Over the last week or so, Broadway has been taking a hit thanks to the growing presence of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Day by day we were learning of performances of “Hamilton”, “Wicked”, “Harry Potter”, “Tina”, “Ain’t Too Proud” and “Jagged Little Pill” being shuttered until all was clear. Earlier this evening, the producers of “Jagged Little Pill” announced that this past Friday’s performance would be its last. Their official statement is below for your perusal.
The Tony Award winners were announced/revealed last night and while its a show that I generally enjoy watching I wasn’t able to do so this year because the network decided to air the awards broadcast on the Paramount+ streaming service while a celebratory concert mixed with some announcements would air in tandem on the public network. Though I had a subscription to Paramount+ for a short time based on a discounted rate, I let it lapse since I have Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max to contend with and don’t need it but I digress. I did my best to keep up with the filtering in announcements but ended up waiting for this morning to share the news with you. Let’s go.
“Jagged Little Pill” WINNER – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Tina — The Tina Turner Musical”
The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards were set to be given out during a special presentation of NY1’s Broadway focused “On Stage” program a few weeks ago but the station needed to pause that broadcast based on the nightly protesting and rioting that had been going on in our metropolis. Initially planned to be a live broadcast at New York’s Town Hall, the program became a virtual one when the problems surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic caused the entire city to come to a standstill. Earlier this evening the broadcast ran and the winners were given their trophies. Here is the complete rundown of the winners.
Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre
Greater Clements, by Samuel D. Hunter, Lincoln Center Theater
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Atlantic Theater Company/LAByrinth Theater Company
Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Playwrights Horizons WINNER – The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez