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Tony Awards 2015 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play / Musical

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the women nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play” and “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical”:


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Geneva Carr, “Hand to God”

Helen Mirren, “The Audience”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Heidi Chronicles”

Carey Mulligan, “Skylight”

Ruth Wilson, “Constellations”


Here are a few fun facts:

– Geneva Carr is making her Broadway debut at age 44 in “Hand to God,” but you’d also recognize her recurring role as the mom in the AT&T Mobility phone commercials.

– Helen Mirren has played a Queen a total of six times: The Queen (2006), Elizabeth I (2005), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Snow Queen (1995), The Madness of King George (1994), and Caligola (1979).

– You know Elisabeth Moss best from her portrayal as Peggy Olson on the AMC series “Mad Men.”

– Carey Mulligan’s Broadway debut was in a 2008 production of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

– Ruth Wilson won the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for her role in “The Affair” and days later made her Broadway debut in “Constellations.”



Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, “On the Twentieth Century”

Leanne Cope, “An American in Paris”

Beth Malone, “Fun Home”

Kelli O’Hara, “The King and I”

Chita Rivera, “The Visit”


Here are a few more fun facts:

– Kristin Chenoweth’s birth name is Kristi Dawn. She became “Kristin” when her musical theater teacher at Oklahoma City University, Florence Birdwell, suggested adding the “n” to make it sound more professional.

– Leanne Cope is currently on leave from London’s Royal Ballet to be performing in “An American In Paris.”

– Beth Malone made her Broadway debut in “Ring of Fire,” which played at the Barrymore Theatre in 2006.

– This year marks Kelli O’Hara’s 6th Tony nomination.  Her previous nominations have been for her performances in “The Light in the Piazza,” “The Pajama Game,” “South Pacific,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

– Chita Rivera has gained 9 Tony Award nominations throughout her career, with two wins for “The Rink” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”


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.