Biggest head scratcher to me is Courtney Oliver not being nominated for choreography in Spring Awakening. It was original and inspired. It was all about teenage angst. I was mesmerized.
Congrats to all the nominees and I know the judges work very hard - I just don't understand not giving anyone an award for lead actor in a musical. Nobody is saying they have to be perfect, but I think it is a bit of a slap in the face to the lead actors in musicals to say that nobody deserved it. I don't understand why they can't nominate the best of the lot and pick one. They don't NOT have a winner in any other awards for actors ceremony that I know of, do they? But what do I know...
I am looking forward to the challenge of Angels. I just reread it and I can see that if you focus on the AIDS epidemic at it's peak, it would appear to be dated. BUt I also think that the relationships are really wonderful and the final speech of Prior's in which he states,"...we are not going away... we will be citizens. The time has come." I found incredibly timely. It pulled me right out of the 80s and into the continued struggle for marriage equality and equal rights.
I'm sorry. If you are going to say derogatory things about performers on a public forum you should have to have the balls to sign your real name.
I absolutely agree in once case, Chris. Fight choreography needs it's own category. I don't know what the answer is to this dilemma. A few years ago Gary John LaRosa did exactly the same thing with Fiddler. In fact, he had what he called "the bible" and my understanding was that the folks who owned Fiddler insisted that the choreography be exactly as it was on Broadway (with adaptions to fit the space and abilities of the dancers.) I can't remember whether or not he was nominated, or whether or not it was acknowledged in the program.
I do know someone in the Jeff Award fiasco and it all pretty much devastated him and I am not even sure he does theatre anymore.
Clearly Theatre Memphis acted in good faith. It does seem that "choreography adapted by" is not enough for what they have to do, but perhaps it is the only thing that would be correct. Or "Choreographer: Ican Dance with some choreography by Idance Better." But, isn't part of being a choreographer the ability to teach the steps to dancers? I may be a crackerjack director in my own mind, but if I can't translate what I want to my actors I am not able to do my job, right? Good food for thought.
At first I thought that Midsummer was not in the judging, since there had been a bit of controversy about whether or not it should be. But then I saw a nomination and have to say that John Horan's lights and Amie Eoff's costumes were really wonderful. I know that John was recognized for other shows, but I thought he shot it out of the park with Midsummer. That is all.
Chris - you did something in this review that I found refreshing and that I wish we could see more of - even though you did not quite go along with what the rest of the audience thought on opening night (and frankly, opening night audiences are always slightly "odd") you did let readers know that the audience appeared to absolutely love it. When your feelings don't jive with how the general audience appears to be reacting - telling us that lends a degree of clarity that I find helpful as a potential audience member. Of course, this will come back to bite me if you think that me and AMH were hysterical in Arsenic but the audience doesn't laugh.
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