Well, we made it through another crazy week! Next week will definitely be more crazy, so to give you something for a fun diversion to keep you entertained. This week, a word search that covers some 50 years of West End musicals that made the leap across the pond to the Great Bright Way. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
After a 3-decades plus career that includes a full array of theater - from Greek tragedy to splashy Broadway musical - Tina's Myra Lucretia Taylor finally got her first Tony Award nomination (Best Featured Actress in a Musical). Not that this is the be all end all recognition for this versatile actress. She's been critically acclaimed her entire career. With regional, national tour and on and off Broadway credits - a resume to be envied - we are so pleased to name her Ms. Broadway October 2020.
Ms. Broadway October 2020
Myra Lucretia Taylor
GETTING TO KNOW MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR
BIRTH DATE:July 9
BIRTHPLACE:Fort Motte, SC
SELECT THEATER CREDITS:Broadway:Tina, Nine, Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Mule Bone, A Streetcar Named Desire; Off-Broadway:The Rolling Stone, The Lucky Ones, School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play; The Tempest; National Tour: Wicked; Regional:Mary, Where Storms Are Born, Informed Consent; Television: all of the Law and Order series.
Our Musical of the Month is unique for many reasons, but it may be one of the few (it's the only!) Broadway shows based on a movie, then became a movie on its own, and then became a television movie. But John Waters' Hairspray did just that! What started out as an off-beat, off-kilter cult film became a smash hit Broadway musical, and then became a big-budget hit movie musical, and then became a live TV musical. What is interesting, too, is that with each version, bigger and bigger stars jumped on board to be a part of a quirky Baltimore girl's story.
Musical of the Month:
Hairspray (1988 film)
Starring:Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, Sonny Bono
Cameos:Pia Zadora, Ric Ocasek (of The Cars), John Waters
Written, Produced and Directed by:John Waters
Fun Facts: The film debuted in Baltimore on February 16, 1988. The film made $8.3 million in its initial run. The film's budget was $2.7 million. Debbie Harry was supposed to sing in the film, but her record company wouldn't allow it. Josh Charles was one of the Corny Collins Council members. The following year, Ruth Brown won a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Black and Blue.
Hairspray (2007 film)
Starring:Nikki Blonski, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifa, James Marsden, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow
Cameos:Jerry Stiller and Ricki Lake from the original film, John Waters, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman; singing cameos by Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein and Corey Reynolds from the Original Broadway Cast
Screenplay by:Leslie Dixon; Produced by:Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; Directed by:Adam Shankman
Fun Facts:The film premiered on July 10, 2007, with a budget of $75 million. Its initial release earned $203.5 million. Many of "The Nicest Kids in Town" were played by Broadway regulars including Curtis Holbrook, Hayley Podschun, Spencer Liff and Phillip Spaeth.
Hairspray Live! (2016 TV musical)
Starring:Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Garret Clayton, Derek Hough, Andrea Martin
Cameos:Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sean Hayes, Rosie O'Donnell
Written by:Harvey Fierstein; Produced by:Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; Directed by:Kenny Leon
Fun Facts:The program debuted on NBC on December 7, 2016 with 9.05 million viewers. The show was presented by Darren Criss. The program was nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 3.
Be sure to join us next week when we take a look at another Musical of the Month!
We've had our eye on this month's Mr. Broadway ever since he wowed us in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2020 was gearing up to being quite the season for Ian Barford what with a leading role in Linda Vista and a role in the new ensemble play, The Minutes. COVID had other ideas. But the great news is that Mr. October 2020was recognized for his work in Linda Vista with a Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play nomination!
Mr. Broadway October 2020
Linda Vista/The Minutes'
GETTING TO KNOW IAN BARFORD:
BIRTH DATE: September 4
BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, Indiana
FAMILY:Married to Anna D. Shapiro (above); two children
MEMBER:Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 2007
SELECT THEATER CREDITS:BROADWAY:The Minutes, Linda Vista, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, August: Osage County, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice; REGIONAL:Take Me Out, Othello, Dead End, The Weir; STEPPENWOLF:The Minutes, Linda Vista, August: Osage County, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Detroit, Up, Endgame, The March, Mary Page Marlowe