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Tony Awards: Best Musical

Memorable songs, powerhouse vocals and spectacular song & dance numbers have these Best Musical nominees bursting at the seams with Broadway energy. We can’t wait to see some of them eventually make their way to Chicago!

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Best Musical

After Midnight

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Aladdin

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

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Les Miserables

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Violet

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Tony Awards: Actor in a Featured Role

The scene stealers, the unexpected surprises, the young up-and-comer and the veterans are all represented in the Tony Award nominees for Best Actor in a Featured Role.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night

Stephen Fry – Twelfth Night

Brian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie

Reed Birney – Casa Valentina

Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night

DID YOU KNOW? Mark Rylance was the original Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He grew up in Milwaukee, WI before moving back to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

You might recognize Reed Birney from Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays Rep. Donald Blythe.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

James Monroe Iglehart – Aladdin

Jarrod Spector – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Joshua Henry – Violet

Nick Cordero – Bullets Over Broadway

Danny Burstein – Cabaret

WATCH James Monroe Iglehart videotaped the phone call he received from director Casey Nicholaw learning he would play the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway.

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Tony Awards: Best Score

These are the songs that get stuck in your head as you leave the theatre, listen to original cast recordings of repeatedly and catch yourself spontaneously bursting into singing out loud. You have the nominees for Best Score to thank for all of it.

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Best Score (Clockwise, L to R)

Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Chad Beguelin, Alan Menken (pictured) Tim Rice, Howard Ashman – Aladdin

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – If/Then

Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of Madison County

Listen to selections from the nominated scores below!

The “If/Then” Original Cast Recording is currently streaming on the USA Today website

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Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical

 

Sometimes actors will speak words in between all the song and dance of a musical. The nominees for Best Book are there to help move the story along and get the show from one big musical number to the next.
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Woody Allen – Bullets Over Broadway

Chad Beguelin – Aladdin

Douglas McGrath – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

DID YOU KNOW? Douglas McGrath was the screenwriter of the Woody Allen-directed film “Bullets Over Broadway” that Woody Allen then adapted for the stage by writing the Tony-nominated book!

 

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Tony Awards: Best Choreography

Gotta dance! Here are the choreographers who inspired fancy footwork and marvelous movement on Broadway stages.

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Best Choreography (Clockwise, L to R)

Susan Stroman – Bullets Over Broadway

Kelly Devine & Steven Hoggett – Rocky

Warren Carlyle – After Midnight

Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin

DID YOU KNOW? Talk about the student becoming the master! Warren Carlyle was the assistant choreographer under fellow nominee director Susan Stroman on The Producers, and now he’s garnered his first Tony nominations for choreography AND directing.

Steven Hoggett is currently here in Chicago choreographing The Last Ship!

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Spring Road Conference Highlights

Last week, members of our team were able to attend the Spring Road Conference in New York City.

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The conference opened with a surprise appearance by Tommy Tune!

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Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) delivered the keynote address, stating about live theatre: “Why am I here? Here’s why…I can sit. And turn next to the person next to me and say ‘That was wonderful.'”

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Presentations, speeches and discussions followed with (from L to R): Tyne Daly and Bobby Steggert of “Mothers & Sons”, Chicago actress Jessie Mueller of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and the creative team of “If/Then”, the creative team of Bullets Over Broadway, Bryan Cranston of “All the Way”. A performance from “Aladdin” with stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed took place as well.

A fantastic time was had by all attendees and we’re excited to see some of these shows hit the road and come to Chicago in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

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