Thursday, May 31, 2007

Another Tonys Roundup Plus a Few Extras

First up, the non-Tony items:
  • It has been announced that Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris will be presenters at the 2006-07 Theatre World Awards. Both mother and daughter are former winners of this prestigious award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut performances. The invitation-only ceremony will take place on June 5th. See BroadwayWorld, Playbill, or TheaterMania for more details and a list of this year's winners.
  • At BroadwayWorld, you can see some video coverage of the Drama League Awards, which took place on May 11. The coverage starts about halfway through the video, and there are interviews with Utopians Ethan Hawke, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Billy Crudup, along with many other nominees.
  • Adam Pincus of The New York Observer reports on some unresolved legal issues pertaining to the movie Pride and Glory. According to New Line Cinema, the film is still scheduled to be released Jan 4, 2008 despite these hiccups.

And now on to the Tonys!

  • All of our finger crossing was for naught. The Tonys site has posted a list of everyone who will be included in the remaining "Meet the Nominees" videos and Jennifer Ehle is sadly not one of them. (I still recommend watching them for the other nominees). Video #3 is now available.
  • Score! Broadway.com's Nominee Video Poll #3 asks, "Will You Prepare an Acceptance Speech?" and Ms. Ehle is actually featured in this one! (Don't blink or you will miss her).
  • There is a cute interview with (Jennifer Ehle's co-nominee) Martha Plimpton at New York Magazine. She also mentions this in her latest MySpace blog, which is viewable to all.
  • Broadway.com has posted an interview with nominee David Pittu, who draws connections between The Coast of Utopia and the character he plays in LoveMusik:
    [...] Doing Utopia was like going back to school with about 40 wonderful actors and having Tom Stoppard and Jack O'Brien as our teachers. (Continuing the school theme, Ethan Hawke actually put together a yearbook for everyone in the cast.) For me, a fortuitous connection was discovering a direct line to Brecht from the pre-communistic, anarchic ideas hammered out in The Coast of Utopia. Brecht read the writings of Michael Bakunin, the character Ethan played and, like a lot of the characters in the third play, Brecht was an émigré, first to Scandinavia, then to California and finally back to East Germany. The running dialogue through the trilogy about just what constitutes the ideal personal-political "utopia" is reflected in the life and work of Brecht. [...]
  • Some of the musical performances that will be featured in the Tony Awards telecast, along with some additional presenters, have now been announced. Playbill and Broadway.com have more of the details.
  • For a little gossip about the upcoming Tonys broadcast and some discussion of the nominees for Best Play, visit Yahoo! Broadway.
  • And just for fun: at the Tonys site you can fill out a ballot and predict who you think will win the awards and then "check back after the Tony Ceremony on June 10 to see if your predictions matched those of the majority of other Internet theater buffs - and the actual winners!" Note that you can also get a printable ballot to fill out and have with you while you watch the show. Whatever floats your boat!

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