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Tony Awards 2015 – Best Direction of a Play / Best Direction of a Musical

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the 10 phenomenal directors nominated for Best Direction of a Play and Best Direction of a Musical:

Best Direction of a Play

Stephen Daldry, “Skylight”

Marianne Elliott, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Scott Ellis, “You Can’t Take It With You”

Jeremy Herrin, “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

Moritz von Stuelpnagel, “Hand to God”

 

Here’s a few fun facts:

– Stephen Daldry made his feature film directorial debut in 2000 with “Billy Elliot” and then went on to win Best Direction of a Musical for the stage version in 2009.  “Billy Elliot” also played here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from March 18, 2010 – November 28, 2010.

– In 2011, Marianne Elliott won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of “War Horse,” along with co-director Tom Morris.  The production toured through Chicago December 18, 2012 – January 5, 2013 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

– Scott Ellis attended the Chicago Goodman School of Drama.

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, “Fun Home”

Casey Nicholaw, “Something Rotten!”

John Rando, “On the Town”

Bartlett Sher, “The King and I”

Christopher Wheeldon, “An American in Paris”

 

Here’s a few more fun facts:

– Sam Gold started out as an actor, appearing as a replacement understudy in “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Broadway in 1997-1998.

– John Rando won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for “Urinetown the Musical” in 2002.  He also directed “The Wedding Singer” on Broadway in 2006.

– In 2014, Bartlett Sher directed the beautiful musical, “The Bridges of Madison County” which unfortunately only ran for 100 performances from February 2014 to May 2014.

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Scenic Design

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the incredible designers nominated this year for Best Scenic Design:

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Bob Crowley, “Skylight”

Christopher Oram, “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

David Rockwell, “You Can’t Take It With You”

 

Here’s a few fun facts:

– “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” has received much acclaim, and Ben Brantley of The New York Times, wrote: “As directed by Marianne Elliott, working with an inspired set of designers, Christopher’s maiden voyage into an alien metropolis becomes a virtuoso study in sensory overload. Those lights, noises, street signs, road maps, random words that spell themselves into being, and, oh yes, that moving staircase that materializes out of nowhere: it all keeps coming at you”.

– Bob Crowley was quite busy this season designing for three Broadway shows: “The Audience,” “An American in Paris,” and “Skylight.”

– David Rockwell is a native Chicagoan and was the set designer for the hit musical “Legally Blonde” which played at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from May 12, 2009 – June 7, 2009.

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, “An American in Paris”

David Rockwell, “On the Twentieth Century”

Michael Yeargan, “The King and I”

David Zinn, “Fun Home”

 

Here’s a few more fun facts:

– Michael Yeargan was the set designer for the beautiful musical “The Light in the Piazza” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University from July 10, 2007 to July 22, 2007.

– “Fun Home” has a quite interesting scenic design because, “It’s like going from Google Street View to Google Maps,” says scenic designer David Zinn, who has filled the set with objects that speak to the real Alison and to authenticity’s sake. In the show, she’s played as a young girl, a college coed and an adult by three actresses.

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Lighting Design

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Broadway In Chicago is beyond excited for the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7th! Until the award ceremony, we’ll be highlighting the nominees in each category and filling you in on some fun facts each week. Today we’re focusing on Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Musical!

Lighting1(Left to Right: Paule Constable, David Plater, Natasha Katz, Japhy Weideman)

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Paule Constable and David Plater – “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

Natasha Katz – “Skylight”

Japhy Weideman – “Airline Highway”

 

Here’s a few fun facts:

– Paule Constable won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a play for “War Horse.”  The production of “War Horse” toured through Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre December 18, 2012 – January 5, 2013.

– Paule Constable was also the lighting designer for the 2010 25th Anniversary Touring Production of “Les Misérables” which played at the Cadillac Palace Theatre November 14, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

– Natasha Katz won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for “Once,” which toured through the Oriental Theatre October 9, 2013 – October 27, 2013 and will be returning to Chicago June 2, 2015 – June 7, 2015 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

– Natasha Katz was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in 1994 for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” which recently toured through Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre March 25, 2015 – March 29, 2015.

 

Lighting2(Left to Right: Donald Holder, Natasha Katz, Ben Stanton, Japhy Weideman)

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder – “The King and I”

Natasha Katz – “An American in Paris”

Ben Stanton – “Fun Home”

Japhy Weideman – “The Visit”

 

Here’s a few more fun facts:

– Japhy Weideman designed the lighting for “Airline Highway” at Steppenwolf Theatre Company which premiered here in Chicago December 14, 2014 – February 14, 2015.

– Donald Holder won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for “The Lion King” which will be returning to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace December 2, 2015 – January 17, 2016.

– Don Holder was also was the lighting designer for “Big Fish” which premiered at the Oriental Theatre April 2, 2013 – May 5, 2013.