News Nuggets: Should orchestration be restored to the Drama Desk Awards?

Entertainment Weekly offers its final Tony nominee predictions: “… whose names will be called when Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announce the nominations this Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.? After the jump, check out our predictions in the major categories. (The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Beacon Theatre, in a Neil Patrick Harris-hosted ceremony airing on CBS.) Disagree with our picks? Well, that’s why the gods of theater (and websites) created the comments section!” EW.COM

Lobbying to reinstate orchestration to the Drama Desk Awards: “Many orchestrators and composers, immediately took to social media to express their disappointment and outrage about the elimination of the category. Now, a change.org petition has launched to bring the category back, with 1545 signatures at press time including well known industry members like Lin-Manuel Miranda, George Stiles, Larry Hochman, Alex Lacamoire, Lea Salonga, Larry Blank, Ann Harada, Marc Shaiman, Stephen Oremus, Kate Shindle, Jerry Mitchell, Patti Murin, Liz Caplan, Ted Sperling, Rob Sher, Adam Pascal among many other artists, musicians and fans.” BROADWAY WORLD

Peter and the Starcatcher” graduates from San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse to Tony contender: “The Tony Awards nominations are announced Tuesday, and a few locally linked shows — most prominently the La Jolla Playhouse-bred ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ — are in the running. Our Front Row theater panelists, including two who worked on ‘Peter’ in La Jolla three years ago, offer their takes on the Tonys …” UT SAN DIEGO

Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winners announced: “‘Any Day Now,’ a drama about gay adoption from director Travis Fine, has won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Heineken Audience Award for the festival’s favorite narrative feature. In a Saturday night festival wrap party in New York, the Detroit-set documentary ‘Burn’ was named the favorite documentary. ‘Any Day Now’ stars Alan Cumming as an aspiring singer who, together with his closeted district attorney partner (Garret Dillahunt), tries to adopt a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) … ‘Burn’ (below) follows Detroit’s new Fire Commissioner, Donald Austin, as he attempts to help rebuild the devastated city.” THE WRAP

Previewing Cannes Film Festival selection “Killing Them Softly“: “The Playlist quotes actor Garret Dillahunt as saying [Andrew Dominik‘s] initial 150-minute cut had to be sheared by almost an hour. That’s neither here nor there, as is the film’s rather annoying title change — though if it turns out to disappoint, these will be retroactively flagged as symptoms. Dominik’s an odd, distinctive talent, and [Brad Pitt‘s] in the form of his life — there’s much to be hopeful for here.” IN CONTENTION

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