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Meet The Nominees – STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON, FENCES – BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Mr. Henderson also won the  2000 Drama Desk Award for Jitney

LINKS:

Production Website: www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/FencesBroadway

Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/FencesBroadway

Youtube Page: www.Youtube.com/FencesBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/Fences

Wikipedia.org:www.wikipedia.org/StephenMcKinleyHenderson

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/StephenMcKinleyHenderson

BIOGRAPHY:

STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON (Jim Bono). Broadway credits include August Wilson’s King Hedley II and the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Dracula; Drowning Crow. Stephen was a member of Mr. Wilson’s celebrated Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama). Other credits: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Public, Death of a Salesman at Yale Rep, Signature Theatre’s Wilson Season, and Kenny Leon’s historic Century Cycle Readings at Kennedy Center. Film/TV work includes HBO’s Everyday People, Fox’s New Amsterdam, Law and Order. Professor and former Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for University at Buffalo, SUNY. Member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, The Actor’s Center, and a Fox Foundation Fellow.

 

Clip From FENCES featuring STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON

 


“Stephen McKinley Henderson is the quintessential Wilson interpreter.” Entertainment Weekly

“Stephen McKinley Henderson is delightful.” Bloomberg

“Stephen McKinley Henderson is deeply moving.” Hollywood Reporter


PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Jim Bono)]

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

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Meet The Nominees – SHERIE RENE SCOTT, EVERYDAY RAPTURE – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

SHERIE RENE SCOTT

 

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical 

 

LINKS: 

Production website: www.RoundaboutTheatre.org/EverydayRapture

Sk-K-Boom & cast album website: www.Sh-K-Boom.com

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/RTC_NYC

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/RoundaboutTheatreCompany

YouTube.com Page: www.youtube.com/RTC

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/SherieReneScott

TheaterMania: www.theatermania.com/EverydayRapture

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/EverydayRapture

BIOGRAPHY:

SHERIE RENE SCOTT is honored to be working with Roundabout for the first time, after appearing at Second Stage Theater in Everyday Rapture, which she co-wrote with Dick Scanlan (Lortel nominations best musical and best actress.). She has created roles for the Original Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid (OCC nom), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations; Drama League honor), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Derwent Award, Drama League honor), Tommy and the original production of The Last Five Years (Drama Desk nomination, Drama League honor). Also appeared in: Landscape of the Body (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League honor), Rent, Debbie Does Dallas, Randy Newman’s Faust, Kander & Ebb’s Over and Over (Helen Hayes nomination). She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse. With husband Kurt Deutsch she co-founded Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records (www.sh-k-boom.com) which has produced more than 70 albums, including the cast album of Everyday Rapture. Sh-K-Boom has received a Grammy Award, seven Grammy nominations and Drama Desk and New York Musical Theatre Festival awards for dedication to the preservation of musical theatre through cast recordings.

 

Sherie Rene Scott & Dick Scanlan talk about the show’s journey to Broadway

 

Everyday Rapture video montage

 

Read New York Times Arts & Leisure feature on SHERIE RENEE SCOTT: CLICK HERE 

Read ‘Sherie Rene Scott talks to The Star-Ledger’: CLICK HERE 

 


“Just as the Broadway theater season is drawing to its close, a smashing little show has arrived to remind us of why so many of us keep going back to Broadway.  I can’t think of another production in recent years that captures and explains so affectingly the essence and allure of musicals, and why they’re such an indispensable part of the New York landscape.  Written by Dick Scanlan and Ms. Scott, and directed with virtuoso efficiency and wit by Michael Mayer.  Ms. Scott performs with the sophistication that a New York audience (or rather an audience of New Yorkers) demands. And there’s no denying that when she sings, from a wildly diverse song list, she’s polished and inventive. Ms. Scott naturally translates life size into bigger than life.  The orchestrations and arrangements for the first-rate onstage band are by Tom Kitt (the composer of Next to Normal). And her director is, remember, Mr. Mayer, the man who staged “Spring Awakening” and this season’s American Idiot.  What Ms. Scott and her team summon here is that strange alchemy of ego, hunger, desperation and mysticism that infuses every great Broadway performance. Ms. Scott has never shined brighter or more illuminatingly.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times READ HERE

“Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture is a tuneful and witty autobiographical musical.  With those doleful eyes, that wide permafrost smile set at a perpetual three-minutes-to-irony, and a crinkly mezzo that slingshots from brassy to bruised, Sherie Rene Scott (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida) has steadily established herself as New York’s leading comic divette. Does that mean we care about her life? Scott, smartly, assumes we don’t.  Scott uses the blimp-hangar that is the American Airlines Theatre as an echo chamber for her wit, backed by her “Mennonettes” and an eclectic set list that ranges from Judy Garland to Tom Waits to, yes, an erotic Mr. Rogers tribute medley. Tom Kitt’s typically brilliant arrangements are half the reason for showing up; the other half is Scott, whose lambent ease with the absurd (cleverly refined by director Michael Mayer and book co-writer Dick Scanlan) makes Everyday much more than just another maudlin auto-cabaret.” Scott Brown, New York Magazine READ HERE


 

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Sherie Rene Scott (Sherie Rene Scott)]

 www.RoundaboutTheatre.org/EverydayRapture

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Meet The Nominees – CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES



NOMINATIONS/WINS:

* TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Drama Desk Awards – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Outer Critic’s Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical 

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

LINKS:

Production Website: www.NightMusicOnBroadway.com

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/NightMusicBway

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ALittleNightMusic

YouTube.com Page: www.youtube.com/NightMusicOnBway

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/CatherineZeta-Jones

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/CatherineZeta-Jones

Broadwayworld.com: www.broadwayworld.com/CatherineZeta-Jones

BIOGRAPHY:

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES (Desirée Armfeldt) is making her Broadway debut in A Little Night Music. Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the notorious Velma Kelly, in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. The film won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Picture; Zeta-Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the 2002 Critics’ Choice Award, the 2002 Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming, she will be seen opposite Justin Bartha in The Rebound, playing a newly divorced mother who captures the eye of her neighbor, a much younger man. Zeta-Jones recently starred with Aaron Eckhart in Warner Bros’ hit romantic comedy No Reservations. She has worked opposite Hollywood’s leading men, including Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy Intolerable Cruelty as well as captivating audiences with screen legend Sean Connery in the romantic thriller Entrapment. She earned a Golden Globe nomination and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture, for her portrayal of the wife of a drug-runner in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. She first captured international recognition in the action adventure film, The Mask of Zorro, opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Born in Wales, Zeta-Jones began her career on the stage in London starring in 42nd Street and following that was cast in the popular Yorkshire Television series, “The Darling Buds of May,” based on the novels of H.E. Bates.

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES sings ‘Send In The Clowns’

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES on Live! with Regis and Kelly

Read ‘Send in the Song-and-Dance Gal’ from the NY Times: READ HERE


”An erotic waltz of a show. Catherine Zeta-Jones is lustrous.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Catherine Zeta-Jones blazes with charisma, verve and wit!” – David Cote, Time Out New York

”Catherine Zeta-Jones is inspired! Her ‘Send in the Clowns’ is a tour de force not to be missed.” – Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

”A triumphant Broadway debut by Zeta-Jones! A revelation.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Catherine Zeta-Jone (Desirée Armfeldt)]

www.NightMusicOnBroadway.com

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Meet The Nominees – CHRISTIANE NOLL, RAGTIME – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

CHRISTIANE NOLL


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical 

Drama Desk Awards– Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical 

 

LINKS: 

Personal Website: www.ChristyCat.com/Christiane

Production Website: www.RagtimeBroadway.com

Personal Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/ChristianeNoll

Production Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/RagtimeOnBway09

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/RagtimeBroadway

Wikipedia.org: www.Wikipedia.org/ChristianeNoll

BroadwayWorld.com: www.broadwayworld.com/ChristianeNoll

BIOGRAPHY:

