Oh yeah, the place to be tomorrow night is in front of your television set, with
the 68th Tony Awards’ Ceremony about to begin. Or better yet, if fashion,
style and grace are part of your repertoire, before the Tony’s, watch the
outrageous, beautiful and sometimes the most stunning dresses of the year!
After all, the ones who are able to wing it on stage, in front of a Live audience
on a large stage, whether it is Broadway or Off-Broadway, are the ones
Here are some television names to watch for:
Tyne Daly, who is known from being part of the police drama, ‘Cagney and
Lacey.’ She has been performing since February in “Mothers and Sons,”
written by Terrence McNally.
Bryan Cranston, who went from playing a bad guy, let’s face it, that we could
not tear our eyes off of in, “Breaking Bad,” to playing a famous man in “All the
Way!” (Hint: He is playing Lyndon Baines Johnson, and doing an outstanding
Neil Patrick Harris, who has been the Host for the Tony’s has played in the
performance of a lifetime in a dark play called, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Who knew that N.P. Harris could make a strange and dark character come
to life? I always have loved the ‘boy’ who was Doogie Howser and made me
laugh as Barney, in “How I Met Your Mother.”
Tony Shalhoub, has my interest in his role as part of Moss Hart’s play, “Act One.”
Since I have watched him, with my Mom mainly, as “Monk,” the quirky and
rather interesting man with OCD. Apparently, “Psychology Today,” did not
find his real enough nor true to the obsessive compulsive disorder, though.
His role as a police support staff who had to have a companion to settle him.
I liked to watch him while being amused by his techniques. There are OCD
moments caught and featured on Youtube, too. His partner would help him
stay in touch with work, changed and I liked each of his assigned female
‘babysitters’ on that show. The Hart play has been ‘panned,’ also. Too bad.
Idina Menzel has been featured in my posts, since my grandkids love her
voice, raised in song. (In the animated children’s film, “Frozen,” she belts
out “Let it Go!”) Her performances in the show and movie, “Chorus Line,”
along with “Rent” have made her quite a Broadway performer. The 2014
Tony nominated play is called, “If/Then.” I am not familiar with this one,
I have to admit, but knowing the versatility and talent of Idina Menzel,
I will hope it gets an award!
Harvey Fierstein’s gravelly voice can give me chills. He is a fine director
and writer, his 2014 nominated play is called, “Casa Valentina.” This has an
unusual ‘premise,’ men gathering in a cabin in the Catskill Mountains and
tapping into their ‘feminine side.’ Could be fascinating…
His brief presence on the CBS Today Show, this morning, Saturday, June
7, 2014 included asking him what drives him in his writing. Here is his
quote being paraphrased (I am not great at writing each word, but I am
sure that you can look up this and this is the ‘essence’ of its meaning:
If you want to capture my attention and hold it, don’t show me a meteor
going to hit our planet. Show me people interacting, human connections
and THAT is the show I will watch!”
In other words, Harvey is saying that the human condition is what he has
drawn from, while writing his plays and screenplays.
One of the most beloved and most performed plays, “The Glass Menagerie,”
is again up for a 2014 Tony Nomination.
I have a personal reason why I follow the different award shows. Some of you
who have followed me for quite some time, may recall that I have always been
a person who followed plays, movies and theater productions. I was very lucky
to have parents who thought that taking the three kids to these, would be fun,
educational and meaningful. I liked, Musicarnival, The Lakewood Summer
Shakespeare Festivals, and Cleveland productions of Broadway plays. I have
only once been to a Broadway play, to see Joel Grey play as George M. Cohen,
in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” But, my interest went beyond watching, I became
part of children’s plays, worked back stage in makeup freshman year of high
school, set design sophomore year and worked side by side with actors as
understudies. I never was on stage until I went to National Acting Camp
held at Notre Dame University. It was fun trying out and being part of
this, I came back and was senior director of the play, “Take Her, She’s
Mine.” I worked side by side with Miss Marilyn J. Frazier. She was a
beautiful and classy woman, who I believe could have become a famous
actress, had she pursued it.
I would like to give a ‘Shout Out’ to the people who went on stage, under
my direction. All wrote such lovely things on cards and notes, along with
a few special words in my 1974 (senior yearbook), Bluebook.
Hope some of you will be at our 40th reunion this September, 2014!
Billy Bush, (no, not the one on Entertainment Tonight!), Megan Peters,
(she is a Hallmark designer, artist and lovely person), Torry Cavanaugh
(doesn’t that just sound like she should be famous?), Ralph Cutcher
(you stole my heart, but just friends), Lynn Kuhlow (a ‘class act’),
Cheryl Anderson (you played a teenager who was a ‘handful’ just
right!), and good Science Club ‘geek’ and friend, David Frackelton.
When the musical “Hello Dolly” was not available to high schoolers
due to high Equity dues’ cost, we had our other play, “The Matchmaker,”
that year. Alice Cepulo, another Science Club ‘geek’ (I was secretary one
year, my brother president, so we were very active in this club…) was
the student director for this great play. She went on in film making,
after college, joining NASA’s ‘team’ in Texas. She has made a lot of
non-fiction space films. I was so sorry to hear the 1975 graduate and
one of my brother’s and my dear friends, Andy Cepulo killed himself.
That is a summary of my ‘real life’ experiences and I am sure they
are enough ‘credentials’ to let you know that I do know a ‘thing or
two’ about theatre!!
Other Tony nominated plays to ‘watch’ and ‘see’ if they get an award are:
“After Midnight,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” (this one has
the most award nominations so far) “Beautiful- The Carole King Musical,”
(which includes two of my favorite songs, “One Fine Day” and “Will You
Love Me Tomorrow?” By the way, I loved her “Tapestry” album!), “Aladdin,’
and Shakespeare’s “Twelth Night.”
Oh, and all the ladies and gentlemen out there who have enjoyed Hugh
Jackman’s singing in the movie, “Les Mis,” and his extremely entertaining
performances in roles like, “Wolverine,” will wish to see his performance
tomorrow night as the Host of the 2014 Tony Awards!
Just to let you know, watching Hugh Jackman is more than enough reason
to be watching the Tony’s!!