TheatEAR Newsflash: Award Season + the Actors Fund

It’s been just about a month since Aladdin opened on Broadway and Disney Theatrical Productions has every reason to be very, very happy. Jam-packed houses, decent reviews and, as of yesterday, five Tony nominations! It may not be 11 (The Lion King) or 8 (Newsies) but it’s definitely better than 1 for Tarzan especially because it landed the Best Musical category. (Something The Little Mermaid and Tarzan failed to do.)

In a year of Broadway without any standout hits, I feel satisfied about this. I still haven’t seen Aladdin (we’re hoping to make it happen in May) and it’s my hope that Aladdin‘s success could possibly lead to more innovative and inspired productions in the future. (Yes, I’m still hung up over Peter and the Starcatcher. Sue me.)
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In addition to Best Musical, Aladdin also received nods for Best Book (Chad Beguelin), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Chad Beguelin), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (James Monroe Iglehart), and Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw).

We can’t forget the Outer Critics Awards nominations! Aladdin received 8 nominations including musical, book, score, choreographer, set design, costume design, lighting, and featured actor (James Monroe Iglehart). The winners will be announced on May 22.

AND the Drama Desk Awards. Aladdin garnered 7 noms here: musical, actor (Adam Jacobs), featured actor (James Monroe Iglehart), choreography, music, lyrics, and book. The Drama Desks are announced on June 1.

Yay! I love award seasons. Mark your calendar for the Tony Awards (Hugh Jackson is hosting!) on June 8.

For more Aladdin, the cast also performed PRINCE ALI on The View recently.

Actors Fund 2014

Oh gosh. I wish I could have attended this event. First of all, a record breaking amount of money was raised during the gala — $1.6 million. Isn’t that awesome? The Actors Fund supports performers + those behind the scenes with housing, counseling, and more. Second, so many of my favorite Disney on Broadway actors and actresses performed and it certainly would have been a dream come true to see this happen.

AIDA reunion? Drooling over here. Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott.

Aida Original Cast Actors Fund 2014

Here’s another cute one of some of the Newsies crew seizing the night:

// further info about the Actors Fund evening, check out this press release. (There’s a great rundown of the theatre wing of Disney.)

All this theatre talk is making me crave a little Broadway time! I must make it happen soon…

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