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AWARDS SEASON 2015: Drama League Award Winners

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

The Drama League Award winners were announced today and An American in Paris and The King and I again took home the pretty statues. Not that these shows need any help from awards committees to sell. An American in Paris already has 10 million in advance sales, and The King and I has extended its run indefinitely.

Only two more awards remain – the Drama Desk Awards on May 31 and the Tony Awards on June 7. Will these shows continue their perfect runs? Or will they only have claimed the smaller prizes and miss out on the big ones? Stay tuned and follow all of the awards coverage as we live blogtweetfacebook or view a summary of all things awards at The Broadway Musical Home.

Here are all the nominees. Winners are marked with a *.

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
WinnerAn American in Paris
Finding Neverland
Fun Home
Ghost Quartet
Hamilton
It Shoulda Been You
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
WinnerThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Audience
Between Riverside and Crazy
Bootycandy
Constellations
Hand to God
An Octoroon
Punk Rock
Scenes from a Marriage
Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
WinnerThe King and I
Allegro
Into the Woods
On the Town
On The Twentieth Century

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
WinnerYou Can’t Take It with You
Big Love
The Elephant Man
The Heidi Chronicles
The Iceman Cometh
It’s Only a Play
Skylight
Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
This Is Our Youth

Distinguished Performance Award
WinnerChita Rivera, The Visit
Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Sterling K. Brown, Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Kristin Chenoweth, On The Twentieth Century
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Jim Dale, Just Jim Dale
Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Renee Fleming, Living on Love
Kelsey Grammer, Finding Neverland
Jake Gyllenhaal, Constellations
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You
Brian D’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Big Love
Cush Jumbo, Josephine and I, The River
Andy Karl, On The Twentieth Century
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Lesley Manville, Ghosts
Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Rob McClure, Honeymoon in Vegas
Ewan McGregor, The Real Thing
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Tam Mutu, Doctor Zhivago
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles
Roger Rees, The Visit
Alexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Douglas Sills, Living on Love
John Douglas Thompson, Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, The Iceman Cometh
Julie White, Airline Highway
Ruth Wilson, Constellations
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season. Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded.

Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the Woods
Stockard Channing, It’s Only A Play
Glenn Close, A Delicate Balance
Rosemary Harris, Indian Ink
Hugh Jackman, The River
Cherry Jones, When We Were Young and Unafraid
James Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With You
Nathan Lane, The Iceman Cometh, It’s Only A Play
John Lithgow, A Delicate Balance, King Lear

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
WinnerJoel Grey

Unique Contribution to the Theatre
WinnerWNET: Neal Shapiro and David Horn

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
WinnerStephen Daldry

GIVEAWAY: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Film Version of Cabaret

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It’s giveaway time once again and this time we’ve got a copy of the new 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray of Cabaret to give away (if you missed it, check out our review of the Blu-Ray here).

How to Enter

In honor of the upcoming Oscars (and the incredible 8 awards this film won at the 1972 Academy Awards), comment with who you think most deserving of an Oscar for their work on the film. Bob Fosse? Liza Minnelli? Joel Grey? Michael York? The cinematography? The art directors? The makeup designers? Should it have beat out The Godfather for Best Picture?

Can’t wait to hear what you think.

UPDATE 1-20-13

Congratulations to Gaby, the winner of the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret!

If you aren’t Gaby but still want a copy of the Blu-Ray, you can purchase it from Amazon now!

Thanks again to everyone who entered. We’ll have another contest coming up on the blog soon, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to to subscribe via email or RSS to ensure you don’t miss the next contest.

The winner was chosen at random from all comments using a random number generated by random.org on February 20th at 5 pm EST.

The Broadway Musical Home was furnished with a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray for this contest, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

A Merchandise Review: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret

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The 1972 film version of Cabaret is now out in a new 40th anniversary Blu-Ray edition, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s well worth revisiting.

As you may or may not remember, the movie version is quite different from the staged one.  Many songs are cut or just played as instrumentals, and singing arises realistically — songs are performed onstage at the cabaret by Sally and the Emcee, with the action of the play grounded in unsung realism. Many of the subplots are missing and much of the original Isherwood tale is added back in, but Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give wonderful performances in their roles under the expert direction of Bob Fosse. The movie won eight Oscars, especially impressive when considering  it was nominated alongside another movie you’ve probably heard of – The Godfather.

The film quality isn’t too much better than the DVD version (and is exactly the same as the previously released Blu-Ray), but what the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray does offer is an insanely large collection of extras, including a detailed (and wonderful) documentary about how the show changed musical theatre.  Also included are ‘behind the scenes’ videos, oodles of interviews, and funny and touching stories from the actors and others involved with the film.

If it all just sounds too marvelous to miss, you can buy your own copy at Amazon for under $20, and starting tomorrow, we’ll be featuring a giveaway of the new Blu-Ray on the blog here — so be sure to come back and enter to win!

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

The Reviews for Anything Goes are in…

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“Who needs a brass section when you’ve got Sutton Foster? As the nightclub evangelist Reno Sweeney in the zesty new revival of “Anything Goes,” which opened on Thursday night at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, Ms. Foster has the voice of a trumpet and a big, gleaming presence that floods the house. When she leads the show-stopping “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” you figure that if no horn-tooting archangel appears, it’s only because he’s afraid of the competition. ”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

VARIETY REVIEW

“Why, one wonders, should Roundabout see fit to trot out “Anything Goes,” the frequently produced 1934 musical chestnut? Turns out it has a compelling reason: Sutton Foster. She doesn’t just deliver those Cole Porter hits, she knocks ’em out of the park. Joel Grey gives his happiest performance in years as Public Enemy #13, and director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall has a field day, outdoing herself with several rousing dance numbers. This new “Anything Goes” is a daffy, shipshape romp.”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

NEWSDAY REVIEW

“Ethel Merman used to say that “Anything Goes” was about “a girl on a boat.” And that’s pretty much the whole deal, except for the other girls, the guys and the fact that the boat is a deco ocean liner stocked with nonstop Cole Porter standards, standard-issue mistaken-identity convolutions and the usual bunch of ’30s musical-comedy mugs.”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

AM NEW YORK REVIEW

“Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” widely considered the definitive musical comedy of the 1930s, is a giddy explosion of escapist romance, combining old-fashioned farce, extended dance breaks and light, breezy songs.”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

THEATERMANIA REVIEW

“Over the last decade, no leading lady has wowed innumerable audiences with her silvery voice and eager charm more than Sutton Foster. Now, as sassy evangelist-cum-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, the Tony Award-winning star is simply scintillating in Kathleen Marshall’s highly rousing revival of Anything Goes, now being revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. ”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

WALL STREET JOURNAL REVIEW

“Sutton Foster is a star without a sky. Like Kristin Chenoweth, she is a natural-born performer of good old-fashioned musical comedy who lives in an age when good old-fashioned musical comedies are no longer being written. A wholesome beauty with a voice as warm as summer sunshine, Ms. Foster has to date starred in only one first-rate show, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and until now she’d never appeared in a Broadway revival of a classic musical. The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, isn’t exactly that, nor is the show quite right for Ms. Foster, but her performance is so full of zowie as to overcome all possible objections. If she weren’t already a star, this “Anything Goes” would make her one.”

Click here to read the full “Anything Goes” review.

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