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The New York Drama Critics’ Circle announced that Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, was the best musical in the 2015/16 season.Stephen Karam’s The Humans was named best play.  The selections were made at the organization’s 81st annual voting meeting.

On the first ballot for Best MusicalShuffle Along and Dear Evan Hansen each received seven votes. Shuffle Along won handily on the third ballot with 44 points, followed by Dear Evan Hansen (25 points), American Psycho (17 points) and First Daughter Suite (14 points).

The Humans

On the first ballot for Best PlayThe Humans won nine votes, short of a majority among the Circle’s 22 voting members. A second vote was then taken to determine whether an award would be given at all. Having agreed that one should, the Circle moved to a weighted third ballot, which The Humans won with 35 points. Annie Baker’s John placed second (19 points), followed by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Gloria (14 points) and Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed (12 points). The Circle opted not to give an award for Best Foreign Play.

The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 17.

The award for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500.  The prize is made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

 

Special citations were voted to Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Lois Smith who appeared in the off-Broadway productions of John and Marjorie Prime; and Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld, who were represented on Broadway this season by A View from the Bridge and The Crucible.

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area.  The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Adam Feldman, theater critic for Time Out New York, has served as president of the NYDCC since 2005.  Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post serves as vice president; Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News is treasurer.

In addition to Feldman, Vincentelli, and Dziemianowicz, the members of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle are: Hilton Als, The New Yorker; Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly; David Cote, Time Out New York; Michael Feingold, TheaterMania; Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record; Elysa Gardner, USA Today; Jeremy Gerard, Deadline; Jesse Green, New York; Christopher Kelly, The Star-Ledger; David Rooney; Hollywood Reporter; Frank Scheck; New York Post; David Sheward, ArtsInNY; John Simon, Yonkers Tribune; Marilyn Stasio, Variety; Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania; Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal; Matt Windman, amNewYork; Linda Winer, Newsday; and Richard Zoglin, Time.  Emeritus members include David Finkle, Brian Scott Lipton, Jesse Oxfeld, Michael Sommers and Steven Suskin.

Here is a look at how the voting went down.

Best Musical, third ballot:

Hilton Als:
abstain

Melissa Rose Bernardo:
Dear Evan Hansen
American Psycho
Shuffle Along

David Cote:
Shuffle Along
Waitress
School of Rock

Joe Dziemianowicz:
Dear Evan Hansen
Shuffle Along
School of Rock

Michael Feingold:
Dear Evan Hansen
First Daughter Suite
Death for Five Voices

Robert Feldberg:
Southern Comfort
Shuffle Along
Lazarus

Adam Feldman:
Dear Evan Hansen
Shuffle Along
Iowa

Elysa Gardner:
American Psycho
Shuffle Along
Bright Star

Jeremy Gerard:
First Daughter Suite
Shuffle Along
Southern Comfort

Jesse Green:
Shuffle Along
Dear Evan Hansen
First Daughter Suite

Christopher Kelly:
American Psycho
Shuffle Along
Bright Star

David Rooney:
Shuffle Along
Dear Evan Hansen
Lazarus

Frank Scheck:
Shuffle Along
American Psycho
Waitress

David Sheward:
Shuffle Along
Dear Evan Hansen
Waitress

John Simon:
Shuffle Along
First Daughter Suite
On Your Feet!

Marilyn Stasio:
Shuffle Along
American Psycho
Dear Evan Hansen

Zachary Stewart:
Shuffle Along
American Psycho
On Your Feet!

Terry Teachout (proxy):
First Daughter Suite
American Psycho
On Your Feet!

Elisabeth Vincentelli:
Dear Evan Hansen
Shuffle Along
Waitress

Matt Windman:
Dear Evan Hansen
First Daughter Suite
Invisible Thread

Linda Winer:
Shuffle Along
Lazarus
First Daughter Suite

Richard Zoglin:
Lazarus
Shuffle Along
American Psycho

Best Musical, first ballot:

Hilton Als: abstain
Melissa Rose Bernardo: Dear Evan Hansen
David Cote: Waitress
Joe Dziemianowicz: Dear Evan Hansen
Michael Feingold: Dear Evan Hansen
Robert Feldberg: Southern Comfort
Adam Feldman: Dear Evan Hansen
Elysa Gardner: American Psycho
Jeremy Gerard: First Daughter Suite
Jesse Green: Dear Evan Hansen
Christopher Kelly: American Psycho
David Rooney: Shuffle Along
Frank Scheck: Shuffle Along
David Sheward: Shuffle Along
John Simon: Shuffle Along
Marilyn Stasio: Shuffle Along
Zachary Stewart: Shuffle Along
Terry Teachout (proxy): First Daughter Suite
Elisabeth Vincentelli: Dear Evan Hansen
Matt Windman: Dear Evan Hansen
Linda Winer: Shuffle Along
Richard Zoglin: Lazarus

Best Play, third ballot:

