Category Archives: Awards

Only One More Day…

Dear Friends,

We hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  We just wanted to take a moment to remind you about the Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, tomorrow night (Sunday).

They will be aired on CBS, starting at 8pm Eastern Time.
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We’ve listed the main nominees in our Newsletter a couple of weeks ago (click here to read!) or you can click here to see all the nominees.

We can’t wait!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Tony Awards!

Dear Friends,

In just a few short weeks will be the night that Broadway lives for:

The Tony Awards

This year will be hosted by Kevin Spacey and we cannot wait!  It will be aired on Sunday, June 11th at 8pm Eastern Standard time on CBS.

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Here are the top nominees in plays and musicals this year (click on the shows to see their websites):

Best Play 
A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Indecent by Paula Vogel
Oslo by J.T. Rogers
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Best Musical
Come From Away  
Dear Evan Hansen 
Groundhog Day The Musical 
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play 
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg 
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2 
Corey Hawkins, John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation 
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter 
Jefferson Mays, Oslo 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play 
Cate Blanchett, The Present 
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo 
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie 
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes 
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Christian Borle, Falsettos 
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical 
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly! 
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 
Christine Ebersole, War Paint 
Patti LuPone, War Paint 
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! 
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon 

It appears Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 lead the nominations with 12, followed closely by Hello Dolly! with 10 nominations and Dear Evan Hansen with 9 nominations.  For more nominees and to read more about this year’s Tony Awards, click here!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Best Play!

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce some wonderful news about our latest play, Me & Jezebel by Elizabeth Fuller:

BroadwayWorld—with a record number of voters from 75 regions worldwide—has just posted 2016 Long Island winners and Me & Jezebel won Best Play!

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Me & Jezebel is a delightful play written by Elizabeth Fuller based on the month that Bette Davis stayed with Fuller’s family at their Westport, CT house.

Congrats to everyone—especially Liz, who wrote such a brilliant play inspired by Bette herself!

And if you are interested in bringing this fantastic play to your theatre, please contact us.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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La La Land

Dear Friends,

We have just seen the movie La La Land and it is a once-in-10-years kind of movie!

The two actors—Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling—are incredible and have delivered the movie of the year (or perhaps 10 years?).    La La Land won 7 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Gosling) and Best Performance by Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Stone).

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It is still showing in movie theaters.  Click on the picture for the full review from Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Lifetime Achievement

Dear Friends,

As many of you know—and may have seen—the Golden Globes were this past Sunday and we just wanted to commend Meryl Streep on winning the Cecil B. deMille Award.  Meryl began her illustrious career on the stage in New York City and many years later has been nominated by the Academy Awards more than any other actor.

During her speech, Meryl took the opportunity—as the NYPD likes to remind us—“if you see something, say something” and she certainly did.  She saw an opportunity to speak out against some of the more despicable moments in the Trump campaign and issued a call to action for everyone in the public eye to bring to light the injustices that Trump embodied during his campaign.

With just over a week until his inauguration, it is so very important for people not to lose hope.  We live in a great country—and that will continue, as long as we the people continue to strive to make it great!

Congrats, Meryl!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

PS—click on the picture below to watch her speech in its entirety.

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Just A Reminder

Dear Friends,

Just one last reminder that The Tony Awards are tonight at 8pm at the Beacon Theatre and broadcast live on CBS and online at https://www.cbs.com/all-access/

We can’t wait!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Tonys Are Coming!

Dear Friends,

The big news today that we would like to remind you of is that the Tony Awards will be this next Sunday, June 12th.

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The ceremony will be taking place at the Beacon Theatre (Broadway between 74th and 75th Streets), starting at 8pm ET.  It will be broadcast live on CBS and online at https://www.cbs.com/all-access/

We can’t wait!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Playing Shakespeare Celebration

Dear Friends,

We wanted to let you know about an event here in New York City tomorrow evening, May 23rdPlaying Shakespeare Celebration, A Benefit for The Shakespeare Society.

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This celebration is The Shakespeare’s Society most significant fundraising events and joining the festivities will be Michael Cumpsty, Hamish Linklater, Byron Jennings, Laura Linney, Carolyn McCormick, Lily Rabe, Jay O. Sanders, James Shapiro, Stephen Spinella, and John Douglas Thompson.

The evening will honor director Daniel Sullivan with The Shakespeare Medal and actor Chukwudi Iwuji with the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award.

It will be at the Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) starting at 6pm.  To purchase tickets, make a donation to this incredible society, or bid in their silent auction, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Hamilton Rising!

Dear Friends,

Hamilton continues to be perhaps the most stunningly successful play of our lifetimes!

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The big news yesterday was that it received 16 Tony Award Nominations—the largest number in Tony History, which goes back 70 years!

For all of us in the theatre, we don’t recall any initial success as big as this.

The closest that come to mind are Fiddler on The Roof and My Fair Lady.  Of course, it is hard to compare these plays accurately, as all of the great hits prior to Hamilton occurred in the pre-social media/internet world and did not have the instant world-wide publicity and acclaim that Hamilton enjoys.

Today we wanted to share with you another manifestation of Hamilton’s popularity:

The book “Hamilton Revolution,” which is a behind the scenes look at making the musical and written by Hamilton author Lin-Manual Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, is flying off the shelves!

In fact, the New York Times quips (quite correctly) that getting the book isn’t any easier than getting a ticket!  The book, which came out on April 12th, is now in its second printing and it estimated to have 400,000 copies in print by the summer!

It seems we just can’t get enough!  Congrats to Miranda and the entire cast and crew of Hamilton on their 16 Tony nominations!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Actors Fund Gala

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you today about a wonderful organization—The Actors Fund—who are having their annual gala in a few short days.

The Gala will be Monday, April 25th at the New York Mariott Marquis Hotel.  Cocktails start at 6pm, with dinner and Gala tribute starting at 7pm.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Michael Douglas
  • Emilio & Gloria Estefan
  • Robert Greenblatt
  • Cynthia Gregory
  • Casey Nicholaw

The Actors Fund was started in 1882 by Harrison Grey Fiske, who started the Fund “knowing the critical problems facing the profession.”  From there, the Fund grew into the successful organization it is today, helping those in our line of work who need it most.  According to their website:

Today, The Actors Fund is the national nonprofit human services organization that provides for the welfare of all entertainment professionals. The Fund helps people in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance. It assists performers as well as those who work behind the scenes. Its broad spectrum of programs include comprehensive social services, health services, supportive and affordable housing, employment and training services, and skilled nursing and assisted living care. The Fund also makes emergency grants for essential needs. Administered from offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Actors Fund’s mission is to help “all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.

This is such an incredible organization, who we know to have helped so many!  If you are interested in attending the Gala, please click here for more information.  Or, if you’re interested but cannot attend, you may wish to make a donation to the Fund.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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