Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

We continue our look at Tony nominated showwith one that is nominated for Best Musical, and the other Best Revival of a Musical.

The Book of Mormon

Take 2 young Mormon missioners – one insecure and inept, the other overconfident and pompous. They head off to Africa on their mission, and find they learn more from the Ugandans then they teach the Africans.
Book, music and lyrics are by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez. Parker and Stone are best known for creating the animated comedy South Park Lopez co-wrote and co-composed Avenue Q. And yes, the show does make fun of Mormons (actually all organized religion), but also lampoons traditional musicals.

Nominated for 14 Awards:

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics): Written for the Theatre Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Josh Gad
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Andrew Rannells
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Rory O'Malley
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Nikki M. James
Best Direction of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Best Choreography: Casey Nicholaw
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman & Stephen Oremus
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Scott Pask
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Ann Roth
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Brian MacDevitt
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan

It has also won;
2011 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
• Best Musical
2011 Drama League Awards
• Distinguished Production of a Musical
2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards
• Outstanding New Broadway Musical
• Outstanding New Score
• Outstanding Director of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
• Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Josh Gad
2011 Drama Desk Awards
• Outstanding Musical
• Outstanding Music
• Outstanding Lyrics
• Outstanding Director of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
• Outstanding Orchestrations: Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus

How to Succeed in Business without really trying
A young man decides to conquer the business world by the following the advice of a little bestselling book called How to Succeed in Business without really trying. J. Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch's unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with a secretary, Rosemary Pilkington.

Nominated for 8 Awards:

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: John Larroquette
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Tammy Blanchard
Best Direction of a Musical: Rob Ashford
Best Choreography: Rob Ashford
Best Orchestrations: Doug Besterman
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Catherine Zuber
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Howell Binkley

Don't forget, next Sunday it's award time! As always, watching the Tony Awards gives us a chance to see musical numbers from all the nominated musicals.

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