How To Succeed With A Classic

200-howtoWalnut Street Theatre is succeeding in business! And we mean that in more ways than one. Despite being the oldest theatre in operation in the English-speaking world, the Walnut has consistently produced hits throughout its 205 years of seasons in Philadelphia. As they bring this season to an end, they continue to show that they are not only America’s oldest theatre but still one of it’s most successful.  Walnut Street Theatre’s production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying brings new life to a Broadway classic. Filled with stellar talent, wonderful dancing and a production quality you can’t help but love, the Walnut has easily won over audiences and critics with this delightful remount.

1461411_10152447594509390_3918236468225734706_nHow To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is a hilarious musical featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Lovingly ripped off of the best-selling book of the same title by Shepherd Mead, How To Succeed satires the 1960s big business world while following the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch as he makes his way from window washer to an executive. This classic Broadway musical is one of the greats! Having won not only the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical but also the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How To Succeed captures a period of American history like many musicals do not. It’s style, execution and catchy tunes all bring you into a world you can’t help but love. Walnut Street Theatre executes a brilliant rendition of this beloved Broadway classic. Directed by Casey Hushion with choreography by Michele Lynch, How To Succeed explodes off the stage bringing audiences easily back to the big business world of the 1960s like never before. Hushion’s direction is clear throughout the entire piece while Lynch’s choreography is dynamic and larger than life in this hit musical comedy. But what else did it take to create such a stellar production?

10300290_10152447594474390_9058459883820886903_nStep One; Leading ManJeremy Morse (Pictured Left) leads the entire production as J. Pierrepont Finch not only with extreme talent but does so making it look easy. From moment one, Morse captures the audience with his overbearing charm that brings you into his world and has you cheering him on wanting him to succeed as well. He hits all the marks throughout the production with fantastic dancing, vocals and never lets the comedy fall flat. His rendition of “I Believe In You” is especially wonderful. He is nothing less than a star. Step Two; Romantic Interest. Becky Gulsvig stars as Rosemary Pilkington in the production and is just as wonderful. She is funny, cute and easily brings to life the characteristics women during that period would have embodied. Her rendition of “Been A Long Day” besides Morse is adorable.

1514602_10152447594629390_2669486178250427323_nStep Three; Hilarious Sidekicks. From the annoying to Bud Fump to the man on top J.B. Biggley, Walnut Street has decked out this cast with only the best to assist Morse on his mission in leading a stellar production. Brian Shepard, who stars as Bud Frump, is Jim Carey like in his portrayal of the ever annoying nephew of the boss. Walnut vet Mark Jacoby (Pictured Above), who stars as J.B. Biggley, is stellar in capturing the character of the high-powered American executive during such a time. He opens up as the show goes on and is hilarious throughout. His rendition of “Love From A Heart Of Gold” is especially comical playing opposite Hedy (Amy Bodnar). Jeffrey Coon, who stars as Bert Bratt and the voice of the Narrator, is especially delightful throughout the entire production. He brings added life into the scenes he appears in and never fails to catch your eye when on stage. And let’s not forget the hilarious Joilet F. Harris, who plays Miss Jones, in the production and leaves the audience rolling just about every time she is on the stage.

10373781_10152447595144390_7159486753576004926_nStep Four; Tech. When it comes to the technical aspects of the production, Robert Andrew Kovach provides a wonderful unit set design that does just about everything the production requires. As doors open and close, units needed for the production enter and exit with ease never making it look like a struggle for the design to be executed. Paul Black provides a lighting design that is fun and period perfect. Or is that perfect, period? None the less, he hits the mark when it comes to the accents needed and his colors used during musical numbers only add to the joy already happening on stage. Liza Zinni provides a costume design that is spot on while Craig Beyrooti‘s sound design never ceases to fail or flaw.

