April 24, 2018 at 2:24 am #1202534877
When the New York Times starts its review of your show by talking about cockroaches, you know you’re in trouble.April 24, 2018 at 5:23 am #1202534929
Though Ken Davenport (who’s the lead producer of Once on This Island) does not have the greatest reputation in the industry, so who knows how much that could cost the production overall.
Does politics really matter if the musical itself is innovative, creative, and arguably the most beloved and acclaimed in its category? I seem to recall an instance where there was doubt raised if In the Heights could win Best Musical in 2008 because its lead producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller also produced Avenue Q, which ran a deceptive campaign to win, which angered many voters after the fact. But we all know what happened to ITH. And Seller would even go on to produce Hamilton.April 24, 2018 at 5:28 am #1202534930
I also think My Fair Lady could win set design.
The scenic design for MFL was good, but the best scenic design of the season by far was Spongebob.
I think the award itself is between Spongebob and Once on this Island. They were immersive productions that reinvented the theater in a way that transcended what was part of the show and what was reality. Lighting is probably also between these two shows for complementing the scenic design well.April 24, 2018 at 5:38 am #1202534933
As I’ve said before, the race for Best Scenic Design of a Musical is going to be pretty competitive this year. Usually, the most elaborate scenery tends to win this award like An American in Paris, The Great Comet, The Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins, She Loves Me, and South Pacific. Though a small, intimate show like Once did manage to win set design over larger productions like Ghost, Spider-Man, and Newsies.April 24, 2018 at 7:32 am #1202534995
Costume Design is going to be interesting as well. MFL is major threat here along with Frozen and OOTI.April 24, 2018 at 5:40 pm #1202535285
Travesties has opened, and it looks like it’ll be a strong contender for a Best Play Revival nomination.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-Critics-Weigh-In-on-Tom-Stoppards-TRAVESTIES-on-Broadway-20180424April 25, 2018 at 11:32 am #1202535673
For their final production of the 2017-2018 season, Playwrights Horizons will debut the play Log Cabin by Jordan Harrison. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Phillip James Brannon, Cindy Cheung, Ian Harvie, Talene Monahon and Dolly Wells will star, and Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct. The show will run from June 1-July 15 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater. http://www.playbill.com/article/phillip-james-brannon-ian-harvie-cindy-cheung-and-more-join-jesse-tyler-ferguson-in-log-cabinApril 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm #1202535799
Lucy Thurber’s Transfers has received a one-week extension until May 20. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/191959/lucy-thurbers-world-premiere-play-transfers-receives-extension-off-broadway/April 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm #1202535809
Saint Joan has just opened, and critics have been pretty much divided over the production.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-The-Critics-Weigh-In-on-SAINT-JOAN-on-Broadway-20180425April 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm #1202536136
Reviews are out for the West End stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, and they’re mixed. https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Review-Roundup-STRICTLY-BALLROOM-Waltzes-to-the-West-End-20180425April 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm #1202536172
The final Broadway production of the season has opened, here are the reviews for The Iceman Cometh…
It looks like this will be one of the four nominees for Best Revival of a Play along with Angels in America, Three Tall Women, and Travesties.April 26, 2018 at 5:29 pm #1202536174
Lobby Hero got better reviews or am I wrong?April 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm #1202536175
Lobby Hero could still sneak in not only given the response, but also how relevant it is.
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