Joel Grey to Receive Oscar Hammerstein Award

According to a story originally published on the Broadwayblog, Joel Grey will officially receive the 25th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater at a December 5th gala held at the Asia Society. Joel Grey has been honored for his television career by the Paley Center.

Joel is the son of Mickey Katz, a famous American musician who introduced Joel to many early American musicians. His father is best known for creating Broadway satires.

Joel’s first performance in musical theater came when he was just nine years old when he performed in On Borrowed Time at the Cleveland Play House. Grey was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

This singers first show on Broadway was in Joy Ride during 1958. His most defining role, however, came when he originated the role of Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. He was presented a Tony for this amazing job. A few years later, he played the same role in the Cabaret movie and won an Oscar for that role. He is one of only eight people to have ever won a Tony and an Oscar for the same role. Many years later, he also wrote a book and titled it Master of Ceremonies.

Throughout his illustrative career, he has appeared in 12 Broadway shows, six off-Broadway shows, two national tours and has appeared in numerous television and movie roles.

Joel will be opening on October 16 at the American Airlines Theater in a limited production of Cherry Orchard, playing along the delightful Diane Lane. He will be playing the role of Firs in this Broadway show that was first produced in Moscow in 1904.

When asked if he had any roles that he always wanted to play, Joel says that he always wanted to perform in a Shakespeare play. He says that he was only offered one opportunity and that it did not pay well enough to support his wife and their child.

When asked if Cherry Orchard would be his last performance on Broadway, he said that he did not know. That he was still open to considering possibilities. He also said that he was enjoying his new found love of photography.

 

Kristin Chenoweth Returns to Broadway for Limited Time Show

In a recent interview posted on Huffington Post, singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth says that she is looking forward to performing on Broadway in the upcoming show “My Love Letter to Broadway.” She says that she hopes that the show will be different each night. This is a feat that she hopes to accomplish by adding and subtracting music during the 12 different performances which will occur from November 3 to November 12 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Kristin has already recorded much of the music for the show which will be released on her upcoming album “The Art of Elegance” which will be released on September 23. She says that many who are already familiar with her high soprano voice may be surprised by the music that she currently plans on performing. She says that her voice is dropping and hitting the high notes is not as easy as it was once upon a time. She sees the show and album as a way to celebrate important women entertainers that have gone before her. Therefore, it is important to her that each performance be top-notch.

Kristin is already highly successful. She has won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in ‘You’re a Good Man: Charlie Brown.” She has also won a Supporting Actress Emmy for her work in “Pushing Up Daisies.” She was nominated for another Tony Award for her role as Glinda in “Wicked.”

She says that she was most scared about her recent performance in a casino because it was outside anything that she had ever experienced. Kristin took a long time before she agreed to do this performance. In the end she was very thankful that she did it because she realized that almost all of the great entertainers had performed casino shows at some point in their careers. She says that the people were extremely nice to her and that the audience simply adored her performance. She hopes that she can sing again at other casinos in the near future.

 

Play Makes History as First Olivier-Winning Production with a Trans Protagonist

Art usually represents social progress before other mediums, and theater has certainly done that for the LGBTQ community recently with its history-making Rotterdam play. This is the first Olivier-winning play that has a transgender person as a protagonist.

 

This is a British play, and it tells the story of members of the LGBTQ community and their path towards love. The play debuted in New York, and it was successful.

 

It is no secret that plays and other art forms have tackled issues of sexuality and identity, but this new play tackles these subjects through the eyes of members of the LGBTQ community. The playwright, Jon Brittain, has been slowly weaving in characters from this community throughout his plays but did not write a story centered around this issue until recently.

 

Brittain said that it started because many friends came out to him as transgender, and this propelled him to tell this story. He knew there was a problem in the theater and that members of this community were not represented properly. He was careful to write a story that was honest and respectful to the community.

 

The play premiered in London in 2015, and it was almost universally accepted as one of the best pieces of work at the time. Of course, Brittain believes that this is only the beginning. Everyone is starting to notice that more and more people are letting go of their prejudice against members of the LGBTQ community.

 

Now, this does not mean that Brittain believes that the fight is over as there are still many hurdles to pass, but progress is being made, and this play is just one small example, which should hopefully give many people hope.

 

Brittain was surprised that his play won the Olivier, but the award was just the icing on top of the cake. The truth is that he just wanted his play to spark a conversation regarding the LGBTQ community, which is all that matters to him.

 

Still, there is no doubt that he was honored his play received the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Olivier award, which has only made the play more coveted. This does not only mean success. It also means more exposure, which should propel the conversation further.