Posts Tagged ‘Broadway’

2010 Tony Awards

15th June 2010

The winners of this year’s Tony Awards were announced on Sunday.

Here are some of the category short-lists and winners (in bold):

Best Play

  • In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl
  • Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
  • Red by John Logan
  • Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies

Best Musical

  • American Idiot
  • Fela!
  • Memphis
  • Million Dollar Quartet

Best Book of a Musical

  • Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott for Everyday Rapture
  • Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones for Fela!
  • Joe DiPietro for Memphis
  • Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux for Million Dollar Quartet

Best Revival of a Play

  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig
  • The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Finian’s Rainbow
  • La Cage aux Folles
  • A Little Night Music
  • Ragtime

Broadway Revenue Up, Audience Down

8th June 2010

According to The Stage Broadway theatres reported a drop in their audiences in 2009/10, but ticket revenue increased by 1.5%.

The just-completed Broadway 2009/10 theatre season yielded $1.02 billion at the box office, according to statistics released by The Broadway League, the national trade organization for the Broadway industry. Broadway also recorded a total attendance of 11.89 million during this period, which officially began on May 25, 2009 and ended on May 23, 2010.

Total grosses rose 1.5%, up from $1 billion for the 2008/9 season, while total audience attendance was down 3.0% (from 12.25 million) during that same period, according to the League’s figures. It should be noted that these totals are what the organisation considers “absolute numbers;” ones which could be confirmed, and which do not factor in estimates. This process became necessary due to the Broadway musical Young Frankenstein, which ran from October 11, 2007 through January 4, 2009 and which did not release any official box office figures.

In a statement, League executive director Charlotte St, Martin explained that “[u]sing the numbers we know, grosses were up 1.5% over last season. However, if we factor in estimated figures for Young Frankenstein which ran 32 weeks in 2008/9, we could be down slightly this season-perhaps as much as 1.0% in grosses. In any case, we are thrilled that even in this current economic climate, our numbers are strong thanks to the vibrancy of this season’s offerings.”

Moylan Suggests Broadway Model

27th May 2010

The Stage reports that Irish Arts Council chair Pat Moylan called on the Irish government to copy the example of Broadway as a means of creating jobs and promoting economic recovery.

She told a parliamentary committee discussing the Irish unemployment crisis that Broadway supports 44,000 local jobs and contributes $5.1bn a year to the New York economy. “I am not saying that Dublin should seek to recreate Broadway to scale,” she explained. “Instead, we should be taking what we can from this model and applying it to maximum economic advantage.”

That meant recognising the potential for employment that exists in theatre and supporting its development through investment. Tourism would be an immediate beneficiary from following the Broadway model, she said. Some 63% of all Broadway tickets were bought by tourists and many people regarded seeing a show on Broadway as “an integral part of a New York visit”.

Marketing and promotion of cultural offerings played a role in that, and could be a major tourism driver. “I would like to see our culture develop to the point where a visit to the theatre was part and parcel of a visit to Dublin, whatever the weather,” she told the committee.

“There is an opportunity for Ireland to develop our theatre offering significantly. “We have the talent, the writers and the ambition. What we need is the will to make it happen.”

Outer Critics Circle 2010

25th May 2010

Outer Critics CircleOuter Critics Circle is the official organisation of writers on the New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway, and at the weekend they announced the winners of their annual awards.

The entire list is available at their web site, but here are the categories that will be of most interest to our members. Those in bold are the winners in their categories.

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Next Fall written by Geoffrey Nauffts
* Red, written by John Logan
Superior Donuts, written by Tracy Letts
Time Stands Still, written by Donald Margulies

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
American Idiot
Come Fly Away
Fela!
* Memphis
Sondheim on Sondheim

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris
* The Orphans’ Home Cycle, written by Horton Foote
The Pride, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell
The Temperamentals written by Jon Marans

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
* Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
* The Scottsboro Boys
Tin Pan Alley Rag
Yank!

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
* Fences, written by August Wilson
Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig
The Royal Family, written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
A View From the Bridge, written by Arthur Miller

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
* La Cage aux Folles
Finian’s Rainbow
A Little Night Music
Promises, Promises

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
John Logan for Red
Jon Marans for The Temperamentals
* Geoffrey Nauffts for Next Fall
Bruce Norris for Clybourne Park