Wagner College Theatre Announces 2015-16 Season

Wagner_College_-_Theatre_Department_4_313561As the Wagner College Theatre 2014-15 season comes to an end, the department is already looking to next season and the productions it is set to produce as another school year begins! One might not expect to find one of the nation’s best college theatre departments on the small college campus located in Staten Island in New York City. However, with countless alums moving on work in professional settings around the country and in New York City, this college theatre department is putting Wagner College on the map. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre has proudly announced its 2015-16 season!

Wagner College is a private liberal arts college located in Grymes Hill on Staten Island in New York City. The college is home to the nationally recognized Wagner College Theatre Department. Each year, the program ranks in the Top 5 Best College Theatre Programs in the nation via The Princeton Review. This past year, the program ranked #1 at the top of the list. The program produces alumni, in both its performance and technical concentration, that go on to perform in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and internationally.

CATS runs on the Main Stage through May 3rd!

Spamalot-294-XLThe Wagner College Theatre department produces eight productions a year with four in two separate venues. Four of these shows take place in the Main Stage Theatre while the other four take place in the Stage One Studio Theatre. The Main Stage is typically home to the larger productions which are usually musicals. Occasionally, Wagner has produced a play or dance concert on the main stage before. The Stage One Studio Theatre is for much smaller productions. This is typically where the straight plays and smaller dance works take place. This past season, Wagner presented Hello, Dolly! (Pictured Below), Merrily We Roll Along and Spamalot (Pictured Above Right) on the Main Stage while presenting The Thugs, Stop Kiss, The Dance Project 2015 and The 8th Wonder Of The World in Stage One.

The following shows have been announced for the 2015-16 Main Stage Season:

  • Damn Yankees (Running September 30th – October 11th)
  • The Most Happy Fella (Running November 18th – 22nd & December 2nd – 6th)
  • Iolanthe (Running February 24th – March 6th)
  • A Chorus Line (Running April 13th – April 24th)

The following shows have been announced for the 2015-16 Stage One Season:

  • The Dutchman (Running October 6th – October 11th)
  • The Tempest (Running December 1st – December 6th)
  • Commedia Dell’Arte (Running March 1st – March 6th)
  • The Dance Project (Running April 19th – April 24th)

Luner on Theatre plans to bring you news of casting, creative teams and more for the Wagner College Theatre season once they are announced!

achoruslineOf course we’re excited about the Wagner College Theatre upcoming season! From Shakespeare to Broadway classics, the season looks to be highly promising with another set of well-known productions hitting the stage! The first half of the Main Stage season sticks to 1950’s musical theatre with Damn Yankees and The Most Happy Fella. The spring semester on the Main Stage kicks off with Iolanthe, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta first produced in 1882 in London, before moving to arguably one of the greatest musicals ever written about theatre, A Chorus Line. A diverse range of productions while the Stage One Studio season ranges form Shakespeare to a Commedia Dell’Arte work. The Dance Project is also slated to return to Stage One which is annual showcase for some of the department’s exceptionally talented dancers. All very promising!

Luner on Theatre will bring you coverage of Wagner College Theatre’s 2015-16 season as it unfolds! We’re looking forward to bringing you coverage of Wagner’s season ranging from casting news to photos of the productions! For more information, visit theDrama League Award’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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Grounded (Photos)

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway hits the New York stage in an unforgettable theatrical event. With the world at war, Grounded looks at the middle ground between the moral costs on humans on war in an age of astonishing military technology. The show looks at the life of a female fighter pilot dispatched to the Middle East whose career comes to an unexpected end. As she begins to life a normal life, she finds difficulty in adjusting to family life in America. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at Grounded Off-Broadway starring Anne Hathaway!

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Grounded is currently in previews at The Anspacher Theater at The Public Theatre Off-Broadway. The show officially opens this Sunday, April 26th, 2015. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor. Don’t miss your chance to see Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway hit the stage in New York and experience a story more important now than ever before. With the world at war, this is a story we must not only discuss but experience. Thank you to Joan Marcus for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit The Public Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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2015 Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced

DramaDeskAwardYou get an award! You get an award! Everybody gets an award! Well…not really! Another set of nominations for awards for the New York theatre 2014-15 season have hit the press! We’re excited to continue bringing you nonstop coverage of the exciting nominations as they roll out!  Just like previous awards announced this week, these honor the best of the best both on Broadway and Off! While many say Broadway is where it’s at, an Off-Broadway contender has once again upset the list coming in with the most nominations! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting list of nominations for the 2015 Drama Desk Awards!

