Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Originally the song on this episode was "When Did I Fall In Love" which is a fabulous song, and she sang it so well, so passionately. BUT, the owners took it down and didn't want anyone to hear it for free, I guess. So I've replaced it with the ONLY solo I could find of her on YouTube, and that is Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, from Pal Joey. Not as sexy as the former song, but still her fabulous persona.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Patti LuPone in Gypsy
Rondi Reed in August: Osage County
Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines in Gypsy
Deanna Dunagan in August: Osage County
Mark Rylance in Boeing Boeing
Lin Manuel Miranda in In The Heights
NUMBER OF AWARDS:
South Pacific 7
August: Osage County 5
In The Heights 4
The 39 Steps 2
June 15, 2008
August: Osage County
Author: Tracy Letts
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler, Jerry Frankel, Ostar Productions, Jennifer Manocherian, The Weinstein Company, Debra Black/Daryl Roth, Ronald & Marc Frankel/Barbara Freitag, Rick Steiner/Staton Bell Group, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company
In The Heights
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman, Sander Jacobs, Goodman/Grossman, Peter Fine, Everett/Skipper
Best Book of a Musical
Passing Strange - Stew
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
In The Heights - Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Revival of a Play
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Boyett, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G. Bartner, The Weinstein Company, Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe, Broadway Across America, Tulchin/Jenkins/DSM, The Araca Group
Best Revival of a Musical
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Mark Rylance, Boeing-Boeing
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Paulo Szot, South Pacific
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Patti LuPone, Gypsy
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Jim Norton, The Seafarer
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Rondi Reed, August: Osage County
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Boyd Gaines, Gypsy
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Gypsy
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Todd Rosenthal, August: Osage County
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Michael Yeargan, South Pacific
Best Costume Design of a Play
Katrina Lindsay, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Catherine Zuber, South Pacific
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Kevin Adams, The 39 Steps
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, South Pacific
Best Sound Design of a Play
Mic Pool, The 39 Steps
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Scott Lehrer, South Pacific
Best Direction of a Play
Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County
Best Direction of a Musical
Bartlett Sher, South Pacific
Andy Blankenbuehler, In The Heights
Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman, In The Heights
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Special Tony Award
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theatre in the field of orchestrations, as represented on Broadway this season by South Pacific.
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
WHAT A FABULOUS SHOW! THE ENERGY LEVEL AT THE TONY AWARDS KNOCKED ME OUT.
PATTI LUPONE SINGING "EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES" WAS SO POWERFUL,
THE AUDIENCE IMMEDIATELY CAME TO THEIR FEET IN A STANDING OVATION WHEN SHE SANG HER LAST NOTE.
HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, WHEN SHE WON FOR BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, WAS SO HEARTFELT AND MOVING. AS THE ORCHESTRA TRIED TO END HER, SHE SHOUTED "IT'S BEEN 29 YEARS!" NOTING BACK TO HER ORIGINAL TONY AWARD FOR "EVITA".
THE MUSICAL NUMBERS HAD ME JUMPING UP AND DANCING. MY HAT GOES OFF TO WHOOPI, WHO DID A FABULOUS JOB OF HOSTING. SOME OF HER COMEDIC IDEAS WERE THEIR USUAL OUTRAGEOUSLY SHOCKING MOMENTS OF BIZARRE FLAMBOYISHNESS. SHE'S A WINNER TOO.
THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT I FELT WAS THE NOTICEABLE ABSENCE OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM, WHO WON A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, AND HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, WHICH I THOUGHT PERHAPS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE VIA TV SCREEN OR VIDEO OF SOME SORT, WAS READ BY MANDY PATINKIN.
ALL THEY SHOWED WAS A GIANT PHOTO OF HIM. I WONDER WHERE HE WAS?
I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY THE BEST TONY AWARDS SHOW I HAVE SEEN. I EVEN SENT A NOTE TO CBS TELLING THEM HOW MUCH I ENJOYED IT. THE SHOW COULD HAVE GONE ON FOR ANOTHER HOUR AS FAR AS I WAS CONCERNED.
I HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO SEE THE SHOW YOURSELF, AND THAT YOU ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS I DID. NOW THAT THE AWARD "SEASON" IS OVER, IT'S BACK TO READING, WATCHING FILMS, AND SWIMMING!
See you next time,
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tony Night Schedule
6:00 p.m. ET – Red Carpet
The excitement of Tony night begins at at 6:00 p.m. ET with live coverage of the celebrities’ arrivals on the Red Carpet, in partnership with NY1 News.
Or if you check your TV schedules, there may be TV shows of the Red Carpet arrivals also. Check it out.
