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Issue #151: May 15, 2005


  • It was confirmed recently that writer-director Conor McPherson's Shining City will open on Broadway in October following a short run in August in San Francisco.  McPherson was last represented on Broadway by the award winning The Weir.  Shining City opened in London at the Royal Court last July before its September engagement at Dublin's Gate Theatre.
  • Spamalot ran away with "the lot" when the Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 10.  The Python spoof on its own 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is up for 14 awards including best musical, best director for Mike Nichols and for best actor two of the leading men. Tim Curry and Hank Azaria.  Also taking in a number of nominations is another film-turned-musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,  which snatched 11 noms including best musical and pitted its two leading men John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz against one another for best actor.  The third nominee for best musical. another film to stage. is The Light in the Piazza. also securing 11 nominations.  The final best musical nominee, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is that little off-off-Broadway jewel that caught the eyes of producers who saw the potential for a transfer to The Great White Way.  And a good gamble it was since Spelling Bee collected six nominations.  The nominations for best revival of a musical are Sweet Charity, La Cage aux Folles and Pacific Overtures.
  • In the run for Tony in the best play category, which has some of the strongest works in years, includes John Patrick Stanley's Pulitzer Prize winner Doubt, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Michael Frayn's Democracy and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.  It is interesting to note that Denzel Washington and his Julius Caesar production were completely shut out of the nominations.  In the best revival of a play category you find Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Glengarry Glen Ross, Twelve Angry Men and On Golden Pond all in the running for the statue.  The Tony Awards will be handed out on June 5 at 8 PM on CBS with Hugh Jackman reprising his hosting duties.
  • Look for Dame Diana Rigg to return to the Broadway stage next spring as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • Also in the works is a bio-play on the life of Montgomery Clift being adapted by biographer Patricia Bosworth, who penned the 1978 bestseller Montgomery Clift. Still in its infancy, the creative team are planning to workshop the project in 2006.

London's West End

  • David Mamet's Romance will debut in London at the Almeida next season.  The farce just wrapped an off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theatre.
  • Film star Val Kilmer takes the lead in a revival of The Postman Always Rings Twice when it opens at the Playhouse Theatre on May 24.

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