Special Tony Award Post: Three Myths About Tony Award Voting.

As we head into the nail-biting Tony Awards weekend, and as Producers are counting votes like the Minority Whip in the House of Representatives over an impeachment bill, I thought I’d dispel some common misconceptions about the Tony Award voting process.  And how do I know these are common?  Because I used to believe them myself!

So take these myths into account as you place your final votes on your Tony pool ballot this year.

1.  MYTH #1:  The “road” votes as a block for what will work well in their touring markets.

This is one of the oldest Broadway wives’ tales around.  And on paper it makes sense.  The theory being that the 100+ road-folk who are on the Tony Voter list vote with their markets in mind, and check boxes for shows that their audience will enjoy the most (which tends to be more, ahem, “commercial,” fare).

To that I say . . . The Band’s Visit beat Frozen and Mean Girls.  Avenue Q beat Wicked.  A Gentleman’s Guide beat Aladdin.  Fun Home won.  So did Once.  

History is filled with Best Musical prize winners that had shorter touring lives than the nominees they beat.  Voters vote with what they think is best . . . and actually, that tends to be the more “artistic” shows.

(There’s actually more of a correlation between a positive New York Times review than what will work on the road – which is consistent with the “art wins” idea.  And if Hadestown wins this Sunday, well . . . I rest my case.)

2.  MYTH #2:  Everybody votes.

When I was an Associate Company Manager on Broadway shows and handled Tony voting, I was shocked to see that not everyone reserved their tickets.  In fact, the highest turnout I’ve ever seen personally over the last 25 years (and the highest turnout I’ve ever heard of, from talking to my peers) is about 67%-70%.

A ton of voters aren’t in town.  Some just don’t vote.  Some can’t vote.

And this year, the Broadway League instituted a new “lock-out” feature on the electronic voting platform that prevents voters from checking a box in a category if they haven’t seen all the shows.  And they’re policing it big time.  Which is awesome.  (It’s a fantastic new security procedure that will take some of the politics out of the process and ensure more truth in voting, and I’m a big fan.)

That said, it may mean fewer votes.  Which means even closer races.  (Not to mention there are more shows on Broadway now than there were several years ago, which just makes it harder for people to see everything to be able to vote.)

Let’s do some quick math:  800 or so voters.  70% is 560.  If a few shows or performers split a vote, that could mean each nominee could get 150 or so votes.  That means the big prizes could be settled by just a handful!  So every vote counts (now) more than ever.

(I do wonder if we will see an increase in the number of voters in the coming years, just like we saw an increase in the number of nominators a few years ago, to guarantee a big swath of decision makers choosing what shows and artists will go down in history.)

3.  MYTH #3:  Campaigning doesn’t work.

Advertising works.  In everything.  And while there’s a fine line in awards campaigning between what sways a vote and what pushes a vote in the opposite direction, the right campaign can do what great advertising does . . . remind a decision maker of the benefits of a product and why that decision maker should use and recommend that product to others.

A few voter friends of mine have scoffed at the amount of stuff that gets mailed to each voter every single year, thinking that it doesn’t change their mind.  It might not change it, but I do know that campaigning can make people think twice.  It’s becoming a huge strategy with some science as well.

Hollywood has brought on special Academy Awards Campaigners for award season.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing happen in our industry in the next five years.

No matter what myth you believe in or don’t, the fact is that Sunday is the biggest night for the theater of the entire year.  And this Sunday looks to be one of the most exciting in terms of the number of possible upsets!

So, you’re tuning in, right?

Sunday night.  8 PM.  CBS.  Full details here.


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ANNOUNCED! The 20 shows in our first ever Rave Theater Festival are . . .

I’m gonna be honest.

It wasn’t too long ago that my staff and I were in a living room of an AirBnB in Orlando on our company retreat when I said to them, “Maybe this is crazy.  Maybe we shouldn’t do this theater festival thing.”

Now that I’ve seen all the submissions that have come in from all over the world, and now that we’ve selected our first twenty inaugural shows, I am so effin’ proud of my killer staff who looked at me that humid night and said, “Eff that, Ken.  We’re doing this.  Sure, we don’t know exactly what we’re doing, and none of us has ever produced a festival before.  But it ain’t brain surgery.  And it’ll help with our mission.  So buckle up, cuz we’re in.”

