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2016 Tony Award Nominations – Best Lighting Design of a Play / Musical

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

Broadway In Chicago is beyond excited for the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday June 12th 7-10PM CT! We’ll be highlighting the nominees in each category and filling you in on some fun facts each week leading up to the award ceremony.


Natasha Katz – “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Justin Townsend – “The Humans”

Jan Versweyveld – “The Crucible”

Jan Versweyveld – “A View from the Bridge”

Here’s a few fun facts:

-Natasha Katz won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for “Once” which last played in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre June 2nd – June 7th, 2015.

-Justin Townsend first crafted his lighting for “The Humans” for its world premiere at Chicago’s American Theater Company in November 2014.



Howell Binkley – “Hamilton”

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer – “Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

Ben Stanton – “Spring Awakening”

Justin Townsend – “American Psycho”

Here’s a few more fun facts:

-Howell Binkley was the lighting designer of the hit-musical “Jersey Boys” which he then won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in 2006.

-Some of the work Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer are well known for include; Ragtime, Pippin and the original productions of Chicago and La Cage aux Folles which have all toured through Chicago.

2016 Tony Award Nominations – Chicago Connections!

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

Broadway In Chicago couldn’t be more thrilled for the announcement of this year’s Tony Award nominations!  Here are a few of the amazing local ties this year:

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” received a record-setting 16 nominations including Best Musical, which makes us even more thrilled that it will be premiering at The Private Bank Theatre this coming September!  Phillipa Soo, an Illinois native herself from Libertyville, was nominated in Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Eliza Hamilton. For more information about the upcoming Chicago production visit:

Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress” has been nominated for Best Original Score. She is one of the many artists whose music will be featured in the upcoming world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical” beginning performances at the Oriental Theatre June 7th!  For more information visit:

Sergio Trujillo was nominated for Best Choreography in “On Your Feet!” which had its start here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre on June 2nd – July 5th, 2015 before transferring to Broadway.

David Zinn was nominated for Best Scenic Design for “The Humans,” and is currently working on the design for the world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical.”  He was also nominated last year for his design of the musical, “Fun Home,” which will also play the Oriental Theatre this fall starting November 2nd.

Chicago native Jessie Mueller was nominated for the second time in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her spectacular work in “Waitress.”  She won this category’s Tony Award in 2014 for her performance as Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” which was last seen at the Oriental Theatre December 1, 2015 – February 21, 2016 and will be returning to Chicago in the 2017 holiday season.

You may remember Carmen Cusack from her performance in “First Wives Club” which premiered here February 17th – March 29th, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre.  She was just nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical in “Bright Star.”

Michael Shannon, whom you might recognize as an ensemble member from A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago’s Old Town area, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” which was nominated for Best Play originated at the American Theater Company and played November 14, 2014 – February 1, 2015 before moving to Broadway.

“Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira, which is also nominated for Best Play, was first seen in Chicago as well at the Northlight Theatre January 13 – February 20, 2011.

Laurie Metcalf who was nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “Misery,” is remembered well in Chicago as a Steppenwolf ensemble member.

Be sure to check out Chris Jones’ Chicago Tribune article for the full list of nominations! – See more at:

Chicago’s Tony Award Nominees!

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled about the Chicago representation in this year’s Tony Award nominations! (more…)

Tony Awards: Best Choreography

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

Gotta dance! Here are the choreographers who inspired fancy footwork and marvelous movement on Broadway stages.


Susan Stroman – Bullets Over Broadway

Kelly Devine & Steven Hoggett – Rocky

Warren Carlyle – After Midnight

Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin

DID YOU KNOW? Talk about the student becoming the master! Warren Carlyle was the assistant choreographer under fellow nominee director Susan Stroman on The Producers, and now he’s garnered his first Tony nominations for choreography AND directing.

Steven Hoggett is currently here in Chicago choreographing The Last Ship!

Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

We’re also taking the time today to recognize the Best Scenic Design nominees!


Beowulf Boritt – Act One

Bob Crowley – The Glass Menagerie

Es Devlin – Machinal

Christopher Oram – The Cripple of Inishmaan

DID YOU KNOW? Christopher Oram has also won an Olivier Award for Costume Design, in addition to his previous Tony Award for scenic design for John Logan’s “Red”

Es Devlin designed the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and has worked for artists such as Miley Cyrus, Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz to design their live stage shows.


Julian Crouch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Santo Loquasto – Bullets Over Broadway

Alexander Dodge – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Christopher Barreca – Rocky

DID YOU KNOW? Alexander Dodge was born in Switzerland and grew up in Arizona. After moving to New York, he became the resident designer for Ethan Hawke’s Malaparte Theatre Company.