Tony Time: 2015 Tony Award Predictions

tn-500_tony.jpg.pagespeed.ce.XwvPb-9R4kKf9n8LNnVKWe are less than 1 hour away from Broadway’s Biggest Night; The 2015 Tony Awards Ceremony! Since the day they have been announced, many have been predicting who would walk away with this year’s top honor. However, Luner on Theatre holds an annual tradition of waiting to post our official predictions until the day of! Why you ask? We’ve been doing homework, research, viewing and more on all of this year’s nominated productions and performers! While we do have to admit we feel rather uncertain this year, simply because of just how good this season is, we are ready to share who we believe will walk away tonight with Broadway’s biggest honor. We’re diving in on the long-standing tradition of a prediction lists many fans, theatre goers and producers have made heading into tonight! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you our official 2015 Tony Awards Predictions!

Here are Luner on Theatre’s Official 2015 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 2015 Tony Award Predictions!

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And with that, Luner on Theatre is officially done it’s pre-ceremony Tony Time posts! All there is to do now is…EVERYTHING! Just because Broadway’s biggest night is coming to an end doesn’t mean our coverage is! Luner on Theatre will be bringing you a complete list of winners, photos, recaps from tonight’s ceremony and more as Broadway proudly celebrates the 2014-15 season tonight at Radio City Musical Hall! For complete coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website,Facebook Page orTwitterAnd 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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Luner on Theatre predicts An American In Paris will be Broadway's Big Winner!
Luner on Theatre predicts An American In Paris will be Broadway’s Big Winner!

Tony Time: 2015 Tony Award Wishes (Not Predictions)

tn-500_tony.jpg.pagespeed.ce.XwvPb-9R4kKf9n8LNnVKIt’s Tony Sunday! With less than 2 hours to go until Broadway’s biggest night, Luner on Theatre is bringing you two final exciting blog posts before the ceremony begins! But Luner on Theatre, what else can you possibly have to share in these brief hours before tonight’s award ceremony?! Our wish list and predictions of course! 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 2015. 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 2015 Tony Awards:

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Now they are probably a couple of things you’re looking at here going “But wait a minute Luner on Theatre!” Yes, we know. So allow us to explain. We’ve definitely tried to spread our love this season as we have seen so many of these nominated musicals and plays. Because to be honest, this season is just THAT good on Broadway. Of course though, we have fallen hard for some as opposed to others. The one thing we’d like to point out is our tie between Hand To God and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime in not one, but two categories. First for overall Best Play and the second for its leading actor Steven Boyer (Hand to God) and Alex Sharp (Curious Incident). Both of these productions are outstanding. Both of these gentleman are doing incredible work. Simply, we could not decide. I am glad not to be a Tony voter for this reason. The rest we shall allow you to decide your thoughts upon!

Stick with Luner on Theatre after The Tony Awards! Following Broadway’s biggest night, we will have all the winners, news, recaps, photos and much more! Stay tuned not only for post Tony Awards 2015 coverage but any exciting Broadway news that may emerge at this year’s ceremony! For complete coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official WebsiteFacebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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Luner on Theatre would love to see Something Rotten! win big Tonight!
Luner on Theatre would love to see Something Rotten! win big Tonight!

Tony Time: Nominations for Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Photos)

From a house in Pennsylvania to the streets of Paris, this season Broadway scenic designers truly outdid themselves as they brought to life the world these musicals transported us to. However, Broadway audiences only see the end product at what is the end of a very long road for this designer. The designer, who has begun months, sometime years in advance has worked to sketch, render, map out and even build a to scale model of the world they plan to take audiences to. We’re thrilled to bring you a special look at this, thanks to The Tony Awards & Playbill, with several sketches/models below for this season’s musicals. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting look at the musical scenic designs nominated for this year’s Tony Awards!

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David Rockwell – On the Twentieth Century
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Michael Yeargan – The King and I
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David Zinn – Fun Home
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions - An American in Paris
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions – An American in Paris

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees! Luner on Theatre has been lucky enough to check out most of these designs in person as well as several others, not mentioned here, that we believe truly brought Broadway to life this season. We hope you enjoy this rare look behind the scenes heading into this year’s ceremony! For complete coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website,Facebook Page orTwitterAnd 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: Nominations for Best Scenic Design of a Play (Photos)

From the world of Christopher’s mind to the court of King Henry VIII, Broadway scenic designers managed to outdo themselves this season in the play category bringing to life epic spectacle in a world much more contained than musical theatre. From revivals to new brand new works, plays on Broadway this season pushed scenic designers to the edge as they brought to life worlds both new and old equaling the playing field in a season filled with many notable hits. Much like our musical scenic design post, this post brings you a look at models, sketches, renderings which all happen before an audience ever sits in front of these sets in the theatre. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting look at the play scenic designs nominated for this year’s Tony Awards!

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David Rockwell – You Can’t Take It with You
Bob Crowley - Skylight
Bob Crowley – Skylight
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher Oram - Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Christopher Oram – Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Congratulations to this year’s nominees! Plays have truly pushed themselves to a new level this season between new and revival works asking the most of its designers. Audiences for several productions, some above and not listed, have audiences talking as they bring to life designs one would not typically expect for a Broadway play. I look forward to seeing this continue and grow in future seasons. For complete coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website,Facebook Page orTwitterAnd 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 Crucible Will Return to Broadway

CruciblecoverOne of the greatest American dramas of all time may be returning to Broadway. While Broadway currently features an incredible season of hit new plays including Hand To God and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, classic American dramas are a favorite of audiences and actors alike. We’ve been lucky to see some like The Glass Menagerie or Death Of A Salesman in recent years. But with the new Broadway season speeding up to us, were already looking to see what classics may return next season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Crucible will return to Broadway in 2016!

t100_rudinWhile an official announcement has yet to be made, the public learned today that producer Scott Rudin (Pictured Right) is planning to bring The Crucible back to Broadway in 2016. The news broke as an Actor’s Equity casting notice hit the web. According to the notice, the show will begin rehearsals in January 2016 with the first preview scheduled for February 29th, 2016. The show will play a limited engagement through July 17th, 2016.

