Sunday, June 05, 2011

Broadway's Night - June 12, 2011


There are two nights each year when I turn off my phones to everyone because I love watching the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards. Movies and live stage productions are essential for my survival. This is your reminder. Do not call me Sunday evening, June 12, 2011. The Antoinette Perry Tony Awards will be presented live on CBS. I will definitely be watching to see who will be chosen the Best of Broadway for this season.

The first time Broadway, film and TV star Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 63rd Tony Awards for the American Theatre Wing, he earned an Emmy Award for his efforts. And now, he's back to host again this year. NPH, as he is affectionately known by legions of fans across the globe, is set to return to the Tony stage as host of the 65th annual awards on June 12th.

NPH is probably best known for his role as Barney Stinson on the CBS hit series, 'How I Met Your Mother' but he has been a "Broadway Baby" from the time he was in knickers. He also hosted the 61st prime-time Emmy Awards.  But, enough about him.
The productions being honored include:
Best Play
Good People
Jerusalem
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
War Horse
Best Musical
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act
Best Revival of a Play
Arcadia
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart
Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Some of the actors and actresses nominated for their thespian efforts this year include:
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Frances McDormand, Good People
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisey
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

This year, the Regional Theatre Tony Award goes to the Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago, IL.

To view the entire list of nominees GO HERE. To visit the Tony official Web site where you can view video of scenes from the plays and Musicals, learn more about the nominees and so much more, click the title of this post.

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