… about which of the songs in “The Book of Mormon“ are safe enough to present as the sample from the best nominated Musicals. Mormon is up for 14 Tonys, and although it probably won’t win them all, as the Drama Desk Awards showed last week, it is sure to take SOMETHING home.
I’ve been playing the album over and over on my iPhone and I think the piece that stands the best chance is the opening number “Hello,” yet that doesn’t show the experience in Uganda which makes up the body of the work. The songs in Uganda pose the biggest problems for television which cannot easily take “fuck you, God” or any and all the messages about the clitoris, or even the closing scene, which is a variation on “Hello” also full of the F word.
I must sat, I love the score and the story, however. I wish I was in New York so I could go see it (where apparently, it is frequently sold out.) It’s going to be a long time, if ever, before this gets to the Community Theatre market.
- Bargain Alert! The Book Of Mormon (MP3 Album) by the Broadway cast for $1.99! (randomizeme.wordpress.com)
- ‘Book of Mormon’ star Andrew Rannells talks Tonys – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO (popwatch.ew.com)
- The Book of Mormon: South Park takes the missionary position (theglobeandmail.com)
- Stage Door: Ghost Musical, War Horse, Sandra Bernhard, Tony Predix (thefilmexperience.net)
- ArtsBeat: Just How Much Is a Tony Worth? (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- 11 Musical Highlights From The 2011 Tony Award Nominees (fresh1027.radio.com)
- 11 Musical Highlights From The 2011 Tony Award Nominees (wlte.radio.com)
Wilson was one of the founders of the Circle Repertory Company, an off-Broadway repertory group where he premiered his plays. Known for such works as “The Hot l Baltimore” and Talley’s Folly“, he explored such themes as contemporary gay identity, youthful angst and the modern lack of the usual social or ethical standards.
A number of Wilson’s plays reached Broadway, and he received three Tony nominations for best play. But today he is most closely associated with the off-off-Broadway scene. He won the Pulitzer for “Talley’s Folly.”
A revival production of “Burn This,” directed by Nicholas Martin, is set to open at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on April 3.
- Theater critics announce six finalists for $25,000 new-play prize (orlandotheater.wordpress.com)
- The Afternoon Report, Thursday, March 24, 2011 (boneaubryanbrown.com)
- Award-Winning Playwright Lanford Wilson Dies (foxnews.com)
It is always a landmark for me when a theatre great passes on, and reading in this morning’s NY Times that costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge had died in Connecticut three days ago. struck me as one such landmark.
Aldredge won three Tony Awards for Costuming: Annie in 1977, Barnum in 1980 and La Cage aux Folles in 1987. She was nominated for Tonys 12 other times, most recently in 2006 for the revival of Follies.
Aldredge was born Theoni Athanasiou Vashlioti in 1932 in Salonika, Greece (which, oddly enough, is where my relatives on my Father’s side come from). She acquired her last name in 1953 when she married actor Tom Aldredge, who she remained with for the rest of her life.
She often worked for Joe Papp at the Public Theater and, when Papp brought his big pieces to Broadway, like Two Gentlemen Of Verona in the 1970s, it was Theoni Aldredge who costumed the huge cast. Aldredge was known for beautiful designs that took large budgets to create… surprising since she did so much non-profit work for Papp.
In films, she won three Oscars and had five other nominations. Her films included Ghostbusters, Network, Moonstruck and Addams Family Values – indicative of the range of styles she commanded.
- Costume designer Theoni Aldredge dies at 78 (abclocal.go.com)
- Theoni V. Aldredge, Costume Designer for ‘Chorus Line,’ ‘Annie,’ Has Died (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Theoni V. Aldrege Has Died (laist.com)
- Surface Thrills: Remembering the Costumes of Theoni V. Aldredge (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge dies at age 78 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
I am sorry to see that Tom Bosley, an actor whose work I have been watching since I was a very young man, has died at age 83 of heart failure that may have been related to his lung cancer.
While everyone I know immediately thinks of Bosley as Ritchie Cunningham’s father on Happy Days, my first exposure to him was as the Mayor of New York, Fiorello H. LaGuardia in the musical Fiorello, the role which won him a Tony Award (1959). I saw Fiorello when he had it on a summer tour a year after he had left the Broadway cast (and after which the B’way show closed…without Bosley there was no Fiorello) at the Springfield, Massachusetts tent theatre on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. He took the Bock/Harnick Musical all around the country where he was heartily received everywhere.
He spent most of his career on Television, however… Happy Days, a long-running role on Murder, She Wrote as Sheriff Amos Tupper, and guest spots on other shows.
I will remember him and his performances.
- Tom Bosley, Mr. C on Happy Days, Dies at 83 (seattlepi.com)
- Happy Days’ Tom Bosley – aka Mr. Cunningham – Dies at 83 (omg.yahoo.com)
- ‘Happy Days’ Dad Tom Bosley Dead At 83 (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- ‘Happy Days’ actor Tom Bosley dies at 83 (abclocal.go.com)