Although we don’t have a date for the 74th Annual Tony Awards, we do have a full list of nominees! Surprises here included the exclusion of The Lightning Thief, which meant Best Score went entire to plays and Best Leading Actor in a musical is unopposed. For musical, Jagged Little Pill (15) and Moulin Rouge!(14) leads with most nominations, Slave Play (12) and The Inheritance (11) for plays — mostly as expected.
And here are the nominees:
Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl
The Inheritance by Matthew López
Sea Wall/A Life by Simon Stephens & Nick Payne
Slave Play by Jeremy O. …
The Drama Desk Awards celebrate achievements both Broadway and off-Broadway for a season — this year, of course, that season was cut off quite short. The shut down of theatres due to COVID-19 dramatically impacted what shows were already open, and therefore eligible, for awards this year. …
The problems of Ivo van Hove’s “West Side Story” are almost too numerous to fit into a single piece, but I am going to try. There has already been quite a bit written on this revival, so instead of a traditional review this is going to be more of a semi-organized set of thoughts about some problematic aspects — things that I feel need to be talked about and addressed more. Consider this my cahiers de doléances, my list of grievances.
To begin I must of course start with the captain of this misbegotten mess, Ivo van Hove. For those unaware, van Hove is a Belgian director who of late has become Broadway’s experimental bad boy; this is his first attempt at directing a musical and it is a massive failure. …