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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Star-Gazing: The Power Behind the Broadway Scene This Spring (A - L)

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about all of the star power coming to Broadway this spring.  Several of you wrote to express that I was leaving out the other half of the equation by not including the writers and creative staffs of the shows.  And so I researched the writers (book, music, lyrics and playwrights), the directors, choreographers, and lighting, costume and scenic designers of all of the spring's new shows. (I had to draw the line at sound and orchestrators - these things take a lot of time! Maybe in the fall...)  but you were right - just take a look at the names and the awards these people have amassed!  They are a who's who of contemporary theatre movers and shakers!  Today, the new shows, A - L.

Act One - Costume Designer Jane Greenwood

Compsers/Lyricists John Kander and Fred Ebb - Cabaret

A - C
THEATRE
PROFESSIONAL
ROLE IN THE
PRODUCTION
TONY
NOMINATIONS
TONY
AWARDS
Act One
James Lapine
Director, Playwright
11 incl. Sunday in the Park with George
3 incl. Passion
1 Pulitzer Prize
Beowulf Boritt
Scenic Design
1 The Scottsboro Boys

Jane Greenwood
Costume Design
17 incl. Passion

Ken Billington
Lighting Design
8 incl. Sweeney Todd
1 Chicago
Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw
Director
5 incl. The Drowsy Chaperone
1 The Book of Mormon
Alan Menken
Music
2 incl. Sister Act
1 Newsies
Howard Ashman
Lyrics
2 incl. Smile

Tim Rice
Lyrics
5 incl. Jesus Christ Superstar
3 incl. Evita
Chad Beguelin
Lyrics, New Book
2 for The Wedding Singer

Bob Crowley
Scenic Design
8 incl. Mary Poppins, Aida
7 incl. Once, Carousel
Gregg Barnes
Costume Design
3 incl. Kinky Boots
2 incl. Follies
Natasha Katz
Lighting Design
6 incl. Tarzan
3 incl. Once
Bullets Over Broadway
Susan Stroman
Director, Choreography
8 incl. Steel Pier
5 incl. Contact, The Producers
Santo Loquasto
Scenic Design
14 incl. Fosse, Ragtime
3 incl. Grand Hotel
William Ivey Long
Costume Design
7 incl. Chicago, Cabaret
6 incl. Hairspray,
Grey Gardens
Donald Holder
Lighting Design
7 incl. Movin’ Out
2 incl. South Pacific
Cabaret
Sam Mendes
Co-Director
4 incl. Cabaret
3 incl. Red, Take Me Out
Rob Marshall
Co-Director, Choreographer
6 incl. Kiss of the Spider Woman

Joe Masteroff
Book
2 incl. She Loves Me
1 Cabaret
John Kander
Music
9 incl. Chicago, Zorba
4 incl. Woman of the Year, Cabaret
Fred Ebb
Lyrics
10 incl. The Rink, Steel Pier
4 incl. Woman of the Year, Cabaret
Robert Brill
Scenic and Club Design
2 incl. Assassins

William Ivey Long
Costume Design
7 incl. Chicago, Cabaret
6 incl. Hairspray,
Grey Gardens
Peggy Eisenhauer
Lighting Design
5 incl. Cabaret, The Wild Party

Michael Baldassari
Lighting Design
1 Cabaret


Director Michael Mayer - Hedwig and the Angry Inch

If/Then - Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner

C - L
THEATRE
PROFESSIONAL
ROLE IN THE
PRODUCTION
TONY
NOMINATIONS
TONY
AWARDS
Casa Valentina
Harvey Fierstein
Playwright
2 incl. Kinky Boots
4 incl. Torch Song Trilogy, Hairspray
Joe Mantello
Director
4 incl. Love! Valour! Compassion!
2 incl. Assassins
Scott Pask
Scenic Design
3 incl. Pippin
5 incl. The Book of Mormon, The Pillowman
Rita Ryack
Costume Design
1 My One and Only

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Michael Mayer
Director
3 incl. Thoroughly Modern Millie
1 Spring Awakening
Kevin Adams
Lighting Design
2 incl. Next to Normal
3 incl. American Idiot
If/Then
Michael Greif
Director
3 incl. RENT, Grey Gardens

Brian Yorkey
Book, Lyricist
1 Next to Normal
1 Next to Normal
1 Pulitzer Prize
Tom Kitt
Music

2 Next to Normal
1 Pulitzer Prize
Mark Wendland
Scenic Design
2 incl. The Merchant of Venice

Kenneth Posner
Lighting Design
9 incl. Pippin, Cinderella, Kinky Boots
1 The Coast of Utopia - Shipwreck
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Lonny Price
Director
1 A Class Act

Les Miserables
Claude-Michel Schonberg
Book, Lyrics
2 Miss Saigon
2 Les Miserables
Alain Boublil
Book
2 Miss Saigon
2 Les Miserables
Herbert Kretzmer
Lyrics

1 Les Miserables
Andreane Neofitou
Costume Design
1 Les Miserables

Paule Constable
Lighting Design
1 Coram Boy
1 War Horse
TOTAL
179 Tony Nominations
80 Tony Awards
3 Pulitzer Prizes

Next week, Mothers and Sons - Violet.

Jeff 
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