I love New York. I love actors. But Sunday’s Tony telecast? Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards voted for the musical “Be More Chill,” which was not even nominated for the Best Musical Tony. Their favorite, also not favored by the Tonys, was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Also not nominated, star of Tony favorite “Hadestown.”
The telecast has good names — Darren Criss, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson, Regina King, Laura Linney, Audra McDonald, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, Michael Shannon. But the show itself? Always so duh that more exciting is to sit in the can and cut your big toenail.
Talent in this town is astounding. Coming, Madison Square Garden, the 28th and 29th, Hugh Jackman. Not all alone. Eight dancers. Two singers. Plus a crew of 193.
It’s called “The Man. The Music. The Show.” Two acts, two-hour show. He’s played it all over Europe. He’ll then schlep it to other cities. Hugh’s written it himself. Things he’s never talked about before — his childhood, first cricket game. Plus songs from his previous shows. Not just movies, but he’s also been on Broadway more than the Shuberts.
After Jackman gets it all straightened out in America, then it’s the home turf — Australia.
Tooting same horn
Original movie “Tootsie,” a financial hit, was one of 1982’s most profitable films. The Larry Gelbart screenplay kicked around eight years before getting made. He and Murray Schisgal eventually wrote its final version with help from (uncredited) Elaine May and (uncredited) Barry Levinson. Toot-toot “Tootsie” the musical is now up for 11 Tonys.
Oy, Tuesday we got us more statuettes. Designing Women Awards. Honorees: Costumes Michele Clapton (“Game of Thrones,” “The Crown”); Hair Shunika Terry (“House of Cards,” “First Wives Club”) Makeup Riccie Johnson (“60 Minutes”), Design team (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Donna Zakowska, Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan — even more people than they’ve had on the show. Host, Zainab Johnson. Presenters Rachel Brosnahan, Lesley Stahl. Executive director Cynthia López.
Moving company Shleppers may be schlepping to Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, lately burbling about Germany and Tehran, Iran, may shut his mouth internationally to reopen it domestically. He said he might run for senator from another foreign place called Kansas. He now says he’s discarded the idea. Big mouths in DC — of which there are many — open to say it’s still a possibility.
Lorna has pride
It’s the 65th anniversary of Judy Garland’s “A Star Is Born” and 50th of the Stonewall Riots, which presaged by her death at 47. Lorna Luft: “Mother’s passing and the Stonewall Riots led to the launch of the Pride movement. I’m marching with them in the coming parade.” She’s also doing Feinstein’s/54 Below, a Hollywood Bowl/Barry Manilow concert and an involvement with the Life Ball in Vienna.
Please pay attention
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was at Tuscany Steakhouse. Plus 40 guests. Plus bodyguards. That is one large load of sauteed onions.
Speaking of other eaters, comes “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” a giant lizard chomping on Beantown. Says “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch: “The scale’s epic. Our soundstage looked like the Arctic. Epsom salt covered the floor. Snow flying around was soap flakes. Lots of eyeball collateral damage.
“And huge speakers had Godzilla’s actual roar as he stomps around destroying Boston’s Fenway Park.”
Fortunately, he’s not only in New York, kids, not only in New York.
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