Tuesday, April 30, 2019



JUNE 9, 2019

2019 Tony Award Nominees 

2019 Tony Award Nominees - Musicals
Best Musical

>>"Hadestown" (8!!! of 14!)
"Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations" (12)
"Tootsie" (11)
"Beetlejuice" (8)
"The Prom" (7)

Best Revival of a Musical

"Kiss Me, Kate" (4)
>>"Oklahoma!" (2 of 8)

Best Book of a Musical

"Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations": Dominique Morisseau
"Beetlejuice": Scott Brown and Anthony King
"Hadestown": Anaïs Mitchell
"The Prom": Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
>>"Tootsie": Robert Horn

Best Original Score

"Beetlejuice," music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect
"Be More Chill," music and lyrics: Joe Iconis
>>"Hadestown," music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
"The Prom," music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin
"Tootsie," music and lyrics: David Yazbek
"To Kill a Mockingbird," music by Adam Guettel

Best Direction of a Musical

>>Rachel Chavkin, "Hadestown"
Scott Ellis, "Tootsie"
Daniel Fish, "Oklahoma!"
Des McAnuff, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Casey Nicholaw, "The Prom"

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, "The Prom"
Derrick Baskin, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Alex Brightman, "Beetlejuice"
Damon Daunno, "Oklahoma!"
>>Santino Fontana, "Tootsie"

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

>>Stephanie J. Block, "The Cher Show"
Caitlin Kinnunen, "The Prom"
Beth Leavel, "The Prom"
Eva Noblezada, "Hadestown"
Kelli O’Hara, "Kiss Me, Kate"

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

>>André De Shields, "Hadestown"
Andy Grotelueschen, "Tootsie"
Patrick Page, "Hadestown"
Jeremy Pope, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Ephraim Sykes, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, "Tootsie"
Amber Gray, "Hadestown"
Sarah Stiles, "Tootsie"
>>Ali Stroker, "Oklahoma!"
Mary Testa, "Oklahoma!"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Peter England, "King Kong"
>>Rachel Hauck, "Hadestown"
Laura Jellinek, "Oklahoma!"
David Korins, "Beetlejuice"

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, "Hadestown"
William Ivey Long, "Tootsie"
William Ivey Long, "Beetlejuice"
>>Bob Mackie, "The Cher Show"
Paul Tazewell, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, "The Cher Show"
Howell Binkley, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
>>Bradley King, "Hadestown"
Peter Mumford, "King Kong"
Kenneth Posner and Peter Negrini, "Beetlejuice"

Best Sound Design in a Musical

Peter Hylenski, "King Kong"
Peter Hylenski, "Beetlejuice"
Steve Canyon Kennedy, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Drew Levy, "Oklahoma!"
>>Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, "Hadestown"

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, "Choir Boy"
Warren Carlyle, "Kiss Me, Kate"
Denis Jones, "Tootsie"
David Neumann, "Hadestown"
>>Sergio Trujillo, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Orchestrations

>>Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, "Hadestown"
Simon Hale, "Tootsie"
Larry Hochman, "Kiss Me, Kate"
Daniel Kluger, "Oklahoma!"
Harold Wheeler, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

2019 Tony Award Nominees - Plays
Best Play

>>"The Ferryman" - Playwright: Jex Butterworth (4 of 9)
"Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus" - Playwright: Taylor Mac (7)
"Ink" - Playwright: James Graham (7)
"Choir Boy" Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney (4)
"What the Constitution Means to Me" Playwright: Heidi Schreck (2)

Best Revival of a Play

"All My Sons" (3)
"Burn This" (3)
>>"The Boys in the Band" (2)
"Torch Song" (2)
"The Waverly Gallery" (2)

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, "Ink"
>>Sam Mendes, "The Ferryman"
Bartlett Sher, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Ivo van Hove, "Network"
George C. Wolfe, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"

Best Leading Actor in a Play

>>Bryan Cranston, "Network"
Paddy Considine, "The Ferryman"
Jeff Daniels, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Adam Driver, "Burn This"
Jeremy Pope, "Choir Boy"

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Annette Bening, "All My Sons"
Laura Donnelly, "The Ferryman"
>>Elaine May, "The Waverly Gallery"
Janet McTeer, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
Laurie Metcalf, "Hillary and Clinton"
Heidi Schreck, "What the Constitution Means to Me"

Best Featured Actor in a Play

>>Bertie Carvel, "Ink"
Robin de Jesús, "The Boys in the Band"
Gideon Glick, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Brandon Uranowitz, "Burn This"
Benjamin Walker, "All My Sons"

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan, "The Ferryman"
>>Celia Keenan-Bolger, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Kristine Nielsen, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Julie White, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Ruth Wilson, "King Lear"

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Bunny Christie, "Ink"
>>Rob Howell, "The Ferryman"
Santo Loquasto, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Jan Versweyveld, "Network"

