HAMLET, Starring Oscar Isaac, Keegan-Michael Key, Roberta Colindrez, Peter Friedman, Gayle Rankin, Matthew Saldívar and Anatol Yusef,  Kicks off Previews at The Public Theater tonight

Oscar Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

The Public Theater’s production of Hamlet featuring Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac as the tormented Danish Prince, begins previews tonight, June 20, and runs through Sunday, September 3 in the Anspacher Theater, with an official press opening on Thursday, July 13.Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs.

Oscar Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Oscar Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Hamlet features Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz); Peter Friedman (Polonius); Oscar Isaac (Hamlet); Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio); Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger); Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern); and Anatol Yusef (Laertes). Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

“Oscar Isaac starred in the first show I produced at the Delacorte, Two Gents in the summer of 2005. His Romeo two years later was more proof of his brilliance,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Sam Gold’s production of Fun Home was one of the most extraordinary directorial feats I’ve ever produced. The prospect of the two of them collaborating on what is arguably the greatest play ever written is joyous.”

Oscar Isaac returns to The Public in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare’s eternal drama. Isaac is the prince caught between thought and action, anger and anguish as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by his murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor’s wrong or taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater’s most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption-of the state and of the soul.

Hamlet features scenic design by David Zinn; costume design by Kaye Voyce; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Bray Poor; and musical direction, composition, and performance by cellist Ernst Reijseger.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Sam Gold (Director) directed Fun Home for The Public, as well as the Broadway transfer, earning him a Tony Award. Fun Home is currently on its national tour. His recent credits include Othello (NYTW); The Flick (Barrow Street, Playwrights Horizons, Royal National Theater London, Lortel nomination); The Glass Menagerie (Toneelgroepe Amsterdam); John (Signature Theater; Obie Award, Drama Desk Nomination); The Mystery of Love & Sex (Lincoln Center Theater); The Village Bike (MCC); The Realistic Joneses (Broadway, Yale Rep, CT Critics Circle Award); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination); Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Award); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout, Lortel nomination); Seminar (Broadway, Ahmanson LA); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk nomination, Obie Award); The Aliens(Rattlestick, Obie Award). He is a resident director at Roundabout Theatre Company. Training: Juilliard.

Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz) recently appeared at The Public in Fun Home, as well as on Broadway, in the Public Lab production, and at the Sundance Lab. Her theater credits include Mala Hierba at Second Stage Uptown; and she is a writer, performer, and director for New York Neo-Futurists. Her film and television credits include Birdman, Devon in “I Love Dick” on Amazon, Tako in “Girls,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Gotham.”

Peter Friedman (Polonius). His New York Theater credits include Her Requiem, The Nether, Jacuzzi, Fly By Night, The Open House, The Hatmaker’s Wife, End Days, Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, Uncle Vanya, The Shaggs, After the Revolution, The Great God Pan, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Heidi Chronicles, Ragtime, The Common Pursuit, A Soldier’s Play, and a Nightingale Sang…, The Loman Family Picnic, Twelve Angry Men. His film and television credits include The Savages, Safe, Single White Female, The Messenger, Breaking Upwards, Love and Other Drugs, “The Muppet Show,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” “The Affair,” “High Maintenance,” and “The Path.”

Oscar Isaac (Hamlet) appeared at The Public as Romeo in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet and as Proteus in Two Gentleman of Verona. Additionally, he has appeared on the stage in Grace at MCC, directed by Joe Hardy; Beauty of the Father at MTC, directed by Michael Greif; and We Live Here at MTC, directed by Sam Gold. He gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe nomination, and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Male Lead” for Inside Llewyn Davis. Isaac went on to receive a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film” and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for “Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries” for his role in HBO’s “Show Me A Hero.” Most recently he starred as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and can be seen in the next episode, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His additional recent credits include A Most Violent Year, for which he earned the National Board of Review Award for “Best Actor”; Ex Machina; X-Men: Apocalyse. He recently finished filming The Promise with Christian Bale and Annihilation with Natalie Portman.

Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio) is an Emmy and Peabody-Award winning actor, writer, and creator best known for his role as co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.” He is making his New York Theater debut with Hamlet at The Public. He was recently seen on film in Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice and in 20th Century Fox’s holiday comedy Why Him? opposite Bryan Cranston and James Franco. Key is currently in production on Shane Black’s The Predator. He will next be seen in Joe Swanberg’s film Win It All, premiering on Netflix on March 24. He has also lent his vocal talents to such films as Storks and Angry Birds and will be heard in the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star. His additional upcoming roles include Nick Stoller’s Netflix series “Friends from College,” and his other TV credits include six seasons on “MadTV,” “Playing House,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Gary Unmarried.” Key was named among Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2014” and Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year of 2012.” He is a veteran of Detroit and Chicago’s The Second City Theater, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Detroit-Mercy, and his Master of Fine Arts in Theater from Pennsylvania State University.

Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger) has previously appeared in The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew directed by Phyllida Lloyd. She will soon be seen in the highly anticipated Netflix original series “Glow,” created by Jenji Kohan of “Orange Is the New Black” and the Noah Baumbach film Yeh Din Ka Kissa. New York Theatre credits include Fraulein Cost in Cabaret on Broadway, directed by Sam Mendes; Tribes at the Barrow Street Theatre, directed by David Cromer; and The Mystery of Love & Sex at Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Sam Gold. Rankin is a graduate of Juilliard, Group 40.

MATTHEW SALDÍVAR (Guildenstern) is currently playing Tony Cavendish in Rachel Chavkin’s production of The Royal Family. He played Hermes in Ms. Chavkin’s production of Hadestown at New York Theater Workshop. Other recent credits include Daphne’s Dive at Signature Theater directed by Thomas Kail and MTC’s Important Hats of the 20th Century directed by Moritz Von Stulpnagel. Broadway credits include Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Act One, Honeymoon In Vegas, Streetcar…, Grease, and The Wedding Singer.

Anatol Yusef (Laertes). His stage work encompasses a range of productions both in the U.K. and U.S. Shakespeare roles include extensive work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, and the titular role in Richard III. Best known for playing Meyer Lansky on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the U.K.’s acclaimed Channel 4 mini-series “Southcliffe,” Yusef most recently appeared on AMC’s “Preacher” and the film Bastille Day. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. In over 10 years at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Unit. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and by leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to Free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes Free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences, and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from the Emerging Writers Group to the Public Forum series. The Public’s work is also seen on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally and in collaborations and co-productions with regional and international theaters. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and in spring 2017, Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed new play Sweat. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes. Visit http://www.publictheater.org.

