Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — The best commercial for a Broadway show this season isn't on TV. It's on Broadway itself, in the stunning, deeply moving "Fun Home." Three siblings ranging in age from 6 to 10, whose father runs a funeral home in Pennsylvania, perform a mock ad with a...
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Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — The best commercial for a Broadway show this season isn't on TV. It's on Broadway itself, in the stunning, deeply moving "Fun Home." Three siblings ranging in age from 6 to 10, whose father runs a funeral home in Pennsylvania, perform a mock ad with a handwritten, Motown-flavored song that is sheer exuberance itself. "Our caskets/Are satin lined/And we got so many models guaranteed to blow your mind," the 10-year-old sings into a can of lemon Pledge acting as a microphone, while his sister boogies and his 6-year-old brother shimmies. "Come to the Fun Home/Ample parking down the street/Here at the Fun Home/Body prep that can't be beat," the three sing in a song that rhymes "satisfied" with "formaldehyde." Was it mentioned that they're dancing over and around a coffin? The song "Come to the Fun Home" is one of many highlights in a fresh musical that seems like an impossible sell on Broadway but hooks you instantly with its honesty and beauty. It's actually the best commercial for what Broadway can do. "Fun Home" is an adaptation from Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay dad. A closeted gay dad who has an untimely death. It should be theatrical suicide, and yet few shows are as moving, relatable and funny. The 100-minute musical — the title is an abbreviation for the business Bechdel's father runs — played for four months off-Broadway last year in a traditional proscenium stage with much of the same cast and opened Sunday at Circle in the Square Theatre with a seven-piece band. It has only gotten better in its theater-in-the-round format, with director Sam Gold using every inch of the stage and even the aisles. Furniture — sinks, doors and coffins — by designer David Zinn pops up from below the stage and sofas, a car and a bed are spun about. In a play that lingers on death, sometimes the show just has actors onstage amid empty spaces, the voids speaking volumes. (Zinn also nails the '70s costumes, from bowl cuts to awkward plaid to the ill-fitting pants.) "Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, switches between three Alison Bechdels — as a 9-year-old (Sydney Lucas), as a 19-year-old college student (Emily Skeggs) and at 43 (Beth Malone), the artist looking back. The adult Alison is our guide, walking like a ghost through her own past, sifting her memory for clues about her father's secrets. Her father, Bruce, is played by Michael Cerveris, who offers one of the most complex, heartbreaking performances of the season. Bruce is fussy, exacting, weak, loving, caring and very anxious, like a trapped animal. He has a simmering anger and also a deep romanticism and sometimes both fire at the same time. Cerveris manages to make him utterly sympathetic. Bruce's descent into suicidal depression happens as Alison is flowering into a woman and her realization that she's a lesbian. Lucas gets to sing "Ring of Keys" about her first longing for another woman, and Skeggs has the hysterically lovesick "Changing My Major," after her first sexual encounter. The adult Alison, Malone, sings "Telephone Wire," a wry lament about missed conversations with a parent that any child can relate to. And Judy Kuhn, who plays the mother, sings the heartbreaking "Days and Days" to her daughter, with the warning, "I didn't raise you to give away your days like me." There are sweeping love stories on Broadway this season and light comedies, too. That's fine, but make sure "Fun Home" is on your list as well. Rarely do you find a funeral home you're unhappy to leave. ___ Online: http://funhomebroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Web series 'L.A. Beer' to be filmed in front of live audience
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Web series 'L.A. Beer' to be filmed in front of live audience

The soon-to-be-launched series "L.A. Beer" is forgoing canned laughter as it is set to be the first-ever web series filmed in front of a live audience, reports Variety.Set in a microbrewery, the workplace comedy follows a group of beer aficionados and brewers in a fast-growing industry. Starring in the cast are Sam Daly, Ariana Ortiz, Kevin High, Alicia Ying, James Lontayao and Sarah Stoeker. "L.A. Beer" was funded via crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, which allowed the team to produce the show for a fraction of the price compared to a network sitcom, said the show's executive producer, Sam Miller. The series will premiere with five episodes on YouTube beginning May 11 and five more in June. The installments are timed with American Craft Beer Week and LA Beer Week, respectively. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan to write wrestling storylines
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan to write wrestling storylines

