Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tis the Season

'Tis the season for Broadway to honor its best. Or not, as the case may be.

Nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award, which were given on May 7, was Eugene Lee for Outstanding Scenic Design for..."The Hairy Ape," which was produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre last fall.

The Drama League nominations were named May 11, and included among the nominees: for Best Revival of a Play, "Translations" and "The Hairy Ape;" for Best Actress, Eve Best("A Moon for the Misbegotten"), Stephanie J. Block("The Pirate Queen"), Kate Mulgrew("Our Leading Lady");for Best Actor, Brian Dennehy("Inherit the Wind"), Gregory Derelian("The Hairy Ape"), Brian F. O'Byrne and Oliver Platt(both "Shining City). "Shining City" was on Broadway last season.

Next were the Outer Critics Circle Award, named May 14. Eve Best("A Moon for the Misbegotten") won for Outstanding Actress in a Play; nominations also went to Carol Leavy Joyce and Graciela Daniels for Outstanding Choreography for "The Pirate Queen" and to Martin Pakledinaz for Outstanding Costume Design, also "The Pirate Queen"

The Drama Desk Awards were presented May 20, and Eve Best won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Play; nominations went to "The Hairy Ape" for Outstanding Play Revival, Kevin Spacey("A Moon for the Misbegotten"), Outstanding Actor in a Play. Orlagh Cassidy("The Field," presented last year at the Irish Repertory Theatre); Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Linda Balgord("The Pirate Queen"); Outstanding Direction of a Play, Ciaran O'Reilly("The Hairy Ape") and Tom Ridgely, ("Marco Millions (based on lies)," adaptated from the Eugene O'Neill play "Marco Millions." "Marco Millions(based on lies)" was an off-off-Broadway play, up at the Lion Theatre last August.
The Theatre Word Award is presented to performers who are making their first appearance on the New York Stage. This year, Eve Best will accept on June 5 for "A Moon for the Misbegotten."
And the Tony nominations were announced last week. Eve Best has been nominated for Best Actress and "Translations" has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play. The awards will be announced on June 10th.
To say we are disappointed in the awards this year is an understatement. "The Pirate Queen" has the most to lose; we anticipated awards for choreography, set and costume design, and perhaps performance nominations. Also neglected this year were "A Moon for the Misbegotten" for Best Play Revival, Kevin Spacey, Colm Meaney, and "Translations" actors Alan Cox and Susan Lynch.
On the lighter side, we noted that going to and scrolling back to May 15, Hadley Fraser entered a vlog, and he was wearing a Hell's Kitchen teeshirt. We don't know how deliberate that may have been, but thanks for the shout-out anyway, Hadley!
Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
Culture Editor,

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