Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It was an amazing MITF ceremony last night - thoughts right after the big show, and it was a big show!

These are my thoughts immediately after the show.  I may revise these later if my perspective changes

The thing that I’d been told to get ready for (since our show had a real chance of winning in the Outstanding Actress category, but not really in the three others where we were nominated) but still was surprised and overwhelmed by, was the amazing joy of  having created a “star vehicle” and have the star of that vehicle get the Outstanding Actress award in a tremendously competitive category.  

The gifted Jennifer Pace had come in eight days before opening with the imaginative and resourceful  director (and dramaturg) Michael Kirk Lane after the actress who playing “Bette” in our show got too sick to do a show with so much solo singing.   Jennifer was aided in getting her performance together so quickly by her own and Michael's abilities, and by the extraordinary musician Clare Cooper, who would,  I’m sure, have gotten a nomination had there been a supporting actress or a music direction category in that division.  (And by luck, our technical director Terry Prideaux, who had kept things running smoothly back in February and March, happened to be the one presenting that category.)

A chat friend who gets to the point asked if it was as good as the show overall getting one of the other nominated awards?  As I told him, I’ll never know that, but Jennifer’s win as Best Actress at that moment felt like a win for our whole company of five. 

And some more praise for the MITF - it was quite a ceremony! The MITF really ran it like a real awards show, which of course it was - even going over the time limit to the extent that the marvelous producer John Chatterton complimented those who stayed to the end for their endurance, LOL!  The awards our show was up for were all in the first half, and while the writing and production awards went (as the buzz expected) to John Frida’s stellarly ambitious Alien Adventure, it was a thrill to hear us in the nominations alongside so much work that I’d admired in the festival.

(I'm trying to figure out how to put parts of the video we made online, but so far, no luck.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical" was nominated for 4 awards by Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival

We were thrilled to be part of the Midwinter 2014 festival, and now excited to hear we were nominated for four of the Midtown International Theatre Festival's awards.  These are the categories in which our show was nominated.  The complete list of nominees in all categories is at http://midtownfestival.org/
from the 2014 Midwinter Madness Awards Nominees
Outstanding Production of Play or Musical
Alien Adventure, the Adventure
The Dooples in the Land of Doo

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Nosce Te Ipsum

Theme Night
Outstanding New Script/Playwright, Book, Music & Lyrics for a Play or Musical 

John Frida & Eren T. Gibson, Alien Adventure, the Adventure

Fred Landau, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Joshua R. Pangborn, Nosce Te Ipsum

Emily Rose, Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter

Fredric Sinclair, Provincetown
Outstanding Actress in a Play or Musical 

Jennifer Pace, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

Kathryn Neville Browne, Another One Darling

Justine Hall, Coming Home

Marjorie Conn, Lizzie Borden's Party

C. Niambi Steele, That L-Word
Outstanding Marketing/Producer for a
Play or Musical

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

That L-Word

I’m Sorry

The Dooples in the Land of Doo

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Excited by upcoming shows by Stevie Wonder and Hugh Jackman - but can't help kidding the pricing! (season preview #2)

"Sir Duke" parody - Stevie Wonder tour pricing and concert seating 
parody  (2nd in a series) - parody sung by Sheree Sano

And with Hugh Jackman coming back to Broadway
in "The River" -

To celebrate:  updating "I Raid My Keogh" (from when he did his 
one-man show) to tune of "I Go To Rio" (parody sung by Jan Horvath) 

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