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying runs at the Walnut Street Theatre through July 13th, 2014 on the Main Stage. This is a wonderful musical to play Philadelphia this summer and remind us all just how great classic musical theatre can be when it is done right. Don’t miss it! As this fabulous production ends their current season, the Walnut prepares for a season like never before next year which includes 9 to 5, Disney’s Mary Poppins and the Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis just to name a few. We look forward to attending those productions when they hit the stage. For more information, visit The Walnut Street Theatre’s Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Tony Time: 2014 Tony Awards Winners

The-Annual-Tony-Awards-2014-Hollywood-Awards-Celebrities-Entertainment-Awards-CBS-Television-Beverly-Hills-Magazine-Hollywood-Magazines-300x254Broadway’s biggest night has come and gone in the blink of an eye! The 2014 Tony Awards lit up the stage last night at Radio City Music Hall filled with performances, presenters and so much more! After a long awards season filled with many predictions leading up to last night, there could only be one winner in each category! So who walked away with the big win last night? From a few assumed obvious winners to a couple of surprises, The 2014 Tony Awards kept us on our feet last night right down to the final category of the night! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the official list of the 2014 Tony Award winners! 

The 2014 Tony Awards brought forth a totally different take on the annual theatre awards ceremony from last year’s! Hosted by Hugh Jackman, there was no overall large winner but rather a number of Broadway shows walking away with an equal amount of awards at the end of the evening. While the evening featured no overall MAJOR production numbers, we did see a number musical performances throughout the evening!

Here is the list of The 2014 Tony Award Winners:

Best Musical

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

After Midnight

Aladdin

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Revival of a Musical

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Les Misérables

Violet

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play

A Raisin in the Sun

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Glass Menagerie

Twelfth Night

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Jane Cox, Machinal
Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men

Best Play

All The Way
Author: Robert Schenkkan

Act One 
Author: James Lapine

Casa Valentina 
Author: Harvey Fierstein

Mothers and Sons
Author: Terrence McNally

Outside Mullingar
Author: John Patrick Shanley

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Jane Greenwood, Act One
Michael Krass, Machinal
Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight

Best Choreography
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin 
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie

Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet

Best Book of a Musical
Robert L Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,
Chad Beguelin, Aladdin
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Douglas McGrath
Bullets Over Broadway
Woody Allen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Linda Emond, Cabaret
Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie
Es Devlin, Machinal
Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Best Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway
Steve Sidwell, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Bridges of Madison County
Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brow
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Aladdin
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Music: Steven Lutvak
Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
If/Then
Music: Tom Kitt
Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Dan Moses Schreier, Act One
Matt Tierney, Machinal

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Peter Hylenski, After Midnight
Tim O’Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Mick Potter, Les Misérables

Congratulations to all of the winners from the 2014 Tony Awards! To all of those nominated this season, you are also winners! What an incredible season for Broadway. Look at those nominated alone in so many of this year’s categories! There is so much talent on Broadway right now and that has help lead to the record-breaking season Broadway has experienced this past year. As they have for the all the previous theatre awards ceremonies this season,  A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and Hedwig And The Angry Inch walked away with the most awards for the night claiming 4 each including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. A Raisin In The Sun took second bringing home 3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play while All The Way, Beautiful, The Bridges of Madison County, Twelfth Night and Lady Day all collected 2 Tony Awards each.

Just because the 2014 Tony Awards have come to an end doesn’t mean Luner on Theatre’s coverage has! We will still be bringing you news, photos and more all week-long as we wrap up our Tony Time for this year and head straight into the new Broadway season! Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013-2014 Broadway season possible! All of the performances we saw on stage all season long have truly embraced and made stronger the belief that there is magic not only in theatre but also on Broadway. Thank you to all of the artists, actors, creative team members, producers and so on who have worked countless hours to make Broadway as big as it can be.  Click here for our 2014 Tony Awards Coverage! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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The 2014 Tony Awards have come and gone!

The 2014 Tony Awards have come and gone!

Tony Time: 2014 Tony Award Predictions

The-Annual-Tony-Awards-2014-Hollywood-Awards-Celebrities-Entertainment-Awards-CBS-Television-Beverly-Hills-Magazine-Hollywood-Magazines-300x254With just about 4 hours to go until Broadway’s big night, Luner on Theatre is counting down to The 2014 Tony Awards! While many have been making predictions since the day the nominations were announced, we have waited until the very last second to publish our official predictions! After doing some serious homework, research, viewing and more, we are more than pleased to bring to you who we think will take home the awards tonight at the ceremony. We join in now on the long-standing tradition of a prediction list many fans, theatre goers and producers have made heading into tonight! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you our official 2014 Tony Awards Predictions!

