“Once” Picks Up Eight at the 32nd Green Room Awards

The winners of the 32nd Annual Green Room Awards were announced April 20, 2015, at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in productions from Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.

The Australian production of Once earned eight musical theatre awards during the ceremony:

Best Production
Once

Best Ensemble
Once

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Hayden Tee: Les Misérables AND Tom Parsons: Once

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Madeleine Jones: Once

Best Direction
John Tiffany

Best Musical Direction
Martin Lowe and Kellie Dickerson

Best Sound Design
Clive Goodwin

Best Lighting Design
Natasha Katz

Click here for the entire list of winners.

For ‘Once,’ Broadway spurns glitz (The Japan Times)

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Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film “Once” — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn’t a Broadway stage treatment ruin the quiet, refreshingly unsentimental tone that made the low-budget indie based on a book of the same name by Edna Walsh so beloved?

Thankfully, no.

Click here to read more of this review of Once the Musical in Tokyo.

Once, Phoenix theatre, review: Boyzone’s Ronan Keating melts hearts in his West End debut

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To describe any play as charming risks sounding luke-warm, but this much-garlanded musical has charm in abundance and that makes for a delightful evening.

The new interest is the casting of Boyzone singer Ronan Keating as the male lead, making his West End stage debut. It feels patronising to boyband singers-turned-actors everywhere to say he is surprisingly good, so let’s rather say that he is highly effective in exuding a careworn melancholy that disguises loss. He captures the hearts of the audience seemingly effortlessly.

To read more of this review from The Independent, click here.

Once Melbourne review: Soulful rom-com seduces from the outset (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Commercial musical theatre tends to gravitate towards the lavish spectacular (think Wicked or King Kong) or the jukebox musical (think Jersey Boys or Mamma Mia!) that exploits nostalgia for familiar hits of yesteryear. Once carves out a quite different, and refreshing, niche.

Based on a low-budget 2006 film from John Carney, the musical scooped up eight Tony Awards by almost reversing the jukebox formula. Its original songs feel like hits of the instant, and the story rests on the magic of discovering a rock star in the making.

To read more of this review from the Sydney Morning Herald, click here.

 

Ronan Keating to Make West End Debut in Once

Singer Ronan Keating will make his West End debut in the award-winning musical Once this November. The Boyzone and solo artist will play leading man Guy, a busker from Dublin. Keating described the role as “perfect”.

“This was my home town, my people, and the place where I began my own music career,” he said.

“But as exciting as that is, it’s scary too. I’ve never performed on the West End and this is a huge challenge and commitment.”

The show, based on a 2007 film, opened in London in April last year and won two Olivier awards, for best actress in a musical and outstanding achievement in music. The show originally premiered in New York in 2011, transferring to Broadway in 2012 and picking up eight Tony awards, as well as a Grammy for best musical theatre album.

To read more of this article from BBC, click here.

 

At Last, ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is a Tony Awards Contender

When The Glass Menagerie first premiered on Broadway in 1945, it earned no Tony Award nominations — because the honor did not yet exist.

Astonishingly, though, five subsequent revivals of Tennessee Williams’ semi-autobiographical classic between 1965 and 2005 didn’t nab a single nod for the Main Stem’s most high-profile trophy (first presented in 1947). The sixth time proved the charm, however — seven times over; the acclaimed production of Menagerie that ran from September through February, with an extension, is up for that many Tonys on June 8, including best revival and director of a play, and leading actress.

To read more of this article from USA Today, click here.

80th Annual Drama League Award Winners Announced

The Drama League, which is under the leadership of executive director Gabriel Shanks, announced the winners for the 80th Annual Drama League Awards May 16 at the Drama League Awards Ceremony in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

Winners follow: Distinguished Production of a Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Distinguished Play, All The Way; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Distinguished Revival of a Play, The Glass Menagerie; and Distinguished Performance, Neil Patrick Harris.

To read more of this article from Playbill, click here.

A Gentleman’s Guide, Bullets & Menagerie are 2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards Big Winners

The winners of the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards have been announced. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder led the pack with a total of four wins, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Bullets Over Broadway and The Glass Menagerie both took home three awards, while All the Way won Outstanding New Broadway Play. The official ceremony for the awards, which are presented by an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town media outlets, will take place on May 22 at Sardi’s Restaurant. A complete list of winners follows:

To read more of this article from Broadway, click here.

Broadway’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ Recoups Investment

The critically acclaimed Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie” has recouped its $2.6-million capitalization, the play’s producers announced on Tuesday. Only about 25 percent of Broadway shows turn a profit for their investors, and when plays do so, they usually feature Hollywood celebrities in the cast. While “The Glass Menagerie” has one such star, Zachary Quinto (the recent “Star Trek” movies) as Tom, the play’s box office has also benefited from strong buzz about the quality of the production and the performances of its four actors, particularly two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones as the mother, Amanda Wingfield. Directed by Tony winner John Tiffany (“Once”), “The Glass Menagerie” began performances at the Booth Theater in September and is scheduled to end its run on Feb. 23.

To read more of this article from the New York Times, click here.

Wounded By Broken Memories

How can something be this delicate and this strong, so elusive and yet so tenacious? That question radiates from John Tiffany’s stunning production of Tennessee Williams’s “Glass Menagerie,” which opened on Thursday night at the Booth Theater and promises to be the most revealing revival of a cornerstone classic for many a year to come.

More than any interpretation I’ve seen of the 1944 drama that made Williams’s name, this “Menagerie” — which stars Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in career-defining performances — finds the brute force in a play often described, a bit condescendingly, as lyrical, wispy, elegiac. Yes, the tapered fingers of poetry shape “The Glass Menagerie.” But when these fingers curl into a fist — and they do so again and again in this production, before you quite realize it — be prepared to have the breath knocked out of you.

To read more of this article from The New York Times, click here.

The Shape of Memory, Both Fragile and Fierce

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The movement is small, abrupt and oddly graceful for an act of clumsiness. It happens so fast that you’re surprised that you didn’t miss it. Then again, how could you have?

Because with that quick, backward step, which occurs during Tom Wingfield’s opening monologue in the gorgeous new production of “The Glass Menagerie” at the American Repertory Theater, something both momentous and commonplace has happened.

A man has been pulled out of the present and sent stumbling into a past that is never not waiting to claim him. And if the letting go isn’t entirely voluntary, it has the resignation of someone who knew it was going to happen; after all, it never does stop happening, does it?

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/theater/reviews/the-glass-menagerie-at-loeb-drama-center-cambridge-mass.html?pagewanted=all

Q&A with Penn Badgley at Rolling Stone

Penn Badgley is doing his very best to make audiences forget the words Gossip Girl. In Greetings from Tim Buckley, the former CW star plays Jeff Buckley, the son of fellow musician Tim Buckley, the father he never knew. Rolling Stone spoke with Badgley about portraying Buckley’s feminine side, performing an interpretation of Led Zeppelin III and life after Gossip Girl.

What sort of energy were you channeling with this role?
I think when any actor is doing their best job, it’s not intellectual – it’s intuitive. And for those brief moments where I was really, really tapped into Jeff, I wasn’t thinking. I was sort of feeling his vibe, and I think maybe if anything, those vibes were, in some ways, feminine. Not in the typical way that people mean it, but he had this sort of feline, feral, feminine energy that I think was really honest and kind of magical. And in some ways, that allowed him to be more of a man than a lot of people are.

How did you prepare for the part?
I was just in a really great place to play Jeff at this time in his life…
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/q-a-penn-badgley-on-filming-greetings-from-tim-buckley-20130430#ixzz2RyY9x5Wc
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