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on Monday was named senior producer of a professional wrestling program and said he would try to push boundaries on cultural issues.The alternative rock icon will develop characters and write storylines for Impact Wrestling, a weekly television show that airs on the channel Destination America. Corgan is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, which employs staged fights for theatrical television programming, and in 2011 founded a promotion company for bouts in his native Chicago. The 48-year-old rocker said that he has frequently had to defend his interest in wrestling to naysayers. "What they do is really mind-boggling," he said of professional wrestlers. "I believe in how it brings such joy to fans and how it really gets into some interesting topics and storylines and pushes the boundaries of social culture in a way that most businesses are afraid to," Corgan said in an interview released by Impact Wrestling's parent company, TNA Entertainment. Corgan, in a separate interview with entertainment magazine Variety, said that he would "break new ground" in how professional wrestling addresses contemporary issues. "I think there's an endless supply of things in our culture where people are dealing with race or with gender, et cetera, and you can get into these things in a way that is both revelatory and enlightening," he said. Professional wrestling historically has not been known for its subtlety, with industry leader World Wrestling Entertainment in its heyday in the 1980s known especially for casting foreign characters in stereotypical lights. Smashing Pumpkins, with Corgan as its chief musician and songwriter, became one of the iconic US bands of the 1990s through emotionally intense songs that often brought an orchestral atmosphere to a heavy-guitar base. Corgan took on the wrestling role despite a busy time for Smashing Pumpkins, which is recording a follow-up to last year's album "Monuments to an Elegy." Smashing Pumpkins in June will go on its first acoustic tour before a series of summer shows with Goth rocker Marilyn Manson, who has cited Corgan as a mentor. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Webbys name best travel-related websites and mobile apps
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Webbys name best travel-related websites and mobile apps

A location-based tour guide that provides mini history lessons on a user's immediate surroundings has been named the best mobile app in travel at the 19th edition of the Webby Awards.Developed by American network A+E, which is behind The History Channel and Biography Channel, the GPS-enabled History Here app serves as a personal tour guide and mobile library, arming curious tourists with the historical significance of the landmark in front of them and the monument behind them. While History Here was given the Webby for best mobile handheld app, online booking site Kayak took the People’s Voice award in the same category. The New York Times also emerged a big winner at this year’s Webbys, taking the award for best website and best online film and video. Created for news junkies and history buffs with a case of wanderlust, Times Journeys -- named the best travel website -- offers travel itineraries with Times journalists who can offer added insight into local areas. In June, for instance, Latin American specialist and reporter Anthony DePalma will serve as tour guide and local expert on a nine-day trip to Cuba, a destination that is opening up to American travelers this year, following a diplomatic overture made by President Barack Obama. Likewise, in the category of best online film and video, the Times' popular 36 Hours series, five to six-minute videos highlighting the best of destinations, was given the top nod. The People’s Voice award in that category, however, went to a cheeky advertisement by the Costa Rican tourism board that pokes fun at overworked, overstressed humans in the video “Save the Americans: Costa Rican Animals for the Overworked.” Watch the video at bit.ly/1DGClGa. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

VH1 scraps comeback plans for 'The Osbournes'
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
VH1 scraps comeback plans for 'The Osbournes'

VH1's reboot of the Osbourne family's reality television series has been axed, the The Hollywood Reporter has learned.The Viacom-owned cable network was eying a comeback of "The Osbournes" -- with heavy metal icon Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly -- which aired for four seasons on its sister network MTV between 2002 and 2005. Sharon had said publicly back in November that a comeback of some "six to eight" episodes was in the pipeline.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer whose career included all of the fabled "Lord of the Rings" films and "The Hobbit," died suddenly on Monday, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. He was 59.The Australian-born filmmaker won the Academy Award in 2002 for Peter Jackson's first "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." Lesnie's final movie was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner," which was filmed in his home country. On Twitter, Crowe said, "Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on." Lesnie also shot the remake of "King Kong" (2005), "The Lovely Bones" (2009) and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) during his career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Salma Hayek launches 'The Prophet' in ancestral Lebanon
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Salma Hayek launches 'The Prophet' in ancestral Lebanon

