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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Book of a Musical (Clockwise, L to R)
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!
Gotta dance! Here are the choreographers who inspired fancy footwork and marvelous movement on Broadway stages.
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!
Last week, members of our team were able to attend the Spring Road Conference in New York City.
The conference opened with a surprise appearance by Tommy Tune!
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.'”
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!