WEEKLY DEAL ALERT: 36% Off The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection on DVD

After receiving feedback from you regarding our deal alerts, we’re moving from a daily to a weekly deal. We’ll still scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but rather than get you updates every day, you’ll now get them weekly. Remember, many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

36% Off The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection on DVD

Get all of your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein films in one set at an amazing price – $63.50. This collection includes South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I and State Fair. If you don’t already own these films, you can’t ask for a better opportunity to buy! And yes, the holidays are still a ways away, but this does have Xmas present written all over it for the Broadway musical lover in your life…

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The 57th Drama Desk Awards

The 57th Drama Desk Awards took place on June 3, 2012 and we loved the live updates and conversations. Congratulations to all nominees and winners (winners appear in bold and are accompanied by a winner).

Are you elated or saddened by the Drama Desk results? Who do you think should have won?

Don’t forget – the Tony Awards are up next on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8 PM EST. We’ll be live TweetingFacebookingBlogging and updating The Broadway Musical Home and can’t wait to see the results. Join us!

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
Bonnie & Clyde
Death Takes a Holiday
Leap of Faith
Newsies
Nice Work If You Can Get It
winnerOnce
Queen of the Mist

OUTSTANDING PLAY
Chinglish
The Big Meal
Unnatural Acts
Completeness
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
winnerTribes
The Lyons

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Carrie
Evita
winnerFollies
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
The Threepenny Opera

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
A Little Journey
winnerDeath of a Salesman
Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Lost in Yonkers
Richard III

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
winnerJames Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Hugh Dancy, Venus in Fur
Claybourne Elder, One Arm
Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet
Joseph Franchini, The Navigator
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
Kevin Spacey, Richard III

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
winnerTracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Sanaa Lathan, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Jennifer Lim, Chinglish
Kim Martin-Cotten, A Moon for the Misbegotten
Carey Mulligan, Through a Glass Darkly
Joely Richardson, Side Effects

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
winnerDanny Burstein, Follies
Kevin Earley, Death Takes a Holiday
Raúl Esparza, Leap of Faith
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Ricky Martin, Evita

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Miche Braden, The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith
Jan Maxwell, Follies
winnerAudra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Bernadette Peters, Follies
Molly Ranson, Carrie

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bill Camp, Death of a Salesman
Jim Dale, The Road to Mecca
winnerTom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Bill Irwin, King Lear
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
Will Rogers, Unnatural Acts
Morgan Spector, Russian Transport

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Stephanie J. Block, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Anna Camp, All New People
Kimberly Hébert Gregory, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Lisa Joyce, The Ugly One
Joaquina Kalukango, Hurt Village
Angela Lansbury, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
winnerJudith Light, Other Desert Cities

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Matt Cavenaugh, Death Takes a Holiday
Michael Cerveris, Evita
winnerMichael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Patrick Page, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Andrew Samonsky, Queen of the Mist

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
winnerJudy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Marin Mazzie, Carrie
Jessie Mueller, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Elaine Paige, Follies
Sarah Sokolovic, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Melissa van der Schyff, Bonnie & Clyde

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
David Cromer, Tribes
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, These Seven Sicknesses
Sam Mendes, Richard III
winnerMike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
Tony Speciale, Unnatural Acts

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley, Leap of Faith
Jack Cummings III, Queen of the Mist
Doug Hughes, Death Takes a Holiday
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Eric Schaeffer, Follies
winnerJohn Tiffany, Once

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Rob Ashford, Evita
Warren Carlyle, Follies
Breandán de Gallaí, Noctú
winnerChristopher Gattelli, Newsies
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Sergio Trujillo, Leap of Faith

OUTSTANDING MUSIC
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
Alan Menken, Leap of Faith
winnerAlan Menken, Newsies
Frank Wildhorn, Bonnie & Clyde
Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING LYRICS
Don Black, Bonnie & Clyde
Jack Feldman, Newsies
Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
winnerGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Douglas Carter Beane, Lysistrata Jones
Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, Leap of Faith
winnerJoe DiPietro, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Joy Gregory, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING MUSIC IN A PLAY
Mark Bennett, An Iliad
Mark Bennett, Richard III
Tom Kitt, All’s Well That Ends Well
Gina Leishman, Septimus and Clarissa
winnerGrant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors
Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik, Carson McCullers Talks About Love

