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04 May 2010 @ 09:21 pm
...my apologies to everyone. I haven't logged in here for a LONG time! I've been trying to go back and read everyone's past posts, but honestly I've been gone for so long, I don't think I'll ever catch up. :( I will try though, because I've missed reading about what's been happening in all of your lives... that is my mission this weekend. :)

Wanted to quickly come by and post some quick thoughts on 1) the Tony Nominations and 2) the Lucille Lortel Awards... both happened within days of each other and have really been forcing me to spend far too much time on my computer (and not in a productive way, either...) :P

Tony Noms - the HAPPY :)
  • Needless to say, I was ECSTATIC with the MEMPHIS noms, I can't even tell you! Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Lead Actor (YAY Chad!!), Lead Actress (YAY Montego!), Best Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Orchestrations! WOOO!

  • Was BEYOND thrilled see that Jon Michael Hill (who was one of my personal favorite performances of last year) get a Featured Actor in a Play nomination for his INCREDIBLE work in "Superior Donuts!" I wasn't quite sure the nominating committee would remember his OUTSTANDING work, but I'm SO thankful that they did!

  • Douglas Hodge - SOOOO incredibly deserving - truly one of THE BEST performances I've seen this year! His portrayal of Albin was hilarious, touching, just AMAZING. He brings SUCH dignity and warmth to the character... I absolutely ADORED his performance!!

  • The AMAZINGLY talented Levi Kreis!! His nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical truly made my morning! As a musician, Levi is probably one of the most dynamic pianists I have ever seen. Just. Amazing. And his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis was SOOO incredibly deserving of the nomination!! I adore the entire Million Dollar Quartet cast, but really,... Levi stands out of the crowd for his stage presence, his musical talent, and his acting. AND, reading his reactions to the nomination had to be one of the sweetest, most humble things I have ever read!
Tony Noms - the SAD :(
  • I suppose I couldn't have it both ways, but I am saddened at the omission of Santino Fontana who was marvelous as Stanley in the VERY short-lived "Brighton Beach Memoirs". He did get a Drama Desk Nom, though (when Jon Michael Hill did not...) so I guess that is something.

  • Kinda sad in general that "Brighton Beach" didn't get ANY Tony Nominations... Yes, I realize that it was only open for maybe a few weeks (in previews for much longer, but open, I think only a couple of weeks) but it is still one of the best plays I've seen this season. (And yes, maybe it's just my Neil Simon geekiness showing...) But really, Jessica Hecht was incredible as was Dennis Boutsikaris... sadly probably not enough of the nominating committee saw it before it closed. :( Glad Jessica Hecht got a nomination for "A View from the Bridge," but her work in "Brighton Beach" was really outstanding as well.

  • Sergio Trujillo... MEMPHIS has some of the best dancing/choreography on stage and I was saddened that he didn't get a Tony nomination for his incredible work. :(

The Lucille Lortel Awards -

I LOVE Off-Broadway shows... sometimes I think more than the shows ON Broadway... but that's because I feel they can be more fearless and can take more chances - which I love. So the Lortels were AMAZING for me to follow because I'd seen (and LOVED) so many things Off-Broadway this season.

  • Orphans' Home Cycle - if you follow me on Twitter or are a FB friend, you've probably already gotten sick me talking about it, but this was probably one of the best things I saw all trip... It's basically a series of NINE one-act plays telling the story of a young man (Horace). It is told in three parts, each part with three one hour acts. It's Horton Foote's masterpiece, and probably nine of the most amazing hours I've spent in the theatre this year. I love other shows, but this was just... jaw-dropping amazing! Could not have been happier that it won Outstanding Play at the Lortels.

  • Scottsboro Boys - another AMAZING show that I saw in NYC this past trip! Told in minstrel style, I wasn't sure how moved I would be by the story... but I was IN TEARS by the end - the performances were SO poignant and moving - and the last scene, when I realized what it was... gave me goose bumps! I was thrilled that it won a Lortel for Outstanding Musical!

  • SOO happy that Michael Urie won a Lortel for his performance as Rudi Gernreich in "The Temperamentals" - having seen the show twice while I was in NY, I was really able to appreciate his subtle performance. Very happy that he won a Lortel. :)

SOOO looking forward to seeing how the Tonys pan out this year. Coincidentally and rather unfortunately, Mark & I will be in NYC during Tony time (just for the weekend - hubby's birthday gift/trip - planned a really long time ago...) but we've already planned all our shows and we're actually seeing something off-broadway that night (so we won't even be able to watch it live on TV and will have to DVR it back at home and watch it MUCH later...) :( In any case, I'm VERY excited about award season this year... SO many great shows and SO many great performances!!
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Leahbostonbwy on May 5th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
What shows will you be seeing while you're here?
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 2009shutterbug93 on May 5th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hey! I tried looking to see if you were working at Ave Q when I was there for Temperamentals! The guy who sells Q souvenirs said that you were upstairs working the lights. Would've been nice to say hi. :)

Mark & I are seeing a bunch of shows - because this trip is a birthday gift to him, we're seeing more stuff that he wants to see this time... "Hair," "La Cage," "Addams Family," etc. My last trip was things I wanted to see. :)
Sarah: [Bway] // hey dadmisswritten on May 5th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I read that Brighton Beach Memoirs wasn't eligible to be nominated. It was posts on broadwayworld, so a reason as to why wasn't given, but I suppose that's why it didn't recieve any.

Memphis was totally robbed on the choreography. I LOVE the dancing in that show (especially Radio) so I was shocked it didn't get a nod for that.

With the exception of the above, no noms for Tom Kitt on either AI or Rapture, and Addams Family on scenic design (never thought I'd say that Addams Family deserved a nomination on something lol), I'm very happy with the nominations this year. I'm so happy that BOTH Ragtime and Finian's were acknowledged. I was afraid it would be one or the other, and both were so good. So happy for Bobby Steggert too :)

I've heard a lot about Scottsboro Boys. I kind of wish I'd been able to see it. Maybe if it transfers or something, I'll make a serious effort to go see it.
Sheri: Santino Fontanashutterbug93 on May 5th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about Brighton Beach! It was probably due to the fact that it closed so quickly. :( Sad though because there were some really great performances. I am glad at least that Santino Fontana received a Drama Desk Nomination for his work on the show. It was truly a stunning production... :(

Have to agree with "Radio" - one of the best choreographed numbers in the show - or in any show that I've seen recently.

Happy that Ragtime got nominated. Sadly I didn't have the chance to see it (I had tickets for the week AFTER they closed - which was unfortunate...) but it sounded like it was SUCH an amazing production.

If Scottsboro Boys does transfer, you really should see it. It was amazing!
Sarah: [Bway] // awwwmisswritten on May 5th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ragtime was such an amazing production. I'm so glad I went to see it at the end of the semester last year. If I waited until the spring I would have missed it and I consider it to be the best show I've ever seen

I think I will definitely try to see it then!!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on May 5th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hey! Glad to see you. :) Hope all is well with all of you over there!
Sheri: Million Dollar Quartet 1shutterbug93 on May 6th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Miss you, Sabine!!! :(
(Anonymous) on May 7th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
yep...brighton beach wasn't eligible...bummer indeed...
Sheri: Santino Fontanashutterbug93 on May 7th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
That is sad... it was such a great production with so many wonderful performances. Too bad it closed so soon. :(