Today’s breaking news of Bernadette Peters being honored at the 72nd Annual Theatre World Awards, with The John Willis Award for “lifetime achievement in the theatre”. The annual Theatre World Awards ceremony is hosted by Peter Filichia and will be held May 23 beginning at 7:00p.m. at Circle in the Square Theatre. Previous recipients of the John Willis Award include Chita Rivera, Alan Alda, and Christopher Plummer. We celebrate Bernadette Peters at Theatre World Awards announcement today. Visit www.theatreworldawards.org for more information. The Theatre World Awards are a top Broadway Global ceremony pick, as they honor lifetime achievement and Broadway’s newest talents!
As the creditable award ceremonies season gets closer Broadway Global spotlights the most diverse season in the history of Broadway. We ask our readers to join in the fun by offering a few Tony Award winning predictions, the must see shows, and the must miss shows! We start with our predictions for Best Choreography, because lets be honest, how many of you tune into the Tony Awards just for the Broadway show stopping numbers? Sad, that the Tony Awards don’t allow the winner of Best Choreography share their journey and acceptance speech on the live televised awards. On Your Feet choreographer Sergio Trujillo would share an unforgettable journey to Broadway that could inspire multi ethnicity’s that are trying to reach the Broadway level. Fiddler on the Roof choreographer Hofesh Shechter could shine light on embracing traditional Jewish moves, while incorporating new moves that bring electrifying story telling to this brilliant classic. Sad the winner’s speech will not be shared on the Tony Awards, and while we are “reading” this important ceremony, let us also mention the Tony Awards offer no “Best Music Direction” or “Best Sound Design”. Imagine a Broadway season without sound, or a musical without Music Direction! Enough said!
The top two shows for choreography share not only an insight to specific cultures, but ingenious choreography. Fiddler on The Roof offers classic yet a organic look through the use of new choreography, while On Your Feet offers the Latin flavor that we expect for a true life story on Gloria Estefan. This should be the hardest decision for Tony Award voters of this Broadway season. If numbers are correct some have said there are about 800 Tony Award voters, and many don’t even vote. Broadway Global would love to see the exact breakdown of voters by: Sex – Men, Women, Ethnicity and Ages. It would be even better if they shared the average amount of shows the voters attend! These Tony Award voters statistics would shed light on influences for their votes. Either of these two musicals could win Best Choreography. On Your Feet or Fiddler on the Roof are examples of perfect choreography that highlight the story telling in these award winning musicals.
Multi Carbonell Award winner and International choreographer Ron Hutchins recent regional nomination may shed light on picking the best choreography. This year Ron Hutchins was nominated for his choreography in Ragtime produced by Actors Playhouse, while Ron was up against a huge dance show Billy Elliott with choreography by Greg Graham at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. These are two shows of very different styles of choreography, both were perfect in production values and choreography to be nominated. Greg Graham choreography for Billy Elliott won, and should have! Not many regional theatres can pull off this huge dance show that depends on a young lead and young understudies. Billy Elliott has many show stopping numbers and choreography that voters can definitely see, where Ragtime is more stylized, subtle staging, with a just a hint of huge show stopping numbers. Ron has multiple national awards, and it’s refreshing to see regional voters choose a choreographer that should be chosen by talents. Ron has a great chance for another Carbonell Award for next year, a nomination or win for his brilliant choreography for Actors Playhouse West Side Story. Even multi award winning choreographers like to see other creditable talents win, it makes the awards more valuable, and gives us all a chance to embrace diversity in styles and talents. We look forward to seeing these names as Tony Award nominees one day soon.
So our message is this, sometimes “a nomination is the win”! Broadway’s Allegiance should also be nominated for sharing the movement that was embraced at that time period. We offer two choices that could win the Tony Award, On Your Feet or Fiddler on the Roof, both are perfection! But don’t let our choices stop you from seeing any of the shows who receive Tony Award nominations. Sometimes nominations are the win, a Tony Award nomination is a win! Please tweet the Tony Awards @TheTonyAwards, that you would love to see the winning speech for “Best Choreography” on live TV!
Best Revival The Color Purple or Fiddler on the Roof could win the Tony Award! While The Color Purple revival is staged to simplicity, the direction proved the sets used in the original are not needed to take you on the journey. The entire cast vocals prove its’ time for the Tony Awards to nominate Best Musical Direction! Fiddler on the Roof also offers the best production to date, and it may be due to its’ star Danny Burstein who is destined for a Tony Award nomination and possible win. Again it would be hard for voters to choose “the best” because both productions are perfection!
Best Musical will go to Hamilton! But, what an honor for any musical to even go up against a new show that has made Broadway history in casting and storytelling! On Your Feet, School of Rock would be close in this honor and are all must see musicals! Waitress may be added to these top critic choices, but Steve Martin’s Bright Star who has incredible musicians and clever moving set, would be the choice for “must miss”! Broadway Global shares some of our predictions but we ask you to share this article on your favorite forms of social media with your top Tony Award winning picks as you may be spotlighted on the nest Broadway Global or Theatre Chat exclusive. Please share your top picks in USA Theatre Chat and BroadwayGlobal on Facebook.