Hilton Als:
John
Familiar
Gloria

Melissa Rose Bernardo:
Skeleton Crew
The Humans
Hold On to Me Darling 

David Cote:
The Humans
John
Eclipsed

Joe Dziemianowicz:
The Humans
John
Gloria

Michael Feingold:
Red Speedo
John
The Humans

Robert Feldberg:
The Humans
Eclipsed
John

Adam Feldman:
The Humans
Marjorie Prime
John

Elysa Gardner:
Marjorie Prime
Hir
Ripcord 

Jeremy Gerard:
John
The Humans
Smart People 

Jesse Green:
The Humans
The Christians
John

Christopher Kelly:
Guards at the Taj
Familiar
John

David Rooney:
The Humans
Guards at the Taj
Eclipsed

Frank Scheck:
The Humans
Gloria
Marjorie Prime

David Sheward:
The Humans
Gloria
Hir

John Simon:
Eclipsed
Hold On to Me Darling
The Body of an American 

Marilyn Stasio:
Guards at the Taj
Eclipsed
The Humans

Zachary Stewart:
Gloria
The Humans
Eclipsed

Terry Teachout (proxy):
Smart People
Hold On to Me Darling
Eclipsed

Elisabeth Vincentelli:
John
Gloria
The Christians

Matt Windman:
The Christians
Gloria
Eclipsed

Linda Winer:
The Humans
Marjorie Prime
Gloria

Richard Zoglin:
King Charles III
Red Speedo
The Christians

 Best Play, first ballot:

Hilton Als: John
Melissa Rose Bernardo: Skeleton Crew
David Cote: The Humans
Joe Dziemianowicz: The Humans
Michael Feingold: Red Speedo
Robert Feldberg: The Humans
Adam Feldman: The Humans
Elysa Gardner: Marjorie Prime
Jeremy Gerard: John
Jesse Green: The Humans
Christopher Kelly: Guards at the Taj
David Rooney: The Humans
Frank Scheck (proxy): The Humans
David Sheward: The Humans
John Simon: Eclipsed
Marilyn Stasio: Guards at the Taj
Zachary Stewart: Gloria
Terry Teachout (proxy): Smart People
Elisabeth Vincentelli: John
Matt Windman: The Christians
Linda Winer: The Humans
Richard Zoglin: King Charles III

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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KNIVES OUT AGAIN — (Via Deadline) The next installment in the Knives Out series has its title. Writer/director Rian Johnson announced on social media this morning that the film will be called Wake Up Dead Man. It was also confirmed that the film would come out sometime in 2025 and that production would be under way soon with Daniel Craig returning to star.

Johnson returns as the writer and director of the series and will also produce the pic with his partner Ram Bergman. Plot details are unknown and as of now Craig is the only talent involved.

The most recent pic, Glass Onion, bowed in 2022 with Craig returning as world famous detective Benoit Blanc. The film premiered on Netflix after the streamer made a record setting $450 million deal for the two sequels with this being the third in the series.

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Stephanie Mills

Award winner Stephanie Mills will return to Broadway to play Hermes in the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown. Her first performance will be July 2, coinciding with the start dates of Maia Reficco and Yola. Mills takes over from Jon Jon Briones, who plays his final performance June 30. Mills originated the role of Dorothy in the first Broadway production of The Wiz in 1975. Her last appearance on Broadway was for a special concert in 1989 … The Washington Post will go full AI. Check out this story: https://futurism.com/washington-post-pivot-ai

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Billy Joel

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Al Ruddy

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Drama Desk and OCC member Richie Ridge, of Broadway World’s Backstage with Richie Ridge, will moderate a discussion with Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, both Drama Desk nominees for Lead Performance in a Musical for Days of Wine and Roses, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center (247 West 54th St., opposite Studio 54). Drama Desk members are invited. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and attendance is first come, first served. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Based on the 1964 movie about a couple falling in love in 1950s New York and struggling to maintain a family in the face of alcohol addiction, Days of Wine and Roses, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and a book by Craig Lucas, opened at Studio 54 on Jan. 28, 2024. O’Hara and d’Arcy James are both Tony nominees as well.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theater community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.

If you would like to attend, please fill out the form here. Be sure to select the Non-member option.

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Richie Ridge, of Broadway World’s Backstage with Richie Ridge, will moderate adiscussion with stars of the new Drama Desk– and Tony-nominated musical The Outsiders at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center (247 West 54th St., opposite Studio 54). Members of the Drama Desk are invited to attend. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and attendance is first come, first served. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Participants in the panel will be Drama Desk and Tony nominees director Danya Taymor and lead actor Brody Grant, along with Tony featured actor nominees Sky Lakota-Lynch and Joshua Boone. With music and lyrics by Justin Levine and a book by Levine and Adam Rapp, The Outsiders, is a nominee for both Drama Desk and Tony Awards for best musical, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on April 11, 2024.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theater community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.

If you would like to attend, please fill out the form here. Be sure to select the Non-member option.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2

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Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust


Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses


Outstanding New Broadway Play:
 Stereophonic

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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