Tony winner Billy Porter became the pharaoh of fashion at the Met Gala red carpet, his Egyptian-themed…production number… right up there with Katy Perry wearing a chandelier, Jared Leto carrying around his severed head, and Lady Gaga being Lady Gaga. But Porter was not the only one representing Broadway at the event. These include celebrities we can claim, like Bette Midler, Darren Criss and Lupita Nyong’o, although admittedly we do have to share them, but also such home-grown Broadway artists as Damon Daunno and Patrick Vaill from Oklahoma, the cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, Ruth Wilson and Glenda Jackson from King Lear, Torch Song’s Michael Urie, even Broadway theater owner Jordan Roth, whose cape depicts the interior of an opera house.
The Week in New York Theater Awards
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2019 Tony Award Winners — YOUR Pick? A poll of preferences, NOT predictions
4. 2019 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards: The Ferryman, Tootsie, What The Constitution Means to Me
5. Actors Equity Foundation Awards
Sarah Stiles (Tootsie) and Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud) have received the Actors Equity Foundation’s 2019 Clarence Derwent Awards for most promising female and male performers on NYC stages
Marylouise Burke (True West) and Andre De Shields (Hadestown) have received the Actors Equity Foundation Richard Seff Award for best supporting role by veteran female and male character actors on or Off Broadway.
6. More Awards on the Way
The week in New York Theater News
Diane Paulus to direct a new Broadway revival of “1776.” Roundabout has announced it will revive the musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Spring 2021, with a run first in Boston and Los Angeles.
Laura Linney will star in one-woman play, My Name is Lucy Barton, adapted from an Elizabeth Strout novel about a woman who wakes after surgery trying to piece together the jagged fragments of her past. Opens Jan 15, 2020, at MTC’s Broadway house, the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.
Ars Nova’s 12th annual Ant Fest runs June 3–27. FInd the next Rags Parkland or Underground Railroad Game (both of which started at this festival
Naatco (the National Asian American Theater Company) kicks off its 29th season with “Veil Widow Conspiracy,” nested versions of a story that begins as a political murder mystery in 1922 China; then 2010 Hollywood; winding up in dystopian Brooklyn of the future. Next Door at NYTW, June 7 – July 6