Winners of the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards were announced at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Zachary Levi and Megan Hitly at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
Outstanding Production of a Musical, Hamilton
Outstanding Production of a Play, The Humans
Outstanding Revival of a Musical, The Color Purple
Outstanding Revival of a Play, A View From The Bridge
Distinguished Performance Award, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
In addition to the competitive categories, lyricist Sheldon Harnick was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award
Deaf West Theatre was honored with the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award for “their vital work”
Ivo van Hove was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
Although Hamilton and two of its stars, were nominated for Drama League Awards last year, those nominations were for the Off-Broadway production.The Drama League “feels that it is important to recognize and to encourage the transfer and growth of production.”
During the ceremony, Drama League artistic director Roger T. Danforth introduced the 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, and Shaun Patrick Tubbs.
First bestowed in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatregoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
2016 Drama League Awards Hosts: Zachary Levi, Megan Hilty. 2016 Honorees: Sheldon Harnick, Ivo van Hove, David Kurs (Deaf West Theater). The Drama League Executive Committee: President & Event Co-Chair Jano Harbosch, Event Co-Chair Bonnie Comley, Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth. Guest Presenter: Audra McDonald. 2016 Drama League Awards Nominees: Laura Benanti, Reed Birney, Alex Brightman,Danny Burstein, Kelley Curran, Carmen Cusak, Jeff Daniels, Khris Davis, Daveed Diggs, Georgia Engel, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lynda Gravatt, Michael C. Hall, Jackie Hoffman, Jayne Houdyshell, Jennifer Hudson, Marin Ireland, James Earl Jones, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Leslie Kritzer, Jessica Lange, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jessie Mueller, Kristine Nielsen, Lupita Nyong’o, Sophie Okonedo, Annette O’Toole, Ben Platt, Phylicia Rashad,Thomas Jay Ryan, Michael Shannon, Jennifer Simard, Lois Smith, Mark Strong, Cicely Tyson, Michael Urie, Ana Villafa̴ñe, Benjamin Walker, Sam Waterston, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Williams. 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs. Special Guests: Stewart F. Lane, Judith Light. The casts of American Pyscho, Bright Star, Hamilton, On Your Feet, School of Rock, The Musical, Tuck Everlasting, Waitress, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Eclipsed, The Crucible, The Humans, among others! (All subject to change.)
Countdown to Christmas: For The Dancer and Theatre Lover Chita Rivera
2o days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.
There are a lot of books out there this year but we highly recommend Chita: A Memoir , the critically-acclaimed book is written by the legendary Broadway icon Chita Rivera with arts journalist Patrick Pacheco. Chita takes fans behind-the-scenes of all her shows and cabaret acts, she shares candid stories of her many colleagues, friends, and lovers. She speaks with empathy and hindsight of her deep associations with complicated geniuses like Fosse and Robbins, as well as with the mega-talent Liza Minnelli, with whom she co-starred in The Rink. She openly discusses her affair with Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as her marriage to Tony Mordente and her subsequent off-the-radar relationships. Chita revisits the terrible car accident that threatened to end her career as a dancer forever. Center stage to Chita’s story are John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriters and dear friends indelibly tied to her career through some of her most enduring work: Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and The Visit.
Chita’s love of performing began as a child in Washington, D.C., when her mother enrolled her in a local ballet school to channel her boundless energy. Still a teenager, she moved to New York to attend the School of American Ballet after an audition for George Balanchine himself and winning a scholarship. But Broadway beckoned, and by twenty she was appearing in the choruses of Golden Age shows like Guys and Dolls and Can-Can. In the latter, she received special encouragement from its star Gwen Verdon, forging a personal and professional friendship that would help shape her career. The groundbreaking West Side Story brought her into the orbit of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Hal Prince, and Stephen Sondheim. After Bye Bye Birdie further burnished her rising star, she reunited with Verdon and her then-husband Bob Fosse to work on the film version of Sweet Charity and the celebrated original Broadway production of Chicago.
Chita: A Memoir was published in English and Spanish and the English audio version of the Memoir was recorded by Chita. A Spanish audio version is also available.
“Chita Rivera blazed a trail where none existed so the rest of us could see a path forward. She has been part of some of the greatest musicals in the history of the form, from Anita in the trailblazing West Side Story through Claire Zachanassian in the underrated masterpiece The Visit, over 60 years later. She is a Puerto Rican Broadway icon and the original ‘triple threat.’ We’re so lucky to be alive in the same timeline as Chita Rivera.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“A frank and fascinating memoir from one of the truly great artists of the American Theater. Lots of stories … Lots of insight … and quite a few caustic statements from Chita’s alter ego, Dolores. An illuminating history and a guaranteed pleasure!” — John Kander
Broadway legend and national treasure Chita Rivera, multi-Tony Award winner, Kennedy Center honoree, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – has taken no prisoners on stage or screen for seven decades. From her trailblazing performance as the original Anita in West Side Story—for which she tapped her own Puerto Rican roots—to her haunting 2015 star turn in The Visit. Chita has proven to be much more than just a captivating dancer, singer, and actress beloved by audiences and casts alike. In her equally captivating and one-of-a-kind memoir, Written with Patrick Pacheco, the woman born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero shares an incomparable life, both on stage and behind the curtain.
By the way this Memoir has won a Gold Medal for “Best Autobiography – English” at the 2023 International Latino Book Awards. https://www.latinobookawards.org/
Click here to buy your copy.
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Spamalot
Here is the amazing cast of Spamalot. Christopher Fitzgerald as Patsy, James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as The Lady of the Lake, Ethan Slater as The Historian/Prince Herbert, Jimmy Smagula as Sir Bedevere, Michael Urie as Sir Robin, Nik Walker as Sir Galahad and Taran Killam as Lancelot.
I was so inspired I drew the whole cast.
To read T2C’s review click here.
Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.