OUTSTANDING REVUE
Newsical the Musical: End of the World Edition
winnerThe Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
winnerJon Driscoll, Rob Howell and Paul Kieve, Ghost the Musical
David Gallo, The Mountaintop
Roger Hanna, A Little Journey
David Korins, Assistance
David Korins, Chinglish
Derek McLane, Follies

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
winnerGregg Barnes, Follies
ESosa, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
William Ivey Long, Lucky Guy
Jessica Pabst, She Kills Monsters
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Catherine Zuber, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Kevin Adams, Carrie
Neil Austin, Evita
David Lander, One Arm
winnerBrian MacDevitt, Death of a Salesman
Kenneth Posner, Death Takes a Holiday
Paul Pyant, Richard III

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A MUSICAL
winnerAcme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Jonathan Deans, Carrie
Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jon Weston, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A PLAY
Quentin Chiappetta/mediaNoise, The Navigator
Gregory Clarke, Misterman
Gareth Fry, Richard III
winnerJohn Gromada, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Stowe Nelson, Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War
Shane Rettig, She Kills Monsters

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Baba Brinkman, The Rap Guide to Evolution
Suli Holum, Chimera
Jeff Key, The Eyes of Babylon
winnerCillian Murphy, Misterman
Denis O’Hare, An Iliad
Stephen Spinella, An Iliad

UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
Give Me Your Hand
winnerGob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)
Noctú
The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays
The Ryan Case 1873
White

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Larry Hochman, Death Takes a Holiday
winnerMartin Lowe, Once
John McDaniel, Bonnie & Clyde
Michael Starobin, Queen of the Mist
Danny Troob, Newsies

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
winner The Cast of Sweet and Sad. Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, and J. Smith-Cameron are among New York’s best actors, who came together as one unforgettable stage family. Therefore, the individual cast members were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories.

SPECIAL AWARDS
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater. For 2011-2012, these awards are:

winnerMary Testa: For over three decades, she has dazzled audiences with consistently outstanding work, including her tour-de-force performance in this season’s Queen of the Mist.

winnerNick Westrate: His versatility in Unnatural Acts, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Galileo was a highlight of the season.

winnerNew Victory Theatre: For providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.

winnerStephen Karam, the newly created Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award: The profoundly moving Sons of the Prophet confirmed his status as one of the most promising playwrights of his generation.

The reviews for Elf are in…

The reviews for Elf are in and the critics were largely nonplussed. Everyone agrees that though the actors give it a valiant effort, Sebastian Arcelus just can’t quite fill Will Ferrel’s shoes and the rest of the cast simply isn’t given much to work with. They do what they can with it though, the choreography is a fun Broadway throwback and the script stays true to the movie, with a couple of fun additions. The music is forgettable, but what were you expecting? It’s a holiday show – on par with White Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas – created for those who have made it a tradition to see such shows this time of year. So if you’re looking for silly holiday fun…Elf just might fit the ticket. If you’re looking for a really fantastic new musical, seems you may want to look elsewhere.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

Variety

Happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults…Nicholaw’s staging successfully retains the many charms of the movie, and his choreography is filled with delightful touches…Librettists Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) retain the spirit and cheer of the film while cannily punching it up…The efforts of Nicholaw, Meehan and Martin compensate for a less-than-overwhelming score from Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin; their work is only slightly better than on their earlier attempt, The Wedding Singer. Read the full review

The New York Times

The latest seasonal stocking stuffer and pocket picker…tinseled in synthetic sentiment, performed with a cheer that borders on mania, and instantly forgettable…The score is generic, true, but it is also polished, hummable-tune laden and professional. Mr. Beguelin’s lyrics, at their best, have a bright comic zest and are well-matched to Mr. Sklar’s gently swinging music…The director, Casey Nicholaw, coaxes fine work from the performers, who do their chores with unfailing commitment. Read the full review

