2017 Tony Awards

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The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by Kevin Spacey.  Spacey opened the show dressed as Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen with a cast that said #HOST and sang a parody of “You Will Be Found” and then transitioned into a Groundhog Day parody and moved the cast to this leg. From there be paid tribute to The Great Comet and then Come From Away to finish off the four Best Musical Nominees.  He also dressed as Norma Desmond and then tap danced it was quite a lot going on.

During the show the cast of Come From Away performed “Welcome to the Rock,” the company of Dear Evan Hansen sang “Waving Through a Window,”  David Hyde Pierce performed “Penny in my Pocket from Hello, Dolly!, and Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone performed “Face to Face” from War Paint.  Further performances included those by the remarkable companies of The Great CometFalsettosGroundhog Day, Bandstand, and Miss Saigon.

Best Play was presented to Oslo and Best Revival of a Play was awarded to August Wilson’s Jitney.  Best Leading Actress in a Play was awarded to Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2 while Best Leading Actor in a Play went to Kevin Kline for Present Laughter. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Michael Aronov for his role in Oslo and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Cynthia Nixon for her role in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Best Direction of a Play was presented to Rebecca Taichman for Indecent.

Best Musical was awarded to Dear Evan Hansen. Best Revival of a Musical was awarded to Hello, Dolly! and Bette Midler took home the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the show. Best Actor in a Musical went to Ben Platt and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical was presented to Rachel Bay Jones for their roles in Dear Evan Hansen. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical was awarded to Gavin Creel for his role in Hello, Dolly!.  Best Score and Best Book of a Musical were presented to Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and Steven Levenson respectively for Dear Evan Hansen. Best Orchestrations also went to Alex Lacamoire for the show. Best Direction of a Musical was awarded to Christopher Ashely for Come From Away.

James Earl Jones was presented with this year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Full Red Carpet coverage can be found here.

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3

The third, and final, day of BroadwayCon was a busy one. We began our day at Tyler Mount’s Broadway Besties with Keala Setlle, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, and Christopher Jackson. It was a very fun event and included games and giveaways. 

Tyler Mount with Christopher Jackson

On the mainstage next was Waving Through A Window: The Dear Evan Hansen Panel. The entire cast and most of the creative team were there to discuss the creation and execution of the musical. They discussed their favorite parts of the show, enjoying being able to watch each other perform when they’re not in a scene and really digging into the lives and feelings of the characters. 

Dear Evan Hansen panel

We had a photo-op with Jeremy Jordan and then later we attended the BroadwayCon First Look featuring a preview of some of he musicals of the upcoming series including Bandstand, Come From Away, Significant Other, and more. Company members of the upcoming shows previewed songs from and details of the shows. We particularly enjoyed the song from Bandstand

First Look: Bandstand

We took one last stroll around the Marketplace and saw Ann Harada being interviewed by Broadway Masters. Once her interview was over they then interviewed Lesli Margherita before she had to run to her photo-op sessions. 

Ann Harada being interviewed for Broadway Masters

The last big thing of the con was the closing ceremony which was a fitting end to the weekend.

They’ve already  announced that there will be a BroadwayCon 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing what awesome guests and events will take place next year! 

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2 

Day 2 was eventful. There were a lot of awesome guests, panels and events. Andrew Keenan-Bolger signed copies of Jack and Louisa: Act 3 at the Drama Book Shop booth, the cast of the upcoming film Speech and Debate signed at the Lights of Broadway booth, Telly Leung and Sierra Boggess signed and took pictures at the Broadway Records booth, and those are only a few examples of the guests on hand for Day 2. 

We attended the Kinky Boots panel celebrating the show’s 3 years on Broadway. They talked about the effect the message of the show has on society, what it’s like stepping into the shoes of the performers that were in the show before you, and much more. 

Kinky Boots Panel

We also sat in on the Speech and Debate panel discussing what it was like to adapt the stage show to the screen, and the Madam Secretary panel which discussed the difference in acting and working on stage versus on screen. 

Madam Secretary Panel
We attended a Q&A with Arielle Jacobs on the Marketplace stage in which she discussed looking ethnically ambiguous and what that means for the parts she is able to play. 

Arielle Jacobs Q&A

But some of the highlights of the day were BroadwayCon Feud which pitted Team Hamilton against Team Burr and Lesli Margherita’s Variety Hour. 

It was a full and fun day of programming for Day 2. We’re looking forward to another great day for the third, and final day of the con. 

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1

This is our first year at BroadwayCon and we didn’t know exactly what to expect, but it is just like any other convention. There are awesome vendors, organizations, and some serious Cosplays.

The crowd was a manageable size making it fairly easy to get from booth to booth,  as you check out the artists and products you want to see. I have been to cons where you could barely move around the convention floor and trying to get to some booths felt futile, so this was a breeze of fresh air. However, it is only day 1. 

The vendors and exhibitors are everything Broadway fans want! Some of our favorites have been Broadway.com, BroadwayBox, The Lights of Broadway, The Drama Book Shop, and Broadway Records. 