(Am I a lucky boss or what?)

We do know more of what we are doing now (although we’re learning as we go too – but isn’t that everything in life).  And today, we are thrilled to announce the plays, musicals and more that will appear in our RAVE Theater Festival . . . and what a unique group of shows they are!

We’ve got an all-female tap show from Australia, an original Irish musical with an all Irish cast, a musical written by a 12-year-old, and more.

Please join me in congratulating all 20 shows . . . oh, and get tickets now for performances starting August 9th!  These theaters are not huge, and we expect every show to sell out.  So use the links below.

And if you’re looking to see multiple shows and save $, click here to purchase a festival pass now.

And we’ll see you at RAVE!  And maybe you’ll see the next Urinetown, Next to Normal, or Altar Boyz . . . all of which got their start at a festival just like this.

The shows are . . .

 


911 GNOMES: A CHRISTMAS EMERGENCY

Written by Shellie O’Neal

Have YOU ever seen a garden gnome make toys in Santa’s workshop? Probably not. Could it work? We honestly don’t know. But hey, it’s Christmas Eve and all the elves have the flu – so somebody has to get the job done! Dial 911 GNOMES to the rescue!

When the elves at the North Pole get the flu right before Christmas, nobody knows what to do! But wait a minute! Here come the gnomes to the rescue! In 911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency, take a trip with Rudolph, Frosty, and the strangest garden gnomes you’ve ever laid eyes on, as they work their way to the North Pole to save the day. What will happen when they arrive? Do gnomes even know how to make toys? How many things could go wrong on Christmas Eve? Come see 911 Gnomes to find out!

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BACK

Written by Matt Webster

Would you betray the person who loves you for a second chance at life?

When Derek moves away after high school, and Leah gets in a car accident, killing her boyfriend Spencer, they come face to face with a new technology that proves to threaten their relationship and existence. Would you betray the person who loves you for a second chance at life?

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BIG SHOT THE MUSICAL

Written by Lauryn Gaffney, Music and Lyrics by Lauryn Gaffney

New York’s finest coffee with an Irish blend. “A theatrical storm worthy of a Tony Gong” -Irish Mirror.

Big Shot tells the story of Jeremy Crocker, an up and coming New York lawyer. Jeremy’s ambition in life is to own the most successful law firm in the city, but soon finds himself distracted when he falls for Carrie, a struggling Irish artist. Carrie’s paintings are displayed on the walls of the coffee shop where Carrie works. Fate and a shared passion for art brings the two of them together, but when Crocker agrees to defend a white-collar gangster Hank Midden being charged with crimes, Jeremy has a tough decision to make. Not only is Midden guilty, but he is also engaged to Carrie.

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DOPPELGANGER

Written by Craig Donnelly

Social media star Max Henderson dies in a prank gone wrong, so now his “team” must convince his doppelgänger to take his place.

VideoSpace, the leading video content platform, loses its biggest star, Max Henderson, who dies suddenly in a prank gone wrong. Max’s agent gets a brilliant idea to replace him; track down his doppelgänger and convince him to simply take over for Max. He enlists the help of VideoSpace’s CEO as well as Max’s sister to track down Sam Greene, whose been living a typical college life up until now. Ultimately, Sam must choose whether to leave his normal life behind to join the impossible stakes world of the social media elite.

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FANCY MAIDS

Written by Harold Hodge

The year is 1853. Four women have sacrificed everything to escape the cruelties of American Slavery in the South. Determined to take agency over their own lives, they find themselves tempted by violence.

After narrowly escaping the horrors of slavery, Idabelle arrives to the North only to discover the Fugitive Slave Act has made it impossible for her to find honest work. With no other choice, she joins the women of Pinky’s Pleasure House where she is confronted by a wealthy Southern-planter who finds the women-run business disturbing. After an intense altercation in the privacy of her room, Idabella and the women are faced with a life-or-death dilemma that tests their morality and questions the value of revenge.