Dramatists Guild to Present Paula Vogel with 2016 Hull-Warriner Award

Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel

The Dramatists Guild of America Council has selected Paula Vogel as the recipient of the 2016 Hull-Warriner Award, for her play Indecent which garnered two 2017 Tony Awards this year -Rebecca Taichman for Best Director of a Play and Christopher Akerlind for Best Lighting Design of a Play. Indecent was also nominated for Best Play.

Paula Vogel’s Tony-Winning INDECENT Ends Broadway Run on June 25; Set for Theaters in the U.S. and Internationally

The other finalists for the Hull-Warriner Award, were Itamar Moses and David Yazbek for The Band’s Visit; Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for Dear Evan Hansen; J.T. Rogers for Oslo; George C. Wolfe for Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; and Lynn Nottage for Sweat. This is Paula Vogel’s second Hull-Warriner Award – her first was for the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive in 1997.

The Hull-Warriner Award is the only award given by playwrights to playwrights, and is presented annually to an American author or authors selected by the Dramatists Guild of America Council honoring a work or works dealing with social, political or religious mores of the time. The award will be presented to Paula Vogel at a Guild celebration in October.

“We are thrilled to present the Hull-Warriner Award to Paula Vogel and her stirring and brilliant work, Indecent. The award is a testament to her power and is a celebration of her gifts by some of her biggest supporters – fellow artists, craftsmen, and colleagues,” said Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, DG Council member and Awards Committee chair.

Elizabeth Hull, a playwright and former production associate of the Theatre Guild and the Federal Theatre, established the award through her will. Kate Warriner, an actress, was a long-time friend and associate of Ms. Hull. The award has been given since 1971.

Past Hull-Warriner winners include Stephen Adly Guirgis, Edward Albee, David Auburn, Annie Baker, Philip Hayes Dean, Christopher Durang, Margaret Edson, Harvey Fierstein, John Guare, Adam Guettel & Craig Lucas, David Ives, John Kander & David Thompson, Stephen Karam, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Shirley Lauro, John Leguizamo, Tracy Letts, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally, Scott McPherson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marsha Norman, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Miguel Pinero, David Rabe, Ronald Ribman, Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, John Patrick Shanley, Martin Sherman, Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler, Joseph A. Walker, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, George C. Wolfe and Doug Wright.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com

CURVY WIDOW, Starring Nancy Opel, Alan Muraoka, Andrea Bianchi and More, Set for Off-Broadway Run at Westside Theatre 

Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer, Nancy Opel, Alan Muraoka, Andrea Bianchi and Elizabeth Ward Land. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Curvy Widow, a new musical comedy with a book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody (Broadway: Oh Hello; Cutman), and directed by Peter Flynn (Rhapsody in Seth; Two Rooms), will play an open-ended engagement at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues), beginning July 20. Opening night is set for August 3.

Photo Flash: First Look at Nancy Opel and More in CURVY WIDOW at George Street Playhouse
Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer, Ken LandNancy Opel and Alan Muraoka. Photo by  T. Charles Erickson

Following critical and audience acclaim at North Carolina Stage Company, Curvy Widow recently played a limited engagement at the George Street Playhouse.

Photo Flash: First Look at Nancy Opel and More in CURVY WIDOW at George Street Playhouse
Nancy Opel. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Starring Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas, Urinetown; The Toxic Avenger) as Curvy Widow, this sassy, frank and witty new musical comedy takes us through the semi-autobiographical adventures of a gutsy, recently widowed 50-something woman as she immerses herself in the modern dating scene. From exploring internet personal ads and surviving hilarious first dates, to weighing the pros and cons of married vs unmarried men, this widowromps her way through it all with humor and perseverance, and discovers unexpected truths about love, life and sex. Featuring a brilliant cast of best friends, a dead husband, and a myriad of potential suitors – Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start life over in the modern age.

Elizabeth Ward Land, Andrea Bianchi, Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer and Nancy Opel. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Elizabeth Ward Land, Andrea Bianchi, Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer and Nancy Opel. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Joining Opel in Curvy Widow will be Andrea Bianchi (TV’s “As The World Turns”), Aisha de Haas (Broadway: Rent; Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk), Elizabeth Ward Land (Broadway: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Memphis), Ken Land (Broadway: The Scarlet Pimpernel; Promises, Promises), Alan Muraoka (TV’s “Sesame Street,” Broadway: Miss Saigon) and Chris Shyer (Broadway: Mamma Mia!, National Tour: The Book of Mormon).

Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer, Nancy Opel, Alan Muraoka, Andrea Bianchi and Elizabeth Ward Land. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Aisha de Haas, Chris Shyer, Nancy Opel, Alan Muraoka, Andrea Bianchi and Elizabeth Ward Land. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Curvy Widow features choreography by Marcos Santana (On Your Feet – Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination, Rocky – Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination), scenic design by Rob Bissinger (Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway, Spiderman Turn off the Dark – Assoc, Scenic Designer), costume design by Brian Hemesath (Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas, “Sesame Street”), lighting design by Matthew Richards (Twelth Night, Ann) and sound design by Ryan Rumery and M. Florian Staab (Broadway: Fool For Love). Andrew Sotomayor (Cutman, This is 30) serves as musical director with orchestrations, arrangements and Music Supervision by Wayne Barker(Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance). Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.

Curvy Widow is produced by Jayne Baron Sherman, Trish Santini/Jennifer Melin Miller and Allen & Marie Wolpert by arrangement with Raoulfilm. Aaron Lustbader/Foresight Theatrical serves as Executive Producer.

For more information about the show, visit www.CurvyWidow.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Bobby Goldman (book) given this show is Bobby’s story, she believes no bio is required. But, this is her off-Broadway debut, so she has to have one! Beyond her acumen in the dating scene, she is a world-class chef, interior designer & contractor, and boxer. Her other theatrical projects in development include: Wilshire, another collaboration with composer/lyricist, Drew Brody and Speed Trap with Nashville-based composer/lyricist, Michael Webb. Bobby is the widow of Academy Award winning screenwriter/playwright, James Goldman.

