This Week on Broadway – Tony Award Season is Here! / 05.07.18

Tony Awards

Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week: Tony Award Nominations!

 

Broadway News and Notes:

2018 Tony Nominations Announced

  • The American Theatre Wing and Broadway League have announced who will be competing for the top prize in Broadway theater, with two musicals leading the way: Tina Fey’s adaptation of Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, both scoring 12 nods. The most nominated play was the revival of Angels in America, which is up for 11 awards, while Broadway’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child locked in 10 nominations. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will be hosted by nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban and broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, from 8-11 p.m. on CBS. More details here.

Dear Evan Hansen Stars Win Daytime Emmy Award

  • The original company of Dear Evan Hansen earned Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards alongside The Today Show for their April 25, 2017 performance of “You Will Be Found” on the NBC program. The Tony-winning musical marked the only Broadway company to be nominated in the Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program category. The win was shared by The Today Show and Tony winners Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones, Mike Faist, Laura Dreyfuss, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson, and Will Roland. This marked the second consecutive year the award went to a performance by the company of a Broadway musical on the NBC morning show; last year, the award went to the Cynthia Erivo-led performance from the cast of The Color Purple. More details here.

Rupert Murdoch Play Ink to Make 2019 Broadway Premiere

  • Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the Broadway premiere next April of the West End hit Ink, a play about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of UK tabloid The Sun.  Ink was written by James Graham, an Olivier Award winner whose credits include Labour of Love and Finding Neverland. The show will begin previews on April 2 prior to opening on April 24, 2019 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. In 1969 London, the critically-praised play shows brash, young Murdoch buying the struggling Sun, and setting out to make it a must-read which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. Murdoch hires rogue editor Larry Lamb, who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they quickly show their readers and competitors they will go to any lengths for success. More details here.

Chazz Palminteri to Join Bronx Tale on Broadway

  • Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri will return to Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the musical based on his solo show that also inspired the 1993 film of the same name. The Oscar nominee will take on the role of Sonny – a mobster who takes a young Italian-American under his wing – on weekday performances beginning May 24, becoming the first actor to play the same part in a play, film, and stage musical. Original cast member and Tony nominee Nick Cordero will continue with the show, playing Sonny on Saturday and Sunday performances at the Longacre Theatre.  A Bronx Tale was originally written by Palminteri and performed as a one-man show in 1989. After moving it off-Broadway, he wrote the screenplay and co-starred in the film adaptation with Robert De Niro. More details here.

Huey Lewis and the News Musical Sets World Premiere

  • The Old Globe in San Diego has announced the lineup for its 2018–2019 season, which will launch with the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll, the new musical featuring the songs of Huey Lewis and the News. The new jukebox musical will follow the story of a corporate man who throws in his tie to reunite with his former band and take one last shot at rock and roll glory, featuring hits such as “The Power of Love,” “Stuck with You,” “Hip to Be Square,” “If This Is It,” and more.  The musical is scheduled to run 9/6 – 10/21. Huey Lewis and The News released 19 Billboard Top Ten singles during the ‘80s and ‘90s, three of them No. 1’s, including the “The Power of Love,” which was nominated for both Academy and Grammy Awards. All five albums released by the band between 1982 and 1991 are certified Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. More details here.

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