New York Post

A giant spoonful of uncut sugar…The screen Buddy was played by Will Ferrell, who brings a naughty, slightly sleazy quality to everything he does. Here, we get the sunny, milquetoast Sebastian Arcelus. He’s appealing and works very hard, but lacks the gleefully anarchic strain that made Ferrell’s Buddy such a cathartic force of nature. But then, everything has been toned down several notches. Book writers Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, The Producers) can’t seem to tell the difference between childlike and childish. It’s all very tasteful and safe, when the show should conjure semi-lawless energy…Luckily, the main cast members are easy to like…Too bad they all feel underused. Read the full review

Entertainment Weekly

A surprisingly diverting confection that’s a sleigh-length ahead of recent seasonal fare on the Great White Way…Relative newcomer Sebastian Arcelus has the right blend of antic innocence for the role, though his modest singing voice and lower wattage suggest he’s less an above-the-title leading man than an apt choice for a made-for-DVD Elf sequel. Composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin…offer a stockingful of pleasantly melodic tunes…Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin’s book remains mostly faithful to the movie while adding a few humorous modern flourishes…A modest show with modest charms, but director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw keeps the production humming along. Read the full review

USA Today

Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw and his game, nimble cast allow us to enjoy the ride, however predictable. The players aren’t helped much by the formulaic songs of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin’s libretto isn’t long on surprises, either — there are the usual cheeky pop-culture references and ingratiating nods to tourists and locals — but it provides some easy, breezy laughs. Read the full review

The Hollywood Reporter

Flavorless candy…A pedestrian show that broadens the material to be more specifically kid-friendly, rendering it innocuous in the process…Nicholaw has a better feel for period styles than he does for contemporary cute, and the writers struggle to make the mostly second-hand jokes land. Their efforts are given little support by a mediocre score…With few exceptions, the sound-alike numbers blend into one, and the lethargic dance interludes provide minimal elevation. It’s all pleasant, but generic…The cast does what it can with the wan material. Read the full review

Time Out New York

Fair-to-middling musical…It is not the fault of this Elf’s star, the hardworking Sebastian Arcelus, that he lacks Ferrell’s unique earnest-ironic comic charisma; but without it, Buddy is just an overeager naïf in green tights, and the plot’s corn doesn’t pop. Directed and choreographed with routinized showbiz gumption by Casey Nicholaw, the show provides little chance for anyone to shine…Earns dutiful applause but no Christmas cheers. Read the full review

Associated Press

Who needs Will Ferrel?…[Elf] stands on its own with great sets and design, a funny adapted script and a collection of hardworking actors…a tight, polished, expensive-looking affair that has enough jokes for adults and enough special effects for kids. And The Rockettes have some serious competition this Christmas season…Nicholaw’s choreography is a throwback to classic Broadway, sometimes with a twist. Read the full review

Bloomberg News

Parents hoping to avoid trendy seasonal cynicism may be tempted to lay out $137 apiece for orchestra seats. Be warned: Your children over 8 years old will never forgive you. The Magic Flute at the Met is sterner stuff, no joke…The mischievous wit for which Thomas Meehan (The Producers and Hairspray) is known seems to have been rubbed too smooth by his co-writer, Bob Martin…the tunes are instantly forgettable and you can predict every rhyme a mile away…Casey Nicholaw, the director-choreographer who brought a fine retro stylishness to “Drowsy Chaperone,” does well here with a limited company…The dancing hardly breaks new ground, but at least the seamless non-stop busyness on stage diverts us from the gooey goings-on. Read the full review

Backstage

Too sweet and a big mess…too much of the show is overly familiar…Casey Nicholaw’s direction and choreography aren’t particularly fresh…Even the design elements are halfhearted. The usually imaginative David Rockwell has provided cheap-looking sets for this flimsy Christmas card…Most of the songs sound like every Christmas tune you’ve ever heard. It’s only when they are called upon to depict an emotion other than holiday cheer that they really cook. Read the full review

Have you seen the show? What did you think?