As previously reported, the Tony Awards Administration Committee determined that Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical Categories would be eliminated from the established list of competitive categories, beginning with the 2014-2015 season. The Tony Administration Committee may bestow a Special Tony Award to a production when it determines that extraordinary sound design has been achieved.
In response to the decision, and as previously reported, sound designer John Gromada, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for 2013’s revival of The Trip to Bountiful, has started an online petition to reverse the Committee’s ruling.
Gromada’s petition, posted on thepetitionsite.com, reads as follows:
Sound Design is a theatrical design art that is a critical part of the collaborative art of theatre. The American Theatre Wing should continue to honor excellence in sound design as it does for scenery, costume and lighting design, and as it has done since 2008. Sound designers are an important part of the theatrical community whose vital contributions cannot be ignored or dismissed. Reverse this decision now!
The petition, which has currently garnered over 26,913 signatures, can be viewed here. The number is quickly growing- especially with the help of Broadway stars who have taken to twitter in support of sound designers
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night”
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”
Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”
Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Also, congratulations to Derek McLane for another stunning set. (He did last year’s scenic design as well.) We will be keeping an eye out for an interview and hopefully some design renderings!
(And here’s hoping Disney will ask him to design Frozen if/when it comes to the stage!)
Best cinematography: Gravity
Best film editing: Gravity
Best costume design: The Great Gatsby
Best makeup and hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Best production design: The Great Gatsby
Best sound editing: Gravity
Best sound mixing: Gravity
Best visual effects: Gravity
Opening ceremonies are happening now and there’s some really fantastic lighting and set design happening! (American followers: it’s on NBC!)
Superbowl 2012 Half Time Load-In
Haven’t been able to find a video for this year yet, but enjoy this one! Load-in for the 2012 show featuring Madonna.
The Russian Government recently shut down all theatrical performances, deeming them to be homosexual propaganda. Outraged, Russian Broadway came together and decided to respond in a witty performance. In the video below they discuss issues of love and sexuality, as well as social constraints and stereotypes.
The performance was directed by John Walton West and composed by Jason Michael Snow. The cast included a wide array of stars, including Jennifer Barnhart, Laura Benanti, Chirstina Bianco, Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein, Michael Cerveris, Joanna Gleason, Christine Pedi, Michael Rosen, Stephen Schwartz, and many more.