Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Words stagger after

  • Quotage at NY1:
    [...] Jennifer Ehle also won for Best Featured Actress for an acting triple play that stood out in an already distinguished ensemble.

    "To be nominated for a Tony is already phenomenal and to have actually won – I don't know, I think I'm at a loss for words," said Ehle of her win. [...]
  • BroadwayWorldTV has the full version of their video backstage coverage! Can't see Ms Ehle yet but.....ahhhhh YES! And Jack O'Brien as well! Her bit is about 40% into the video.
  • BroadwayWorlders rate the best of the past five years' Tony winners. Some picks there for you know who. And some scroogery about her acceptance speech - but at least one person is defending her honour, bless 'em.
    [...] The fact that Jennifer Ehle seemed unprepared didn't bother me at all. I was unprepared for her to win, too, so I welcomed her honest, genuine demeanor. She's fab. At least it seemed impromptu and real rather than similar to a Rashad monolgue. [...]
  • The Vancouver Sun echoes the same sentiment, even if their facts are a little wobbly (although what she says is true of both Mr Easton and Stoppard!):
    [...] The Coast of Utopia also won two awards early in the evening for best featured actor and actress in a play: Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle, who delivered one of the night's most emotionally heartfelt acceptance speeches, calling Stoppard a British "national institution." [...]
  • Jennifer Ehle wins "Best Plea" at
    [...] Jennifer Ehle, kind of a surprise winner for Featured Actress in a Play for her sterling three roles in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, hoping that the play's success will allow theatres to consider the idea of repertory again. Hear, hear! [...]
    Newsday says amen to that:
    [...] The nonprofit Lincoln Center Theater had the courage to devote its entire season to a rethinking and restaging of the Stoppard trilogy, which had had its unremarkable world premiere in London. The achievement is extraordinary of itself, but also for suggesting that theatergoers and major actors would embrace the long-promised ideal of a resident repertory company. How gratifying to hear Jennifer Ehle, in her featured-actress acceptance speech, declare, "We all do want a repertory company at Lincoln Center." Maybe the Tonys will push that decades-old dream along. [...]
  • Metro, Hello Mag and the Daily Mail (with gorge photos) are claiming her for England, whereas the News Observer and Winston-Salem Journal insist she's a tar heel. For example:
    [...] Jennifer Ehle’s win of a second Tony Award Sunday night was certainly a coup for her. But it was also a win for Winston-Salem, The City of the Arts. [...]
    The Guardian chooses the middle way, "Anglo-American". Though of course, being half American and half British, at heart she is Australian!
  • Another couple photos of her and Ethan Hawke is up at TheaterMania's and USA Todays' photo features, and the Beeb have her above the fold. #29 on's coverage has her and Mr Hawke joshing with Sir Tom, and she and Mr Hawke are in their "Classy Couples" feature, "bringing their movie star glamour to Tony's red carpet".
  • Reuters love:
    [...] Most charmingly enthusiastic speechmaker: Julie White, best actress for "The Little Dog Laughed." The most elegant ladies onstage: the classy Angela Lansbury and best featured actress winner Jennifer Ehle. [...]
  • Another wee mention at Fox:
    [...] There were also not a lot of stars for the show. By the time of the after party, there was no sign of people like Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff or Billy Crudup. Ann Heche made a brief appearance; Fantasia was nowhere to be found. Many shows have their own parties following the Tony dinner at Rockefeller Center.

    Only "Talk Radio" star Liev Schreiber and pregnant girlfriend Naomi Watts stuck around for a bit, as did "LoveMusic" star Donna Murphy, who carried her own plate of food. Others who fended for themselves included new Tony winner Jennifer Ehle and presenter Marcia Gay Harden, who couldn't find a seat near the buffet. [...]

  • has pics from the Winners' Ball, none of Ms Ehle but some of the Utopian creative team were there. Bob Crowley, one of the geniuses behind Utopia's much-lauded design, scored two awards for play and musical.
  • Check out Playbill's cute pic of Jennifer Ehle and Martha Plimpton at "Stars in the Alley".
  • Ack with all the excitement we forgot to remind you about the Coast of Utopia CD release yesterday - there was an event at Barnes & Noble with Mark Bennett and some cast members, reports BroadwayWorld. Have a listen to a few clips and order the CD at Ghostlight Records. Barnes & Noble have heaps of clips too.
  • One more thing - first person to find or post a video of the acceptance speech wins...a lot of love!
  • Nope, still more. Videos of part of Tom Stoppard's acceptance speech at KUTV, and a bit on ITN, photo of Billy Crudup, Ms Ehle and JackO'Brien at CBS, an acceptance speech one at the NY Times, and a couple at Talkin' Broadway, Playbill and ABC News.

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