Entries from May 2007 ↓

Off the cutting room floor

This is a deleted scene from Knocked Up, the new film from Judd Apatow, director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It stars Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. If the rest of the film is as funny as this, it should be a winner.

Knocked Up opens in theaters on Friday, June 1.

Personal Responsibility

How many times do we hear about people learning lessons the hard way? Like the little kid who burns his fingers after Mommy just told him not to touch the hot stove, some people pay attention to warning signs only after a tragedy happens.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine appears in this public service announcement, released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to promote seat belt awareness. On April 12 Corzine was seriously injured in an automobile accident while not wearing his seatbelt, a practice he admitted he did quite frequently. Hopefully others will learn from his mistake.

But this incident reminds us of the fact that despite the best public health and safety awareness efforts, personal responsibility and choice ultimately determine how safe we will be as individuals. You can collect all the pamphlets and brochures, see all the PSAs and attend all the workshops and classes, but if you as an individual dont make the conscious decision to save your own life, it all goes for nought.

A warning from the Surgeon General of the United States that Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health first went on the outside of cigarette packages in 1966, yet the Centers for Disease Control reports an estimated 45.1 million American adults smoke cigarettes. While the number of smokers continues to drop each year, cigarette smoking remains the leading contributor to lung cancer, and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

Similarly, motorcyclist deaths have more than doubled between 1997 and 2005, with head injury due to not wearing a helmet, the single biggest cause of serious injury and death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent. Even so, cycling enthusiasts resist legislation making helmets mandatory, citing such reasons as the desire to feel the wind in their hair.

To conclude the comparisons, HIV infection rates among Black men who have sex with men are at 46% in some major cities, and this population is seeing increases while decreases are being seen among other groups. In light of how quickly some people criticize Black gay and AIDS service organizations for what they are supposedly not doing right, can we afford to ignore discussions around personal accountability and continued indulgence in high risk behavior that is clearly detrimental to our own well-being?

Ain’t Much to Say

But I hate seeing a blog with old stuff on it. So here goes nothing, literally.

The best baseball team in New York City can�t get any love from the New York sports media. The Mets, in first place in the National League East with the second best record in all of Major League Baseball, took two out of three games this past week against that dysfunctional franchise from the Bronx, and all anybody around here wants to report is how that team lost, and how that team�s rookie pitcher helped them avoid getting swept. I guess we�ll just have to win the World Series to get any respect around here.

Saturday afternoon, I just happened to change channels in time to catch the Preakness from start to finish. I only watch three horse races a year and that was a pretty darn exciting two minutes. Curlin nosed out Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, so once again there will be no triple crown winner this year. But the Belmont Stakes may shape up to be yet another exciting duel between these two thoroughbreds.

I got a letter from my union the other day and I�ve been randomly chosen to be on the nominating committee for the television categories for the upcoming awards. Real cool! They said I should expect lots of promotional letters and DVDs in the mail. Let the campaigning begin.

Former President Jimmy Carter read the collective mind of the American people and dared to speak the truth. The worst president the free world has ever or will ever witness, dared to call him irrelevant. Carter, who since leaving office, has won the Nobel Peace Prize, authored more than 20 books, and established the Carter Center to promote global health, democracy and human rights, later backed off his remarks.

Air America Radio, the progressive response to conservative talk radio, relaunched Monday with a new website and ad campaign. “The completely redesigned website will give Air America listeners another platform to participate in the progressive movement through an interactive blog where they can read and give commentary on topical issues of the day,” said Mark Green, the new president of Air America. Green is a former Public Advocate for the City of New York and a past candidate for Mayor.

The network’s hosts will begin to regularly blog along with Nancy Scola, who has been chosen as Air America’s chief blogger. Nancy Scola is a Brooklyn-based blogger and writer who has served as a congressional aide and a presidential campaign staffer; she writes widely online, on everything from the latest in technology policy to the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Neither Moral, Nor the Majority

Jerry Falwell 1933-2007

A petty right-wing demagogue who misinterpreted the Bible to serve his own narrow political viewpoint, is dead.

As my mother always said, if you have nothing nice to say about someone, say nothing at all.

2007 Tony Award Nominations Announced

This morning in New York, Broadway and television stars Taye Diggs and Jane Krakowski announced the nominations for the American Theatre Wings 61st annual Tony Awards. Artists and productions were recognized in 25 competitive Tony categories, along with a special Tony Award honor for best regional theatre.

Diggs made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning 1994 revival of Rodgers & Hammersteins musical Carousel. He later created the role of Benny, the landlord, in the 1996 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Rent, as well as in the shows recent film version. He is set to star in Private Practice, the forthcoming spinoff of TVs Greys Anatomy.

Krakowskis numerous Broadway appearances include the role of Carla in the 2003 production of Nine, for which she won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She won an Olivier Award in London for her performance as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Her television work includes a six-year stint as Elaine on Ally McBeal.

The 2007 Tony Awards will be telecast Sunday, June 10 on CBS.

