Friday, May 29, 2009

A Salute to the 63rd Annual Tony Awards

The 2008-09 Broadway season has been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. All of the fall openings, highlighted by the smash London import Billy Elliot, was followed by the economy's crash. After the holidays, shows closed like crazy: Spring Awakening died quickly. Hairspray died. Young Frankenstein was a major disappointment and closed. Monty Python's Spamalot kicked the bucket. Gypsy closed up early. But the winter turned into a spring of renewal with a bunch of plays—new works and transfers from Off-Broadway and London—filled all the Broadway houses. We've been treated to incredible theater (Exit the King, Mary Stuart), big-haired bands (Rock of Ages), fairy-tale family fun (Shrek), battling families and couples (Dividing the Estate, God of Carnage, Reasons to Be Pretty, Next to Normal, The Norman Conquests), and wonderful secretaries (9 to 5). Classic musical revivals like Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, and West Side Story, while Liza Minnelli and George W. Bush (in the person of Will Ferrell) dropped in for a short, well received run.
As the season ends, I salute all 40 actors nominated for Tony Awards. They range from veterans such as Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury to newcomers like David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish, the three young men who alternate as Billy Elliot. The Tony's will be handed out June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.
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