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GIRLS ON TAP

Written by Sally Dashwood, Music and Lyrics by Sean Peter

Inspiring, empowering, multi-tasking. The Aussie femme fatales of tap have arrived. Girls On Tap celebrate women and girl power throughout the ages the best way they know how, by making a lot of noise!

Girls On Tap is a high energy, theatrical tap show celebrating women and girl power throughout the ages. Like all things female, the ladies of Girls On Tap multi-task live on stage – whether they are dancing, singing a soulful song or using their daily hair care routine to tap out fun rhythms with a can of hair spray and a hair brush. Girls On Tap take a look at female life both good and bad. Legacy, sisterhood, femininity vs stereotypes, betrayal by our female conterparts and objectification by the media. It’s not all noise and backstabbing though. We are making a statement, but we’re having a lot of fun doing it. There’s an activewear sporting, online-dating inspired version of Someone to Watch over Me (Someone to Swipe Right For Me), a live and powerful rock version of Rolling in Deep, a fierce Film Noir style jazz routine reminiscent of Golden Era classics like Band Wagon and Singing in the Rain, a tongue-in-cheek take on the stereotypical 1950s housewife, and more. Girls On Tap is sure to appeal to people of all ages. Girls On Tap is fabulous, female and guaranteed to entertain.

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JUST LAUGH

Written by Lauren Gundrum, Music by Brandon Lambert

A new musical comedy about one family’s most awkward, hilarious, and often beautiful milestone moments.

Just Laugh is a vignette-style musical comedy about one family’s most awkward, hilarious, and often beautiful milestone moments. It begins with the birth of Martha’s and Frank’s son Timmy and follows Timmy as he learns all of life’s most important lessons – from the birds and the bees, to how to properly ask someone to divorce you, and everything in between. As Timmy grows he realizes that while life may be a series of struggles, the one thing that will always get you through is laughter.

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NI MI MADRE

Written by Arturo Luís Soria

A larger-than-life Brazilian mother, who swears she would’ve been the “It” thing if it weren’t for Madonna and Meryl Streep, grapples with the secrets that tear her and her son apart, the painful memories of her estranged mother, and the lineage that bind

Inspirited with the tradition of Umbanda ritual, the music of Gloria Estefan, Cher, and Maria Bethânia, NI MI MADRE invites the audience into the tumultuous relationship between Bete (a larger-than-life Brazilian woman who swears that if it weren’t for Madonna, Meryl Streep, and Angelina Jolie she would have been the “It” thing) and her queer son. As she grapples with the secrets that tear her and her son apart, the unbidden memories of her estranged mother, and the lineage that binds them all together she unveils to us, her confidants, her judges, her audience, the downfalls of American parenting.

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NOIR TOWN

Written by Michael Bontatibus

Private eyes, femme fatales, dark alleyways, rain-slicked streets – plunge into the world of film noir in a new immersive theater experience. Chart your own path and walk from room to room, untangling three intertwining mysteries.

In the newest experience from immersive theater company WITNESS, step into the shadowy and seductive world of film noir. A trio of interlocking mysteries, each linked by one enigmatic woman, are investigated by three private detectives who couldn’t be more different from one another. Audiences will be free to step out of their seats and walk from room to room, choosing which detectives to follow on their journeys through the underbelly of the city – where no one can be trusted and nothing is as it seems.

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OCEANBORN

Written by Morgan Smith, Music and Lyrics by Mhairi Cameron

Oceanborn follows two young women as they face the pressures and expectations of future leadership in a climate of violence and uncertainty.

Oceanborn is the story of Viking raids on the Outer Hebrides and the aftermath of their violence, rousingly political and tinged with legend. This political musical featuring a blend of Celtic rock, pop and folk, tackles the cyclic nature of violence, xenophobia, misogyny, and cultural isolationism head on. Oceanborn follows two young women as they face the pressures and expectations of future leadership in a climate of violence and uncertainty. Eira, a Viking warrior and next Chief of her tribe, struggles to overcome the prejudice against female leaders in her culture. Finn, the daughter of a Celtic fisherman, has a desperate wish to escape responsibility and wander the world. When a failed raid leaves Eira abandoned, assumed dead, on Finn’s shore, she is faced with the culture that left her parentless. As understanding and an unlikely friendship blossoms between them, wicked ministrations by the trickster god Gideon incite a series of violent events.

