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Hope

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

Hope

As we reflect on the past few days, and in fact, years and centuries of injustice towards people of color, we are heartbroken and outraged. We are reminded that theaters are a sacred place where stories are told that help us hear and understand all points of view. A place where community, not distance, come first.

As sung in RAGTIME THE MUSICAL:

Go out and tell our story.
Let it echo far and wide.
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.

How justice was our battle and how justice was denied.
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.

And say to those who blame us
For the way we chose to fight
That sometimes there are battles
That are more than black or white.

We look forward to the day when everyone’s stories will be heard and have hope that as we raise our voices together in non-violent protest, equality and justice will come. We stand by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

 

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Book of a Musical

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the 5 Playwrights nominated for Best Book of a Musical:

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Best Book of a Musical

“An American in Paris” – Craig Lucas

“Fun Home” – Lisa Kron

“Something Rotten!” – Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell

“The Visit” – Terrence McNally

 

Here’s a few fun facts:

Craig Lucas was originally a Broadway actor who performed in “Shenandoah” (1975), “Rex” (1976), “On the Twentieth Century” (1978) and “Sweeney Todd” (1979).

– Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote about Lisa Kron’s “Fun Home” saying it is “a beautiful heartbreaker of a musical,” and that “Ms. Kron has already established herself as a vibrant family memoirist with her plays ”2.5 Minute Ride” and “Well,” and her book and resonantly precise lyrics give this show its essential spine.”

– “Something Rotten!” first began as an idea when Wayne Kirkpatrick and his brother, screenwriter-director Karey Kirkpatrick, approached producer Kevin McCollum back at the tech rehearsal of 1996 musical “Rent.”  Almost 20 years ago!

– Among all of Terrence McNally’s credits one of our favorite standouts is his writing of the musical “Ragtime” which toured through Chicago at the Oriental Theatre November 1, 1998 – June 27, 1999.