Drew Brody (music and lyrics) is a New York City-based songwriter who brings his experience in the rock, pop, and folk music world to his musical theater sensibility. His unique background allows him to work comfortably across many genres, and his songs have been sung by Broadway stars including Alan Cumming, Beth Malone, Robert Cuccioli, Sally Mayes, Lilli Cooper, Justin Sargent, Adrienne Warren, and many more. Drew wrote music for the comedy Oh, Hello, starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney and directed by Alex Timbers, which opened on Broadway October 2016; music and lyrics for Cutman, produced by Goodspeed Theaters in the spring of 2011; Derma, which ran at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in 2013; Wilshire, book by Bobby Goldman; Mudge Boy, an adaptation of the Showtime movie, adapted by Brett Smock; and two other new musicals currently in development. Drew wrote and recorded two albums with Richard Rodgers award-winning composer Derek Gregor as the rock band M-LAB, with which Drew performed as lead singer and toured during the 2000s. Drew also released two solo albums on Baskethouse Records and co-produced two albums for songwriter Jay Brannan. Recently, Drew composed the score for the acclaimed film, Stephen Winter’s Jason and Shirley, and released an EP, A Little Single, in collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Lance Horne.

Peter Flynn (Director) has recent credits including the off-Broadway premiere of Marcy Heisler’s & Zina Goldrich’s Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School; the world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s new play, Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre starring Andréa Burns; and the upcoming production of Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. where he is an Associate Artist. New York credits include On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie; Chess with Josh Groban, Adam Pascal, Sutton Foster & Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), Rhapsody in Seth – Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Regional credits include Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop; Gypsy at the St. Louis MUNY; Kiss Me, Kate for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre where he has directed productions of Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, Best Director & Best Musical), & Other Desert Cities; and 1776 & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre. Peter is the director of Musical Theatre for the Stella Adler Studio for Acting & is on the faculty of Adler’s NYU Tisch Division. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University.

Marcos Santana (Choreographer) is a New York based choreographer, director, performer and educator. Broadway: On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination), Rocky (Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination), Guys & Dolls (Assoc. Choreographer). Off-Broadway: Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater), Randy Newman’s Faust (City Center Encores), Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol (BCEFA), Fortress Of Solitude (Public Theater, Assoc. Choreographer), Paul Simon’s Capeman (Delacorte Theater, Assoc. Choreographer). Other: Pirates Of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, In The Heights (2009 Gypsy of the Year), A Christmas Carol (Arkansas Rep), Rock Of Ages National Tour/West End/Vegas (Assoc. Choreographer) and Man Of La Mancha (STC).

Nancy Opel (Bobby Goldman). Broadway: Beautiful, Honeymoon in Vegas, Memphis, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony Award nomination), Triumph of Love, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George , Evita, and others. Recent: Curvy Window, Prince of Broadway (Japan), Follies (St.Louis Rep). Off-Broadway: Toxic Avenger, My Deah, Polish Joke at MTC; Mere Mortals, All in the Timing, and others. National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone. TV: “The Big C” and various” Law & Order(s)”. www.nancyopel.com

Andrea Bianchi (Caroline & others) is so pleased to be making her GSP debut in Curvy Widow having recently returned from its run at North Carolina Stage. New York: Being Audrey (Transport Group), Italian-American Reconciliation (Manhattan Theatre Club), Lusting After Pipino’s Wife (Primary Stages) and Cocoanuts (American Place Theatre). Regional: Guthrie Theatre (Babes in Arms), Berkshire Theatre Festival (High Spirits), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Bubbly Black Girl), as well as productions at Barter Theatre, Riverside Theater, Syracuse Stage, Maltz Jupiter, Premiere Stages, Stamford Center for the Arts, etc. TV: Several appearances on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU,” “Here & Now” (NBC), and shows for TruTV, Disney, Nickelodeon and “As The World Turns” (recurring). Thanks to this amazing team, particularly Peter, Bobby and Drew for bringing me on board. Thank you Renee and Joe. www.Andrea-Bianchi.com

Aisha de Haas (Joan & others) has most recently been seen as Medda Larkin in the first National Tour of Disney’s Newsies and is featured in the “live-capture” movie (2017). Broadway: Caroline Or Change, Rent, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, and off-Broadway in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss And What I Wore and Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show. TV and film appearances include “Shades Of Blue,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “Ed,” “The Today Show,” Across The Universe, Rent the Film, The Secret Lives Of Dentists, Marci X. She’s toured the United States and Europe in Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop Of Horrors and as a backing vocalist for Patti Austin and Oleta Adams. Other appearances include her own jazz/cabaret show performed at Birdland Jazz Club, Town Hall (New York and Chicago), The Green Mill and jazz clubs and festivals around the country.

Elizabeth Ward Land (Heidi & others). Broadway: original cast of Amazing Grace, Scandalous, and The Scarlet Pimpernel (all three versions); Memphis, Passion, City of Angels. Tours: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Singin’ in the Rain. Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, The Green Heart, Hello Again, Chess. Regional: The Old Globe, Goodspeed, TheatreWorks, Alliance, Sacramento Music Circus, Pasadena Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Musical Theatre West, Barrington Stage. Film/TV: “Young Adult,” “Boy Meets Girl,” “Bride Tribe,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,’ “Law & Order: SVU,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Amanda Show”. Debut CD, First Harvest, available on iTunes. www.ElizabethWardLand.com

Ken Land (Jim & others). Broadway: Promises, Promises; The Scarlet Pimpernel (all three versions), Victor/Victoria and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Off-Broadway: The Gig, Little Shop of Horrors and The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth. National Tours: Legally Blonde, Sweet Charity (directed by Bob Fosse), The Secret Garden, Evita (directed by Harold Prince). Regional Theatre: The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Portland Center Stage, Matrix Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, Merrimack Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Passage Theatre. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under,” “Law & Order(s),” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Strong Medicine,” “Back to Me and You,” “Judging Amy,” “The District,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Star Trek: Voyager”.

