Musical is Tony favourite
low-tech musical Once, based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician, heads the Tony Award nominations with 11 nods. Two other musicals – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It – each have 10 nominations. Unlike last year’s The Book of Mormon, no single hit dominates this year’s nominations. Peter and the Starcatcher, a play about the origins of Peter Pan, has nine nominations and the nowclosed revival of Follies and the new Disney musical Newsies have eight nods each. Other Desert Cities, a play by Jon Robin Baitz, has five nominations, including best play. Once, with songs by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard, was originally a low-budget movie made for about $US150,000 ($A144,000). The film earned $US20 million, thanks in part to an original score that included the sublime, 2007 Oscar-winning song, Falling Slowly. The musical captured the film’s spirit and earned Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti best actor nominations. The Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS in the US on June 10. Neil Patrick Harris, the star of How I Met Your Mother, will host. Broadway’s most expensive show, the $75 million Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, has only two nominations, for best scenic design and costume. In the musical revival category, Follies and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will compete against two Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice works: Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Roomers caught the final performance of Annie at QPAC and is pleased to report it was delightful. When that fabulous orchestra begins, and Anthony Warlow and Nancye Hayes take the stage, you know you are looking at Aussie theatre at its best! It was great to see local Tahlia Traecey in the lineup of orphans – she did us all proud. Local singing teacher Kirri Adams must be feeling pretty good – she had four of her students in the show, including young Anita Munro in the role of Annie.
Theatre Company has cast Jack Harbour as Nick in its upcoming production of Fame the Musical, opposite Rachel Love ( Nunsense) as Serena. Clay English, Tara Jade Ross, Hayden Bech and Allison Mckenzie are also among the very strong cast of 32 for the show’s season at Tweed Heads Civic Centre from June 29.
and other items from the Fox Television series Terra Nova, which was partly filmed on the Coast, will be up for sale on Saturday from 10am to 4pm at Stage 6, Village Roadshow Studios, Oxenford.