Christiane Noll (Mother). Broadway/Tour: Urinetown, Mambo Kings, It Ain’t Nothin But the Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, South Pacific. Film: The King & I (Singing Anna). Other: Ace – Helen Hayes nomination, Witches of Eastwick (Signature Theatre, VA), New Moon (Encores!), Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Opera), The Student Prince (Paper Mill Playhouse), Lincoln Center American Songbook Series. Symphony Soloist with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, Don Pippin and Peter Nero. Opera debut: Washington National Opera with Placido Domingo. christianenoll.com.

 

CHRISTIANE NOLL Singing Back to Before from RAGTIME on Broadway

Watch RAGTIMEs CHRISTIANE NOLL  on Returning to B’way in a Mother of a Role,’ on Broadway.com: CLICK HERE 

 


“Noll is superb at showing the clash of her character’s compassion and moral fortitude against her expected role as dutiful, unquestioning wife, and it’s touching to witness her nervously discovering the legitimacy of wanting something more. Her “Back to Before” stirringly cements that step, while “Our Children” is a tender realization of her first flickers of romance with Tateh.” – David Rooney, Variety

“Noll has been rewarded with a career-making role and the show-stopping, 11 o’clock number ”Back to Before.” She’s brilliant, uncovering in Mother an unexpected (and alluring) edge: ”If I had dreams, then I let you dream them for me,” she sings almost resentfully.” – Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

[Pictured: Christiane Noll (Mother)]

[Pictured: Christiane Noll (Mother), Ron Bohmer (Father)]

www.RagtimeBroadway.com
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Meet The Nominees – LAURA LINNEY, TIME STANDS STILL – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

LAURA LINNEY


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Outer Critic’s Circle Awards – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

Drama Desk Award – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

This is Ms. Linney’s third Tony nomination. She has previously been nominated for her work in Sight Unseen and The Crucible.


LINKS: 

Production Website:  www.mtc-nyc.org/TimeStandsStill

Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/MTC_NYC

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/LauraLinney

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/LauraLinney

Broadwayworld.com: www.broadwayworld.com/LauraLinney

BIOGRAPHY:

LAURA LINNEY (Sarah). Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RTC), Sight Unseen (MTC, Tony nom.), The Crucible (Tony nom.), Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler (Roundabout); Honour; Holiday; The Seagull; Beggars in the House of Plenty Six Degrees of Separation. Television: “John Adams;” “Frasier,” “Wild Iris” (Emmy Awards); “Tales of the City,” “More Tales of the City,” “Further Tales of the City,” “The Laramie Project.” Film: The Savages, Kinsey and You Can Count on Me (Oscar nom); The Other Man, City of Your Final Destination, The Squid and the Whale; Jindabyne; Love Actually; Mystic River; The Nanny Diaries; Breach; Man of the Year; The Hottest State; Driving Lessons; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; P.S.: The Life of David Gale; The Mothman Prophecies; Maze; The House of Mirth; The Truman Show; Absolute Power; Primal Fear; Congo; Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave. Training: Julliard. Member of AEA and SAG.


Laura Linney & Alicia Silverstone on “The View”

 

Montage from TIME STANDS STILL

Read New York Times, “Arts & Leisure” profile: CLICK HERE

 


“LAURA LINNEY is an actress of unusual economy and seemingly innate grace. Her tough but gently shaded performance honors the character’s seeming contradictions.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“LINNEY IS LUMINOUS as ONE OF THE MOST COMPELLING CHARACTERS TO GRACE A BROADWAY STAGE THIS SEASON.” – Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“LAURA LINNEY is SUBLIME.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Laura Linney (Sarah Goodwin)]

www.mtc-nyc.org/TimeStandsStill

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Meet The Nominees – JAN MAXWELL, THE ROYAL FAMILY – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY & LEND ME A TENOR – BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