The Drama Desk Awards are presented each year to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway shows all competing together in a variety of categories. First presented in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards are considered to be some of the most important in theatre being voted on by theatre critics, editors and reporters consisting of over 140 people. The award not only recognizes continuous success for people established in the business but also helps to recognize newcomers.

Here is a full list of the 2015 nominees:

Outstanding Play
Clare Barron, You Got Older
Lisa D’Amour, Airline Highway
Anthony Giardina, The City of Conversation 
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy
Elizabeth Irwin, My Manãna Comes
Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jack Thorne, Let the Right One In 

Outstanding Musical
An American in Paris
Hamilton
Fly By Night
Pretty Filthy
Something Rotten
The Visit

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
Ghosts
The Iceman Cometh
Tamburlaine the Great
The Wayside Motor Inn

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Into the Woods
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Pageant
Side Show

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Bill Pullman, Sticks and Bones
Alexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Brooke Bloom, You Got Older
Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the Woods
Kristin Griffith, The Fatal Weakness 
Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Jeremy Kushnier, Atomic
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland
Ryan Silverman, Side Show 

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, John & Jen
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Erin Davie, Side Show
Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
F. Murray Abraham, It’s Only a Play
Reed Birney, You Got Older
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Jonathan Hadary, Rocket to the Moon
Jason Butler Harner, The Village Bike
Jonathan Hogan, Pocatello
José Joaquin Perez, My Mañana Comes

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Beth Dixon, The City of Conversation
Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It with You
Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, To the Bone
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Julie White, Airline Highway

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Peter Friedman, Fly By Night
Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Carolee Carmello, Finding Neverland
Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
Elizabeth A. Davis, Allegro
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Luba Mason, Pretty Filthy
Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas
Elizabeth Stanley, On the Town

Outstanding Director of a Play
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Anne Kauffman, You Got Older
Lila Neugebauer, The Wayside Motor Inn
Austin Pendleton, Between Riverside and Crazy
Joe Tantalo, Deliverance
John Tiffany, Let the Right One In

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Carolyn Cantor, Fly By Night
Bill Condon, Side Show
John Doyle, The Visit
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Choreography 
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century
Steven Hoggett, The Last Ship
Austin McCormick, Rococo Rouge
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Music
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
John Kander, The Visit
Dave Malloy, Ghost Quartet
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Sting, The Last Ship

Outstanding Lyrics
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Fred Ebb, The Visit
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree, Found
Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
Craig Lucas, An American in Paris
Terence McNally, The Visit
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, & Michael Mitnick, Fly By Night

Outstanding Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, An American in Paris
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Allegro
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship
Don Sebesky, Larry Blank, Jason Robert Brown, & Charlie Rosen, Honeymoon in Vegas

Outstanding Music in a Play
Cesar Alvarez, An Octoroon
Danny Blackburn & Bryce Hodgson, Deliverance
Sean Cronin, Kill Me Like You Mean It
Bongi Duma, Generations
Freddi Price, The Pigeoning
Arthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the Great

Outstanding Revue
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!
Just Jim Dale
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Lonesome Traveler

Outstanding Set Design
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Christine Jones, Let The Right One In
David Korins, Hamilton
Mimi Lien, An Octoroon
Scott Pask, The Visit
Daniel Zimmerman, Fashions for Men

Outstanding Costume Design
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Andrea Varga, The Fatal Weakness
Catherine Zuber, Gigi

Outstanding Lighting Design
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable & David Plater, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Maruti Evans, Deliverance
Natasha Katz, The Iceman Cometh
Ben Stanton, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Projection Design 
59 Productions, An American in Paris
Roger Hanna & Price Johnston, Donogoo
Darrel Maloney, Found
Peter Nigrini, Our Lady of Kibeho
Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Austin Switser, Big Love

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Peter Hylenski, Side Show
Scott Lehrer, The King & I
Scott Lehrer & Drew Levy, Honeymoon in Vegas
Brian Ronan, The Last Ship
Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton
Jon Weston, An American in Paris

