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2016 Tony Award Nominations – Best Direction 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.

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



Rupert Goold – “King Charles III”

Jonathan Kent – “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Joe Mantello – “The Humans”

Liesl Tommy – “Eclipsed”

Ivo van Hove – “A View from the Bridge”

Here are some fun facts:

-Jonathan Kent directed the revival of “Man of La Mancha” in 2002. Flashback to when “Man of La Mancha” first premiered in Chicago at the old Shubert Theatre June 2 – June 28, 1969!

-“Eclipsed”, led by the direction of Liesl Tommy, is making history as the first all black and all female Broadway show!

-Joe Mantello is well known for his direction of “Wicked” which was last at the Oriental Theatre October 30 – December 21, 2013.



Michael Arden – “Spring Awakening”

John Doyle – “The Color Purple”

Scott Ellis – “She Loves Me”

Thomas Kail – “Hamilton”

George C. Wolfe – “Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

Here are a few more fun facts:

-John Doyle’s “Sweeney Todd” toured through Chicago April 23 – May 4, 2008 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

-Thomas Kail directed “In The Heights” which last played here in Chicago January 10 – 15, 2012 at the Oriental Theatre.

THE LAST SHIP sails to Broadway!

Posted on: July 13th, 2014 by B.I. C. No Comments

The Last Ship will finish its pre-Broadway run in Chicago today as the cast and crew prepare to sail over to New York.  The entire creative team, including Sting, John Logan, Joe Mantello and Steven Hoggett, and cast have been a pleasure to host. We have loved having them here in Chicago and wish them all the best on Broadway! We’ve put together some of their fun moments around town and on opening night as a look back upon a fantastic experience in Chicago.

last ship collage

Photo credits: Amy Boyle and Stephen Green

Sting and cast members at Wrigley Field and during Opening Night curtain call 

“Driven by Sting’s ravishing score, this beautiful show magnifies the human heartbeat and captures a genuine sense of the yearning that keeps people going. In an age of empty spectacle, this show stands out for its magnificent authenticity. With THE LAST SHIP, Sting will leave an indelible imprint on that most American of art forms, the Broadway musical.”- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 Beautiful. With this heartfelt tribute to the men of the lost shipbuilding industry, Sting proves that his formidable songwriting skills can translate to the Broadway stage.”- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 “Inspiring, deeply moving- absolutely superb. THE LAST SHIP is truly a must-see.”-  Bill Zwecker, FOX TV

“Sting takes us on a spectacular voyage of music, humor, and passion.”- Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago

THE LAST SHIP wraps its emotional arms around you from the first note and never lets go. An inventive, emotional, gripping production.”- Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

last ship collage 2

Photo credits: Amy Boyle and Joan Marcus