May 1, 2012
Nominations for the 2012 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, announced Tuesday, include: Best play: "Clybourne Park," "Other Desert Cities," "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Venus in Fur. " Best musical: "Leap of Faith," "Newsies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Once. " Best book of a musical: "Lysistrata Jones," "Newsies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Once. " Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater: "Bonnie & Clyde," "Newsies," "One Man, Two Guvnors," "Peter and the Starcatcher.
January 6, 2012 |
The Kennedy Center has had to scrap the centerpiece theater event of its 2011-12 season — a major, reworked revival of the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical "Pal Joey" — after its director, Christopher Ashley, abruptly pulled out of the production. Into the show's June 8 to July 1 slot will go "First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb," a revue directed by Eric Schaeffer that had its world premiere at Schaeffer's Signature Theatre in September 2009. The prolific Schaeffer staged the center's well-received "Follies,"...
October 5, 2011 |
Inspiration was the name of the game at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Tuesday night. See Audra McDonald, be a better person. The Broadway star (41, four Tony Awards) was a natural advocate during her alternately casual and thrilling 90-minute concert. She promoted new composers. She humbly invoked the legacy of black American trailblazers (Lena Horne, James Baldwin). She nodded to her favorite cause, marriage equality. As she exited to a prolonged standing ovation, she leaned down and generously handed the...
September 30, 2011 |
Broadway darling Audra McDonald won three Tony Awards before she turned 30, and a fourth for "A Raisin in the Sun" with Sean Combs in 2004. So how could she have strayed into Stephen Sondheim's firing line? McDonald is currently headlining the revised 1935 George Gershwin-Dubose Heyward-Ira Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess," about an addicted woman and her crippled lover. Sondheim, the revered and intimidating composer of "Follies" and "Sweeney Todd," adores "Porgy. " He penned a scathing public letter...
September 14, 2011 |
For some time, Michael Kahn has wrestled with the script of a rarely performed drama by a playwright so revered that, over his career, he was rewarded with four Pulitzer Prizes. But it's not an interpretive issue with which Kahn is struggling as much as a practical one. At a length of more than five hours and filled with rambling soliloquies, Eugene O'Neill's 1928 psychological study, "Strange Interlude," is considered by many to be virtually unplayable. So, with the permission of O'Neill's estate,...
April 27, 2009 |
In its glorious opening tableau, "Ragtime" finds its purest, most exhilarating expression. To the Scott Joplin-style syncopation of the title song, the characters who compose the musical's three intertwining ethnic groups -- white Anglo-Saxons, blacks and immigrant Jews -- converge onstage to lay out the evening's conceptual thrust: the revolutionary changes coming to America circa 1906. "The music," as the characters put it, "of something beginning. " For the Kennedy Center's stirringly intelligent revival of...