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ROSE’S WAR

Written by J. Todd Allan, Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyrics by Peter B. Allen

ROSE’S WAR is a WWII era interracial musical love story set mostly in New York and Harlem nightclubs where two singer-songwriters must fight against all odds for a happy ending.

WWII rages in ROSE’S WAR as Rose Sweet, a talented black singer-songwriter, shattered by the death of her white mother, walks in on a raucous rehearsal at The Pair O’ Dice Club in Harlem. Rose is hungry to be a star. The club’s owner, Cecil Clay, a troubled black trumpet virtuoso, leads the band and doesn’t know, yet, that he is Rose’s father. But she certainly does. Danny Capucci, Cecil’s young white protégé, is in an airman’s uniform playing the piano and singing a new hit song written by him and Cecil. Cecil is furious that Danny is going off to war and fearful he’ll never return. Fearlessly Rose offers to replace Danny, and after an impressive audition singing and dancing with Danny, Cecil hires her as his cigarette girl, to start. Rose and Danny are in love and pledge to write each other every day. As Rose struggles to make it in a white-ruled music business, Danny is getting more and more terrified that he won’t survive his next bombing mission. In a moment of weakness he betrays Rose with Sophie Leland, a white songbird at the London USO. Consumed with guilt Danny stops sending Rose letters. By the time Danny returns from the war both he and Rose are damaged. Sophie’s returned to New York, too, and more than cherishes her friendship with Danny. The odds are terribly stacked against Rose and Danny making it. The general belief is mixed race couples are doomed. There are many more battles to be fought if Rose and Danny are to get their happy ending.

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STORMY WEATHER

Written by Michael MacKenzie Wills

A magical storm, a shipwreck at sea, and a group of “frenemies” trapped together on Fire Island during a hurricane = an evening of madcap theatrical fun.

A ferocious storm rages outside the Fire Island beach house of Tim Bailey, a 40-year-old gay man having a mid-life crisis – He’s lost his job, his husband started divorce proceedings, and his adopted daughter will soon leave the nest. When a yacht gets struck by lightning and everyone is washed overboard, a night of surprise visitors begins as each nearly drowned passenger, which include Tim’s ex-boss and ex-husband, make their way to Tim’s front door. As calamity ensues Tim is forced to face his demons and hilariously fight to regain control of his life.

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SWEET LORRAINE

Written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj & Adam Mace

“Decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not it’s idea of you.” -James Baldwin

Sweet Lorraine is a dramatic interpretation of the final conversation had between best friends, Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin in Lorraine’s New York City Hospital Room in January 1965. The play is set one week prior to Lorraine’s passing from pancreatic cancer and explores the complex, dynamic and often heated relationship between these two prolific, creative giants and American Artists and Activists.

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THE ERRONEOUS MOBY DICK

Written by Thom Talbott

Is it better to lie with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian?

The Erroneous Moby Dick is a comedy adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic masterpiece, Moby Dick, using four actors to bring an assortment of madcap characters to life, in true tour de farce. Call him Ishmael, but he wants to be a whaler and he has arrived in New Bedford to find a ship. There he meets his mysterious bed mate, Queequeg; the hysterical owner of the Spouter Inn, Mrs. Coffin; the ever dependable, first mate, Mr. Starbuck along with his long suffering wife, Mary; the peculiar wharf rat, Elijah; the blustery Father Mapple; and finally, the obsessive, overwrought, and on-edge Captain Ahab. Sign on to the whaler, Pequod, for a voyage on the high seas of hilarity and a Moby Dick that you haven’t seen before.

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THE PERFECT FIT

Written by Joshua Turchin

It’s Where You Belong

Alexandra, a driven child actor with a powerful voice, grows concerned that she is growing too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. After being cast in a musical, she is sabotaged by Elizabeth’s mom, a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed, leading to Alexandra getting fired from the show. Alexandra wants to give up her dreams of being a musical star, but her best friend Jake, a budding composer, and her mother, Annie, teach Alexandra to move forward. It is through the heartbreak and defeat that she faces that allow her to find her real perfect fit. Not only does Alexandra soon get cast in a brand new musical, she becomes the lead and makes her major stage debut.

