Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

With over 500 costumes, and with so much glitter and sequins that I am surprised they left any in New York, it’s no wonder Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has received a Tony nomination for Best Costumes. In listening to this original cast recording, I must admit I kept looking for the mirrored disco ball. With covers of music original made hits by disco greats like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor and the Village People, the music is certainly infectious. I defy you not to want to dance while listening this story of travel and discovery in the Australian Outback.


Nominated for 2 Tony Awards:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Tony Sheldon
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner

Music: Various
Lyrics: Various
Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Basis: Stephan Elliott's 1994 motion picture The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on Pedro Almodovar's 1988 film of the same title. Set in Madrid in the late 20th century, the show covers 48 hours in the life of group of women whose relationship with the men in teir lives isn’t always the smoothest.

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards:
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Laura Benanti
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Patti LuPone

Music: David Yazbek
Lyrics: David Yazbek
Book: Jeffrey Lane
Basis: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Pedro Almodóvar

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