Here are Luner on Theatre’s Official 2014 Tony Awards Predictions:

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What do you think? Anything you agree or disagree with? Tell us what you think or who you think will take home some of tonight’s big honors! We’d love to hear YOUR 2014 Tony Award Predictions!

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With just hours to go, stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all the updates you need regarding The 2014 Tony Awards! We will be bringing you up to the minute coverage throughout the night and even this week once Broadway’s biggest night has come to a close! Click here for our 2014 Tony Awards Coverage! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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The 67th Annual TONY AWARDS

Tony Time: Performers, Presenters and More!

The-Annual-Tony-Awards-2014-Hollywood-Awards-Celebrities-Entertainment-Awards-CBS-Television-Beverly-Hills-Magazine-Hollywood-Magazines-300x254Less than 24 hours and counting! Merry Christmas! It’s the day of The 2014 Tony Awards! As Luner on Theatre counts down to Broadway’s biggest night, we are bringing you nonstop coverage of The 2014 Tony Awards! We have a couple final articles to post before we go LIVE tonight bringing you everything you need to know and more! We will be posting our official Tony Awards predictions later today but first let’s give you an idea of what you can expect tonight! Who will be in attendance, who will be performing and who you just might get some surprises from! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the full list of the performers, presenters and everything else you need to know for The 2014 Tony Awards!

115948060Broadway’s biggest night is tonight! The 2014 Tony Awards is hands down is the biggest night for American Theatre. The awards ceremony will begin tonight at Radio City Music Hall tonight at 8 PM. The awards ceremony returned to Radio City last year after playing a two-year stint at The Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. If you’re watching on television, tune into CBS at 8 PM EST for the ceremony. This year, the ceremony is hosted by Hugh Jackman. The is marks the fourth time that Jackman will host the awards ceremony. Jackman previously hosted the ceremony in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Hugh Jackman Opens The 2004 Tony Awards

Aladdin3Each year, The Tony Awards is filled with performances from Broadway’s newest shows this season and returning productions that still grace Broadway. Occasionally, we are also lucky enough to see a preview of an upcoming Broadway show planning a New York bow sometime in its near future. The Broadway shows currently appearing that are planning to perform at this year’s Tony Awards include the casts of Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over BroadwayRocky, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Violet, Cabaret, If/Then and After Midnight.

081613-sting-lead-306-1376682552Several special performers have already been announced for this year’s ceremony. However, the potential for anyone to show up and burst into song or dance is endless. The cast of Wicked will make an appearance to perform in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary on Broadway which was just celebrated this past fall. Sting (Pictured Right) will be making an appearance to preview a song from his new show The Last Ship which is set to dock in Chicago this summer before sailing into Broadway next fall. Broadway will get another look at a New York aimed show, Finding Neverland, with a performance of one of the show’s songs by Jennifer Hudson. The Tony Awards has also announced several big names who will be appearing their casts in other performances for the evening including Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia.

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tina-fey-bio-photoNot counting anyone mentioned above, The Tony Awards brings together stars from Broadway, Hollywood and beyond to attend the awards ceremony. Well known names from television, sports teams, the fashion world and comedians will all grace the Radio City stage tonight making an appearance or to present an award. Names The Tony Awards have announced for this year include Orlando Bloom, Barrett Foa, Tina Fey (Pictured Left), Jonathan Groff, T.I., LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Judith Light, Rosie O’Donnell, Patrick Wilson, Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer,Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, 2014 Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.

As for the shenanigans, just about anything is possible! It’s really hard to think that this year’s Tony Awards could beat last years. However, I have a feeling it will be just as epic. Hugh Jackman already has his head on straight and is headed in the right direction. With no way to top last year’s opening number, he has asked all of the performing casts to remain at Radio City Music Hall for what they are calling a “Mega-Finale”. Also, with so many guests and previous hosts, such as NPH, anything is possible. Here’s Jackman joining Harris in a duet at The 2011 Tony Awards. We are so looking forward to what Hugh brings to the table almost a decade since he last hosted the ceremony! And in case you wanted to relive last year’s epic opening…

The 2013 Tony Awards Opening Number!

