Friday, January 23, 2015

Casting, Transfers, and Rulings, Oh My!

It has been quite the week (or two) since I have kept myself up to date on this blog.  I would like to correct that error and put in all the news I haven't done in the recent few weeks.

Today, it was announced that Renne Fleming has new co-stars in her upcoming Broadway debut play.  As previously reported, Ms. Fleming will make her Broadway debut in a play called Living On Love, which was written by Joe DiPietro (he wrote the book for Memphis).  In the new production, Ms. Fleming will be joined onstage by Anna Chlumsky (My Girl, ), Blake Hammond, and Scott Robertson.  The play will begin previews in April and open on April 20th in a production directed by three time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall.

Next up on the block comes the news that Bradley Cooper will bring his performance in The Elephant Man to the West End this summer, with a run from May 8th through August 9th at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket.  He will be joined in London by most of his Broadway co-stars.

In other The Elephant Man news, the producers of the current Broadway production have cancelled three performances due to star Bradley Cooper's Academy Awards schedule.  Since the actor is currently nominated for an Academy Award, the production will now close on February 21st.  The production had originally been scheduled to close on the 22nd, which is slated to be Oscar Sunday.

Switching gears to the musical side of theater, it has been announced that Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein are turning the Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire into a stage musical.  According to representatives, the show is in its early stages of development and is aiming to be on Broadway some time in 2016.

Lastly, the Tony committee met last week for the second time this season.  They met to discuss eight shows: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, The Last Ship, The Real Thing, The River, Side Show, The Elephant Man, and A Delicate Balance.

According to, the committee has given the option to expand several categories -- the ones for acting, directing, and choreography.  If there are seven eligible contenders in either of the directing categories (directing of a play or directing of a musical), there will be five nominees in the relevant category instead of four.  The same thing can be said of the choreography category -- if there are seven eligible candidates, there will be five nominees rather than four.  There is now also a potential for as many as seven nominees in each of the acting categories.  The committee's new ruling states that if there is a two- or three-way tie for the final slot of any given acting category, then all of the tied performers will be eligible for nomination.

As for the production-specific decisions, here is what the committee determined:

Alex Sharp will be considered eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Finn Ross and Bunny Christie will be jointly eligible for their scenic design of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Josh Radnor will be considered in the Featured Actor in a Play category for his performance in Disgraced.

Michael Esper and Rachel Tucker will be considered as lead actor and lead actress respectively for their performances in Sting's The Last Ship.

Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton will be considered eligible as featured performers for their performances in The Real Thing.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will be considered separately as lead performers for their performances in Side Show.

Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton will all be considered as featured performers for A Delicate Balance.

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will be considered featured performers for their turns in The Elephant Man.

All other decisions were consistent with the opening night credits and the committee's usual handbook (performers billed above the title are considered as leads, performers billed below the title are considered as supporting/featured performers).

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