Lee Seymour, a contributing writer to Forbes Magazine has published a piece in the magazine about the upcoming 2017 Tony Awards. This Tuesday, on May the second, the official nominees for the Tony Awards will be announced in the morning. The actual Tony Awards ceremony where the winners will be announced will take place next month on June 11th.
Seymour believes that this year’s 2017 Tony Awards could have lots of surprises and upsets. This year saw over 13 new musicals on stage in addition to 12 new plays. That is not it either. 12 older Broadway favorites have been brought back as well this year.
Most of the new plays and some of the continuing ones will not get any awards or nominations for that matter says Lee Seymour. However, the awards should be spread out more evenly and across the board this time. 2017 does not have a play such as Hamilton which dominated the awards proceedings last year. Lee Seymour says that lovers of the theatre should expect surprises.
So who will be judging at the Tony Awards? What favorite plays and Broadway musicals can you expect to be featured as nominees for this year? The judges of the Tony Awards are VIPs in the world of theatre. Many of them are past actors, journalists who cover the theatre scene and theatre buffs who support or fund the art of drama in one way or another. Seymour believes that this year’s panel of judges should be fair and not be as biased if it were up to the voters to decide the awards. This is good, considering that way too often, judges let their bias cloud their decisions or at other times may even lack understanding of the subject that they are judging. Combine this with a large amount of new shows hitting Broadway and this year’s awards should be exciting.
For best musical, the top three predictions for who will won are Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 says Lee Seymour. In the best play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Sweat and Indecent are the favorites to be winners. The best revival of a musical include Hello, Dolly! and Sunset Boulevard while best revival of a play has top contenders such as The Little Foxes and Jitney.
Legendary Rock crooner Jimmy Buffett is heading to Broadway. The musical Escape to Margaritaville set to the title of his 1977 smash hit, is slated to hit the Broadway stage in early 2018, according to singer’s website.
The musical will kick off a six-week run at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. That premier will be followed up a three-city pre-Broadway stint in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago. At the end of the three-city tour on Dec. 3, the show will head to an unspecified Broadway venue.
Buffett stated that it has always been a goal of his to make it to Broadway, according to a post on his website. “I am very excited about this tour, which kicks off in La Jolla,” said Buffett. “After performing in three of my favorite cities — New Orleans, Houston and Chicago, we’ll head back to New York.”
Escape to Margaritaville is based on an original story with collaborations from My Name is Earl writer Greg Garcia and writer/actor Mike O’Malley. Christopher Ashley, veteran of several Broadway productions, will serve as director. Buffett says that he has no doubt that the musical is in very capable hands and should be a rousing success.
Playbill gave a full synopsis of the production as imagining “a warm and beautiful place set by the ocean where the music plays and the drinks are in abundance.”
“Margaritaville is an island paradise where all of your dreams come true. It’s a place where city dwellers can get away from it all, and the locals bring their own brand of harmless trouble, according to Buffett. The story is a romantic tell of an island bartender and part-time singer, Sully, who thinks he has the world all figured out. He does, until a beautiful, strong-minded tourist enters his life and changes his life forever.
Tour dates and ticket information can be found on Buffett’s website. There is also a 30-second video promo.
For many, the allure of Anastasia remains hard to resist. Anastasia is a tale based on the estranged daughter of a Russian czar who endures a host of problems. Throughout her life, Anastasia remains afflicted by her identity, or lack thereof. No other venue can encapsulate such a tale the way that Broadway does. Whether the powdery snow or the sonic stage, The Broadhurst Theatre served as a platform for the show.
Furthermore, Christy Altomare played the role of Anastasia. Not only was her performance brilliant, the performance captivated the entire audience. In addition, her performance led many to believe she was actually a princess. In a nutshell, Christy executed everything she needed to. By paying attention to detail, she created her poses and administered the Russian accent with the precision of a native language. Moreover, the show entertained people from all over the world. Most people considered it exhilarating. During her performance, she exhibited a nonstop plethora of talents.
Also, the theatre made no secret as to where they got their inspiration from. Beneath the title, an excerpt reads “Inspired by the 20th Century Fox Motion Pictures.” One of the most important interpretations of Anastasia include the 1997 animated picture. The 1997 reiteration also possessed the charisma showcased in the Broadway performance. Also, the show remained full of surprises and plot twists. Another noteworthy rendition includes the 1956 rendition of the classic tale. In this rendition, it starred Ingrid Bergman. In addition, her performance won her an Oscar after a self imposed exile from Hollywood. Reference
Although the 20th century musicals garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim, they paint a vivid memory in the mind of enthusiasts. Today, many people remember them by the time period in which they existed and also by their entrenching aficionados. Performers of those shows faced difficultly getting prepared. Many had to squeeze themselves into corsets half their size. Oftentimes, these performances died young. In contrast, Anastasia remains alive and well. For the most part, Anastasia originates at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut directed by Darko Tresnjak. Darko Tresnjak remains a dominant figure in the industry and he has won numerous awards. To name a few, he won a Tony award for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”