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Nathan Davis, The Other Mozart
Ien Denio, Deliverance
Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Gareth Fry, Let the Right One In
John Gromada, Lives of the Saints
Matt Tierney, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Solo Performance
Christina Bianco, Application Pending
Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing
Tom Dugan, Wiesenthal
Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Joely Richardson, The Belle of Amherst
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Unique Theatrical Experience
Catch Me!
Everybody Gets Cake
The Human Symphony
Queen of the Night
A Rap Guide to Religion

visitbway01_444_322Congratulations to the 2015 nominees of the Drama Desk Awards! off-Broadway’s Hamilton (Pictured Below) took the top spot scoring 13 nominations, the most of any other production nominated! Meanwhile, Broadway ruled the rest of the list while An American In Paris scored 12 nominations, Something Rotten! scored 9 nominations and The Visit (Pictured Above Right) nabbed 7. Some we have noticed is that An American In Paris, Something Rotten and The Visit have been the top 3 Broadway shows to consistently score top nominations in the musical field so far of the award nominations announced. While we are still days away from the 2015 Tony Award nominations, this is an important trend to notice! We are most definitely looking forward to seeing who the actual Tony nominations nominate! Today is OFFICIALLY the last day of the 2014-15 season so we’re closer than ever! Hang in their folks!

The 2015 Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place May 31st, 2015 at 8 PM at The Town Hall located in Midtown Manhattan. The ceremony will be hosted Tony Award winner Laura Benanti! Nominees will receive their certificates at a reception on May 6th at New World Stages. Visit Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Page for full coverage! For more information, visit The Drama Desk Awards Official WebsiteAnd 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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Wagner College Theatre Presents CATS

CatsMusicalLogoMeow! Jellicle cats come out tonight as Wagner College Theatre will kick off performances for its final Main Stage production of its 2014-15 season! A musical sensation, CATS changed the world of musical theatre forever when it premiered in London during the 1980’s. The production eventually made its way to America running on Broadway for over a decade. Now a popular production of regional theaters, universities and high schools, the Princeton Review’s #1 ranked theatre program takes a jab at this pillar of musical theatre. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre officially opens CATS tonight!

CATS is a musical that features music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot, tells the story of an annual gathering ofJellicle cats who select one cat to ascent to the Heaviside layer. While the musical’s best known tune is the beloved “Memory”, the musical also features hits such as “The Rum Tum Tugger”, “Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser”, “Skimbleshanks” and the well known “Jellicle Ball”.

Wagner_College_-_Theatre_Department_4_313561Wagner College Theatre’s CATS is the final production of the departments 2014-15 Main Stage season! The show runs April 22nd through April 25th with a second week running April 29th through May 3rd. All performances are at 8 PM with a 2 PM matinée on April 25th and May 2nd. There is only a 2 PM matinée on May 3rd. Previously on the Main Stage this season, the department presented Hello, Dolly!, Merrily We Roll Along and Monty Python’s Spamalot!

11130307_810322585715928_2944010671690762737_oCATS at Wagner College is one of the largest productions ever to be mounted by the nationally recognized theatre department. The production includes over 40 cast members. Those include Nicole Amato as Silabub, Nick Barakos as Quaxo, Becca Barrett as Jennyanydots, Zach Berteletti as Mungojerrie, Brad Cashman as Old Deuteronomy, Jacob Cowan as Alonzo, Stephon Font-Toomer as Macavity, Sam Forin as Bustopher Jones, Rachel Houser as Grizabella, TJ Lamando as Skimbleshanks, Ryann Lillis as Silabub, Chelsea Loesel as Etcetera, Jake Tyler Marks as Pouncival, Alexis Marquardt as Exotica, Joe O’Malley as Gus the Theatre Cat, Lisa Jeanne Peterson as Bombalurina, Emma Pittman as Victoria, Jonathan Quigley as Mr. Mistofelees, Jason Rath as Rum Tum Tugger, Alec Reiss as Tantomile, Tyler Roberts as Rumpus Cat, Maria Salerno as Demeter, Sydni Session as Cassandra, Mari Skoultchi as Rumpleteazer, Daniela Sottile as ‘matinee’ Grizabella, Joshua Sottile as Munkustrap, Kelly Swint as Coricopat, Clint Maddox Thompson as Plato, Megan Viglione as Jellylorum and Julia Weber as Electra.