JAN MAXWELL


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

THE ROYAL FAMILY

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Outer Critic’s Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Drama Desk Awards – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Drama League Awards – Distinguished Performance Award

LEND ME A TENOR

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Outer Critic’s Circle – Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Drama League – Distinguished Performance Award

LINKS:

Broadwayworld.com: www.BroadwayWorld.com/JanMaxwell

Production Website: www.mtc-nyc.org/TheRoyalFamily

Production Website: www.LendMeATenorOnBroadway.com

Production Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/MTC_NYC

Production Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/LendTenorNYC

BIOGRAPHY:

JAN MAXWELL. Broadway: Lend Me A Tenor (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Royal Family, Coram Boy (Tony, Drama Desk nominatons), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang(Drama Desk Award, Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sixteen Wounded (Drama Desk nomination), A Doll’s House(OCC Nom), The Sound of Music (OCC Nom), The Dinner Party (OCC Award), Brian Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa, and City of Angels. Off-Broadway: Howard Barker’s Scenes From An Execution (Drama Desk nom.) and Camille (Potomac Theatre Project/NYC), Anton Dudley’s Substitution, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk, OCC nom.), Tina Howe’s translation of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theatre), Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend (Lincoln Center), Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady(Lortel Award, Drama Desk nom),Opening Doors (Carnegie Hall), Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden (MTC), The Seagull(Kennedy Center). TV: PBS’ “AIDS: Changing the Rules,” “Law & Order,” “Gossip Girl.”

Watch a clip from LEND ME A TENOR featuring Jan Maxwell & Anthony LaPaglia: CLICK HERE

Read Jan Maxwell in Broadway.com on LEND ME A TENOR and being a double nominee: CLICK HERE 

Read an article on Jan Maxwell from THE ROYAL FAMILY on Playbill.com: CLICK HERE

Read an article on THE ROYAL FAMILY in the NY Times: CLICK HERE

 

The Royal Family:

“Jan Maxwell and Rosemary Harris are giving the kind of performance that turn agnostics into true believers. It’s something close to a miracle.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Effervescent! This comedy is graced with a terrific collection of actors. Jan Maxwell hilariously raises neurotic indecision to a fine art.” – Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

Lend Me A Tenor:

“Maxwell is DELICIOUSLY SERPENTINE as the tenor’s beleaguered, but hardly long-suffering wife.” – Linda Winer, NEWSDAY

“Jan Maxwell is LIVING LAUGHING GAS as his hissing, howling hellcat of a wife, Maria.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, DAILY NEWS

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

 

[Pictured: Jan Maxwell (Maria) LEND ME A TENOR]

 

[Pictured: Jan Maxwell (Julie Cavendish) THE ROYAL FAMILY]

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Meet The Nominees – VALERIE HARPER, LOOPED – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

VALERIE HARPER

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

LINKS:

Official Site: www.ValerieHarper.com

Production Website: www.LoopedOnBroadway.com

Personal Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/ValerieHarper

Production Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/LoopedBroadway

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/LoopedOnBroadway

YouTube.com Page: www.Youtube.com/LoopedOnBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/Looped

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/ValerieHarper

Wikipedia.org: www.Wikipedia.org/ValerieHarper


BIOGRAPHY:

VALERIE HARPER (Tallulah Bankhead) Broadway: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch,  Paul Sill’s Story Theatre and Metamorphoses, Carl Reiner’s Something Different, Subways Are For Sleeping, Wildcat, Take Me Along, Lil Abner.  National Tours: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Golda’s Balcony by William Gibson (2006 winner Touring Broadway Award). Off Broadway: Death Defying Acts by Elaine May/Woody Allen, All Under Heaven. Regional Theatre: Looped (Pasadena Playhouse, West Palm Beach, D.C.’s Arena Stage), All Under Heaven, The Dragon and the Pearl, Sills and Company, Agnes of God, Dear Liar, Lunch Time and Halloween, Story Theatre, Second City, Come Blow Your Horn. Television: As Rhoda Morgenstern (“Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda”) she received world wide acclaim earing four Emmys, a Golden Globe, Harvar’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, a Golden Apple Award. She starred in three other series “The Office” (CBS), “City” (CBS), “Valerie” (The Hogan Family) (ABC) and in twenty TV movies. Guest starring roles include “Sex and the City,” “’Til Death,” “Committed,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Family Law,” “Three Sisters,” “That 70’s Show,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Promised Land,” “Melrose Place,” “Missing Persons,” “The Love Boat,” “Carol Burnett show,”  “Columbo,” “Love American Style.” Film: Golda’s Balcony, Blame It on Rio, Chapter Two, Freebie and the Bean, Last Married Couple in America. Valarie works with The Hunger Project and RESULTS for the sustainable end of world hunger. She’s married to producer Tony Cacciotti and they have a wonderful daughter Christina.

 

 

Clip from LOOPED

 

VALERIE HARPER GIVES AN ENJOYABLY BIG, BLUSTERY PERFORMANCE, NAILING EVERY LAST LAUGH! SHE COMMANDS THE STAGE HANDILY AND REVEALS PRECISE COMIC TIMING.  EVEN THE ESTIMABLE WISECRACKER JOAN RIVERS MIGHT WANT TO HUSTLE DOWN TO THE LYCEUM THEATER TO PICK UP A FEW POINTERS.” The New York Times

“VALERIE HARPER IS A HOOT IN MATTHEW LOMBARDO’S ENJOYABLE COMEDY!” NY Daily News

“VALERIE HARPER HAS A FEROCIOUS SENSE OF COMIC TIMING AND KNOWS HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE!  FOUR-LETTER WORDS FLY AND SO DO THE LAUGHS!” Associated Press

“A TOUR-DE-FORCE performance from Valerie Harper! Impeccable comic timing.” Backstage

Looped is extremely funny, thanks in large part to Valerie Harper’s pitch-perfect portrait of the seminal diva. Harper’s witty, exuberant performance captures Bankhead’s cartoonish flamboyance but also shows us the cunning, resilience and genius for irony behind it.” USA Today

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

[Pictured: Valerie Harper (Tallulah Bankhead)]

[Pictured: Brian Hutchison (Danny), Valerie Harper (Tallulah Bankhead)]

www.LoopedOnBroadway.com

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Meet The Nominees – LINDA LAVIN, COLLECTED STORIES – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

LINDA LAVIN


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

This is Ms. Lavin’s fifth Tony nomination. She has previously been nominated for The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank, Broadway Bound, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Kate in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.


LINKS:

Production Website: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com/CollectedStories

Production Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/MTC_NYC

Production Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/ManhattanTheatreClub

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/LindaLavin

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/LindaLavin

Broadwayworld.com: www.broadwayworld.com/LindaLavin

BIOGRAPHY:

LINDA LAVIN (Ruth Steiner) won a Tony award for her performance in Broadway Bound in 1987 as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics’, and Helen Hayes. She is a 4 time Tony nominee for her roles in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Twice again winner of the drama desk award and two time golden globe winner for her role as Alice on the t.v. show “Alice.” She was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary which has recently conferred on her a Doctor of Arts degree. She started her career in musicals in the chorus and has worked her way up to this part in Collected Stories. She credits her great friend and mentor, Hal Prince, with changing her llife many times, including the trip he and his wife, Judy, hosted to China. He gave her her first speaking role on a New York stage, and other roles thereafter. She credits Lynne Meadow, too, for enhancing her life and work, first with Allergist’s Wife and now with Collected Stories. When they are not touring her concert act with her musical director, Billy Stritch, she and her multi talented husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, own and operate the Red Barn Studio, a 47 seat community theatre in Wilmington, North Carolina for which they have performed or directed 9 plays in the past 3 years – among them – Doubt, Driving Miss Daisy, Speed the Plow, Rabbit Hole. They have a beagle/jack named Mickey and a wonderful life.

