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COMING UP ON BROADWAY:
Six - Opens Company -
Previews Diana - Previews The Lehman Trilogy - Previews Mrs. Doubtfire - Previews Sing Street -Previews The Minutes - Previews 3.1.21 MJ: The Musical - Previews: 3.8.21 Plaza Suite - Previews: 3.19.21 American Buffalo - Previews: 3.22.21 Take Me Out - 3.22.21 The Music Man - Previews 4.7.21 1776 - Spring 2021 Caroline, or Change - Spring 2021 Flying Over Sunset - Spring 2021 American Utopia - Opens 9.18.20 Birthday Candles - Fall 2021

THIS WEEK ON THE SITE: 6/29: The 2020 (Might Have Been) Tony Awards Ballot - 6/30: The Decade in Review: Favorite Designs: Projections - 7/1: One That Got Away - 7/2: The Decade in Review: Favorite Designs: Sets - 7/3: The Weekly Broadway Quiz

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

BEST OF THE DECADE: Favorite Scenic Designs

Earlier this week, we named (what we thought, anyway) the Best of the Decade's projection design. That technical element is the newest in theatrical design. This week, we name our favorites in the area of an older, traditional element: scenic design. It has been interesting to watch how projections have continue to evolve, and, importantly, how they have become integrated into scenic design.  As we considered which shows to include, we thought about the creativity and ingenuity brought to the stage, creating a new world in which to immerse the audience. Of course, we also gave thought to arguably the most important thing - how the set design supports the script, its themes, and the overall concept of the piece.

BEST OF THE DECADE:
Jeff and Mike's Favorite
Scenic Designs

FAVORITE SCENIC DESIGNS OF A PLAY:


The Glass Menagerie
(2013) - Designed by Bob Crowley

A memory play, this glorious design was a wonder of specificity and cloudy remembrance. The balance between now and then was perfection, even as the action took place entirely on small platforms that seemed to hover over a pool of black water. Less is more here.



Three Tall Women
- Designed by Miriam Buether

Count us both among those who gasped when the lights came up on the set for the second part of the play. How the set managed to be both ice cold and warm, just as A, B and C themselves were, was design gold.



War Horse
- Designed by Rae Smith

In a play with so many spectacular elements, the accomplishment here is that the set didn't overwhelm the production. Instead, it added to the sweeping epic aspect of the story when necessary, and pulled back to allow the focus to be squarely where it belonged when necessary. Brilliant.

FAVORITE SCENIC DESIGNS OF A MUSICAL:


Matilda: The Musical 
- Designed by Rob Howell

Walking into the Shubert Theatre was like walking into a child's imagination, perfect for this show. It revealed delight after delight, scare after scare, and it was simply wonderful.



Moulin Rouge!
- Designed by Derek McLane

We were pessimistic that anyone could come up with anything close to the movie version. We couldn't have been more wrong. It is, well, spectacular. The best part for us was that there were plenty of familiar nods to the film, but that McLane embraced the live theatrical element present in the musical. It's always great to see stage designs that show off things that the stage can do that film can't.



Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
 - Designed by Mimi Lien

Immersive productions were quite a trend over the past decade. This show took it to a whole new level. I'll never forget walking into the Imperial door and right into a metallic smelling Russian bunker. I'll also never forget walking into the theater itself and right into another world bathed in red, wreaking of opulence and excess.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

One That Got Away: Nine

This time around, the One That Got Away came about by accident. Like many of you, I've been cleaning, de-cluttering, and reorganizing. I finally got around to dusting off my vinyl collection and came across an album I have never even listened to, from a show I have never seen. That show, Best Musical of 1982, Nine

Why I haven't gotten familiar with it is really strange for several reasons: I have a real "thing" for "Best Musicals," I am a devoted fan of all things Tommy Tune, I adore Maury Yeston's two other major musicals, Grand Hotel and Titanic, and the cast includes some of my all-time favorites, including Raul Julia, Liliane Montevecchi and Karen Akers. Now that I think of it, all of those reasons are probably why I bought the album years later.


I am familiar with the whole Dreamgirls versus Nine controversy, and, in fact, I've seen the former several times and really love it. Maybe I missed out on the latter because of some subconscious fear that I'll love Dreamgirls less. Crazy, right? Then there's the more obvious reason why this one got away from me. I didn't see my first Broadway show until Nine was about half way through its original run. Fact is, it just wasn't on my radar at the ripe old age of 17!

  


I have no real excuse for missing the 2003 revival. Maybe I'll finally get to see it when it gets revived again.





So... here's a plot twist: since I started writing this blog, I started to reorganize my cast recording CDs. Guess what I found? The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Nine! Haven't listened to that, either. But all of that's about to change. "Overture Delle Donne" is cuing up on the old CD player.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

BEST OF THE DECADE: Favorite Projection Designs

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One of the many benefits of being fortunate enough to see so much theater is exposure to incredible works of theatrical design art. Having to create a new world in a confined space that must function exactly the same way eight times a week doesn't limit designers. It enables them to tap their boundless imaginations and creativity. We are constantly amazed and humbled by their genius.

While we could name pretty much every show we saw as outstanding in one or more of the design disciplines, the ones we did choose are, in our opinion, the cream of the crop of the past 10 seasons. The "Gold Standard" of design, if you will. Today, we will offer up our favorite projection designs.

BEST OF THE DECADE:
Jeff and Mike's Favorite
Projection Designs

FAVORITE PROJECTION DESIGNS OF A PLAY:



Brief Encounter
 - Designed by Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll

Not only were their enormous images impressive, they way they were used to interact with the actors was astonishing.