Swings for the production include Tom Althoff, Addi Berry, Jeanine Bruen, Serina Figueris, Matt Healy, Kyle Johnson, Stephen Kallas, Sabrina Kalman, Jeff Mills, Natalie Schaffer, Mackenzie Shay and John Tucker.

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rustyheadshotWagner College Theatre’s Head of Dance, Rusty Curcio (Pictured Right), directs and choreographs the production. Maggie Marino Pitts (WCT Class of 2007) also choreographs with musical direction by James Higgins. The rest of the creative team includes Richard Kendrick as scenic designer, Vicki Neal as lighting designer, Kurt Alger as costume designer and Richard Kroth as sound designer. Brian Strumwasser provides makeup and wig design. KT Sanders is production stage manager.

52166_810324259049094_3387669942372974410_oWagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review each year. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #1 in the nation. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces eight productions a year with four on the Main Stage and four in the Stage One Studio. Stay tuned as Luner on Theatre will be one of the first to announce the 2015-16 Wagner College Theatre Season! We will be bringing that to you very soon!

Tonight is Opening Night for Wagner College Theatre’s production of CATS! Don’t delay in getting your tickets for this production as they are going fast! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. Thank you to Karen O’Donnell for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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2015 Drama League Award Nominations Announced

content_awards_1We really weren’t kidding when we said ready, set, awards! Less than 24 hours after the Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced, we have a brand new set of nominations for the 2015 awards season! Just like the Outer Critics Circle, these awards honor both Broadway and Off-Broadway! Tony Award winner Cherry Jones and Denis O’Hare announced the nominations for the Drama League Awards this morning! With the second set of nominations in for the season, we are already beginning to look at the trends this awards season may hold. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting list of nominations for the 2015 Drama League Awards!

The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical awards in American history. The awards were first given out in 1922 and officially were recognized in 1935. The awards honors new productions as a whole for plays and musicals in both the new and revival categories. There is also a celebration with some of Broadway’s most celebrated artists from performers to choreographers to directors and beyond. There are also several awards major awards given out for distinguished achievement. These are the only major theatre awards given out in America by the general public, Drama League, who attend both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows annually.

Here is a full list of the 2015 nominees:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION 
OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

The Audience
By Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Between Riverside and Crazy
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Atlantic Theater Company/Second Stage Theatre

Bootycandy
By Robert O’Hara
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Playwrights Horizons

Constellations
By Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Manhattan Theatre Club/The Royal Court Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Hand to God
By Robert Askins
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Booth Theatre

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Benson
Soho Rep/Theatre for a New Audience

Punk Rock
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Trip Cullman
MCC Theater

Scenes from a Marriage
By Ingmar Bergman
Adapted by Emily Mann
Directed by Ivo van Hove
New York Theatre Workshop

Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
By Hilary Mantel, Adapted by Mike Poulton
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Winter Garden Theatre

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL
OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Big Love
By Charles Mee
Directed by Tina Landau
Signature Theatre Company

The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
Booth Theatre

The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Music Box Theatre

The Iceman Cometh
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Robert Falls
Brooklyn Academy of Music

It’s Only a Play
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Skylight
By David Hare
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Golden Theatre

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
By Christopher Marlowe
Edited and Directed by Michael Boyd
Theatre for a New Audience

This Is Our Youth
By Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Cort Theatre

You Can’t Take It with You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Longacre Theatre
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION
OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

An American in Paris
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Craig Lucas
Directed by Christopher Wheeldon
Palace Theatre

Finding Neverland
Book by James Graham, Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Directed by Diane Paulus
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Sam Gold
Circle in the Square Theatre

Ghost Quartet
Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Directed by Annie Tippe
The McKittrick Hotel

Hamilton
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
The Public Theater

It Shoulda Been You
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music and Concept by Barbara Anselmi
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
St. James Theatre

The Visit
Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by John Doyle
Lyceum Theatre
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL
OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Allegro
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by John Doyle
Classic Stage Company

Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
Roundabout Theatre Company

The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Lincoln Center Theatre

On The Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden andAdolph Green
Directed by John Rando
Lyric Theatre

On The Twentieth Century
Book and Lyrics by Better Comden and Adolph Green, Music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Roundabout Theatre Company

When it comes to the Distinguished Performance Award, nominees can only receive this award once during their career on stage. However, they can be nominated multiple times if they do not win.

NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Usman AllyThe Invisible Hand
Christian BorleSomething Rotten!
Steven BoyerHand to God
Sterling K. BrownFather Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
Michael CerverisFun Home
Kristin ChenowethOn The Twentieth Century
Bradley CooperThe Elephant Man
Leanne CopeAn American in Paris
Jim DaleJust Jim Dale
Tyne DalyIt Shoulda Been You
Daveed DiggsHamilton
Robert FairchildAn American in Paris
Renee FlemingLiving on Love
Kelsey GrammerFinding Neverland
Jake GyllenhaalConstellations
Stephen McKinley HendersonBetween Riverside and Crazy
Lisa HowardIt Shoulda Been You
Brian D’Arcy JamesSomething Rotten!
Rebecca Naomi JonesBig Love
Cush JumboJosephine and I, The River
Andy KarlOn The Twentieth Century
Judy KuhnFun Home
Lesley Manville, Ghosts
Jan MaxwellThe City of Conversation
Richard McCabeThe Audience
Rob McClureHoneymoon in Vegas
Ewan McGregorThe Real Thing
Ben MilesWolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Ruthie Ann MilesThe King and I
Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton
Helen MirrenThe Audience
Matthew MorrisonFinding Neverland
Elisabeth MossThe Heidi Chronicles
Carey MulliganSkylight
Tam MutuDoctor Zhivago
Bill NighySkylight
Kelli O’HaraThe King and I
Nathaniel ParkerWolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Bryce PinkhamThe Heidi Chronicles
Roger ReesThe Visit
Chita RiveraThe Visit
Alexander SharpThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Douglas SillsLiving on Love
John Douglas ThompsonTamburlaine, Parts I and II, The Iceman Cometh
Julie WhiteAirline Highway
Ruth WilsonConstellations
Tony YazbeckOn The Town

hc-review-visit-pic1-0805-20140804Congratulations to the 2015 Drama League Award nominees! The Drama League Awards are a very unique set of awards. That is that the awards combine both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and present more nominations than most other awards allot. The Drama League’s Awards are also unique in the sense that they nominate dozens of Broadway performers for their performance award but only award one individual per season. This is one award that usually remains up in the air until the moment it is announced. This season, there is no shortage of talent in the performer category with legends such as Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, Kelli O’Hara, Jan Maxwell and Tyne Daly nominated while alongside newcomers such as Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rob McClure to name just a few. Several new productions such as An American In Paris (Pictured Below), The Visit (Pictured Above Right) and Something Rotten saw their second nomination for best musical today!

The 2015 Drama League Awards will be celebrated at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on May 15th at noon! The event includes a nominee cocktail reception and star-studded luncheon ceremony where the winners will be announced.  Visit Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Page for full coverage! For more information, visit the Drama League Award’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations Announced

occReady…set…AWARDS! It’s the week leading up to the 2015 Tony Awards nominations which means the New York theatre community should prepare itself for an overload of recognition! First up is a set of awards that recognizes the best of the best for the Broadway and Off-Broadway community! The New York theatre community is beginning to see who will become the standout productions in a blockbuster season packed with hits. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that the 2015 Outer Critics Circle nominations have been announced!

The Outer Critics Circle Awards  is celebrating its 65th year of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre. The members of the committee are associated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet and theatrical publications not only in America but also worldwide.The awards are presented for both achievement in both Off-Broadway and Broadway productions.

Here is a full list of the 2015 Nominees:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Audience
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
An American in Paris
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Between Riverside and Crazy
The City of Conversation
The Nether
Rasheeda Speaking
The Village Bike

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
A Christmas Memory
Disenchanted
The Fortress of Solitude
Hamilton
Lonesome Traveler

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
The Heidi Chronicles
Skylight
You Can’t Take It With You

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Into the Woods
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Side Show

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Stephen Daldry The Audience
Marianne Elliott The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis The Elephant Man
Scott Ellis You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Scott Ellis On the Twentieth Century
Thomas Kail Hamilton
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been You
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Joshua Bergasse On the Town
Andy Blankenbuehler Hamilton
Warren Carlyle On the Twentieth Century
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Bunny Christie The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley An American in Paris
Scott Pask Something Rotten!
David Rockwell On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan The King and I