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THE TYCOONS!

Written by Graham Techler

Like if Edith Wharton had left in the good parts.

New York City, 1902. A sheepish law student’s courtship of the daughter of the nation’s most powerful railroad magnate gives way to a series of plots, counterplots, and counter-counterplots that will suck in and take down everyone that the young lovers have ever met and/or held dear. THE TYCOONS is a ribald and lusty farce replete with taxidermied animal heads, lentil pâté, light-to-heavy fondling, and something called “The Seawife and the Honeypot.”

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TRAINING WHEELS

Written by Robin Bradford

Lying. Cheating. Crying. Who says romance is dead?

In this vibrant, witty drama, a long-married Lesbian couple, Penny and Katherine, suffer from a gradual breakdown of their relationship. When Penny discovers Katherine’s infidelity, with a man no less, the couple seek marital counseling. Deeply felt emotions force them to reevaluate their lives and their lifestyles. Tension develops as the two stake out their individual territories, allowing for a peek into their sometimes neurotic, often complicated, and always quirky partnership. The tension between the human desire to settle down in a heteronormative lifestyle is contrasted by the excitement of one defined by sex with other people. Can a relationship plagued by lies, deceit, and unfaithfulness be trumped by true affection? Can these two set aside past hurts and focus instead on their mutual love for each other? Through this portrait of a lesbian relationship, the question is raised: When it comes to love, don’t we all want the same things?

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UMSHADO – MARRIAGE OF HERITAGE

Written by Bogosi Bolokwe, Music and Lyrics by Eddie Mathiba

Beautiful singing and Sharp Choreography as reviewed by the Star Tonight

Umshado tells the story of a young man’s journey from his roots in the kraal of Moruleng to Shantytown of Mamelodi in Pretoria. The show opens during ceremonial preparation for his entrance into manhood and it captures this initiation rite of passage for a Tswana boy. The story continues from his initiation to love and marriage. Confronted by the traditional practices,as many before him he migrates to Urban city to find job. Arriving in Pretoria he becomes a bricklayer. Here for the first time he makes contact with people of other races, cultures, traditions and languages. He is amazed by the ability of these peoples from various cultures to work productively together. He learns about their music and enjoys a repertoire of performance styles that carried strong and rich traditional melodies. He eventually falls in love with a domestic worker originating from Zululand. After experiencing a church wedding, he decides to remain true to tradition. He arranges with his elders to go and negotiate for marriage in the rural Zululand. As usual with different tribes, the bride s father becomes adamant that he will not allow cross cultural marriage to take place with her daughter. Emissaries settle the dispute and manage to unite two families. The groom invites his colleagues then the celebration takes place, displaying the various cultures and capturing the magic of diverse cultures of African tribes which is raw beauty and enhancing social cohesion and to appreciate cross cultural marriages which is still an existing problem world wide.

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WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP

Written by Janet Cole Valdez and Deedee O’Malley; Music by Janet Cole Valdez, Deedee O’Malley and Bettie Ross; Lyrics by Janet Cole Valdez and Deedee O’Malley

The zany adventures of an actress who risks it all for the role of a lifetime.

“Waiting for Johnny Depp” takes us on a wild ride with New York actress Rita Donatella, in her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film. She constantly reinvents herself to be more perfect for the role, as she navigates the rough waters of surviving in the Big Apple with her dreams intact. She fights the financial and personal battles every artist wrestles with, with humor and chutzpah. Through demands of career, dating and family she sells off all her personal possessions, sacrificing practically everything before she realizes the meaning of what really matters in life.

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YOUNG PILGRIMS

Written by Sydney Blake

A romantic comedy 400 years in the making…

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl…in 1620 on the Mayflower. John Alden, a poor, strapping young carpenter, works on the Mayflower in hopes of building a better future for himself. While on board he meets the girl of his dreams, Priscilla Mullins, who’s already being courted by the “perfect Pilgrim.” After saving the ship from a harrowing storm, fighting off “savages” awaiting on land, and nursing his rival back from the brink of death, John finds his place in the new world . . . and maybe even love.