 

Montage from COLLECTED STORIES


Read Playbill.com’s “Brief Encounter” with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE

Read Broadway.com interview with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE

Read The Star News profile on Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE

 


“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Linda Lavin (Ruth Steiner)]

www.manhattantheatreclub.com/CollectedStories

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Meet The Nominees – VIOLA DAVIS, FENCES – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

VIOLA DAVIS

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

* TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Drama Desk – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Outer Critics Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

This is Ms. Davis’ second TONY Award Nomination. She has been the winner of the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in King Hedley II; 2004 Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel; 1996 Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Seven Guitars.

LINKS:

Production Website: www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/FencesBroadway

Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/FencesBroadway

Youtube Page: www.Youtube.com/FencesBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/Fences

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/ViolaDavis

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/ViolaDavis

BIOGRAPHY:

VIOLA DAVIS (Rose) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in August Wilson’s King Hedley II.  She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for Doubt. Broadway: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards).  Roundabout: Intimate Apparel (Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, Audelco Awards). Public: Everybody’s Ruby (Obie, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Featured Actress), Pericles, As You Like It.  Off-Broadway: God’s Heart (LCT). Regional: ACT, Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Rep, Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington Theatres. Film: Law Abiding Citizen, State of Play, Nights in RodantheDisturbia, The Architect, Get Rich or Die Trying, Out of Sight, Solaris, Traffic and Antwone Fisher Story (Independent Spirit Award nomination). Upcoming films include Eat, Pray, Love; Trust; Knight & Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story.  TV: “The United States of Tara,” “Stone Cold,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Traveler,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Without a Trace,” “Amy  and Isabelle,” “Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” “Century City,” and “City of Angels.”  Viola presently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Julius Tennon.

Clip from FENCES

Watch ‘Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in FENCES on Good Morning America’:CLICK HERE

Read ‘August Calls. Viola Davis, back home with FENCES,’ from NY Magazine: CLICK HERE

“A MASTERPIECE.  DYNAMITE!  A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT. When you walk out of the theater, you’ll be so wrapped up in August Wilson’s world that a long time will go by before you find your way back into your own.  VIOLA DAVIS is SOMETHING ELSE. Her performance goes straight into the scrapbook of stage performances from which you learn how BRUTALLY TRUE TO LIFE GREAT ACTING CAN BE.”  – Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Viola Davis (Rose Maxson)]

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

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Meet The Nominees – DOUGLAS HODGE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Douglas Hodge


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

* TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

Outer Critics Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Drama Desk Awards – Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Mr. Hodge has won one Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his performance in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and three previous Laurence Olivier Theatre nominations

LINKS:

Personal Website: www.DougHodge.com

IMDB: www.imdb.com/DouglassHodge

Wikipedia: www.wikipedia.org/DouglasHodge

Production Website: www.LaCage.com

Production Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/LaCageBroadway

Production Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/LaCageBroadway

Youtube Page: www.Youtube.com/LaCageBroadway

BIOGRAPHY:

DOUGLAS HODGE (Albin) won an Oliver Award for this performance. He is a triple Olivier-nominated classical actor working at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter as both actor and director. He was associate director at the Donmar 2007-2009.  He has two albums of his own compositions – Cowley Road Songs and Nightbus.  Alongside numerous television shows, recent film work includes The Descent Two and Robin Hood.  This is his Broadway debut!

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Production Montage

Sneak Peak at LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

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“In ‘I Am What I Am,’ Mr. Hodge breathes fire, his campy voice growing into a white-hot blaze. It is the most electric interpretation of a song on Broadway right now.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Douglas Hodge is giving the most exuberant musical-comedy performance of the season.” –
Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:

[Pictured: Douglas Hodge (Zaza), Chris Hoch (Francis)]

[Pictured: Douglas Hodge (Zaza)]

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