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -
Designed by Finn Ross

Ross' innovative projections and videos allowed us to be inside young Christoper's mind, adding layers of understanding and empathy to the experience.



The Normal Heart
 - Designed by Batwin & Robin Productions, Inc.

These sobering projections not only brought the period to life, but the names made a humbling reminder of the human tragedy that happens when silence, fear and politics are the rule of the day.

FAVORITE PROJECTION DESIGNS OF A MUSICAL:


American Psycho
- Designed by Finn Ross

These projections/videos advanced this theatrical element to exciting new heights. They were practically a character unto themselves.


Bonnie and Hyde
- Designed by Aaron Rhyne

Though short-lived, this musical's images provided a stark reminder of history. At the end when the mug shots and "last known photos" of the main characters was a shocking reminder that the were very real people.



Ghost: The Musical
- Designed by Jon Driscoll

Though the opening admittedly made me dizzy, the projections and videos enhanced the other-worldly moments of this musical.



King Kong
- Designed by Peter England and Artists in Motion

Not only was the whole show, uh, Kong sized, the enormous projections were the most massive to date. And they were beautiful. Sometimes, bigger is better.



West Side Story
- Designed by Luke Halls

The new Gold Standard. The video enhanced the grit and modern bent of this production of this timeless classic. And can we talk about the clarity and sheer size of it all? Wow.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

VOTE HERE! The 2020 (Might Have Been) Tony Awards Ballot

This is IT! After a crazy cut short season and hundreds of nominations over the past several weeks, we crunched the numbers, read all of your thoughtful messages championing your favorite shows, and have arrived at the moment of truth! Here is the "official" 2020 (Might Have Been) Tony Awards Ballot!

Every season we fans always celebrate all the nominees and winners. But we also love to debate and mourn those who didn't make the cut. This year presented a unique opportunity to have our say! Your nominations are below. Now your votes will determine the popular outcome!

REMEMBER:
  • Scroll down the entire ballot to cast your votes. 
  • You may select only ONE nominee in each category.
  • At the very bottom, you MUST click/tap the "FINISH SURVEY" button or your vote WILL NOT COUNT.
  • As always, this ballot has been configured so that your personal information is NOT collected. It is secure.
  • NOTE: The ballot may take some time to fully load. There are 28 categories in total.




🏆🏆THE VOTING WILL CLOSE🏆🏆 
🏆🏆AT 5PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 3!🏆🏆

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The 2020 (Might Have Been) Tony Awards Nominees Announcement!

Before we tell you about who made the final ballot, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time over the past few weeks to nominate the best of the best from the 2019-2020 Broadway season. It is clear that you gave all of the categories a lot of thought and consideration.

Now,we'd like to share some information ahead of the release of the final ballot on Monday morning! Here are the shows with multiple nominations:


The 2020 (Might Have Been) Tony Awards
Top Nominees
(VOTE ON MONDAY!)


Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical
Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Elizabeth Stanley
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Celia Rose Gooding
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Lauren Patten
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Derek Klena
Best Ensemble, Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical


Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical
Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Aaron Tveit
Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Karen Olivo
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Danny Burstein
Best Ensemble, Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical


Best Play, Best Direction of a Play
Best Lead Actor in a Play - Andrew Burnap
Best Lead Actor in a Play - Kyle Soller
Best Featured Actor in a Play: John Benjamin Hickey
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Paul Hilton
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Samuel H. Levine
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Lois Smith
Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play


Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical
Best Lead Actress in a Musical - Adrienne Warren
Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations
Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, 
Best Lighting Design of a Musical


Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical
Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Isaac Powell
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Dharon E. Jones
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Yesenia Ayala
Best Ensemble, Best Choreography
Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical


Best Play, Best Direction of a Play
Best Featured Actress in a Play - LaChanze
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Andrea Martin
Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Play, 
Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play


Best Book of a Musical
Best Lead Actor in a Musical - Jay O. Sanders
Best Lead Actress in a Musical - Mare Winningham
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Austin Scott
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Jeannette Bayardelle
Best Ensemble
Best Costume Design of a Musical


Best Play, Best Direction of a Play
Best Lead Actress in a Play - Joaquina Kalukango
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Ato Blankson-Wood
Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play


Best Play, Best Direction of a Play
Best Lead Actress in a Play - Mary-Louise Parker
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Will Hochman
Best Lighting Design of a Play


Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical
Best Lead Actor in a Musical - Chris McCarrell
Best Costume Design of a Musical


Best Revival of a Play
Best Lead Actress in a Play - Marisa Tomei
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Andrea Burns
Best Scenic Design of a Musical

OTHER SHOWS WITH 2 MIGHT HAVE BEEN NOMINATIONS:
A Soldier's Play, Betrayal, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Height of the Storm

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Broadway Games: Six Degrees of Broadway Separation

Can you figure out how these shows connect to each other in order? Are they connected by an actor? A director? The theater they played in? Or something else altogether? Remember, you are figuring out how show 1 connects to show 2, how show 2 in turn relates to show 3, and so on.  Good luck!



Broadway Games:
Six Degrees of Broadway Separation

1.  Once On This Island (2017) to If/Then

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2. Head Over Heels to The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2012)

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3. Cats (1982) to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Answers to the last Broadway Games:
The Plays of August Wilson

1. Jitney        H. 1970s                   2. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom      C. 1920s

3. Fences     F. 1950s                    4. Joe Turner's Come and Gone    B. 1910s

5. The Piano Lesson D. 1930s     6. Two Trains Running    G. 1960s

7. Seven Guitars  E. 1940s           8. King Hedley II    I. 1980s

9. Gem of the Ocean   A. 1900s   10. Radio Golf     J. 1990s            
 
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