Alan Muraoka (The Shrink & others). Broadway: Aladdin, Pacific Overtures, The King and I, Miss Saigon, My Favorite Year, Shogun, Mail. Tours and Regional: M. Butterfly, Anything Goes, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, ALLIANCE THEATRE, North Shore, Olney Theatre, MUNY, Human Race Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, & Lyric Theatre OKC. Television: “Sesame Street” (18 seasons), “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Louie,” “30 Rock,” “Brotherhood,” “Late Night with David Letterman”. Film: It Could Happen To You. Concerts: Hollywood Bowl (w/Pink Martini), Carnegie Hall (Celebration of Jim Henson), Sesame Street w/ The Boston Pops. Graduate of UCLA. Thank you Peter, Bobby and the Curvy Family. For Herb. Website: www.alanmuraoka.tv. Instagram: @alanathoopers

Chris Shyer (Per Se & others) is a Canadian-born actor and dual citizen making his GSP debut. Broadway: Mamma Mia (Winter Garden Theatre). His off-Broadway/regional credits include Going Down Swingin’ (NYMF), Lend Me a Tenor (Hangar Theatre), The Good Life (NoHo Arts Center). He’s also appeared in the national tours of The Book of Mormon and Les Miserables. Selected Canadian Theatre: Night of the Iguana (Playwright’s Theatre Centre), El Salvador (The Cultch), Sunset Boulevard (The Ford Centre for the Performing Arts). Film and television credits include The Hermit (soon to be released), J.Edgar, Fierce People, Awkward (Short), “Those Damn Canadians” (award-winning web series), “Good God,” “The Good Wife,” “ABC’s V” and “Lights Out,” and “Tin Star” for Sky Atlantic/British TV.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com

Paula Vogel’s Tony-Winning INDECENT Ends Broadway Run on June 25; Set for Theaters in the U.S. and Internationally

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (L-R) Daryl Roth, Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and Cody Lassen attend the 2017 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at the Sofitel Hotel on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards, Indecent will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 PM at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.) At the time of closing, Indecent will have played 79 performances and 15 previews.

One of the most talked-about plays in the 2016-17 season following its debut last year at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC, Indecent opened on Broadway April 18 and began previews on April 4. Indecent marked the Broadway debuts of many of the artists involved in its creation, including playwright Paula Vogel, director Rebecca Taichman, choreographer David Dorfman and members of the cast and performing ensemble.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (L-R) Daryl Roth, Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and Cody Lassen attend the 2017 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at the Sofitel Hotel on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 03: (L-R) Daryl Roth, Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and Cody Lassen attend the 2017 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at the Sofitel Hotel on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

“We are so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to introduce Broadway to Indecent and the remarkable talents of Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and this exceptional company of actors and theater artists,” the play’s producers Daryl Roth, Elizabeth McCann and Cody Lassen state. “Indecent  has touched the hearts of theater-goers who have experienced the play’s magic at the Cort Theatre for the past three months, and we hope it will continue to do so as it is presented in theaters across in the U.S., Canada and overseas in the months ahead. Indecent is story-telling in the theater at its very best, and we are grateful that this powerful story will live on.”

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Rebecca Taichman accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for Indecent onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: Rebecca Taichman accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for Indecent onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The production received Tony Awards for Rebecca Taichman, Best Director of a Play; and Christopher Akerlind, Best Lighting Design of a Play; along with the Outer Critics Circle Award and Obie Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Rebecca Taichman) and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography (David Dorfman). Paula Vogel was honored with a Special Citation as playwright and mentor from the New York Drama Critics Circle, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Obie Awards. Indecent has also been selected as Best Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance.

Indecent will continue its life beyond Broadway as a number of theaters in the U.S. and internationally are scheduled to present licensed productions in their upcoming seasons, beginning with The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, this season, and The Huntington in Boston, and into next season with 20 productions anticipated at theaters in the following cities for 2018-2019:

Philadelphia, PA
Palm Beach, FL
Toronto, Canada
Kansas City, MO
Indianapolis, IN
St. Louis, MO
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Denver, CO
Montreal, Canada
Washington, DC
Seattle, WA
Sarasota, FL
Dallas, TX
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Portland, OR
Tucson, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Tel Aviv, Israel

A new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), created by Ms. Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Ms. Taichman, Indecent is about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances. The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a story told with compassion, honesty, but also with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances.

The ensemble of Indecent features Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Aaron Halva, Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson. The cast has – not unlike the theater troupe depicted in the play itself – been performing the play together for more than two years: during its development with the Sundance Theater Institute and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, followed by productions at Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse and the Vineyard Theatre, where Indecent had its New York debut last summer.

The production also features Zoë Aqua, Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa, Uri Sharlin and Doug Wieselman.

Indecent features music composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, who play onstage along with cast members throughout the show.

The production is choreographed by David Dorfman. Scenic design is by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design is by Emily Rebholz; lighting design is by Christopher Akerlind; sound design is by Matt Hubbs and projection design is by Tal Yarden.

Indecent is produced on Broadway by Daryl Roth, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Cody Lassen, Jerry Meyer, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Elizabeth Armstrong, Julie Boardman, CoGro Partners, Nicole Eisenberg, Four Star Productions, GLS Productions, The John Gore Organization, Kathleen K. Johnson, Dana M. Lerner, Jenn Maley, Mano-Horn Productions, Marc Platt and Storyboard Entertainment, in association with Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com

Pulitzer Prize-Winning and Tony Nominated SWEAT to End Broadway Run on June 25

Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey, will close on Sunday, June 25.

Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus

At the time of closing it will have played 24 previews and 105 regular performances. The production began previews began Saturday, March 4 and opened Sunday, March 26 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street).

Johanna Day as Tracey, Alison Wright as Jessie and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus
Johanna Day as Tracey, Alison Wright as Jessie and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

Producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund said today, “Although Sweat is closing on Sunday, June 25 on Broadway, it will have very long life in regional theaters across the country. Lynn Nottage’s play is an electrifying look at our country told with passion and humor, and we are so very proud to have given Lynn her much-deserved Broadway debut. We thank our brilliant director Kate Whoriskey and our incredible cast for bringing Lynn’s prescient play so vividly to life at Studio 54.”

John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby (standing behind the bar) as Stan, Michelle Wilsonas Cynthia, Johanna Day as Tracey and Alison Wright as Jessie IN SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus
John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby (standing behind the bar) as Stan, Michelle Wilsonas Cynthia, Johanna Day as Tracey and Alison Wright as Jessie IN SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

The story of Sweat and the people of Reading, PA will continue this summer with This Is Reading, an ambitious site-specific multimedia installation blending live performance and visual media which will occupy the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station in Downtown Reading from July 14-16 and July 21-23.

