Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tony Awards!

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 65th annual Tony Awards

Last night the Endstation Theatre Company had a Tony watching party to celebrate the 65th annual Broadway awards and to root on Chad Larabee (Assassins Director) as he attended the Book of Mormon after party in New York with his partner and cast member of the show, Kevin Duda. The evening was filled with tons of food and drink and we were very thankful to Sweet Briar College for the use of their fitness center movie theatre.

Assassins Director with his partner Kevin Duda, who is in the Tony Award winning musical, Book of Mormon

Endstation watches Tony awards

Book of Mormon performs

The Tony Awards are always a good time for theatre people, but it can also be frustrating. The awards are big prime time advertisement for Broadway theatre and a lot of the awards that practitioners care the most about are not televised. One award I care a lot about is the regional theatre award. This is presented to a theatre company outside of New York and is honored for the quality and impact of their work. This year the award went to Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. You also only see a short segment of the speeches for design awards and rarely see the designs highlighted. As practitioners we really care about seeing this. For television though, musical numbers are the highlight (which we enjoy too). Even a number from the Spiderman, that wasn't even nominated, got television time over Athol Fugard's lifetime achievement award.

All and all though we really enjoyed the evening and are really happy for Chad and Kevin. What an exciting experience to be apart of, even from afar. Now back to making theatre!

Geoffrey Kershner
Artistic Director

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