Best Costume Design of a Play

>>Rob Howell, "The Ferryman"
Toni-Leslie James, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
Clint Ramos, "Torch Song"
Ann Roth, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Ann Roth, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"

Best Lighting Design of a Play

>>Neil Austin, "Ink"
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Peter Mumford, "The Ferryman"
Jennifer Tipton, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, "Network"

Best Sound Design in a Play

Adam Cork, "Ink"
Scott Lehrer, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
>>Fitz Patton, "Choir Boy"
Nick Powell, "The Ferryman"
Eric Sleichim, "Network"

2019 Tony Award Nominees – Special Awards

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Rosemary Harris
Terrence McNally
Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Judith Light

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Special Tony Award

Marin Mazzie
Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company
Jason Michael Webb

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices - Michael McElroy, Founder
Peter Entin
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9
Joseph Blakely Forbes
Jason Michael Webb

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Monday, April 29, 2019




Joining "JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER" in its branding, the "FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER" is now calling itself FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER (FLC or FILMLINC), as part of its celebration of its 50th anniversary. 

Continuing its perpetual renewal process,and celebrating its name change, FILMLINC will be holding a series of free events this summer.

Also, tonight, they will host the celebrity studded 50th Anniversary Gala.

Here, lightly edited, is the announcement from FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER:

"Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the "Film Society of Lincoln Center" announced today the launch of a new name — Film at Lincoln Center — as well as a slate of free summer programming and a renewed commitment to its mission.

"For 50 years, the "Film Society of Lincoln Center" has been dedicated to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema and enriching film culture, through the prestigious New York Film Festival; the publication of Film Comment; the presentation of podcasts, talks, and special events; and the implementation of Artist Initiatives and Film in Education curriculum and screenings. 
"Film at Lincoln Center is a bold new name reflecting the identity of this nonprofit organization: a destination for film at New York’s preeminent arts complex. The institution’s past as a film society is an essential part of FLC’s history, however it does not represent its evolution and growth; we are an open, inclusive home not only for cinephiles but also for budding movie lovers and beyond—anyone looking to discover something new. 

"Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations will reflect and build upon the organization’s legendary past and vibrant present, and look ahead to extend its commitment to the film community. The festivities kick off tonight with the 50th Anniversary Gala, the most important fundraising event of Film at Lincoln Center’s landmark year, featuring guest speakers Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Kazan, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters—each of whom have a special connection to the organization. 
"Guests will arrive to see the lobby of Alice Tully Hall transformed with Film at Lincoln Center’s new name and branding before the ceremony, which will tell the story of the semi-centennial alongside a collection of interviews and archival footage, photographs, and film clips that reflect upon the organization’s role in New York City film culture. In honoring the past, the evening will celebrate a film community that is helping to shape the future of our art form.


"The anniversary celebration continues with Summer of Film at Lincoln Center, a season of free screenings, free talks, double bills, and more. Highlights include a trio of series featuring special double features: 
  • the 50th Mixtape (June 27 – September 11), which presents two free films back-to-back every Thursday night, combining all-time and recent favorites of Film at Lincoln Center programming staff and featuring everyone from Agnès Varda to Barry Jenkins; 
  • This Is Cinema Now: 21st Century Debuts (July 19-31), a survey of the most important new filmmakers of the millennium, showcasing such thrilling new voices as Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Jordan Peele (Get Out); and 
  • Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan (August 23 – September 2), spun off from the estimable critic J. Hoberman's new book of the same title, which shines a political light on such beloved 80s titles as The Terminator, Back to the Future, and The King of Comedy
"Full details and schedule for these programs to be announced in the coming weeks. As these selections illustrate, Film at Lincoln Center extends its commitment to introducing New York audiences to cinema’s most vital and innovative voices—past, present, and future. "

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Sunday, April 28, 2019




APRIL 30, 2019-MAY 1, 2019

F8 - The Facebook developer conference, will go live on Tuesday April 30 at 1:00 PM (NY  time) -- in 3D 360 VR for anyone that has Oculus Venues on a headset such as Oculus GO.

At 1 O'clock, the event will kick-off with a keynote address, probably by Mark Zuckerberg.

The program will continue through Wednesday. There is another keynote on Wednesday, May 1, also at 1:00 (NY time).  

Other sessions may also be streamed live. Many will be recorded, then posted online after the event.

The focus of the event is the main Facebook product. However, there will be sessions on webXR, Facebook Stories, Machine Learning, Speech and Audio Research, AR Music, Mobile AI, several talks on Spark AR, and several talks on Games. 

It is possible that the Oculus Quest, a standalone, inside-out tracking, move-around headset, promised for  "Spring 2019", which is likely to be the best VR headset yet, will begin selling at the event.

Information about the event is available at https://www.f8.com/

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