Things could not have gone any better for NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt the past few weeks. Last month, he was in New York to present the network’s fall schedule where he touted his network’s first No. 1 finish among adults 18-49 in a decade. Last night, he was back in the Big Apple to celebrate his musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, sweeping the Tony Awards with four wins, including best musical. As our Pete Hammond noted in his Tony Awards analysis, the top NBC programming executive is among the producers of the top winner last night. Greenblatt is a well known theater lover who previously produced the Broadway production of 9 To 5. Since taking the reins of NBC, he put on the air drama series Smash, about the mounting of a Broadway musical, and The Sound Of Music, a live staging of the classic musical. The latter drew massive ratings last December, launching a holiday franchise for NBC, with a live production of Peter Pan next.
Tony Tally: ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Kills With Four Wins Including Best Musical; ‘Raisin’ Revival Shines On Three More
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Update, 11:20: And here are the tallies: Most Tony Awards for a musical: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (four, including best musical) and Hedwig And The Angry Inch (including best musical revival). For a play: A Raisin in The Sun (including best revival of a play). The night’s biggest losers: Bullets Over Broadway (six nominations, no awards); The Cripple of Inishmaan (six nominations, no awards) Les Miserables (three nominations, no awards).
Update, 10:54: Jessie Mueller wins for Best Actress in a Musical for Beautiful, and we’re in the home stretch, folks.
Update, 10:43: Another non-suprise: The Tony for Best Musical Revival goes to Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Update, 10:31: The real Carole King does an emotional pitch for Beautiful and Jessie Mueller performs Will You Love Me Tomorrow – the best number and the best moment from that show. Then CK joins her for a bluesy I Feel The Earth Move. And, no surprise, Neil Patrick Harris wins for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, for Hedwig.
Update, 10:00: Here’s Sting singing a number from his upcoming show, The Last Ship. A little earlier: Tony has always had trouble making the non-musicals look good on TV. This …
UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS AND FULL LIST OF NOMINEES: The Tony nominations announced this morning made one thing quite clear: On Broadway, it’s been the season of the actor. Especially the year of the actor in drag.
Jefferson Mays was nominated for playing more roles than I can count in the amusing musical murder thriller A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. British actor Mark Rylance came away with two nominations, one for his performance as a twisted king, in Richard III, a second for his performance as a lovestruck countess, in Twelfth Night.
Broadway and TV favorite Neil Patrick Harris is in the running for his title foray in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, playing a sort-of transgender sort-of rock star. Audra McDonald is looking for her sixth Tony, for her astonishing performances as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill. If she wins, she will have landed in the very exclusive club whose members have won Tony Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress and Featured Actress in both plays and musicals, starting with her first win, for Carousel, in 1994.
Gentleman’s Guide led the pack with 10 nominations, including Best Musical, score, book and direction. James Lapine’s heartfelt dramatization of Act One, Broadway legend Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography, took the most nominations for Best Play, though Lapine was overlooked for his staging of the show at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont.