One-time “SNL” player Colin Quinn transferred his one-man show “Long Story Short” to Broadway earlier this season and was welcomed with open arms by the critics. Now paycaster HBO is taping the Feb. 2 and 3 performances to air as a special in April. The show shutters March 5, but there is talk of a national tour.
Jerry Seinfeld made his theatrical directorial debut guiding Quinn through his 75-minute tour of world history. After a successful run off-Broadway this summer, it is being staged at the Helen Hayes Theater, one of the smaller Broadway houses.
Unforfunately for Quinn, the Tony Awards dropped the special theatrical event category last year. Shows such as his — which have a script — can contend for Best Play. However, Carrie Fisher could not break into that category last year for her equally well-received one-woman show “Wishful Drinking.” All of the elements of these productions, such as Seinfeld’s direction, can contend for Tony Awards as well.