Alison Wright as Jessie, Johanna Day as Tracey, Khris Davis as Chris, James Colby as Stan, Carlo Alban as Oscar and Will Pullen as Jason. Photo by Joan Marcus
Alison Wright as Jessie, Johanna Day as Tracey, Khris Davis as Chris, James Colby as Stan, Carlo Alban as Oscar and Will Pullen as Jason in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

Re-animating the long vacant building, This Is Reading approaches the historic station as a collaborator, placing its unique history and architecture in dialogue with stories of hardships, challenges, and triumphs of people living in and around Reading, PA. The project will weave their individual stories into one cohesive and compelling tale of the city.

Khris Davis as Chris and Lance Coadie Williams as Evan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Khris Davis as Chris and Lance Coadie Williams as Evan. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Sweat includes Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen(Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia), and Alison Wright (Jessie).

Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and John Earl Jelks as Brucie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and John Earl Jelks as Brucie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sweat received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lynn Nottage is the first woman to win two Pulitzers for Drama and the first ever woman of color to win two Pulitzer Prizes in any category. She joins an esteemed group of playwrights who have won multiple Pulitzers that includes theatre titans Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Robert E. Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson.

Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and JohAnna Day as Tracey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and JohAnna Day as Tracey. Photo by Joan Marcus

In addition, Sweat was the recipient of an Obie Award for playwriting and was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Play, two nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson); three Drama League Awards: Distinguished Production of a Play and Distinguished Performance (Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson); three Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Broadway Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Kate Whoriskey), and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Johanna Day); and two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play. In addition, cast members Carlo Alban received a Theatre World Award and Will Pullen was honored with a 2017 Clarence Derwent Award.

Will Pullen as Jason and Khris Davis as Chris. Photo by Joan Marcus
Will Pullen as Jason and Khris Davis as Chris. Photo by Joan Marcus

It was named as one of the Best Plays of 2016 by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The Star-Ledger, The Bergen Record, Deadline, The Wrap, The Huffington Post, New York Amsterdam News, Theatermania, and Broadway World.

Lynn Nottage presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Theo Wargo
Lynn Nottage presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Theo Wargo
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang

Sweat was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and D.C.’s Arena Stage. The play received its world premiere at OSF in July 2015, in a sold-out run. The production subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016. Sweat played an acclaimed engagement at New York’s Public Theater in November 2016, where it was extended three times, with critics writing about the play’s breathtaking timeliness, compassion, and power.

With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.

Sweat is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Louise L. Gund, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jon B. Platt, Roy Furman, Len Blavatnik, Shelly Mitchell, Scott Rudin, Ted Snowdon, Kevin Emrick, True Love Productions, John Gore, Deborah Taylor/Richard Winkler, and The Public Theater.

The creative team for Sweat features John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design), and Jeff Sugg (projection design).

Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Box office hours are Monday 10AM-6PM; Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-8PM; Sunday 12-6PM. Ticket prices range from $59 – $149.

From July 14th-16th and July 21st-23rd This Is Reading, an ambitious site-specific multimedia installation blending live performance and visual media, will occupy the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station in Downtown Reading, re-animating the long vacant building. Using as its foundation the hardships, challenges, and triumphs of people living in and around Reading, Pa., This is Reading will weave their individual stories into one cohesive and compelling tale of the city. The project is inspired by the relationship Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage forged with the people of Reading while researching her critically-acclaimed play Sweat with director Kate Whoriskey.

This is Reading will provide the opportunity to bring the restored, but vacant, Reading Railroad Station back to life, by filling it with creative arts that will help illuminate the lives of people living in the Greater Reading area. But more importantly it will set the stage for the community to hold new and meaningful conversations with each other about our community’s future.”

– Pat Giles, former Executive Vice President, United Way of Berks County and current Foundation Associate, The Wyomissing Foundation

“We know that the arts are powerfully effective as a social intervention for understanding and addressing community issues. And, we know that struggling cities, not unlike individuals, often find it difficult to connect with a more balanced perspective so collaborative and meaningful solutions may elude them. THIS IS READING is so exciting because it does both – it offers the awesome prospect of healing and moving a ‘stuck,’ but resilient, city forward.”

– Santo D. Marabella, Film Commissioner , ReadingFilm/Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and Producer, This Is Reading

This Is Reading is created by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, filmmaker Tony Gerber, director Kate Whoriskey, choreographer Rennie Harris, DJ Eli Evnen, Designer Deb O, Projection designer Jeff Sugg, lighting designer Smith Chandrashaker, Sound designer Nick Kourtides, producers Santo D. Marabella and Blake Ashman Kipervaser. Actors include Russell G. Jones, Michael Puzzo and Vanessa Aspillaga and many local dancers and performers.

This project’s partners include the award winning Labyrinth Theater, Project&, Market Road Films, Goggleworks Center for Arts reading, Pa, ReadingFilm/Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, The Sketchbook Project, The officers of the Mayor and Managing Director, City of Reading, South Central Transit Authority, Commissioners Office- County of Berks, Reading Company Technical & Historical Society and The Civilians Theater Company.

Project supporters include Pam and Peter Barbey, Columbia University, Lawrence Cowart, Teresa Tsai, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Howard Gilman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Venturous Theater Fund, Wyomissing Foundation.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com

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Project1VOICE Celebrates the American Theater with a Nationwide Staged Reading Event of Dael Orlandersmith’s YELLOWMAN on June 19

Project1VOICE One Play One Day 2017 is set, with over 40 theater companies and organizations participating to celebrate the American theater and present staged readings of Yellowman–the 2002 Pulitzer-Prize finalist for Drama by Dael Orlandersmith–on Monday, June 19, 2017.

The New York Flagship will be presented by Project1VOICE in association with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Monday June 19th at Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn at 7PM. Niegel Smith (artistic director of The Flea) directs. Howard Overshown (Cost of Living, Free Man of Color) will play Eugene, the role he originated opposite Dael Orlandersmith. Stacey Sargeant (Eclipsed, Our Lady of Kibeho) will play Alma. Lighting by Eric Norbury. Bernita Robinson is Production Stage Manager. All proceeds from this benefit staged reading will support Project1VOICE, Inc (www.project1voice.org).

