments of the telecast.  She said that performing in Hello, Dolly! was, “one of the greatest professional experiences of my life.”

Let me repeat that . . . it was “one of the greatest professional experiences of my entire life.”

Whenever a star of Bette’s magnitude says something like that, it’s like those famous EF Hutton Ads from the early 80s . . . everybody listens . . . especially other A+ list stars like Bette.

And then they come here.

And they bring new audiences.

And the theater grows.

Which is the most important thing of all.

Oh, and in case you missed it, Bette later tweeted that despite that lengthy speech, she forgot to thank someone. 🙂

BONUS . . . Here’s my 6TH favorite moment!

6.  Originality Wins. 

As I said, and you know, I was up for Best Musical with Groundhog Day.  And we didn’t win.  And that sucks.  But I’m a big boy (and also a Broadway blogger – so if I didn’t know we weren’t going to win then someone should take my WordPress away from me).

But I tell you something . . . if I’m going to lose, I love losing to one of the rarest things on this artistic planet . . . a totally new, original musical, not based on a movie, a book, or an anything.  And it’s a bonus when that idea is commercially successful.  Congrats to the entire Dear Evan Hansen team on a brilliant collaboration of art and commerce.

And let this open up a new era of originality on Broadway.

 

So those were my Top 5 6 Tony Award Moments of 2017.  What were yours?

And what did you think of the telecast?  (If you need to see a list of the winners, click here.)

WAIT!  Before you answer . . . click here to take our survey!  And I’ll pull all the answers together and report them right here on my blog.  That’s right, forget the real ratings, we’re going to take a look at the ratings that count . . . the ratings from my super smart, ProducersPerspective readers!

Click here to take our 2017 Tony Award Survey!

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Results Revealed: Who YOU think is going to win the Tony Awards.

Ok, just one more prediction post to make all the nominees just a wee bit more nervy before tomorrow’s big day.

But as I said yesterday in my “What Really Excites Me About This Year’s Tonys” post, I’m not making predictions this year.  So these picks ain’t mine.

They’re yours.

Say what?

Here’s how I got ’em . . . and no, I didn’t ask any Russian operatives to hack into your computers to tell me what you’ve been texting about.

A few weeks ago, I announced our annual Tony Pool, where the winner is going to get $500 worth of Broadway tix (stay tuned on Tuesday for the results).  So, I simply took the hundreds of entries (we had more entries than there are actual Tony voters!) and looked at who the majority of you think are going to win.

And, for the first time, I’m including the % of the votes each nominee received, so you can see the margin by which you think the winner will take it all, and what got a mandate and what didn’t.  (Wouldn’t it be great if the actual Tonys gave us some sort of spread so we could see how close these winners are?)

Are you ready?  Here is who YOU think is going to win tomorrow night’s trophies:

Best Play

Oslo: 52%

Best Musical

Dear Evan Hansen: 66%

Best Revival of a Play

August Wilson’s Jitney: 50%

Best Revival of a Musical

Hello, Dolly!: 88%

Best Book of a Musical

Dear Evan Hansen: 67%

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

Dear Evan Hansen/ Benj Pasek and Justin Paul: 74%

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

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter: 63%

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

Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2: 55%

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

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen: 79%

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

Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!: 84%

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

Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price: 84%

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

Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes: 57%

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

Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!: 44%

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

Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen: 38%

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong: 49%

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: 81%

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes: 60%

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: 35%

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Christopher Akerlind, Indecent: 38%

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: 64%

Best Direction of a Play:

Bartlett Sher, Oslo: 50%

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen: 39%

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand: 41%

Best Orchestrations

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: 41%

 

So that’s who YOU think is going to win.  And, well, I love you guys, but I think there will be a few surprises from this list tomorrow night.

Check in on Tuesday to see which one of you won the $500 in Broadway tickets AND to see how you all did!

Oh – and I’ll  be live tweetin’ The Tony Awards, so make sure follow me here.

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