Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Broadway News and Notes:
Tony Award Nominations Announced
Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards were announced last week. The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show’s march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary surpasses the previous 15-nominations record held jointly by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.” Other leading contenders are the new musical Shuffle Along, with 10 nominations, and the revival of She Loves Me, with 8. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.
Jennifer Hudson Leaves The Color Purple, Heather Hedley Joins
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gave her last performance in the role of Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple at the May 8 matinee. Heather Headley, who won the 2000 Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in “Aida,” will make a long-awaited return to Broadway in the role starting May 10. For more on the cast change, click here.
Brian Stokes Mitchell to Receive 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Award
In more Tony Awards news, Shuffle Along star Brian Stokes Mitchell has been chosen to receive the 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Award at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony. Mitchell will be presented the Award for his commitment to supporting members of the entertainment community in crisis or transition through his work with The Actors Fund. Mitchell won the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for the 1999 revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” His many Broadway credits include “Ragtime,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Click here for more on this announcement.