Project1VOICE is an internationally recognized 501(c)(3) performing arts service organization committed to presenting programs and initiatives that promote and support the American theater, specifically black playwrights. One Play One Day is Project1VOICE’s signature event. It revives and reintroduces classic plays from the American theater canon that have been forgotten. Each year on the third Monday in June same day staged readings of the same play are presented, hence the name, One Play One Day. One Play One Day is now in its seventh consecutive year.

On the same evening, Project1VOICE will recognize outstanding achievements in the American theatre with the 3rd annual Project1VOICE HONORS. This year’s honorees include award-winning lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes, Broadway publicist and producer Irene Gandy and award-winning production designer Wynn Thomas. Each will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. All three are alums of the famed Negro Ensemble Company (NEC). A special tribute will honor the 50th anniversary of the NEC’s visionary co-founders-Robert HooksGerald Krone and Douglas Turner Ward.

For tickets and info: www.kumbletheater.org or the Kumble Theater Box Office (718) 488-1624

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased for $20 before June 12.

For an evolving list of participating theaters and organizations visit: www.project1voice.org.

YELLOWMAN is made possible by special permission granted by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Donica Lynn to Present 5th Annual TODAY’S A GOOD DAY – WALK WITH ME Benefit Concert on June 26

Donica Lynn in André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens. Photo by Lia Chang

Donica Lynn is presenting her fifth annual benefit concert Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me at 8:00pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at The Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. All proceeds from tickets sales, donations, and raffle will be donated equally to the American Cancer Society and the American Brain Tumor Association.

Donica Lynn in André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens. Photo by Lia Chang
Donica Lynn in André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens. Photo by Lia Chang

The benefit features three-time cancer survivor Donica Lynn, Doug Pawlik, Dave Budrys, Billy Dawson, Aaron Benham, Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett, Kimberly Lawson, Curtis Fondren, Aaron Mitchell Reese, Taylor Iman Carter, Robin da Silvaand Donica’s children Aerial Dwyer, Sabastian, and Sidra. Special guests scheduled to perform are Jess Godwin, Caleb Baze, Leah Pawlik, Grant Thomas Zabielski, DC Ford, Doug Peck, Jim McCaffrey and a special guest from Artists Giving Back Chicago.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Mercurytheaterchicago.com or 312-325-1700.

Benefit producer and performer Donica Lynn states, “Although this concert began five years ago as my personal testament through song of my journey and battle with the diagnosis, treatments and aftercare of brain cancer, Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me has now become a concert event that speaks to any medical journey, large or small. This concert brings together friends and family to celebrate the lives being lived through the journey, those that help along the way, as well as those that we’ve lost-during our Angels tribute. The concert is on the eve of my birthday, which is an ideal time to celebrate another year of my life and these organizations that help give life.”

All involved in Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me are donating their time. Performances will include personal stories of Lynn’s medical journey and songs that have been meaningful to Lynn and the other performers throughout the past year, including music by Jason Robert Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the musicals 13, Waitress and James and the Giant Peach.

Doncia Lynn was named The Person of the Year Theater in 2016 by The Chicago Tribune. Starring as Effie “Melody” White in Porchlight Music Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Dreamgirls earned her the Best Actress in Musical Award by the Jeff Committee, BTAA, and Time Out Chicago. Lynn’s acting career began in 1995 with the now defunct Chicago Theatre Company (Train Is Comin) and she has since been seen in productions with Victory Gardens (CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. w/ two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, A Wonder In My Soul) Mercury Theater (Color Purple, Barnum) Porchlight Music Theater -Off the Porch (Gatecrashers) About Face Theater (When Last We Flew) Chicago Opera Theater (Queenie Pie) Barn Theatre-MI (Hair) Goodman Theatre (Lady In Denmark) Chicago Dramatist (Vee Jay Records) Drury Lane Oakbrook (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hairspray, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie) Marriott Lincolnshire (Once on This Island, Suessical) Northlight (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning) Theatre at the Center-IND (Footloose, Winnie the Pooh Christmas) Paramount (Hair) Court Theatre (Caroline or Change) Timeline (Fiorello) Congo Square (Black Nativity, Sanctified), ETA Creative Arts (This Far By Faith, Runaway Home, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Good Black) Bailiwick Rep (Georgia Tom) Fleetwood Jourdain (Black Nativity) She’s worked several children’s theatre companies including Childrens’ Theatre Fantasy Orchard, & Chocolate Chips, as well as vocal performances with Chicago Sings (Porchlight) Cabernet Cabaret (Arranmore Arts) Chicago Humanities Festival, Sarah Siddons Foundation, & Broadway Holidays (Paramount) RECORDINGS: Ramsey Lewis (Dance of the Soul CD) She’s had two #1 solo dance club singles UK (Shout, Keep Rockin) Justin Roberts (Lullaby CD) Calvin Bridges (So Easy To Love CD)Cory Goodrich (W.O.M.A.N.) Female Lead Vocalist Ascendant Music Inc (Illuminate: Blue, Green) BACKGROUNDS: Rahsaan Patterson, Natalie Cole, New Kids on the Block, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder ALUMNA: Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago, All-City Youth Choir. A member of Christian Tabernacle Church since 6 months of age, Lynn is honored to have been the recipient of two African American Arts Alliance nominations, as well as the Perseverance Award from Bibo (Beauty In Beauty Out) C.H.A.M.P. Community Project – Traci S. Campbell Founder. Donica holds a degree in medical science, and plans to receive her JD degree. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, SAG/AFTRA and proudly represented by Stewart Talent Agency.

