The Tony Awards 2009

So, the Tony Awards are happening over at the world-renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York tonight, and I have to say, the build-up this year seems to have been huge!

All of the information regarding the broadcast, along with very good quality clips from the nominated musicals/plays and all of the nomination details, can all be found on their official website.

Unfortunately, there are no UK carriers of the awards ceremony, and so I will not get to watch the awards until later in the week. It’s such a pity that CBS don’t broadcast this further afield or re-sell the rights to foreign carriers!

Naturally, I am hoping that our very own Billy Elliot does really well on the night and, in the awards related to plays, I am hoping that God of Carnage also does well. I’ve seen both in London and thought that they were cracking!

I notice that Broadway has a HAIR! revival at the moment; I can’t begin to get across how much I am hoping that it also opens over here on the West End! I’ve been saying for the last 12 months that we could really do with something like it!

I must say, I do rather like the revival version from the look of the various trailers:

I would have LOVED to have seen this in Central Park!

Also up for several awards is Shrek: The Musical (surely best costume design must go to them?)

Rock of Ages looks to be a good show, and I wish them well too.  I doubt we’ll get this over in the UK… it’s too similar to We Will Rock You – plus these kind of shows only seem to do well on regional touring productions.

I really do love this type of music though, so if it does come over to the UK, you’ll see me front-row centre on opening night heh.

In the same vein as Spring Awakening before it (who, arguably, introduced Broadway to the concept of a ‘darker’ musical, and collected many awards the other year), Next To Normal also looks to be a rather gritty and hard hitting musical – the story focuses on a mother struggling through life with bipolar disorder.

Get me to see this one too please!!

As a bit of random trivial, one of the chaps (Gabe) in this production, Aaron Tveit, will be the lead in Catch Me If You Can (The Musical) when that opens later in the year. CMIYC is a musical by the (amazing) song-writers of Hairspray, and based on the 2002 film. Tveit has played Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray (so is clearly a favourite for the writers!), and has also played Fiyero in Wicked.

Aaron Tveit

Also up for a few (4) awards, is 9 to 5 The Musical – nominations which I’m sure that we Brits will be very interested in tracking –  as I know that a lot of folk in the West End are eager for this one to come over here.

Also making it into the award nominations for 2009 is Equus (so much time seems to have passed since we had it in London (in 2007 and touring the UK in 2008); it seems strange for it to only just be qualifying for a Tony nomination!).  Peversely, it is only recognised for a nomination in the  ‘best lighting design of a play’ and ‘best sound design of a play’ categories…  TSK!

There looks to be a rather exciting line up of shows that have been nominated and a great awards ceremony itself to be looking forward to (lots of performances and well known faces are appearing, as always, it would seem… DOLLY, followed by LIZA(!!) has to be a highlight on that score!).

Good luck to all shows that are up for awards this year!

About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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