Andy Karl talks Tony Award Nomination, On The Twentieth Century, How his 'Rocky' physique is still paying off, & more!
Welcome to New York Mr. Alfie Boe!! Alfie will be taking over the role of ex-convict Jean Valjean in the Broadway Production of Les Miserables, currently playing at the Imperial Theatre. Ramin Karimloo, who hold the title role as of now, will play his final performance on Sunday, August 30th. Alfie will begin performances September 1st.
Alfie is known for his portrayal of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables (2010), held at the O2 Arena in London.
(Well, they’re not that ROTTEN)
1. THE BOTTOM BROTHERS
Despite what you might think from their last name, actors Brian d’Arcy James (Nick Bottom) and John Cariani (Nigel Bottom) are far from being on the bottom. They portray a playwriting duo that is trying to create their next big hit (or only big hit), while Shakespeare has built up a pretty big fan-base throughout Europe. Brian d’Arcy James will not only make you believe he hates Shakespeare, but also create genius magic on stage in a high-energy and laugher filled performance. John Cariani throws so much sensitivity and innocence into his character that you can’t help but love him. Cariani plays the brother whose words flow onto the page, and idolizes The Bard. Nick and Nigel are the perfect pair, and director, Casey Nicholaw couldn’t have picked better actors to play this duo.
2. THE BARD
Christian Borle portrays the great William Shakespeare and there is no doubt that he is the WILL OF THE PEOPLE. You will “fan-girl” over him as much as the actors on stage do. He claims it’s “hard to be The Bard,” but this guy is a total rockstar! From his hip-thrusting to terrific tapping, he will thrill you as Will. Rhyming is expected. Borle steals the scene when he enters because “IT’S SHAKESPEARE!” Plus, #ChristianBorlesArms do make an appearance for all you fans out there.
3. THE SUPPORTING PLAYERS: THE GENTS
TONY AWARD NOMINEE, Brad Oscar plays the Soothsayer Nostradamus (not that Nostradamus!!), who assists Nick Bottom, through slightly misinterpreted visions. These visions include what the next great thing in the theatre will be (“Musicals”). *Hint Hint* Standing O’s every night so it has got to be a good idea. Michael James Scott, who opens the show and welcomes you to the Renaissance, will have you smiling from the moment he steps onstage. His liveliness and the overwhelming sense of joy from the orchestrations will have you tapping your foot along to the beat. Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, and Gerry Vichi, will knock your socks off as their respected characters. Prepare ye, because these 1590’s gents know how to WORK IT.
4. THE SUPPORTING PLAYERS: THE GALS
A Puritan and a wife who know that girls can do anything that men can do. Kate Reinders and Heidi Blickenstaff portray these amazing female characters. In the midst of these leading men, these gals stand out, giving the story a strong and delicate advancement. These gals will fight for what they believe in and their performances are one-of-a-kind.
5. THE ENSEMBLE
Let’s just give a round of applause for these guys and gals who seem to have a costume and character change every minute. Whether it’s Shakespeare’s “crew,” poor wenches, sophisticated 1590’s Europeans, or the Bottom Brother’s acting troupe, this ensemble of talented actors and actresses can pull it off. They are definitely bringing you “the latest and the greatest” of the Renaissance. Just expect this ensemble to give you their ALL, because they do, each and every night.
6. THE MUSICAL NUMBERS
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, came up with 19 of the most creative songs you will hear on Broadway this season, and maybe even ever. Yes, they’re THAT GOOD! Be warned, you will walk away with more than one of these tunes stuck in your head. You will be humming the notes and trying to remember more than the most notable lyrics in the number (i.e. “Welcome to the Renaissance” can only be sung repeatedly so many times until we can frantically learn the rest of the words). Don’t fret, the album digitally “drops,” as they say, June 2nd.
7. THE CHOREOGRAPHY
Casey Nicholaw, Director and Choreographer extraordinaire. From tap battles, to Rockette kicks, the choreography in this show is unexplainably incredible. The minute the first number begins you will be in awe of the fancy footwork that takes place on the stage of the St. James Theatre. His directorial choices are what keeps the show flowing and the dancers are so well taught, that they never miss a beat….see what I did there? With simple steps and extravagant full-out musical numbers, you’re not going to need to wish for anything more.
8. THE COSTUMES & SCENIC DESIGN:
Stunning Modern-Renaissance costuming and scenery is pleasurable to the eye….but according to the Puritans, that’s a sin. Scott Pask (scenery) and Gregg Barnes (costumes) will transport you into the Renaissance.
9. THE JOKES
Non-stop laughter. As in, you will be laughing for 2 ½ hours. The jokes and references made in this show are so well-written (thank you, John O’Farrell) and cleverly delivered that you just don’t understand how they did it, but it is done….EFFORTLESSLY. Something Rotten tips their hat with odes to the theatre, which you will just have to listen for when you go see the musical. Sorry, refusing to include any spoilers.
10. THE TONY NOMINATIONS
10 of them….you’ve heard correctly, and there is a reason for that. You just have to go see this show. Just ask anyone who has experienced this Rotten performance and they will tell you it’s anything but. Guess all we have to do is wait until the Tony Awards on June 7th to see what’s in store….but until then, the show is open, and despite what the advertisements say, the actors do seem to know all their lines! HUZZAH!
***Photo credits to Broadway.com & Playbill.com***
*LIST CREDIT TO THEATERMANIA.COM*
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hand to God
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
An American in Paris
Best Revival of a Play The Elephant Man
This Is Our Youth
You Can't Take It with You
Best Revival of a Musical The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Best Book of a Musical An American in Paris
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Fun Home
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Lisa Kron
The Last Ship
Music & Lyrics: Sting
Music & Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicle
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d'Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O'Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It's Only a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can't Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can't Take It with You
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home
Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can't Take It with You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit
Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can't Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship
Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Taylor Swift took to Tumblr to inform her fans that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The letter is below, and we hope that you encourage your love ones to get screened and tested. Our thoughts are with Mama Swift and anyone who is being strong and fighting the battle!
"Just so you know…
I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.
For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.
The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.
She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.
Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.
I hope and pray that you never get news like this.