News Nuggets: ‘Spider-Man’ musical will hold a special performance for ‘Tonys’

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will hold a special “Tony” performance. From the press release: “The high flying production will hold a special Tony Sunday performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, for which anyone with the first name Anthony, Tony, Antoinette, Toni, or Antonio will be eligible to receive a free ticket. ‘It has been brought to our attention that the Tonys have been honoring Broadway for years, and we thought it was about time to repay the favor,’ [producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris] said in a joint statement. They added, ‘Nothing would make us prouder than to have more Tonys than any other show on Broadway on Sunday, June 10.'”

Oscars go outdoors: “While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may seem like a highly restrictive group — and it is, if you want to win one of those golden statuettes — the organization is expanding its outreach to regular moviegoers by announcing a summer-long series of outdoor movies. ‘Oscars Outdoors’ will showcase films on Fridays and Saturdays on a 40-by-20 foot screen in a park the organization built in the heart of Hollywood specifically for the sake of showing movies under the stars. The public is welcome, and the Academy is especially hopeful tourists will take advantage of it.” EW.COM

Betty White honored by PromaxBDA: “PromaxBDA, the leading global association for promotion, marketing and design professionals in the entertainment industry, announced today that renowned actress and comedienne Betty White will be the recipient of its prestigious PromaxBDA Lifetime Achievement Award at The Conference 2012, June 12-14 in Los Angeles. With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, the seven-time Emmy Award winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored seven books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards honor classical music: “Where the Oscars are all tinsel, tears and fake emotion, the RPS event is an occasion when the music world gets genuine and decent. OK, it’s a niche industry celebrating its own with the blowing of trumpets, but last night’s celebration at the Dorchester Hotel was also a roomful of people taking real delight in the achievement of others. And the trumpeting had the endearing awkwardness of a community that feels, these days, a bit too niche. It wasn’t brazen, it was heartfelt – all the better for the fact that the RPS is good at getting the tone of these things right. No razzmatazz, no gush, but warm and dignified appreciation. Just as it should be.” THE TELEGRAPH

Tony nominated “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man” extends its run: “The producers of the 2012 Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of ‘Gore Vidal’s The Best Man’ announced on May 9 that the run now continues to July 22 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The previous on-sale period was to July 8. The starry revival about the personalities involved in a political party’s convention has been nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. It also earned a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play nomination for James Earl Jones, who plays a former U.S. president.” PLAYBILL

South Florida natives nominated at the Blues Music Awards: “Memphis is the place to be in May if you love the blues. On Thursday night, followers of the genre will gather for a folksy version of the Grammys, where fans get to mingle with their favorite blues artists and, if they’re lucky, get their pictures taken with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy. This year, two South Florida musicians will be among the nominees at the 33rd Blues Music Awards, held at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Tenor saxophonist Terry Hanck, who lives in Singer Island, is nominated in two categories, Best Song and Best Instrumentalist — Horn, while guitarist JP Soars, from Boca Raton, is up for ‘Contemporary Blues Male Artist’ of the year.” SUN-SENTINEL

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