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Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway’s biggest hit comedy It’s Only a Play in the role of James Wicker on March 31, 2015 and will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015. Lane departed It’s Only A Play on January 4, 2015 due to a previously scheduled commitment with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) staging of The Iceman Cometh.
Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Martin Short, who stepped into the role of Wicker for a limited run, departs the production on March 29th as previously scheduled.
Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, April 29 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).
Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask said, “The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game changer. He’s that good. Then, when we hung out it was like we were old friends. I’m excited to spend the next few months making the show and getting to know each other better. I’m happy that Hedwig can be Darren’s next stop on his way to world domination.”
Book writer John Cameron Mitchell said, “I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs. I LOVED him in How to Succeed. His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I’m thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!”
Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that the Tony Award®-winning musical Kinky Boots, will premiere in the West End at London’s Adelphi Theatre beginning August 21, 2015. Tickets to Kinky Boots will be available to the public beginningMarch 2, 2015.
"We are thrilled and deeply honored to be bringing Kinky Boots back home to British shores, where this inspirational story is set,” said Roth and Luftig. “The show is big-hearted and filled with joy, and we trust that it will be warmly embraced by audiences in the UK.” Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell added, “I am delighted to see this big-spirited musical arrive in London. Kinky Boots is very close to my heart, and I am really looking forward to staging it here with a British cast.”
The 2014 Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, will open its National Tour at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe) in September 2015, it was announced today by producer Joey Parnes and Broadway In Chicago. The show will play two weeks in Chicago September 29 – October 11, 2015 as the start of its 44-week National Tour.
“We’ve loved how much Broadway audiences have embraced Gentleman’s Guide, and enthusiasm for this show has reached far beyond New York,” said Joey Parnes. “From the production’s world premiere in Hartford to its run in San Diego, it has already delighted crowds on both coasts. We’ve been dying to bring it to the rest of the country so they, too, can see what all the fuss – and laughter – is about.”
Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
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Today, inspirational theatre educators across the United States have a first-ever chance at the Tony spotlight. The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award.”
Now through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for K-12 theatre educators. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration.
Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited K-12 institution or recognized community theatre organization anywhere in the United States. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theatre education. To learn more about the award criteria and to nominate a teacher, please visit tonyawards.com/educatoraward.
“This new award underscores our longstanding commitment to theatre education,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Innumerable Tony Award winners have thanked their teachers during acceptance speeches. Starting this year, we’re putting educators and their essential roles at center stage.”
Some of those stars, such as Christian Borle, Sutton Foster and Cherry Jones, are featured in a new video reel released today by the Tony Awards. To see the video, please visit http://youtu.be/n5SJcV653Yk.
This annual award will recognize a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry will select the finalists and winner.
“At Carnegie Mellon, I have the privilege of seeing education transform the lives of talented young people every day, and then I watch as those students transform the world,” said Dan Martin, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon, the first, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards.
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States and celebrated its centennial in 2014. In the past century, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees and its alumni have won 39 awards to date. During last year’s live Tony Awards telecast, CMU alumni Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer announced the upcoming educator award initiative.
The award finalists will be announced in the spring and each will receive an honorarium. A single winner will be selected to receive the Excellence in Theatre Education Award on stage at Radio City Music Hall during the 69thAnnual Tony Awards telecast on CBS at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), Sunday, June 7.