Stick with Luner on Theatre as we count down to Broadway’s Biggest and Most Celebrated Evening; The 2014 Tony Awards! We will be LIVE all day bringing you updates on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and more! Follow us everywhere for some creative coverage of the best night for Broadway! Don’t forget to tune in tonight – 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on CBS! Click here for our 2014 Tony Awards Coverage! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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The 2014 Tony Awards are less than 24 Month Away!

The 2014 Tony Awards are less than 24 Hours Away!

Tony Time: 2014 Tony Award Wishes (Not Predictions)

The-Annual-Tony-Awards-2014-Hollywood-Awards-Celebrities-Entertainment-Awards-CBS-Television-Beverly-Hills-Magazine-Hollywood-Magazines-300x254With less than 48 hours to go until the 2014 Tony Awards, Luner on Theatre is bringing you nonstop coverage leading up to Broadway’s biggest night! Photos, articles, predictions and more will fill the next 2 days as we countdown to 8 PM tomorrow! While each year, many people bring you their Tony Awards predictions (which we will be doing tomorrow!), Luner on Theatre has started a new annual tradition taking a new spin on the Tony Awards and those nominated before we publish our official prediction list! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you our 2014 Tony Awards Wish List (Not Predictions)!

What exactly is our Tony Awards Wish List? This is something unique we have come up with here on Luner on Theatre and made it an annual tradition. We will have another full list which will be our Official Tony Awards Predictions for 2014. However, our wish list is simply who we would love to see take home the Tony Award in each category. Some of these may be close to our official predictions tomorrow but some of them will not be. We all are rooting on our own for specific people or productions for our own reasons so this is Luner on Theatre’s list!

Luner on Theatre’s Official Wish List for the 2014 Tony Awards:

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There it is! Luner on Theatre’s official wish list for the 2014 Tony Awards! What do you think? Anything you agree with or disagree with? Who would you love to see win big tomorrow night? As previously mentioned, many of these may be close to our official predictions but you will have to check back tomorrow for that!

Stick with Luner on Theatre as we launch into nonstop, overbearing and insane coverage of the 2014 Tony Awards in the final 48 hours leading up to Broadway’s biggest night! Click here for our 2014 Tony Awards Coverage! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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The 2014 Tony Awards are less than 48 Month Away!

The 2014 Tony Awards are less than 48 Month Away!

Tony Time: Best Revival of a Musical (Photos)

Musicals that returned to Broadway this past season, whether they were actually revivals of not, were all well-known names to the theatre community. From classics like Les Miserables and Cabaret to the debut of popular pieces, such as Violet and Hedwig, musical revivals helped bring to life a big Broadway season as these return engagements were re-staged, reinvented or reimagined for the stage.  Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a look at the Tony nominated productions for Best Revival of a Musical!

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Violet

Violet

Violet

Violet

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Which well-known favorite will take home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical? One thing that did disappointment me regarding The Tony nominations this year was a lack of a nomination for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret. While the production was ruled eligible by the Tony committee to be nominated citing major staging differences in this return engagement, the Tony voters only voted 3 revivals overall for this category. Visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page for all articles relating to this year’s Tony Awards Ceremony! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Tony Time: Best Revival Of A Play (Photos)

This past season on Broadway was filled with many productions that have graced the Great White Way before. Plays that were revived on Broadway ranged from Shakespearian productions to reinventions of American classics. Many of these productions were filled with big name Hollywood stars but many of them were also filled with names frequent theatre goers would know. None the less, plays revived on Broadway this year were stellar proving as a hit overall across the board throughout the entire season. While Broadway saw 14 plays revived this past season, only 4 made the cut when it came time for Tony nominations! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a look at the Tony nominated productions for Best Revival of a Play!

The Cripple Of Inishmaan

The Cripple Of Inishmaan

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

A Raisin In The Sun

A Raisin In The Sun

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Which production do you think will take home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play? Will it be the starry return of The Glass Menagerie which graced Broadway earlier this season? Or the Mark Rylance helmed production of Twelfth Night from London? What about the insanely talented cast of The Cripple if Inishmaan which made its way to Broadway from London as well? Or will Denzel Washington bring home more honors to the American Classic, A Raisin In The Sun? Sunday June 8th is the only way to know. For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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