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, in her ancestral homeland Lebanon for the first time, launched the global premiere of her animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated novel "The Prophet" on Monday.The Mexican actress and director described the movie version of the Lebanese author's spiritually-uplifting book as a "love letter to my heritage." She said the adaptation, which features an all-star cast, was a "personal film" because her Lebanese grandfather loved The Prophet. "Through this book, I got to know my grandfather. Through this book, I had my grandfather teaching me about life," said the star, who has been in Lebanon since Friday. The Prophet, now in its 163rd edition, is widely considered the second most-read book in the world, after the Bible. The movie adaptation, being screened in Beirut on Monday evening, features the voices of Hayek, along with actors Liam Neeson, Alfred Molina and Frank Langella. A collection of poems and prose, originally written in English, The Prophet has been translated into more than 40 languages since its first publication in 1923. It tells the story of Almustafa, who before returning to his homeland, speaks to residents of the city of Orphalese about different aspects of life -- love, work, children, friendship and death. The movie is entirely animated, with dream-like fantasy sequences as Almustafa -- called simply Mustafa in the film -- shares his wisdom before being expelled by authorities because of his poetry. Divided into 26 chapters, verses from "The Prophet" are often quoted at births, weddings and funerals around the world. "Your children are not your children, they come through you but not from you," one popular line reads. "When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep," reads another, a regular at weddings. Gibran wrote most of his books in the United States, where he headed the New York Pen League, the first Arab-American literary society, although he was born in Lebanon under Ottoman rule. - Realising 'old dream' - Hayek said visiting Lebanon had allowed her to realise an "old dream" of visiting the birthplace of Gibran, the country's most famous writer. She said she hoped her adaptation of the book would demonstrate "to the world that there is an Arabic writer who wrote philosophy and poetry, who brought all religions and all the world together, and has sold more than one hundred million copies around the world for many generations." "We wanted to do (him) justice, we want the world to remember" him. Despite his popularity among readers, Gibran's most famous work received a lukewarm reception at the time of writing from American critics, who criticised it as simplistic and moralising. Hayek's adaptation, first screened at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, is an international effort involving 10 directors and nine producers from Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar and the United States. It will begin screening publicly in Lebanon from April 30, and in the United States during the summer. Hayek said the adaptation was animated in a bid to better convey Gibran's message to a younger generation, with the script produced by Roger Allers, who directed Disney's "The Lion King". The film is scored by French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared, who worked on "The English Patient". In tribute to Gibran, Hayek's visit to Lebanon included a stop in his hometown of Bsharre, where the writer was buried after he died in 1931, aged just 48, of tuberculosis. Gibran, whose novels include "Broken Wings" and "Spirits Rebellious," was considered something of a rebel in his time and was critical of political and religious authoritarianism. That theme is reflected in Hayek's adaptation, which sees Almustafa placed under house arrest and expelled because his poems are considered a "call to rebellion." Hayek also acknowledged the region's ongoing political turmoil during her visit to Lebanon, meeting with some of the nearly 1.2 million Syrian refugees living in the country. She urged donations to support refugee children. "The conflict should not mean that an entire generation is lost," said Hayek. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to headline Annecy International Animation Festival
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to headline Annecy International Animation Festival

This year's International Animation Festival in Annecy, France will open with a film co-produced by Lebanese-Mexican actress Salma Hayek, "The Prophet."The film is based on the perennial 1923 classic by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, which has been read by over 120 million people worldwide. Hayek, who took on the role as producer, said it was a challenge to create its first-ever adaptation and she turned to nine animation directors to help give life to Gibran's work including Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Harib and Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi. Roger Allers ('The Lion King") directed the film and Bjarne Hansen was in charge of art direction. Made up of 26 prose poems, "The Prophet" tells the encounter of a little girl and a political prisoner who shares his views on life and the human condition. "The Prophet" will premiere on June 15 during the opening of The Annecy Animation Festival, which runs from June 15-20 in southeastern France. www.annecy.org Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms
Monday Apr 27, 2015
'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms

NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad. The best new play category will include the candidates "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," ''Hand to God," ''Disgraced" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Larry David's "Fish in the Dark" was snubbed entirely. In addition to "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home," the best new musical category includes "Something Rotten!" and "The Visit." The Peter Pan-themed "Finding Neverland," marking Harvey Weinstein's first-ever venture into Broadway as a lead producer, didn't get a single nomination. The nominations were announced in a televised event co-hosted by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. The Tonys will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. The best actress in a musical category includes Kristin Chenoweth for "On the Twentieth Century," Kelli O'Hara for "The King and I," Chita Rivera for "The Visit," Leanne Cope from "An American in Paris" and Beth Malone from "Fun Home." The best actor in a musical nominees are Brian d'Arcy James for "Something Rotten!", Michael Cerveris in "Fun Home," Matthew Morrison from "Finding Neverland," Ken Watanabe in "The King and I," Tony Yazbeck in "On the Town" and Robert Fairchild in "An American in Paris." The best actor in a play nominees include Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Ben Miles for "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," Alex Sharp in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Steven Boyer in "Hand to God," and Bill Nighy for "Skylight." The five best actresses in a play nominees are: Carey Mulligan in "Skylight," Helen Mirren in "The Audience," Ruth Wilson in "Constellations," Geneva Carr in "Hand to God" and Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'

Disney released the first trailer for its highly anticipated "The Descendants" on Sunday evening during the Radio Disney Music Awards telecast.While only glimpses of its contemporary villainous cast were shown before, the trailer introduces the teenage offspring of classic Disney crooks and mischief-makers. The troublemaking teens include Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) -- the spawn of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Executive producer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs and choreographs the TV movie, which premieres summer 2015 on the Disney Channel, says Variety. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UUQqefajc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Webbys name best travel-related websites and mobile apps
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Webbys name best travel-related websites and mobile apps

A location-based tour guide that provides mini history lessons on a user's immediate surroundings has been named the best mobile app in travel at the 19th edition of the Webby Awards.Developed by American network A+E, which is behind The History Channel and Biography Channel, the GPS-enabled History Here app serves as a personal tour guide and mobile library, arming curious tourists with the historical significance of the landmark in front of them and the monument behind them. While History Here was given the Webby for best mobile handheld app, online booking site Kayak took the People’s Voice award in the same category. The New York Times also emerged a big winner at this year’s Webbys, taking the award for best website and best online film and video. Created for news junkies and history buffs with a case of wanderlust, Times Journeys -- named the best travel website -- offers travel itineraries with Times journalists who can offer added insight into local areas. In June, for instance, Latin American specialist and reporter Anthony DePalma will serve as tour guide and local expert on a nine-day trip to Cuba, a destination that is opening up to American travelers this year, following a diplomatic overture made by President Barack Obama. Likewise, in the category of best online film and video, the Times' popular 36 Hours series, five to six-minute videos highlighting the best of destinations, was given the top nod. The People’s Voice award in that category, however, went to a cheeky advertisement by the Costa Rican tourism board that pokes fun at overworked, overstressed humans in the video “Save the Americans: Costa Rican Animals for the Overworked.” Watch the video at bit.ly/1DGClGa. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer whose career included all of the fabled "Lord of the Rings" films and "The Hobbit," died suddenly on Monday, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. He was 59.The Australian-born filmmaker won the Academy Award in 2002 for Peter Jackson's first "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." Lesnie's final movie was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner," which was filmed in his home country. On Twitter, Crowe said, "Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on." Lesnie also shot the remake of "King Kong" (2005), "The Lovely Bones" (2009) and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) during his career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony
Monday Apr 27, 2015
'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony

NEW YORK (AP) — John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created the Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award. The show — about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom in a retro glam-rock band — roared onto Broadway last season. Neil Patrick Harris started off the Hedwigs and was replaced by Andrew Rannells and then Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Next up is Darren Criss. The 51-year-old Mitchell's other Broadway credits include "Big River," "The Secret Garden" and "Six Degrees of Separation." Nominations for the annual Tonys will be announced on Tuesday. The statuettes will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations
Monday Apr 27, 2015
It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Will the list include a musical set in a funeral home of all places? Or one set in Paris? Is there room for a brand-new show that makes William Shakespeare look like Mick Jagger? Can a dark, sinister show led by an 82-year-old sneak in? Tony Award nominations are revealed Tuesday and the top prize — best musical — has plenty of varied candidates. The field for best lead actress in a musical also proves to be very strong for a second year. Top musical candidates are "Fun Home," a show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel; "Something Rotten!" a big, bawdy show about the birth of the first musical; a dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film "An American in Paris"; and the Chita Rivera-led "The Visit." One of the most buzzed-about shows this season — "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton — will not get a nod since it is running off-Broadway; it transfers later this summer. The nominations will be announced from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis, who will make his Broadway debut in the upcoming "Misery." There were about 40 nominators this year, selecting candidates for 24 competitive categories of Tony Awards, which will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Some 870 Tony voters — members of professional groups such as the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society — will decide the final awards. Only Broadway shows that opened in the 12 months ending on April 23 are eligible. Other top musicals hoping to secure one of the four slots include the flashy "Finding Neverland" and the sweet "It Shoulda Been You." More distant possibilities are "Doctor Zhivago," which was roasted by critics, and the already-closed "Honeymoon in Vegas," ''The Last Ship" and "Holler If Ya Hear Me." The best new play category will include the candidates "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," ''Airline Highway," ''The River," ''Hand to God," ''Disgraced," ''The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," ''The Audience" and "Constellations." The best play revival category has plenty of options to fill its four spots: "A Delicate Balance," ''The Elephant Man," ''The Heidi Chronicles," ''It's Only a Play," ''Love Letters," ''The Real Thing," ''Skylight," ''This is Our Youth" and "You Can't Take It With You." The musical revival category has five potential candidates looking for four openings: "Gigi," ''The King and I," ''On the Town," ''On the Twentieth Century" and "Side Show." A rule allows for a fifth nominee in the four major production categories — best musical and play and best revivals for each — if at least nine shows are eligible and the fifth-highest vote-getter finishes close enough to the fourth. The best actress in a musical category is very competitive again this year. Those expected to compete for the five slots are Kristin Chenoweth for "On the Twentieth Century," Kelli O'Hara for "The King and I," Rivera for "The Visit," Leanne Cope from "An American in Paris," Lisa Howard in "It Shoulda Been You" and Laura Michelle Kelly in "Finding Neverland." The top candidates for the five openings for best actor in a musical are Brian d'Arcy James for "Something Rotten!", Michael Cerveris in "Fun Home," Matthew Morrison from "Finding Neverland," Roger Rees in "The Visit," Ken Watanabe in "The King and I," Tony Yazbeck in "On the Town," Robert Fairchild in "An American in Paris" and Peter Gallagher in "On the Twentieth Century." Leading candidates for the five best actor in a play spots include Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Nathan Lane in "It's Only a Play," Ben Miles for "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," Alex Sharp in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Steven Boyer in "Hand to God," Jake Gyllenhaal in "Constellations" and Bill Nighy for "Skylight." The top five likely picks for best actresses in a play will include Carey Mulligan in "Skylight," Helen Mirren in "The Audience," Ruth Wilson in "Constellations," Glenn Close in "A Delicate Balance" and Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms
Monday Apr 27, 2015
'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms

NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad. The best new play category will include the candidates "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," ''Hand to God," ''Disgraced" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Larry David's "Fish in the Dark" was snubbed entirely. In addition to "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home," the best new musical category includes "Something Rotten!" and "The Visit." The Peter Pan-themed "Finding Neverland," marking Harvey Weinstein's first-ever venture into Broadway as a lead producer, didn't get a single nomination. The nominations were announced in a televised event co-hosted by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. The Tonys will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. The best actress in a musical category includes Kristin Chenoweth for "On the Twentieth Century," Kelli O'Hara for "The King and I," Chita Rivera for "The Visit," Leanne Cope from "An American in Paris" and Beth Malone from "Fun Home." The best actor in a musical nominees are Brian d'Arcy James for "Something Rotten!", Michael Cerveris in "Fun Home," Matthew Morrison from "Finding Neverland," Ken Watanabe in "The King and I," Tony Yazbeck in "On the Town" and Robert Fairchild in "An American in Paris." The best actor in a play nominees include Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Ben Miles for "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," Alex Sharp in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Steven Boyer in "Hand to God," and Bill Nighy for "Skylight." The five best actresses in a play nominees are: Carey Mulligan in "Skylight," Helen Mirren in "The Audience," Ruth Wilson in "Constellations," Geneva Carr in "Hand to God" and Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.