Best Play

The Coast of Utopia
Author: Tom Stoppard
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Andr Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett

Author: Peter Morgan
Producers: Arielle Tepper Madover, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox, Act Productions, David Binder, Debra Black, Annette Niemtzow/Harlene Freezer, The Weinstein Company, The Donmar Warehouse

The Little Dog Laughed
Author: Douglas Carter Beane
Producers: Roy Gabay, Susan Dietz, Morris Berchard, Steve Bozeman, Ted Snowdon, Jerry Frankel/Doug Nevin, Jennifer Manocherian/Ina Meibach, Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, Ellen Richard

Radio Golf
Author: August Wilson
Producers: Jujamcyn Theaters, Margo Lion, Jeffrey Richards/Jerry Frankel, Tamara Tunie/Wendell Pierce, Fran Kirmser, Bunting Management Group, George Frontiere and Open Pictures, Lauren Doll/Steven Greil & The August Wilson Group, Jack Viertel, Gordon Davidson

Best Musical

Producers: Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergre, Ted Hartley, Center Theatre Group

Grey Gardens
Producers: East of Doheny, Staunch Entertainment, Randall Wreghitt/Mort Swinsky, Michael Alden, Edwin W. Schloss, Playwrights Horizons

Mary Poppins
Producers: Disney, Cameron Mackintosh

Spring Awakening
Producers: Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Atlantic Theater Company, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon, Harold Thau/Terry Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi/StyleFour Productions

Best Book of a Musical

Rupert Holmes & Peter Stone

Grey Gardens
Doug Wright

Legally Blonde The Musical
Heather Hach

Spring Awakening
Steven Sater

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb, John Kander & Rupert Holmes

Grey Gardens
Music: Scott Frankel
Lyrics: Michael Korie

Legally Blonde The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Spring Awakening
Music: Duncan Sheik
Lyrics: Steven Sater

Best Revival of a Play

Inherit the Wind
Producers: Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Lawrence Horowitz, Jon Avnet/Ralph Guild, Roy Furman, Debra Black/Daryl Roth, Bill Rollnick/Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Stephanie P. McClelland

Journey’s End
Producers: Boyett Ostar Productions, Stephanie P. McClelland, Bill Rollnick, James D’Orta, Philip Geier

Talk Radio
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Francis Finlay, Ronald Frankel, James Fuld, Jr., Steve Green, Judith Hansen, Patty Ann Lacerte, James Riley, Mary Lu Roffe/Mort Swinsky, Sheldon Stein, Terri & Timothy Childs/Stylefour Productions, Irving Welzer/Herb Blodgett

Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Emily Mann, Jeffrey Woodward

Best Revival of a Musical

The Apple Tree
Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy

A Chorus Line
Producer: Vienna Waits Productions

Producers: Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Darren Bagert, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

110 in the Shade
Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy

Best Special Theatrical Event

Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!
Producers: Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Productions, Ken Grossman, Bob & Rhonda Silver, Michael A. Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., Wetrock Entertainment

Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway
Producers: David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Ruth Hendel, Jonathan Reinis, Inc., Billy Zavelson, Jamie Cesa, Anne Strickland Squadron, Jennifer Manocherian, Gary Allen, Melvin Honowitz

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Boyd Gaines, Journey’s End
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Bran F. O’Byrne, The Coast of Utopia
Christopher Plummer, Inherit the Wind
Liev Schreiber, Talk Radio

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Eve Best, A Moon for the Misbegotten
Swoosie Kurtz, Heartbreak House
Angela Lansbury, Deuce
Vanessa Redgrave, The Year of Magical Thinking
Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, LoveMusik
Ral Esparza, Company
Jonathan Groff, Spring Awakening
Gavin Lee, Mary Poppins
David Hyde Pierce, Curtains

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Laura Bell Bundy, Legally Blonde The Musical
Christine Ebersole, Grey Gardens
Audra McDonald, 110 in the Shade
Debra Monk, Curtains
Donna Murphy, LoveMusik

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Chisholm, Radio Golf
Billy Crudup, The Coast of Utopia
Ethan Hawke, The Coast of Utopia
John Earl Jelks, Radio Golf
Stark Sands, Journey’s End

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Jennifer Ehle, The Coast of Utopia
Xanthe Elbrick, Coram Boy
Dana Ivey, Butley
Jan Maxwell, Coram Boy
Martha Plimpton, The Coast of Utopia

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
Christian Borle, Legally Blonde The Musical
John Cullum, 110 in the Shade
John Gallagher, Jr., Spring Awakening
David Pittu, LoveMusik

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Charlotte d’Amboise, A Chorus Line
Rebecca Luker, Mary Poppins
Orfeh, Legally Blonde The Musical
Mary Louise Wilson, Grey Gardens
Karen Ziemba, Curtains

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bob Crowley & Scott Pask, The Coast of Utopia
Jonathan Fensom, Journey’s End
David Gallo, Radio Golf
Ti Green and Melly Still, Coram Boy

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley, Mary Poppins
Christine Jones, Spring Awakening
Anna Louizos, High Fidelity
Allen Moyer, Grey Gardens

Best Costume Design of a Play

Ti Green and Melly Still, Coram Boy
Jane Greenwood, Heartbreak House
Santo Loquasto, Inherit the Wind
Catherine Zuber, The Coast of Utopia

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Legally Blonde The Musical
Bob Crowley, Mary Poppins
Susan Hilferty, Spring Awakening
William Ivey Long, Grey Gardens

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, Coram Boy
Brian MacDevitt, Inherit the Wind
Brian MacDevitt, Kenneth Posner and Natasha Katz, The Coast of Utopia
Jason Taylor, Journey’s End

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, Spring Awakening
Christopher Akerlind, 110 in the Shade
Howard Harrison, Mary Poppins
Peter Kaczorowski, Grey Gardens

Best Direction of a Play

Michael Grandage, Frost/Nixon
David Grindley, Journey’s End
Jack O’Brien, The Coast of Utopia
Melly Still, Coram Boy

Best Direction of a Musical

John Doyle, Company
Scott Ellis, Curtains
Michael Greif, Grey Gardens
Michael Mayer, Spring Awakening

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Curtains
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical

Best Orchestrations

Bruce Coughlin, Grey Gardens
Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening
Jonathan Tunick, LoveMusik
Jonathan Tunick, 110 in the Shade

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Alliance Theatre
Atlanta, GA