Monday, December 26, 2011
BEFORE we get around to ringing in the new, let's ring out the old. Some great things and some despicable things that were part of the Broadway and Off Broadway scene in New York during 2011.
IT TAKES ALL KINDS Sutton Foster and company, above left, dancing their hearts out in "Anything Goes." Left, James Franco, no time for Tennessee Williams.
1. BEST BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE BY A MEMBER OF AARP
Marlo Thomas in the otherwise inexplicable "Relatively Speaking."
2. BEST MUSICAL NUMBER
Norbert Leo Butz's "Don't Break the Rules" in "Catch Me if You Can."
Too bad the rest of the show couldn't live up to its finest moment.
3. BEST PERFORMANCE AS A CONTROLLING MOM
Stockard Channing in "Other Desert Cities"
She was great in the Lincoln Center production, and remarkably even better when the play moved to Broadway.
4. BEST PERFORMANCE AS A CRAZY LADY
Edie Falco in "House of Blue Leaves"
As lovable as she was deranged. And she had some stiff competition (see Honorable Mention).
5. BEST PERFORMANCE AS A CRAZY MAN
Geoffrey Rush in "Diary of a Madman"
"It's a fine, fine line that divides the lunatic and the clown," Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times about this BAM production.
6. BIGGEST CAD
For backing out of the Broadway revival of "Sweet Bird of Youth." Opposite Nicole Kidman, no less.
7. MOST FABULOUS TAPPING
Sutton Foster in "Anything Goes"
Even people who don't like tap dancing loved the big numbers in this revival. And it was great to see Foster as a brassy, overconfident type.
8. MOST DISAPPOINTED ACTRESS
Great news, Lauren! You're being cast in the Barbra Streisand role in a Broadway revival of "Funny Girl." Bad news, Lauren! They've decided not to do the show.
9. MOST DISAPPOINTING REVIVAL
There were some nice things about it, but anyone who had seen the last big New York production left the theater bewildered. Where did the magic go?
10. MOST DISTRESSED DIRECTOR
She was the guiding force behind "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." She took the bullets when word had it that the show was a disaster. Then the producers fired her.
Best Impersonation of Bernie Madoff: Frank Langella in "Man and Boy"
Best Performance as a Pirate: Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Exceptional Performances as Crazy Ladies: Laurie Metcalf in "The Other Place," Carey Mulligan in "Through a Glass Darkly" (tie)
Worst Tony Awards Night Outfit: Frances McDormand in a denim jacket
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Posted by Anita Gates at 7:06 PM
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