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2009-2010 Drama Desk Award Winners

2009-2010

Drama Desk Award Winners

The 55th annual Drama Desk Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre, were presented last night.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Santino Fontana).
 
FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) & Outstanding Music in a Play (Branford Marsalis).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).
 
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’s Catherine Zeta-Jones won Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
 
A special award was presented to the cast, creative team and producers of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE as the theatrical event of the season.
 
RAGTIME won Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (ACME Sound Partners).

RED won Outstanding Play (John Logan), Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Grandage) and Outstanding Lighting (Neil Austin).
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S THE ROYAL FAMILY won Outstanding Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell).
 
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS won Outstanding Lyrics (John Kander, Fred Ebb).
 
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM won Outstanding Musical Revue.
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE won Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber).

A special award was presented to Jerry Herman.  
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, CLICK HERE 

  

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RED wins Drama League Awards for Distinguished Production of a Play and the Distinguished Performance Award

RED

WINS DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS FOR

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

&

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD

“INTENSE and EXCITING!

It’s impossible not to feel THRILLED!”

-Ben Brantley

RED was recently awarded Drama League Awards for Distinguished Production of a Play (John Logan) and Distinguished Performance Award (Alfred Molina).

RED, a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko, opened on Broadway on Thursday, April 1 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).   Previews began on Thursday, March 11.

RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar.  The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage.   RED marks playwright Logan’s Broadway debut.

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Tony-nominated playwright John Logan discusses Red’s show-stopping priming scene

Prime Time: 2010 Tony Nominee John Logan Talks About Red‘s Provocative Canvas Scene

By Kenneth Jones
May 12, 2010

Red, John Logan’s Tony Award-nominated two-character play about abstract-expressionist painter Mark Rothko, explodes in the middle of its 90-minute running time.

In a daring act of choreographed wordless theatre, Tony nominees Alfred Molina (as Rothko) and Eddie Redmayne (as his assistant, Ken) take brushes in hand and plunge them into blood-red prime to prepare a canvas. They maneuver around each other — thrusting, squatting, reaching — slathering the hue on the canvas to cover it prior to Rothko’s later painting of it. By the end, often to the sound of applause, they are splattered with the liquid, looking like survivors of a horror-film massacre.

When you walk away from the Michael Grandage-directed production, it’s one of the scenes that everyone talks about.

“It is, without a doubt, my favorite part in the play,” playwright John Logan told Playbill.com. “There are no words, so I don’t have to worry about the words.”

How did the scene come about?

Logan explained, “I always knew that if you were going to write a play about painting and art — and I knew there was going to be a lot of heavy, challenging Rothko dialogue about art — there had to be theatrical life to it. There had to be some sense of coup de theatre to be stage-worthy, so I always envisioned that sequence as the fulcrum of the play, the dead middle of the play where you get to see them actually doing what they’ve been talking about.”

Logan said the scene was always in the play, but he didn’t know what it was going to be like until the actors got into rehearsal in 2009, when Red had its world premiere at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

“We rehearsed that probably more than any other point in the play, because it has to be so completely choreographed,” Logan said. “And we spent weeks with the actors just getting covered in paint left, right and center, and I give Michael Grandage and Fred Molina and Eddie Redmayne all credit for just diving in and getting splattered every single day for a solid week while we kept working at it.”

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Meet The Nominees – RED – BEST PLAY

PRODUCTION: RED

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY AWARDS

* Best Play – John Logan, Playwright

Best Actor in a Play – Alfred Molina

* Best Featured Actor in a Play – Eddie Redmayne

* Best Director of a Play – Michael Grandage

* Best Set Design – Christopher Oram

* Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin

* Best Sound Design – Adam Cork

RED won OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE awards  for Outstanding Broadway Play.

RED won THE DRAMA DESK AWARDS for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Grandage) and Outstanding Lighting Design.

LINKS:

Production Website: www.REDonBroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/RedonBroadway

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/RedonBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/RED

BLURB ABOUT SHOW:

RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue.  Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

Alfred Molina, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Grandage talk about Broadway’s RED

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

[Pictured: Alfred Molina (Mark Rothko)]

[Pictured: Alfred Molina (Mark Rothko), Eddie Redmayne (Ken)]

[Pictured: Alfred Molina (Mark Rothko)]

Redonbroadway.com

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2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 64th annual Antoinette Perry Tony Awards, celebrating excellence on Broadway, were announced this morning.

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Christopher Walken).

COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Linda Lavin).

EVERYDAY RAPTURE has been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Sherie Rene Scott) and Best Book of a Musical (Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott).

FENCES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), Best Performance by a Leading Actresss in a Play (Viola Davis), Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, (Stephen McKinley Henderson), Best Direction of a Play (Kenny Leon), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto), Best Costume Design of a Play (Constanza Romero), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design of a Play (Acme Sound Partners), and Best Original Score (Branford Marsalis).

HAMLET has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Jude Law) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Terry Johnson), Best Choreography (Lynne Page), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Kelsey Grammer), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Robin De Jesus), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tim Shortall), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Matthew Wright), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Nick Richings), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Jonathan Deans) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Carr).

LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Martin Pakledinaz).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Angela Lansbury) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen).

LOOPED
has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
has been nominated for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux).

NEXT FALL
has been nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play (Sheryl Kaller).
 
PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for Best Scenic Design in a Play (Alexander Dodge).

RAGTIME
has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Christiane Noll), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Bobby Steggert), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Derek McLane), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
 
RED has been nominated for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director of a Play (Michael Grandage), Best Set Design (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Rosemary Harris), Best Scenic Design of a Play, (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Catherine Zuber).
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Laura Linney).
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Gregory Mosher), Best Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber), Best Actress in a Play (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Scott Lehrer).
 
Not for profit company nominations:
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with eight Tony Award nominations including five for THE ROYAL FAMILY, two for TIME STANDS STILL and one for COLLECTED STORIES.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with five nominations including two for EVERYDAY RAPTURE, two for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and one for PRESENT LAUGHTER.
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: WWW.TONYAWARDS.COM 

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Red feaured on tonight’s edition of The Charlie Rose Show

RED’S

ALFRED MOLINA, EDDIE REDMAYNE, MICHAEL GRANDAGE AND JOHN LOGAN

FEATURED ON THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW
TONIGHT, APRIL 7 AT 11:00 PM

“INTENSE and EXCITING!
It’s impossible not to feel THRILLED!”
-Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES


Tonight’s edition of “The Charlie Rose Show” will feature a panel discussion on RED, the Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed new play, which opened on Broadway last week.  Stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne join playwright John Logan and director Michael Grandage to discuss the production.   “The Charlie Rose Show” airs locally on WNET (Channel 13) tonight at 11:00 PM. Check local listings for airings outside the tri-state area.

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