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley The Audience
William Ivey Long On the Twentieth Century
Christopher Oram Wolf Hall
Catherine Zuber The King and I

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Paule Constable The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeff Croiter Something Rotten!
Rick Fisher The Audience
Natasha Katz An American in Paris
Japhy Weideman The Visit

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles Wolf Hall
Alex Sharp The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Greta Gerwig The Village Bike
Jan Maxwell The City of Conversation
Helen Mirren The Audience
Elisabeth Moss The Heidi Chronicles
Tonya Pinkins Rasheeda Speaking

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle Something Rotten!
Brian d’Arcy James Something Rotten!
Robert Fairchild An American in Paris
Peter Gallagher On the Twentieth Century
Tony Yazbeck On the Town

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kristin Chenoweth On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope An American in Paris
Tyne Daly It Shoulda Been You
Kelli O’Hara The King and I
Chita Rivera The Visit

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Paul Jesson Wolf Hall
Richard McCabe The Audience
Alessandro Nivola The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker Wolf Hall
Bryce Pinkham The Heidi Chronicles

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Annaleigh Ashford You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson The Elephant Man
Francesca Faridany The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Julie Halston You Can’t Take It With You
Lydia Leonard Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Cariani Something Rotten!
Josh Grisetti It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl On the Twentieth Century
Paul Alexander Nolan Doctor Zhivago
Max von Essen An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Heidi Blickenstaff Something Rotten!
Victoria Clark Gigi
Megan Fairchild On the Town
Ruthie Ann Miles The King and I
Mary Louise Wilson On the Twentieth Century

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Joe Assadourian The Bullpen
Jim Dale Just Jim Dale
Tom Dugan Wiesenthal
Cush Jumbo Josephine and I
Benjamin Scheuer The Lion

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Ayad Akhtar The Invisible Hand
Halley Feiffer I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Elizabeth Irwin My Mañana Comes
Markus Potter Stalking the Bogeyman
Benjamin Scheuer The Lion

OTTC_prod11Congratulations to all of those nominated for the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards! What a great start to the 2015 awards season! Leading the pack is the highly praised Something Rotten! despite having not even officially opened yet. The production scored 12 nominations, the most of any this season. The Roundabout revival of On The Twentieth Century came in second scoring nine nominations while An American In Paris rounded out the top three with eight nominations itself! If you’re wondering about the absence of two huge Broadway newcomers, Fun Home and Hand To God, you are not wrong. However, both productions premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 and were eligible for that awards season knocking them out of this years. It should also be noted the Broadway bound Hamilton scored five nominations in major categories such as Best Score, Best Book and Best Off-Broadway Musical. It is important to note that while none of these awards ultimately prove who will ended up with a Tony Award nomination or walk home with an actual award, they are still incredibly important to follow. There is a trend among all of these awards and it is something important to follow if you’re one to see who will end up with recognition at the end of this season. We’d also like to stress the importance in each awards on it’s own. While the Tony Award is the highest achievement for American musical theatre, all of these awards are equally important in the long run of recognition.

The 2015 Outer Critics Cricle Awards winners will be announced on May 11th, 2015! A Gala Awards Dinner for all involved will be held on May 21st at Sardi’s. So who will take home the top prize? Stay tuned as the New York theatre awards season explodes as we bring you the 2015 Outer Critics Circle winners and more! Visit our Awards Season Page for full coverage of the 2015 season winners and nominees! For more information, visit the Outer Critics Circle Awards Official WebsiteAnd 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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Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Photos)

Off with their heads! A brand new epic double-bill production comes to Broadway direct from an acclaimed West End debut! Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, originally billed as Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, tells the story of King Henry VIII and just about everything he is known for. From lacking the power to produce an heir to just how far he will go to keep the crown, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 drops the audience in the royal hall and back to England to experience this story firsthand. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 on Broadway!

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Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 is now officially in performances on Broadway! The show is currently play at the Winter Garden Theatre for strictly limited engagement of 15 weeks only through July 5th, 2015! The production is directed by Jeremy Herrin. The production was also recognized last week during the 2015 Olivier Awards in London winning several awards. Thank you to Johan Persson for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Wolf Hall’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd 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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