Tony Awards Tonight!

The 2015 Tonys will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.  

Kristin Chenoweth is nominated this year for On the Twentieth Century.  She won a Tony in 1999 for playing Sally Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.  Here she's singing "My New Philosophy" along with the cast singing "Happiness:"

Alan Cumming won a Tony as the emcee in Cabaret in 1998.  Here he is singing "Wilkommen:" 

Tony Awards Countdown (1 Day):

What musical should I post for the last one?  One I've been in?  One of my other favorites?

Or one of my all-time favorites!

I've seen it twice - both college performances (Duke in the early 80's and Elon University last year), and both lots of fun.

It's hard not to have fun at The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  


Older son and I both used songs from Drood when we auditioned for Les Misérables (posts about the auditions here and here).

Tony Awards Countdown (3 Days): "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George

Two of my favorite actors, Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, in one of my favorite musicals (by Stephen Sondheim - it doesn't get much better.  

I could write a whole post about how creativity is explored in this musical, but I already wrote two:  By the blue purple yellow red water, and Meme/Saturday Fun Songs:  "Finishing the Hat" and "Putting it Together" sung by Mandy Patinkin from Sunday in the Park with George.

Tony Awards Countdown (5 Days): "Corner of the Sky/Magic to Do" from Pippin

Pippin is one of my three favorite musicals.*  When we lived in upstate NY in the mid-70's, I used to watch Ben Vereen in the Manson Trio in the ad for Pippin on a small black & white TV.  I loved that performance, Fosse's choreography, and Ben Vereen's dancing.  However, I wasn't old enough to see Pippin.

Until recently, Pippin was never revived on Broadway, and I haven't had the chance to see it at local theaters.

Two weeks ago, I finally saw Pippin.  I'd seen this Tony performance, and I wasn't sure what I though of this.  Would the acrobatics be distracting from the story?  They were different performers than I'd seen in the DVD of a 1981 performance.

I loved it!  I was caught up in the whole thing - it was beautiful, and funny, and totally engaging.  There was new choreography so it wasn't as Fosse-esque, but that's what happens with a new production.  They did keep Fosse's Manson trio choreography.

I managed to turn off my inner Ben Vereen after the first few numbers!

2013 Tony performance:

 Manson trio from the Broadway production:

The touring production we saw had John Rubenstein, the original Pippin on Broadway, playing Pippin's father, King Charlemagne.

* She Loves Me, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Other Pippin-related posts:

Tony Awards Countdown (7 Days): "That's How You Jazz" from Jelly's Last Jam

Gregory Hines is one of my favorite musical theater performers.  I love his dancing and energy, and I wish he had been in more musicals.  He won a Tony for his performance as the jazz musician, Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam.

Here's "That's How You Jazz" from the 1992 Tony Awards:

 [Hat tip to Chris Caggiano at About Entertainment]

Tony Awards Countdown (8 Days): "I've Decided to Marry You" from A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The Tony Awards are a week from tomorrow so sites I follow have been showing different Tony performances.  I've decided to do a countdown - one performance a day until the Tonys. 

I fell in love with this performance on last year's Tony Awards.  A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is on tour right now, and it will be at DPAC in Durham, NC next October.  

We'll be there!

Here's the description from the show's website:

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way (each played by Tony winner Jefferson Mays in what The New York Times calls “the year’s greatest musical theater performance"). All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Gentleman's Guide won four Tonys last year:  Best Musical, Best Director, Best Book, and Best Costumes.

 Earlier this year, they posted a video from a camera on Monty's forehead during a rehearsal:

Come see Les Misérables in Burlington!

DSC07695scThe Gallery Players' production of Les Misérables opens Friday evening in Burlington, NC.  It's going to be wonderful!  Here's the performance information:

Paramount Theater of Burlington
Feb.21-23 and Feb.27-Mar 2
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2PM
336-222-8497 to reserve tickets (Call between 12 and 3pm or leave a voice-mail with information)

Here's the event Facebook page, with information and a great photo of the cast, and here's the Gallery Players Facebook page with some more photos.