We bring you into the world of the Tony Awards as we adulates, critiques and revels in past performances. Check in on Tuesday’s to see the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In much the same vein as Don’t Break The Rules in Catch Me If You Can, Brotherhood of Man in the 2011 Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a show stopping number that completely blew me away. Rob Ashford is one of my favourite choreographers and this number demonstrates why. The vocabulary of movement he created with these virtuosic dancers embodies the energetic, playful, and masculine tones of the show. More
Guest writing this week is Ride The Cyclone star Rielle Braid!
Michael Jeter was a fantastic musical theatre performer and won a Tony for his work in Grand Hotel. He is most well known to audiences for his portrayals in films like The Green Mile, Miller’s Crossing, and Sister Act 2. In this Tony performance, Michael Jeter completely takes over the space, inhabiting it like a second skin. He’s one of those actors who seems to make every right choice, while still surprising you. More
Featuring a score by Jeanine Tesori (Composer of Caroline, or Change and Thoroughly Modern Millie), Shrek: the Musical is surprisingly good! While the book suffers the same fate as most films that try to translate to the theatre, the music in this show is actually quite swell. More
In Catch Me If You Can, Norbert Leo Butz gave one of the best theatre performances I have ever seen on stage. During his character’s main number Don’t Break The Rules, NLB demonstrates his immense talent for creating character through movement. From my understanding, Jerry Mitchell (choreographer) had NLB come to as many ensemble rehearsals as possible and would ask him to improvise movement as his character. What emerged was this zany and eccentric style of dance that totally encapsulates FBI Agent Carl Hanratty. When I saw this show in New York, a standing ovation erupted following this number (the first time I had ever witnessed this during a show in my entire history of seeing New York theatre). I actually said: “Wow” without realizing I said it when the number finished. One of the highlights from musical theatre in the past century hands down.
Once. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical. It took me a long time to see this show. I worked off and on in New York City for the past four years and generally saw most of the nominated shows (plays and musicals) each season. Last year, my friends in the city would always tell me to go see Once whenever I was choosing a show to see. They would say things like: “Best show of the season!” or “I cried the entire show!” or “Just go see it!”. Even though I had numerous chances to try to see it, I would always pick a different show over it. I didn’t think the show would interest me and live up to all the hype surrounding it. Then I saw this Tony performance…I knew I was wrong. More