Theater Re: Bart Sher…
posted by June 15 at 22:17 PMon
South Pacific won seven Tony Awards in all, including Best Director and Best Revival of a Musical.
(For the first commentor on Christopher’s post below—Sher is the longtime artistic director of Intiman Theatre. This is his third nomination for Best Director, and his first win. Last year, Intiman won the Tony Award for regional theater. At a Tony Awards party this evening, a spokeswoman for Intiman told the crowd: “Bart says he couldn’t do what he does out there if not for the support he has here.” “That’s very, very sweet of [Bart] to say,” whispered a longtime Intiman subscriber sitting next to me, “but it’s just not true.”)
Other big winners tonight: In the Heights (a musical about a Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan), Passing Strange (a picaresque musical about a middle-class black kid from Los Angeles who travels to Amsterdam and Berlin), and August: Osage County (Steppenwolf’s play about a family of fuckups and pill poppers).
The musical performances tonight were, as usual, ill-suited for television broadcast. They just weren’t designed for, and don’t translate well onto, screens. I wonder how much damage they do each year, as people channel surf into their favorite number from Grease and think: “fuck, that’s awful—see, that’s why I don’t go to theater.”
Between those and the ads for Vesicare (“fewer urges and leaks!”), the message seems to be that theater is for the tone-deaf and the incontinent.
Still: Congratulations, Mr. Sher.