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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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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: Best Actress in a Leading Role

These leading ladies carry powerful pedigrees in the Broadway community with multiple nominations and wins between them. Can Chicagoan and first-time nominee Jessie Mueller sneak in a win in the Best Actress in a Musical category?
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Cherry Jones – The Glass Menagerie

Tyne Daly – Mothers and Son

Estelle Parsons – The Velocity of Autumn

LaTanya Richardson-Jackson – A Raisin in the Sun

Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

DID YOU KNOW? LaTanya Richardson-Jackson is the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson.

Estelle Parsons has been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She originally moved to New York to become a presenter on The Today Show before beginning her career on stage and in film, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This is her fifth Tony Award nomination.

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Best Actress in a Leading Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Kelli O’Hara – The Bridges of Madison County

Jessie Mueller – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Mary Bridget Davies – An Evening with Janis Joplin

Sutton Foster – Violet

Idina Menzel – If/Then

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Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday to when Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel won their Best Actress in a Musical Tony Awards in 2012, 2011 and 2004.

 

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Tony Awards: Actress in a Featured Role

 

Each of these women has contributed a stellar performance to their respective shows, from young ingenues to experienced previous award-winners.
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Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Sarah Greene – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Mare Winningham – Casa Valentina

Sophie Okonedo – A Raisin in the Sun

Celia Keenan-Bolger – The Glass Menagerie

Anika Noni Rose – A Raisin in the Sun

DID YOU KNOW? Celia Keenan-Bolger originated the role of Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, which recently toured here in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre.

Both Mare Winningham and Sophie Okonedo have been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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Lauren Worsham – A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Lena Hall – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Anika Larsen – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Adriane Lenox – After Midnight

Linda Emond – Cabaret

DID YOU KNOW? Lena Hall is a real life rocker, fronting a band called The Deafening, which gave her plenty of preparation to star in Hedwig.

Adriane Lenox previously won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) in 2005 for Doubt: A Parable, a role that Viola Davis portrayed in the film adaptation.

 

 

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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 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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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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