Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
2019 Tony Award Nominations Announced
The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced last week. Hadestown, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway debut, led with 14 nominations, followed by the jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud, built around songs by the Temptations, which received 12 nominations. Joining the two titles in the coveted Best Musical category are the stage adaptations of the hit films Tootsie and Beetlejuice, and new original musical The Prom. For the plays, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird racked up the most nominations with 9 each, though only the former is up for Best Play. Rounding out that category are Choir Boy, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Ink, and What the Constitution Means to Me. Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon announced the artists and productions recognized from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The 73rd annual ceremony will be broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall June 9. James Corden will host. More details here.
Laura Linney Plans Broadway Return in My Name Is Lucy Barton
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the American premiere of the London Theatre Company production of My Name is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney as part of the 2019-2020 Broadway season. The production will begin performances January 6, 2020, followed by an opening night on January 15 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Four-time Emmy winner, two-time Golden Globe winner, three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney will play Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. The solo play is adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. A sold-out, critically-acclaimed production was originally produced by the London Theatre Company at the Bridge Theatre in London. More details here.
Tony Nominee The Ferryman Announces National Tour
Jez Butterworth‘s The Ferryman, nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Play, has announced plans for a US National Tour in 2020-21. The show’s producers have confirmed that discussions are underway for engagements in several U.S, cities, as well as an Australian production. The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. The Ferryman opened at London’s Royal Court in May 2017 before transferring to the Gielgud, where it ended its thrice-extended, year-long run on May 19, 2018. The production opened on Broadway in October 2018. More details here.
Smithsonian Institute Adds Avenue Q Puppets to Permanent Collection
Avenue Q puppet creator Rick Lyon announced that three of the puppet stars of the Tony Award-winning musical – Kate Monster, Nicky and Rod – have been chosen to be part of the permanent Popular Entertainment collection at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The honor comes just weeks before Avenue Q concludes its celebrated 16-year run in New York, with a final performance date set for May 26 at Off Broadway‘s New World Stages. Lyon’s fellow original cast member Jennifer Barnhart joined him at an induction ceremony at the Smithsonian on Saturday, April 27. The puppets became an overnight sensation when Avenue Q opened on Broadway in 2003, going on to win three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Lyon created the roles of Nicky/Trekkie/Blue Bear in the original cast, appearing on and Off-Broadway. He has provided puppets for the New York productions of Avenue Q along with productions in Las Vegas, London, the first American national tour, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Switzerland, France, China and numerous other countries. More details here.