OkonedoAt this time, no casting for the production has been announced. However, it is known that the roles of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge George Danforth and Rev. John Hale have already been cast. No director or specific theatre have been named either for the production. The Daily Mail reported in March that Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo (Pictured Left) would star in an upcoming New York production of The Crucible. Whether or not this is that production has yet to be confirmed. Luner on Theatre will be sure to provide an update once any of these details has become available to the public.

The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. The play follows the story of the Puritan town of Salem and the chaos that erupts following declarations of witchcraft. As fear and suspicion begin to spread, the town begins to unearth secrets of the past and long time resentments as they search to remove to axis of evil from their village. As the notice says itself, “When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.”

crucible-1953-posterThe production first bowed on Broadway, the same year it was written, in 1953 at the Martin Beck Theatre (Now the Al Hirschfeld). The show ran for a total of seven months beginning on January 22nd, 1953 and ending July 11th, 1953. Despite negative and hostile reviews for the original production, the play went on to win the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and quickly became a classic of American drama. While the New York Times did not enjoy the production, they raved about the piece of drama in itself. This can be seen on the original poster right. The Crucible was revived on Broadway just over a decade ago running from February 2002 through June 2002 at the Virginia Theatre (Now the August Wilson). The revival starred Liam Neeson as John Proctor.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on The Crucible‘s return to Broadway! As mentioned before, there has been no official announcement of confirmation at this time! However, we are expecting one soon for sure! As of this time, there is currently no website of social media for the potential Broadway bow of The Crucible so stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for more!  Until then, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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The Original Crucible on Broadway

 

Harbor Lights Theater Company Kicks Off 2015 Season with Broadway Shines Concert

D661_BroadwayShines_17x11_1prNew York City’s forgotten borough may soon be the place to see your next big theatre hit! Staten Island, which lays just 30 minutes across the harbor from Manhattan, is home to many theatre companies and arts organizations. However, one company is standing apart from others as they lay the ground work for Staten Island to become home to some serious regional theatre. The Harbor Lights Theater Company, founded in 2010, is bringing Broadway talent to the borough as the company stages theatrical productions for the community to experience. With five seasons already under their belt, the company is kicking off their sixth with an event holding true to their mission statement. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the Harbor Lights Theater Company will kick off it’s 2015 season with a one night only concert, Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights!

Music HallThe Harbor Lights Theater Company will officially kick off their 2015 season with a one night only concert, Broadway Shines at Harbor Lights! The concert, which will be an evening of song and dance, will take place on June 5th, 2015 in the Music Hall (Pictured Right) at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens. The performance begins at 8 PM.

Hugh-Panaro-vocalist-200x300The cast of Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights ranges from Broadway talent to television favorites. Leading the cast are Tony Award nominees John Herrera and Larry Marshall alongside Emmy Award nominee Kathy Brier, Les Miserables’ J. Mark McVey, Phantom of the Opera’s Hugh Panaro (Pictured Left), Newsies’ Tommy Bracco, Wicked’s Kristy Cates, Chicago’s Christine Bokhour as well as Broadway veteran and Bob Fosse assistant Mimi Quillin. Michael McIIwee, Sarah Blodgette and Evy Ortiz round out the cast.

Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights will be directed by Stephen Nachamie, who most recently directed West Side Story for Harbor Lights in the Fall. The performance is set to include selections from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Newsies, Wicked, West Side Story and many more!

logoThe Harbor Lights Theater Company is the first professional Equity theatre company in Staten Island’s history. The company, which was founded in 2010, is dedicated to “illuminating the human experience” through the highest quality, professional theatrical productions  and educational outreach on the borough of Staten Island in New York City. The company has found its home at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens and has produced 16 productions there over the course of five seasons. In its past five seasons, Harbor Lights has presented 85 Broadway professionals which include Tony, Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, drama Desk and Obie Award winning and nominated artists.

Join the Harbor Lights Theater Company as they kick off their 2015 season with the spectacular one night only, Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights! This exciting evening of song and dance is sure to set the bar high as Harbor Lights begins another spectacular season of theatre on Staten Island! Click to purchase tickets for Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights! Stay tuned to Luner on Theatre as we bring you more Harbor Lights coverage of their 2015 season as it continues! For more information, visit The Harbor Lights Theater Company’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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Penn & Teller Take Over The Marquis Theatre (Photos)

Magic returns to Broadway this summer as the infamous Penn & Teller return to New York City and hit Broadway for the first time in 20 years! The duo, who is known around the world for their tricks and illusions, currently reside at the The Rio in Las Vegas and have for the past 14 years bringing magic to Vegas audiences night after night! Click to read Luner on Theatre’s Penn & Teller Return to Broadway announcement! However this summer, the pair is headed east and returning to Broadway bringing to life what is sure to be a special and excellent addition to the 2015-16 Broadway season!  Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting first look at Penn & Teller on Broadway taking over the Marquis Theatre!

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Penn & Teller’s return to Broadway is a strictly limited engagement of 6 weeks only! The show will run at the Marquis Theatre from July 7th through August 16th! Don’t miss your chance to experience some of the world’s greatest magicians back in New York for the first time in over a decade! Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as these mesmerizing magicians make their way back to New York City! For more information, visit Penn & Teller on Broadway’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter (Penn) or (Teller)And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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