There are opportunities to enter to win tickets to Broadway shows, panels, lectures, performances, autograph signings, and photo ops. There was a lottery system to get autograph and photo op passes for select Broadway stars, but there are also plenty of signing opportunities at some of the booths. Today we met Alice Riley at the Broadway Records booth and Carolee Carmello at The Lights of Broadway table. Both of them, along with The Drama Book Shop, will have guests at their booths every day during BroadwayCon. 

We didn’t go to very many panels or events today, but we did catch most of the events on the Marketplace Stage including Anthony Rosenthal’s and Alice Ripley’s Q&As and Lauren Pritchard and Kathryn Gallagher’s  performance. 

It’s been a fun day meeting a lot of new people and some of our favorite Broadway performers! We’re excited to come back tomorrow for day two! 

Oscar Nominations 2017

And the nominees are…c28i1jxucaa4qpb

La La Land leads film nominees with 14 nominations, tying the  record set by Titanic and All About EveMoonlight and Arrival each received 8 nominations followed by Lion, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea each receiving 6.

Best Motion Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director 
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Ruth Negga, Loving
Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

See a full list of nominees here.

Tune in to the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Golden Globes 2017

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards were broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions. The awards were hosted by Jimmy Fallon.   The show opened with an parody of the opening scene of La La Land featuring many of the night’s nominees followed by parodies of most of the other major scenes from the movie. He began his monologue with a broken monitor and then proceeded to jump into a Chris Rock impression and a series of “2016 sucked” jokes.

Heading into the awards, La La Land led the way with the most film nominations, seven, followed by Moonlight which received six nominations. The People v. O.J. Simpson topped television nominations with six.


La La Land was the night’s biggest winner taking home awards for 
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical to Emma Stone, Best Score presented to Justin Hurwitz for the film, Best Song to Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “City of Stars,” and Best Director and Best Screenplay to screenwriter and director Damien Chazelle. It won all seven awards it was nominated for and set the record for most wins by a single film.

Moonlight won Best Motion Picture – Drama.  Casey Affleck was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Manchester by the Sea.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson took home Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals. Viola Davis won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Fences. Isabelle Huppert took home Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Elle.  Zootopia won for Best Motion Picture – Animation.  


The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story took home best Miniseries or TV Movie. Sarah Paulson also won 
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her role in the mini series. Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries went to Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Spencer also won for The Night Manager for  Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie and Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie respectively.

Billy Bob Thornton won Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his role in Goliath.  The Crown took home the award for Best Television Series -Drama and Claire Foy won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role in the series.  Tracee Ellis Ross won Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for Black-ish while Atlanta took home the award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Donald Glover also took home the award for the Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for his role in the show.

Meryl Streep was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award for Lifetime Achievement by Viola Davis. She gave a powerful speech that centered around Hollywood and recent political events that ended with a quote by Carrie Fisher “take your broken heart, make it into art.” 

A full list of winners can be found here.

Red Carpet Fashion

 

Here are a few of our favorite red carpet looks. A full gallery of red carpet fashion can be found here.

           

The Best Things We Read In 2016

This year has had its ups and downs, the downs being more recent in our memories, but there were also a multitude of excellent stories told this year. We’ve read a number of articles, books, magazines, etc. this year and have compiled a list of some of the best this year had to offer. There were stories that took us to a galaxy far, far away and stories that hit close to home and helped us connect with ourselves and the ever-changing world around us.

What I Know

Rosanna Tasker – Lenny Letter

In March, New York Times best-selling author Jessica Knoll shared the story of the real rape informing her debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive (which is also one of the best thing’s I’ve read this year).  Her essay is real, powerful, and necessary. I don’t think a line of text has ever resonated with me more than the final line of her piece: “I’m not fine. It’s not fine. But it’s finally the truth, it’s what I know, and that’s a start.” 



Star Wars: Ahsoka

 

Star Wars: Ahsoka is one of the newest  Star Wars texts this year and is the first book in the canon to feature the former Jedi apprentice to Anakin Skywalker. The story, written by E.K. Johnston, focuses on Ahsoka’s time after the fall of the Republic.  For any fan of Star Wars Rebels or Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this book shares the story of how our favorite padawan became Fulcrum, the informant for the Resistance. 

Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick’s collection of essays, Scrappy Little Nobody, was released in November of this year. It is a hilarious and charming account of her time in the business so far. She has written this book in the same authentic and candid voice that can be found on her Twitter. It was a joy to read!




The Princess Diarist 

The final memoir written by the late Carrie Fisher is by far one of my favorites from 2016.  The entire text focuses on Carrie’s reflections on and personal diaries surrounding her time filming the original Star Wars film, now known as A New Hope. She also speaks about bringing her iconic role back to the big screen in The Force Awakens.  Ms. Fisher, in her outstanding way, maintains her usual frank, witty humor throughout the text.  Many times, I found myself hearing her voice in my mind telling the story (Of course, you can actually hear her tell the story through the audiobook). – Sarah

Marcia Clark is Redeemed

via: NY Mag

The People v. O.J. Simpson was one of the biggest television events of the season and has garnered high critical praise and industry awards for best television mini-series and its leading actors.  The major appeal of the show was the sensational nature of O.J. Simpson’s trial and one of the best performances of the television season was Sarah Paulson’s portrayal of Marcia Clark.  I loved reading Rebecca Traister’s piece detailing how the show has helped the “90’s bogeywoman… become a feminist icon.”