Kevin Spacey Shines As Tony Awards Host And Toys With In/Out Closet Humor

Actor Kevin Spacey has never said he was gay or straight, and rumors have been dogging the Academy Award winner for some 30 years now. At last night’s 71st annual Tony Awards show in New York City, the star played host and gave quite a peppy monologue, and yes, he teased the audience about his sexuality.

 

Dressed as Norma Desmond with a striking turban and long flowing robe from iconic Sunset Boulevard, Spacey began singing, “I’m coming out.” Then he added “Wait, no, wait.” The audience burst out laughing. The monologue is all over YouTube, just in case you missed the show’s opening.

 

It was a fun-filled, energetic 11-minute monologue with several costume changes as Spacey, 57, sang and tap-danced. Even Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal came on and provided some laughs along with the famous Rockettes.

 

The evening was an amazing one, and here are some of the top Tony Award winners for 2017 listed below. If you want to see the full list, click here.

 

Best Musical – Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Play – Oslo by J.T. Rogers

 

Best Revival of a Musical – Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Revival of a Play – August Wilson’s Jitney

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play – Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play – Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Michael Aronov, Oslo

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play – Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Helman’s The Little Foxes

 

Best Score – Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

 

Best Book of a Musical – Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson

A “Spongebob SquarePants” Musical Is in Development

Making Broadway musicals based around properties that are already very popular is nothing new. “Wicked” and “The Lion King” have become two of the highest grossing musicals in the history of Broadway. Therefore, it makes sense that this formula will be tried again. However, this time the star of he show will be a cartoon character from a kids show on Nickelodeon. SpongeBob SquarePants will be getting his own musical on Broadway. The show will debut on the Great White Way on December 4th. The show has actually already premiered in Chicago. The same cast will be playing all of their same parts in the Broadway production.

 

Some very famous and talented musicians will also be lending some of their songs to the production. The late David Bowie had already agreed to have one of his songs in the show before his death last year. He provided the voice in a SpongeBob show and had been friendly with the producers ever since. Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, John Legend and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are other artists who have already committed to be a part of the project. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been one of Nickelodeon’s most popular original shows in the history of the channel. The network has made millions of dollars selling merchandise associated wit the character.

 

Info about the plot of the show has not been made available. It is unclear if the musical will follow any plots that have been taken directly from episodes of the show. There were rumors that the New York City production of the show will be different than the Chicago version. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Nickelodeon has been in talks to do a musical starring SpongeBob for many years. However, people involved with the network were not happy with the scripts that were being presented to them. The finally found a script that they believed would be a hit with audiences and went into production last year.

 

 

 

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize After Less Than Stellar Career on Broadway

On October 13,2016, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. He is the first American songwriter to ever win this award. One of Bob Dylan’s unique characteristics is his ability to reach an extremely wide crowd, including those on Broadway, according to an article originally published on New York Theater Me. Bob is the only person to have ever won an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize.

Bob’s music has been featured in four Broadway musicals. The first time that Broadway lit up to a Dylan song was on October 26, 1970 when theater goers heard “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “Dear Landlord” in the musical Play Play with Music at the Paul Sills’ Story Theatre. This show was Dylan’s music longest run on Broadway.

Dylan fans had to wait over a decade for Bob Dylan’s music to light up a Broadway stage again. On October 24, 1982, fans heard “Blowin in the Wind,” “’Like a Rolling Stone” and “Forever Young” during the weeklong musical revue called Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years held at the St. James’ Theatre. Despite the fact that this show only saw nine regular performances, the New York Times described it as an amazing summary of music over the last 25 years.

Bob Dylan’s music was next heard on Broadway in “The Times They Are A-Changin’” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Bob wrote all the music for this dance show which featured many artists including Twyla Tharp. This show received mostly negative reviews and closed on November 19, 2006. Songs performed during this Broadway show included “Don’t Be Thinking Twice It’s All Right,” “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” “Mr. Trombone Man” and “On a Night Like This.”

The last time that Bob Dylan’s music was heard on Broadway was on February 9, 2014, in the music A Night with Janis Joplin where she sings “I Shall Be Released.” This show opened on October 10, 2013. It was originally held at the Lyceum Theatre before being moved off-Broadway.