And the 69th Annual Tony Award Nominees Are…

As you can tell, I’ve been too busy to update this blog!!!!! RAAAAAAR!

*smashes computer*

*smashes buildings*

*sits panting, admiring the wreckage, contemplating life*

But here’s why:

Fun Home

‘Fun Home’ is the greatest piece of musical theater in decades

I’m going to do a quick rundown of all the shows I’ve covered in some way for Backstage, which double as my NYC theater recommendations. If you can, do yourself a favor and check out some of this year’s extraordinary shows, many of which were just nominated for Tony Awards.

Hand to God: If you miss it, you’re committing blasphemy. Playwright Rob Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel are geniuses, check out my interview with them. The show deserves all the awards.

Fun Home: I cried so much during this musical, I was dehydrated. Possibly the most affecting, cathartic, brilliant, gorgeous, and wondrously personal show anyone could see. A lot has been written about its creators Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, here’s my humble addition to that.

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I Have A Plethora of Reactions to the 2014 Tony Awards Results, But First Let Me Just Share This Video, I Think it’s Really Important

This is not meant as a dig at Jessie Mueller, who surely deserved her Tony for Best Actress in a Musical… but JUST WATCH goddess diva superstar genius extraordinaire (and ZERO-time Tony winner) Kelli O’Hara as she deigns to grace us mortals with a masterclass in poise, beauty, and raw talent:

 

Just. Sayin’.

Some Random Pre-Tony Nominations Announcement Predictions

The Tony Nominations Announcement is tomorrow! Everybody gets free ham!!

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a contender for the 2014 Tony Awards

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the most original piece of musical theater I’ve seen in years. In a sea of movie adaptations and movie stars, this irresistible little musical that could is Broadway’s lifeboat. Sweeney Todd by way of Gilbert and Sullivan, the lyrics are chock-full of witticisms so charming it’s impossible not to root its deliciously wicked characters. I enjoyed the show immensely (and have admired their equally unique marketing campaign!) and dearly hope lead actor Jefferson Mays, costumer Linda Cho, and especially Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s frolicsome book and lyrics are recognized tomorrow. If Aladdin and Rocky dominate the Best Musical categories, all hope is lost.

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