Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss West Side Story @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Plays (Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, Maria Irene Fornes’ Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro), Michael Feinstein @ The Appel Room, Sin Twisters Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller @ Metropolitan Room, The Taming of the Shrew @ The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Incognito, Turn Me Loose (A play about comic genius Dick Gregory), and Cal in Camo @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. We also discuss the Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Play, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations Tony Award nominations.
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Notes and links for the podcast.
MP: West Side Story @ Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive Millburn, NJ, through June 26, 2016
PF: Signature Plays (Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, Maria Irene Fornes’ Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro) @ Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, through June 19, 2016
MP: Michael Feinstein @ The Appel Room
MP: Sin Twisters Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller @ Metropolitan Room
MP: Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Incognito @ MTC Stage I at City Center, through July 10, 2016
PF: Turn Me Loose (A play about comic genius Dick Gregory) Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street
PF: Cal in Camo @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, through June 18, 2016
Tony Awards Predictions
Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star – Steve Martin
Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock—The Musical – Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – George C. Wolfe
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star – Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Lyrics: Edie Brickell
Hamilton: Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock—The Musical: Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress: Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
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