After not even being nominated for her past Broadway appearances in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “A Glass Menagerie,” Jessica Lange won lead actress in a play for playing Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” -- and she said the role was “nearest and dearest” to her heart.
“I’ve played Blanche three times, Amanda in ‘Glass Menagerie’ twice, and now Mary twice, and she is my favorite role,” Lange said.
She noted that she has Ryan Murphy to thank for it. She had told the “American Horror Story” producer that she wanted to revisit Mary Tyrone, whom she’d played 16 years ago in London. (Lange won an Emmy for her role in Murphy's limited series.)
The Young Vic's production of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" won big at the Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home prizes for play revival and director Ivo van Hove.
The play closed months ago on Broadway, but Tony telecast viewers curious about the production's oddly minimalist design -- it resembles nothing close to Red Hook, Brooklyn -- will have another opportunity to catch the unconventional staging when it comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in September.
Van Hove, who works in Amsterdam and hails from Belgium, will restage "A View From the Bridge" with a different cast, to be announced later. It will run at the Ahmanson from Sept. 7 to Oct. 16, followed by a run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., from Nov.18 to Dec. 3
“Hello,” Frank Langella said somberly, taking the stage to accept his award for lead actor in a play for “The Father.”
His address began with a nostalgic but humorous look back.
When he journeyed to New York City in 1960, he said, he consulted an astrologer. Forecasting his future, the astrologer “told me my greatest success would come later in my career,” said the veteran actor, who has seen seven Tony nominations in about 50 years of acting on Broadway.
Ivo van Hove, film director? The Belgian auteur, who won a Tony tonight for his direction of Arthur Miller’s "A View From the Bridge," said he’d love to direct a film here. He’s directed movies in the Netherlands, but “Holland is not very well known for that.”
Among his many projects will be directing Jude Law in “Obsessione,” based on the 1943 Luchino Visconti film inspired by James Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” He also will be bringing “The Damned” to the Avignon festival in France in July.
After his Tony win for “A View From the Bridge,” Van Hove was asked about his “obsession” with Visconti.
There is no right way to handle an event like an awards show in the wake of a terrible tragedy, but the Tonys should be commended for balancing discretion with heartfeltness, sympathy with perseverance as it went about the business of celebrating the best of the 2015-16 Broadway season on the same day of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
James Corden prefaced the telecast with the following statement: “You are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved. Hate will never win.”
References to the heinous shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., were contained, but the message that “love is love is love” and it “cannot be killed or swept away,” as Lin-Manuel Miranda put it in the sonnet he wrote for his wife, came across loud and clear. Grief was palpable, but the dominant note was joy in the life-affirming, democratic zone that is the stage.
Titus Andromedon finally gets his moment on Broadway -- kinda. The charismatic character from the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," who spends the majority of his time on the show trying to break into the Broadway scene, finally gets his wish with some clever commercial placement. Watch the commercial that has now aired multiple times throughout the Tony Awards broadcast that features Andromedon finally getting his audition for "Hamilton." I don't know about you, but I would cast him.