Donica Lynn is a 3x Brain Tumor/Cancer Survivor Originally discovered as a benign tumor in 1987 at age 12, Donica had a full craniotomy to remove the lesion. Like many tumors often do, Donica’s tumor reoccurred and she again found herself on the operating table April 21st 2010. It wasn’t until later that same year, August 24, 2010 to be exact, when an MRI test showed another tumor that proved to me malignant that her diagnosis became cancer. In 2013 while undergoing another round of treatment, Donica began a mission to educate, & ignite open conversation about brain tumors/cancer and overall health awareness by telling HER story. Sparked by a simple question “how are you feeling today” asked of her by a dear lifelong friend, Donica’s response took the form of a conversational concert entitled “TODAY’S A GOOD DAY” an annual benefit concert for anyone touched by cancer. During this conversational concert separated into four categories: diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, survival- with ALL proceeds split between the American Brain Tumor Association and the American Cancer Society, she shared not just her story, but the story of ANY medical journey in song. Now in its 5th yr., Today’s A Good Day (2dagd) seeks to encourage anyone on ANY medical journey from the simplest cold/flu, to the most complex depression or terminal illness to actively listen to your body, recognize the signs and seek treatment. The annual benefit is hosted each year by Walter Sterns & Eugene Dizon owner operators of The Mercury Theater on Southport Ave in Chicago where 2dagd was birthed, has grown and ultimately with affection and love has found a home. Underscored every year by a different subtitle [“can’t do it alone” or “walk with me”] Donica believes and seeks to impart through song the importance of knowing and understanding that it’s not just the patients’ journey alone. Along with the help of her friends and “family”–people she affectionately refers to as “The Village”–she shares hope, sadness, frustration, love, life and LIVING through her illness with their help, and the benefit of music. Her life hashtags are #familyismorethanblood #B.L.U. -which stands for Be Loved Unconditionally, also her Production Company’s name SongbirdBLU and #ittakesavillage. She continues to fight daily for her beautiful children Aerial (21) Sabastian (16) Sidra (10) whom she affectionately refers to as “mini-me.” She is engaged to THE LOVE of her life, Edward “Kippy” Tribue as they were college sweethearts; she believes love, music, and positive energy from her community help keep her healthy.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com

Tony Awards 2017: Performers and Presenters

The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT).

The show-stopping performances include the casts of “Bandstand,” “Come From Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Falsettos,” “Groundhog Day The Musical,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Miss Saigon,” “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” and “War Paint,” with additional performances by The Radio City Rockettes and Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr.

The star-studded evening will also include appearances by Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony Nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt.

The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune Kick Off ‘TWO FOR THE ROAD’ Tour in September

Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo

Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune have announced their Fall 2017 and early 2018 concert dates for CHITA & TUNE – Two For The Road.

Fans of the iconic duo will now have the opportunity of seeing these acclaimed performers in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona and California beginning September 16.

Aptly titled, CHITA & TUNE – Two For The Road is a unique concert event that pairs two of Broadway’s most revered legends. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune collectively have won 12 Tony Awards and this iconic Broadway coupling is guaranteed to razzle dazzle audiences everywhere.

“I am thrilled to be joining my dear friend, the incomparable Tommy Tune on this concert tour” said Ms. Rivera. “When we performed together in my benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2013, we knew then that we had something special.”

Tommy Tune says, “I love Chita Rivera. This is a dream come true!”

Current 2017 tour dates*:
September 16 – Enlow Hall/Kean University, Union, NJ – 7:30 PM
September 17 – Enlow Hall/Kean University, Union, NJ – 3:00 PM
September 19 – Kristen Chenoweth Theatre, Broken Arrow, OK – 7:30 PM
September 22 – Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX – 8:00 PM
September 23 – The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston Island, TX – 8:00 PM
October 8 – Queensboro Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY – 3:00 PM

2018 tour dates*:
January 17 – Van Wezel PAC, Sarasota, FL – 8:00 PM
January 19 – Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 8:00 PM
January 25 – McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA – 8:00 PM
January 26 – Arizona Music Festival, Scottsdale, AZ – 7:30 PM
January 27 – Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA – 8:00 PM
March 24 – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ – 8:00 PM

Additional tour dates to be announced.
*Please note tour schedule subject to change. Check with local venues to purchase tickets.

Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), The Visit and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. In 2002 she received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor becoming the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive this award.

Tommy Tune has enchanted audiences for decades with his charisma, vision, and innovation. He has been honored with 10 Tony Awards recognizing him as an outstanding performer, choreographer, and director: Best Actor in a Musical for My One and Only, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Seesaw, Best Choreography for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies, and Best Direction of a Musical for Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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Livestream the 2017 Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall Tonight

Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in THE BAND's VISIT (Photo: Ahron R. Foster)
Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in THE BAND’s VISIT (Photo: Ahron R. Foster)

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan.

Tonight’s ceremony will feature musical performances from four productions from the 2016-2017 New York theatre season including Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Jenn Colella (Come from Away), Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit), and the cast of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.

The company of THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
The company of THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

These four productions exemplify the quality of the 2016-2017 theatre season on Broadway and off-Broadway in keeping with the Drama Desk’s mission to shine a light on theatre throughout New York City. Additionally, Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton) will perform an In Memoriam tribute.

The company of Falsettos Photo by: Joan Marcus
The company of Falsettos Photo by: Joan Marcus

Hal Prince, Tommy Tune, Danny Burstein, Adriane Lenox, Christopher Fitzgerald and designers: Brian MacDevitt, David Rockwell, Dan Moses Schreier, Paul Tazewell are among tonight’s presenters.

Click here to Livestream the show.

Go to www.DramaDeskAwards.com for tickets and more information.

Congrats to all of the nominees.

Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson
Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson

Outstanding Play
If I Forget, by Steven Levenson, Roundabout Theatre Company
Indecent, by Paula Vogel, Vineyard Theatre
A Life, by Adam Bock, Playwrights Horizons
Oslo, by J. T. Rogers, Lincoln Center Theatre
Sweat, by Lynn Nottage, The Public Theater

The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy
The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Musical
Anastasia
The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Come From Away
Hadestown, New York Theatre Workshop
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Front Page
The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
“Master Harold”… and the Boys, Signature Theatre Company
Picnic, Transport Group

Hello, Dolly! Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes
Hello, Dolly!
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater
Hello, Dolly!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity, The New Group
Tick, Tick… BOOM!, Keen Company

Kristine Nielsen (left), Kate Burton, and Kevin Kline in Present Laughter by Noël Coward. Photo by: ©2016 Joan Marcus
Kristine Nielsen (left), Kate Burton, and Kevin Kline in Present Laughter by Noël Coward. Photo by: ©2016 Joan Marcus
John Douglas Thompson. Photo by Lia Chang
John Douglas Thompson. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Daniel Craig, Othello, New York Theatre Workshop
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Hyde Pierce, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
John Douglas Thompson, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club