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Broadway Grosses w/e 6/2/2019: Slow and Steady

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 2, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

2019 Drama Desk Award Winners

Congratulations to all! See below for the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Play

The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth

Outstanding Musical

The Prom

Outstanding Revival of a Play

The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Jay O. Sanders, Uncle Vanya

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Tom Glynn-Carney, The Ferryman

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

André De Shields, Hadestown

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Outstanding Choreography presented by LaDuca Shoes

Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Music presented by Music Theatre International

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Lyrics presented by Music Theatre International

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Book of a Musical presented by Music Theatre International

Robert Horn, Tootsie

Outstanding Orchestrations

Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Outstanding Music in a Play

Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Matt Saunders, “Daddy”

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical presented by Hudson Scenic Studio

David Korins, Beetlejuice

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play

Amith Chandrashaker, Boesman and Lena

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical presented by Production Resource Group

Bradley King, Hadestown

Outstanding Projection Design

Peter England, King Kong

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Nick Powell, The Ferryman

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design

Charles G. LaPointe, The Cher Show

Outstanding Solo Performance

Mike Birbiglia, The New One

Unique Theatrical Experience

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center

Outstanding Fight Choreography

Claire Warden, Slave Play

Outstanding Puppet Design

Sonny Tilders, King Kong

Special Awards:

Ensemble Award: To the uncanny ensemble of Dance Nation for their pointed portrait of a dance troupe riven by competition but fused by the experiences of youth: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Dina Shihabi, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

Sam Norkin Award: To Montana Levi Blanco, who enriched this season with his vibrant and detailed costumes for FairviewThe House That Will Not StandFabulation, Or the Re-Education of UndineEddie and Dave“Daddy,” and Ain’t No Mo’. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more, telling us a complete story about its wearer while giving us something fabulous to look at.

To Mia Katigbak, the backbone of the off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two PartsThe Trial of the Catonsville NinePeace for Mary Frances and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.

To Repertorio Español for presenting a year-round rotating repertory of new and classic Spanish-language plays in its intimate Gramercy venue. For the past 51 years, Repertorio has been an indispensable theater for Spanish-speaking audiences, while inviting non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers to discover the delights of the Spanish-language canon and introducing New York audiences to the work of actors like Zulema Clares and Germán Jaramillo.

Podcast Episode 192 — Six-Time Tony Nominee of The Prom and more, Book Writer/Lyricist Chad Beguelin!

Imagine you have a poster up in Shubert Alley of a show you wrote that is supposed to open on Broadway in just a few months.

Then imagine that show suddenly gets canceled.

It might make you want to pack it all in, move back to the small town you’re from, and become a lawyer or doctor or anything but a musical theater writer.

And no one would blame you for it.

Well, that happened to Chad.  But he decided to tough it out and double down on his desire to write for the theater.

And we’re all luckier for it.

The show was The Rhythm Club (it was terrific, by the way).  Chad, the multi-talented and multi-nominated book writer/lyricist of shows like AladdinThe Wedding SingerElf, and this season’s breakout original hit, The Prom, talked about that difficult experience as well as:

  • The pros and cons of writing original musicals versus adaptations of big, branded source material.
  • How he settles “differences of opinions” with his collaborators . . . from Alan Menken to Matt Sklar.
  • The importance of having confidence as a writer, even when you are just starting out, and when those around you have more experience.
  • What award season is like when you’re up against your friends and peers.
  • What he looks for in a producer and why.

Enjoy the podcast here and wish Chad luck on Sunday night!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review while you’re there!)

Download it here.

IMPORTANT PODCAST NEWS:  As the current Broadway season comes to an end, so does this season of The Producer’s Perspective podcast!  We’ll be back in the fall with a new look, new sound, and new super-powered guests.  Sign up here to be the first to know when the next episode is released, or click here to subscribe in iTunes.  And if you’re looking for a podcast fix in the meantime, check out the archives here.

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