Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tony Awards Downside: Many Winners Are Leaving Or Have Left Their Shows


The Tony Awards were great, and all the people who won are no doubt grateful. But many of them are leaving before the audience can see them. “Death of A Salesman” has already closed, so that wipes out the Best Revival of a Play and Best Director. “Other Desert Cities” is closing, along with it winner Judith Light. “Venus in Fur” is closing in one week, so goodbye to Nina Arianda. Christian Borle is about three weeks away from exiting “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Over at “The Book of Mormon,” both Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad are gone. Nikki James is off for the month of July. They all won Tonys last year. On last night’s show, Rannells and Gad lookalikes appeared in the opening number. Luckily, the folks from “Once” are all locked in for the rest of the year. And James Corden is sticking around with “One Man Two Guvnors.”

For the time being, “Porgy and Bess” and all its players remain intact. However, for some reason, “Leap of Faith” was featured last night. That show is long, long gone. It closed about a week after it opened.

Meantime, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” is getting ready to wrap things up.  And some shows, like “Godspell” and “End of the Rainbow” will have to decide if they can make it through the summer.

“Book of Mormon,” by the way, is finally starting its national tour. Matt Stone and Trey Parker told me last night they’re very psyched. Wait til America gets to see this show. If they can get tickets. It’s still the hottest show on Broadway or anywhere.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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