Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
The 72nd Annual Tony Awards Ceremony took place Sunday evening. See a list of all the nominees and winners.
Now on Sale:
Torch Song – Begins October 9th
A drag performer navigates both the liberation and assimilation of gay men in 1980s New York, as well as a back-and-forth plea for respect from his overbearing mother in a revival of Harvey Fierstein’s powerful play.
The Prom – Begins October 21st
When Broadway’s brassiest stars get word that a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom – and that the press is involved – they gear up to save the day in a new musical comedy.
Broadway News and Notes:
The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter Top Tony Winners
- The chamber musical The Band’s Visit, which transferred to Broadway last fall following a sold-out world-premiere run at the Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, was the biggest winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, which were presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. The musical earned Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Orchestrations, Best Sound Design, and Best Lighting Design. Cast members Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, and Ari’el Stachel became first-time Tony Award winners for their performances. The London-born mega-hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part theatrical event that opened at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in April following a 2016 West End premiere, followed with six awards including Best Play. The production also earned Best Direction and swept in the creative awards category – winning Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design. More details here.
Mean Girls Cast Album Debuts at Number One
- The Mean Girls cast album has debuted at Number One on the cast albums chart and Number 42 on the all-genre Billboard 200, making it the highest debut for a cast album in over a year. According to Nielsen Music, the album launched with 14,000 equivalent album units in its first week. 10,000 were in traditional album sales. The last cast album to debut higher was Dear Evan Hansen in February 2017, which debuted at Number 8. Mean Girls also has the largest debut week since Dear Evan Hansen in terms of total units earned, as well as the biggest debut sales week since Anastasia. Prior to Mean Girls, Hamilton held the Number One spot on the cast albums chart for 48 weeks straight. More details here.
Parkland Drama Teacher Recieves Special Tony Award
- Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, Florida received the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards. Herzfeld is the director of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Department, where she has been teaching drama since 2003 and has produced over 50 productions. The school was the site of one of the deadliest school shootings on February 14, in which 17 people — 14 students and three staff members — died. During the incident, Herzfeld and 65 of her students hid in her office for two hours until authorities led them to safety. Since then, many of Herzfeld’s students have either expressed the way the experience affected them through theater and music, or made direct calls-to-action for gun control legislation in public. The Excellence in Theatre Education Award recognizes a K-12 theater educator in the US who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. More details here.
Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Lifespan of a Fact on Broadway
- Daniel Radcliffe will return to Broadway this fall in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact, which is based on the essay/book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley that ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction. Directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet), the 16-week limited engagement will begin previews September 20 prior to an official opening October 18 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Tony winner Cherry Jones and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale will also star in the new play. Radcliffe will play Fingal, whose job it is to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Fingal’s boss, played by Jones, has given him an assignment: Apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata, played by Cannavale. And now, Fingal has a huge problem: John made up the majority of his article. Radcliffe is a three-time Drama Desk nominee for his Broadway performances in Equus, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan. More details here.