Saturday, April 30, 2022

B'way Update: Cost of Living; Tony and DD Noms Delayed; DD-OCC Mash-Up

Greg Mozgala and Jolly Abraham in
Cost of Living.
Credit: Joan Marcus
Manhattan Theater Club will produce Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater this fall (no specified date). The play, which debuted at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2016 and had its NYC premiere at MTC's Off-Broadway space in 2017, deals with four characters facing challenges ranging from physical disability to unemployment. Greg Mozgala, who has cerebral palsy and Katy Sullivan who was born a bilateral transfemoral amputee and is missing both legs, will recreate their roles from the 2017 production. Jo Bonney, the original director, will also return for the Broadway version.

MTC has also announced three productions for its 2022-23 Off-Broadway season but with no specific dates announced. Jeff Augustin's Where the Mountain Meets the Sea which will play MTC's City Center Stage I in the fall, focuses on the son of a Haitian immigrant who recreates his dad's Miami-to-California trek in reverse. Summer, 1976 by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof), about the unlikely relationship between independent artist Diana and young housewife Alice, will play at City Center's Stage II. In the spring of 2023, Qui Nguyen's Poor Yella Rednecks, will open at City Center Stage I. A sequel to Vietgone, the play follows a family of Vietnamese immigrants settling in Arkansas.

Adrienne Warren, Joshua Henry
Credit: Slate PR
In other news, both the nomination announcement dates for the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards have been pushed back. The candidates for the Tonys will now be given out on May 9 instead of May 3. The announcement will be made live on the Tony's YouTube channel by Tony winner Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Carousel, Violet, The Scottsboro Boys). The delay was approved because of the high number of COVID cases affected several Tony-eligible shows. Many shows have had to postpone inviting nominators because cast members have been sidelined and their understudies and standbys have gone on. In recent weeks, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker of Plaza Suite, Laurence Fishburne of American Buffalo, Ramin Karimloo of Funny Girl, Daniel Craig of Macbeth and several cast members of Paradise Square and A Strange Loop were out of their respective shows. The Tonys will still be presented on June 12. (Also, there has been an official warning to all presenters and participants that any violence such as Will Smith's slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars will be not tolerated. Any perpetrators will be removed immediately.)

“Due to the challenges that Broadway has faced in recent weeks, and in an effort to allow nominators to see Tony eligible shows, we have decided to extend the deadline for eligibility requirements,” said Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing president and chief executive Heather Hitchens in a joint statement. 

The Drama Desk noms, which cover on and Off-Broadway, will now be announced on May 16, two weeks after the originally planned date of May 2. This means that for the first time, the DD noms will come out after the Tony noms. In another theater mash-up, due to this shift in schedule, the DD noms will now be coming out on the same day that the winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards will be made public. (This reminds me of a similar film award overlap when earlier this year, the BAFTAs and the Critics Choice Awards were presented on the same night.) The OCCs will be dispensed at a ceremony at Lincoln Center Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium on May 26. The date for the Drama Desk Awards and what format it will take has not yet been announced. But the cut-off for voting remains June 6.

Nominations for the Outer Critics were made on April 26. The Lehman Trilogy led the OCC with eight noms, followed by Harmony and Kimberly Akimbo with eight each. The Drama League noms were given out on April 25 by Tony, Drama Desk and OCC winner Andre De Shields (Hadestown) and Denee Benton (The Gilded Age). In addition to their usual categories of Outstanding Productions and Performance, they have added Outstanding Director of a Play and Musical.

Broadway/Off-Broadway/Award Season Schedule
May 1--Lortel Awards (Skirball Hall)
May 5--Chita Rivera Award Nominations Announced
May 9--Tony Nominations Announced
May 9--Pulitzer Prize for Drama Announced
May 16--Drama Desk Nominations Announced
May 16--Outer Critics winners Announced
May 17--Golden Shield (MTC/City Center)
May 20--Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)
May 23--The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company)
May 26--OCC ceremony (Bruno Walter Auditorium/Lincoln Center)
June 1--To Kill a Mockingbird re-opens (Belasco) (???)
June 2--what the end will be (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
June 6--Theater World Awards 
June 6--Voting for Drama Desk Awards ends
June 12--Tony Awards (Radio City Music Hall)
June 16--Epiphany (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)
June 20--Chita Rivera Awards (NYU Skirball)
July 21--The Kite Runner (Hayes)
Aug. 25--Kinky Boots (Stage 42)
Summer 2022--Richard III; As You Like It (Delacorte)
Sept. 19--The Piano Lesson (St. James) (previews begin; opening TBA)
Nov. 10--Kimberly Akimbo (theater TBA)
Nov. 20--KPOP (Circle in the Square)
Dec. 8--Camelot (Lincoln Center/Vivian Beaumont)
Dec. 11--Some Like It Hot (Shubert)

Fall 2022 (no dates yet)
1776 (Roundabout/AA)
Between Riverside and Crazy (Second Stage/Hayes)
the bandaged place (Roundabout/Underground)
Cost of Living (MTC/Friedman)
Summer, 1976 (MTC/City Center Stage II)
Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (MTC/City Center Stage I)

2022-23 (no dates or theaters yet)
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, Black Orpheus, Cinderella, Dancin', The Ohio State Murders, Pal Joey, Square One

Winter 2022-23
The Wanderers (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Spring 2023
Poor Yella Rednecks (MTC/City Center Stage II)

2023 and Beyond
Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby

Future--Leopoldstadt; Our Town; Death of a Salesman; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; Smash; Soul Train; The Who's Tommy

2021-22 Broadway Season Breakdown:
New Plays
Birthday Candles
Chicken and Biscuits
Dana H. (transfer from Off-Broadway)
Hangmen (previously presented Off-Broadway)
Is This A Room (transfer from Off-Broadway)
The Lehman Trilogy (transfer from Off-Broadway)
The Minutes
Pass Over (previously presented Off-Broadway)
POTUS or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Great Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Skeleton Crew (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)
Thoughts of a Colored Man

Play Revivals
American Buffalo
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
How I Learned to Drive
Lackawanna Blues (previously produced Off-Broadway)
Plaza Suite
The Skin of Our Teeth
Slave Play (return engagement)
Take Me Out
Trouble in Mind

New Musicals
Flying Over Sunset
The Little Prince
MJ: The Musical
Mr. Saturday Night
Mrs. Doubtfire
Paradise Square
A Strange Loop (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)

Musical Revivals
Beetlejuice (return engagement)
Caroline or Change
Funny Girl 
Waitress (return engagement)

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway (return engagement)

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