7:10 p.m. ET – Exclusive Webcast: The First Hour of the Tony Ceremony
Then, at approximately 7:10 p.m., you can log in for a TonyAwards.com exclusive. Their site is the only place to view a live webcast of the Creative Arts Tony Awards, sponsored by Hilton Hotels, along with the other awards handed out before the telecast begins. These include the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presented by Visa. Past winners Michael Cerveris and Julie White will host. You can see the presentations, acceptance speeches, and everything else that happens on stage—as if you were sitting in the Radio City auditorium.
8:00 p.m. ET – The Tony Telecast on CBS
And then comes the main event – the live CBS telecast from the stage at Radio City. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. eastern/7:00 p.m. central. On the West Coast, the show will be shown on tape delay beginning at 8:00 p.m. PT
TonyAwards.com is your insider’s pass to this year’s awards. Here is some of what you can expect to find here during and after the telecast:
Thank-you Cam - Live video camera in the wings at Radio City will record the winners' immediate responses as they exit the stage after winning their Tony Awards. The backstage camera will capture intimate and exciting moments from the winners as they give thanks to the people that helped them along the way.
Posting Winners - The site will be updated throughout Tony night with the names of winners
Winners Circle Interviews – Valerie Smaldone will chat with the winners in the Press Room.
Press Room Blog – Bloging from the backstage press room, in partnership with MyBroadway.com.
Acceptance Speeches – See who thanked whom!
Photo Galleries – Pictures from the Red Carpet, the awards ceremony, the post-show gala, and more.
For West Coast Viewers
A note for friends on the West Coast: The Tony telecast will be broadcast on tape delay at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on CBS. However, for the benefit of those fans across the globe who do not have access to the broadcast, website coverage of the Tony Awards is live. The winners' names will be posted as they are announced, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. So if you prefer to remain in suspense until you watch the telecast, we suggest that you log on to live Red Carpet and exclusive Creative Arts Awards coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. Then close your browser and come back after the telecast is over, at which point you can watch video clips of backstage interviews with the winners and presenters.
See you at the Tonys!
Best Wishes, Jiva
Thursday, June 12, 2008
From the minute the Oscars are over, I'm waiting for the Tony's. Broadway's best comes on stage LIVE on CBS Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, EDT (Delayed on the West Coast). Whoopi Goldberg will be hosting. There are pre-show items on both The Tony Awards web site:
and also ET television will have the RED CARPET arrivals from 6 PM to 7 PM, and then at 7 PM ET will have a webcast of the FIRST HOUR of the Tony Awards, showing all the awards that are not shown during the main show on CBS.
Here for your pleasure is the list of nominees for Sunday Night's Broadcast:
And HERE is the link to all the Tony web site's Memories, Flashbacks, AND actual
CLIPS FROM EACH SHOW which should help you in judging the winners yourself:
I hope you enjoy the show as much as I will. No parties at my house, just me, my television, and my list of winners! Cocktails following!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Yard Parties (I think I went to five of them)!
My nephew's daughter Carolyn graduated from Yarmouth High School on Saturday, and it was a rockin' time for us all. Two or three parties every day, tons of food and drinks, and now I'm going to have to quit eating for a week to get back to normal!
I met many wonderful people, had so many laughs, and enjoyed myself completely.
Yarmouth is this neat little town in Maine with only 8500 population, and most of those people are of the well educated group that finds a small, precious town to settle and raise their children to the highest standards. I was impressed with the community support for the graduates, the cheering, the applause, the awards, jokes, and all around smart thinking, knowing that these times are the ones their children will remember some day, and be proud. If I had kids, I would definitely send them to that wonderful school and town.
I think it's going to be a glorious summer!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Yarmouth has the largest globe of the earth in America. It is enormous, and you can walk around it and see every place in the world and its location on the globe. Truly an unusual tourist event.
I am on my way to visit Three Nephews, who are all going to be in Yarmouth, Maine, this weekend, as part of graduation ceremonies for a couple of very special Young Ladies.
Yarmouth is a typical Maine town, filled with quaint old houses, winding streets, lots of trees, and access to water for boating. My three nephews, being my sister's sons, whose father was Scandinavian, have that disposition to colder climates, unlike me, an Italian who loves the tropics. So I take out the sweaters!
There is nothing like families being together, when everyone lives thousands of miles apart. One nephew lives in Denver, one in Baltimore, and the one hosting, in Yarmouth. There should be about 15 people in attendance. So it will be fun and cool!
Although, I bet I'll be glad to be back at the swimming pool in Florida on my return.... :)
See you next time...
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