Laura Linney as Regina Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Laura Linney as Regina Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Amy Ryan, Love, Love, Love, Roundabout Theatre Company
Harriet Walter, The Tempest, St. Ann’s Warehouse

Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nick Blaemire, Tick, Tick…BOOM!, Keen Theatre
Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Jeremy Secomb, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and the cast of Anastasia. Photo by: Matthew Murphy
Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and the cast of Anastasia. Photo by: Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity, The New Group
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Laura Osnes, Bandstand

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo, Lincoln Center Theater
Danny DeVito, The Price, Roundabout Theatre Company
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Jeremy Shamos, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company
Justice Smith, Yen, MCC Theater

Laurie Metcalf, Jayne Houdyshell, Condola Rashad and Chris Cooper (l. to r.) in a scene from Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2. Photo by: Brigitte Lacombe
Laurie Metcalf, Jayne Houdyshell, Condola Rashad and Chris Cooper (l. to r.) in a scene from Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2. Photo by: Brigitte Lacombe

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line, Lincoln Center Theater
Marie Mullen, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, BAM
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Emily Skinner, Picnic
Kate Walsh, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company

Kristin Stokes, Chris McCarrell and George Salazar in THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
Kristin Stokes, Chris McCarrell and George Salazar in THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Jeffry Denman, Kid Victory, Vineyard Theatre
George Salazar, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Nora Schell, Spamilton

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Director of a Play
Richard Jones, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Anne Kauffman, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
Richard Nelson, What Did You Expect?/Women of a Certain Age, The Public Theater
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Daniel Sullivan, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Bill Buckhurst, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!
Aletta Collins, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, Anastasia
Itamar Moses, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor, Bandstand.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
Joe Tracz, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Outstanding Music
Stephen Flaherty, Anastasia
Dave Malloy, Beardo, Pipeline Theatre Company
Richard Oberacker, Bandstand
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Lyrics
Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton
GQ and JQ, Othello: The Remix
Michael Korie, War Paint
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
Bruce Coughlin, War Paint
Benjamin Cox, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
August Eriksmoen, Come From Away
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Bill Sims Jr. Photo by Lia Chang
Bill Sims Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Music in a Play
Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulicny, and Sean Smith, Alligator, New Georges in collaboration with the Sol Project
Marcus Shelby, Notes From the Field, Second Stage
Bill Sims Jr., Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Revue
Hello Dillie!, 59E59
Life Is for Living: Conversations With Coward, 59E59

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
David Gallo, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Laura Jellinek, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
Stewart Laing, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page

Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka
Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Lez Brotherston, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, St. Ann’s Warehouse
Simon Kenny, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Jason Sherwood, The View UpStairs

Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens, and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell
Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens,
and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Murell Horton, The Liar, CSC
Toni-Leslie James, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
Stewart Laing, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Ann Roth, The Front Page

Linda Cho
Linda Cho

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Toni-Leslie James, Come From Away
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Anita Yavich, The View UpStairs
Paloma Young, Bandstand
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent, Vineyard Theatre
James Farncombe, The Tempest, St. Ann’s Warehouse
Rick Fisher, The Judas Kiss, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
Mimi Jordan Sherin, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Stephen Strawbridge, “Master Harold”…and the Boys, Signature Theatre Company
Justin Townsend, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club

(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg
(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Jeff Croiter, Bandstand
Mark Henderson, Sunset Boulevard
Bradley King, Hadestown, New York Theatre Workshop
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Amy Mae, Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet Street
Malcolm Rippeth, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, St. Ann’s Warehouse

Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Jon Hoche, Raymond Lee, Paco Tolson, Jennifer Ikeda and Samantha Quan. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Projection Design
Reid Farrington, CasablancaBox, HERE
Elaine McCarthy, Notes From the Field, Second Stage
Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone, Manhattan Theatre Club
John Narun, Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey, Life Jacket Theatre Company
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Mikhail Fiksel, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter
Brian Quijada, Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Radio Drama Network
Leon Rothenberg, Notes From the Field, Second Stage
Jane Shaw, Men on Boats, Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Simon Baker, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, St. Ann’s Warehouse
Peter Hylenski, Anastasia
Scott Lehrer, Hello, Dolly!
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Mick Potter, Cats
Brian Ronan, War Paint
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Wig and Hair
David Brian Brown, War Paint
Campbell Young Associates, Hello, Dolly!
John Jared Janas, Yours Unfaithfully, Mint Theatre Company
Jason Hayes, The View UpStairs
Josh Marquette, Present Laughter
Tom Watson, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Solo Performance
Nancy Anderson, The Pen (Inner Voices), Premieres
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale, Roundabout Underground
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date, Manhattan Theatre Club
Brian Quijada, Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Radio Drama Network
Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field, Second Stage

Unique Theatrical Experience
CasablancaBox, HERE
The Paper Hat Game, The Tank/3-Legged Dog
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland
The Ephemera Trilogy, The Tank/Flint & Tinder

Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Fight Choreography
J. David Brimmer, Yen, MCC Theatre
Donal O’Farrell, Quietly, Irish Repertory Theatre
Michael Rossmy and Rick Sordelet, Troilus and Cressida, New York Shakespeare Festival
Thomas Schall, Othello, New York Theatre Workshop
Thomas Schall, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
U. Jonathan Toppo, Sweat, The Public Theatre

Outstanding Adaptation
David Ives, The Liar, Classic Stage Company
Ellen McLaughlin, The Trojan Women, the Flea Theatre

Outstanding Puppet Design
Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Lyndie Wright, Sarah Wright, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, St. Ann’s Warehouse

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Ensemble
The Wolves, The Playwrights Realm: The superbly talented cast of Sarah DeLappe’s debut play -Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Lauren Patten, and Susannah Perkins-jelled as one, proving that team spirit is just a alive on the stage as it is on the soccer field.

Special Award to Phil LaDuca: Proving that character comes from the ground up, the designer’s innovative flexible dance shoe ensures that hoofers on any stage remain on point.

Sam Norkin Award: Lila Neugebauer: During a season that saw her helm the original works The Antipodes, Everybody, Miles for Mary, and The Wolves, and resurrect the works of esteemed playwrights Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, and Adrienne Kennedy in Signature Plays, director Lila Neugebauer has shown that her dauntless insight into the human condition knows no bounds.

The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets the Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theater.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.