The 2016 Tony season is underway! Broadway stars Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James were up bright and early this morning to announce this year’s nominations. To no one’s surprise, Hamilton came away with an impressive sixteen nominations, the most in Broadway history. The 2016 ceremony, hosted by Carpool Karaoke legend (and Tony winner) James Corden, airs on Sunday, June 12. Congratulations to all nominees.
In other news…
- My patience has been rewarded, and the casts for the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts have finally been announced. The festival, which won a Tony award in 2002 for Outstanding Regional Theatre, showcases both classics and new pieces. If you’re looking for a nice weekend away this summer I suggest booking your tickets quickly. The full 2016 schedule can be viewed here.
- Prior to today’s announcement of the 2016 Tony nominations, Playbill took a look back at the breakout Broadway stars of the past year.
- It was announced that Daniel Radcliffe is set to return to the New York stage this summer. He will lead the cast of Privacy, a new play that examines public vs. private lives in our digital age.
- The South Coast Repertory’s 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival was held from April 22-24.
- AussieTheatre.com sat down with director Jason Langley, currently directing a production of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town at the Sydney Opera House, to chat about what makes a great relationship between actor and director.
- Eliza Bent for American Theatre speaks to artist Jess Thom about the need for relaxed theatre environments.
- The Ghost Light Players, a UK-based travelling acting troupe, launches their first large production, performing in non-theatrical spaces like wineries and breweries.
- Tim Lewis of The Guardian sat down with the legendary Lindsay Kemp, an English actor, teacher, mime, dancer, and artist, to speak about his career.
- Last week I spoke about August Wilson. This week, in honour of his birthday on April 27, Playbill took a look at actors who got their start in his plays.