Daily Archives: June 14, 2010

Here’s where I’ll be at 6:30 Tonite…

A notice from the Contemporary American Theater Festival:

The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show

June 14th • One night only! • 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for an evening with Eelwax Jesus for a concert with music from the show. It’s guaranteed to put you in a significantly better mood than the one you are in now!

Entler Hotel 
129 East German Street, Shepherdstown, WV
(corner of German and Princess Streets)

$10 at the door or $5 at the door, 
if you show us your “tweet” about the event.

Includes FREE Hotdogs & Moonpies!

Obama is making his fourth trip to the Gulf. Will it matter?

I guess we’ll know tomorrow with his “speech to the nation,” as it is being called by the TV Pundits. It’s been 56 days now since the explosion that started the oil eruption under water and just about everything that has been tried has been functionally useless (there’s a cap of sorts taking our a small percentage of the flow, but not enough to make a difference, and two relief wells are being drilled to cut off the leak itself, but we’re about two months away from it happening).

BP is spending millions on advertising where they say that they are taking “full responsibility” for the leak and the cleanup, and that no American taxpayers will have to pay  for this. Of course, such a statement is utter bullshit, since all the news shows talk about lately is business owners and fishermen on the Gulf who have appealed to BP for recompense do to their losses in the tragedy and have not been able to get the oil company to pay for anything.

BP put this out on it’s website:

BP’s onshore response efforts have rapidly expanded, with equipment and people staged and ready in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. BP has positioned rapid response teams in Alabama and Louisiana to enable quick response and cleaning of areas where oil may come ashore. These 12-person teams will assess initial impacts, and then call in a larger contingent of trained responders and volunteers to clean the affected area.

If that sounds good you should tie it to the word yesterday afternoon from Alabama that their beaches were now covered with tarballs and oil mass and their summer tourist season has been destroyed (along with the wildlife.) So much for “rapid response.” One of the things Obama is supposed to be doing today is speaking with BP officials. Let’s see if that gets him anywhere.

Joe Scarborough made what I thought was the best suggestion on his show this morning…and I rarely agree with Joe Scarborough… when he said that Obama should use the “speech to the nation” to bring our National Dream into a non-oil-dependent energy target. He compared it to JFK’s famous speech pledging to put a man on the moon in a decade.

This from Scarborough:

“I would make the John Kennedy speech that by the end of the decade, we will go to the moon. This president can say, thank god it’s the beginning of the decade, by the end of a decade, America will break its dependence on foreign oil. By the end of the decade, we will control our own destiny. By the end of the decade, we will be positioned to dominate the world in energy for the next century. We will do it because we must do it…”

That’s a terrific idea.

I’ll be astonished if it happens.

As promised, here are the Tony Winners for 2010

Best Play
Red Winner Author: John Logan

Best Musical
Memphis Winner

Best Book of a Musical
Memphis Joe DiPietro Winner

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Memphis Music: David Bryan
Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Revival of a Play
Fences Winner

Best Revival of a Musical
La Cage aux Folles Winner

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Denzel Washington Winner Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis Winner Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Douglas Hodge Winner La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Catherine Zeta-Jones Winner A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Eddie Redmayne Winner Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Scarlett Johansson Winner A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Levi Kreis Winner Million Dollar Quartet

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Katie Finneran Winner Promises, Promises

Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage Winner Red

Best Direction of a Musical
Terry Johnson Winner La Cage aux Folles

Best Choreography
Bill T. Jones Winner Fela!

Best Orchestrations
Daryl Waters & David Bryan Winner Memphis

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Christopher Oram Winner Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christine Jones Winner American Idiot

Best Costume Design of a Play
Catherine Zuber Winner The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici Winner Fela!

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin Winner Red
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams Winner American Idiot

Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork Winner Red

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Robert Kaplowitz Winner Fela!

Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn
Marian Seldes

Regional Theatre Tony Award®
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut

Isabelle Stevenson Award
David Hyde Pierce

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
B.H. Barry

Midtown North & South New York City Police Precincts

Tom Viola