This Week on Broadway for Monday, June 8, 2009 Post-Tony Discussion



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Jodi Schoenbrun Carter is a consultant for nonprofit and commercial theater. She most recently was Managing Director of Westport Country Playhouse. Working with Artistic Directors Joanne Woodward & Anne Keefe, her responsibilities centered on the taking a 75 year-old summer only theatre to year-round programming. Prior to the Playhouse, she worked MCC Theater, Vineyard Theatre and Signature Theatre Company. She was General Manager for several of off-Broadway’s most-acclaimed shows including the original productions of Wit, Fully Committed, Avenue Q, as well as, revivals of Fifth of July, The Trip to Bountiful, Landscape of the Body, and Seven Guitars. She is also an active blogger writing about theater at
— Ratings were up!
— Surprises?
Prince has a thing for Karen Olivio
— Train wrecks?
Unfortunately the scene change accident became the face of the Tony Awards in the national media.
— Neil Patrick Harris / NPH
8 thumbs up!
Closing number stole the show.
Behind the Music: The True Story of Neil Patrick Harris’s Final Tony Awards Number (with Bonus Lyrics) by Dave Itzkoff
— The telecast and CBS
— Best and worst speeches
The Billys, Greg Jbara, Alice Ripley
— Reasons to be Pretty first show to announce closing post-Tonys
— What sold more tickets: the three Billys speech or the musical numbers?
— Jerry Herman gets an achievement award
— Best and worst sections of the show
— Did Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia represent their shows well?
— Are the number of producers on the stage getting out of control?
— Twitter and technology use during the day
— Laura Benanti and Brian Stokes Mitchell did a great job hosting the first hour
— Will the first hour (non-broadcast section) be released on YouTube or
— Peter wants different music for presenter music!
— London LaCage coming to Broadway. Is it too soon?
— Wall•e does not make the broadcast
— Choice of musical numbers not the best selling points for respective shows
— Spider Man (Bono, The Edge, Taymor) tickets are on sale 7 months before first preview. $275 top. You are limited to 18 tickets per person.

America from West Side Story The New Broadway Cast Recording

Neil Patrick Harris (NPH!) sings at the Tony Awards 2009 – Closing Number
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