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Outcry as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Snubbed at Tony Awards

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were just announced this morning. Several prominent productions swept the major categories, but one snub has left many people shocked.

Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird got nine nominations this morning, which include Best Lead Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play and Best Original Score. While those nominations are good, many were surprised that it was left out of the Best Play category.

Considering the large amount of critical acclaim and box office success that Aaron Sorkin’s version of Harper Lee’s has, the snub is very odd. Many took to Twitter to express their displeasure, or in some cases their enjoyment, at the snub:

 


You can read the full list of Tony nominations here.

Are you a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird? Are you upset it didn’t get nominated for Best Play?

 

 

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Queer Musical ‘The Prom’ Getting YA Novel Adaptation!

Dance your way to the bookstore because the Broadway hit The Prom will be adapted into a young adult novel.

 

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Ah, high school prom! For those of you who attended your prom you’ll remember how much of a mess it was to make it there. The planning and organizing, between car or limo arrangements to hair, make-up, and what to wear, and then there was dealing with the pressure of asking for a date! So glad to be done with that!

Now all of that is hard enough for your average high schooler trying to fit in and be “normal”, but what about those who dared to be original and stray away from the norm so they can be who they truly are?

This is what the Broadway musical The Prom is all about.

 

The show…tells the story of Emma, a high school student in Indiana who becomes the center of a media scandal for wanting to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her plight catches the attention of some Broadway eccentrics, Emma’s story goes from small-town scandal to theatrical, jazz hand-laden frenzy.

-Playbill, 2019

 

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Confirmed in an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, as well as by Playbill in an article of their own, the musical will be released this upcoming Fall of 2019 as a young adult novel.

 

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YA author Saundra Mitchell, who wrote the teen anthologies Defy the Dark and All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, will be writing the adaptation alongside the the musical’s three writers—Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar. With the book in the hands of these fantastic writers, we know that the musical’s energy and humor, as well as its message of acceptance and inclusion will be upheld.

 

 

 

The novel is already available for pre-order. Be the first to read and add this beautiful story of love, acceptance, and being true to yourself to your library this Fall.

 

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‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is Now a Musical!

Exciting news for literature and musical fans! The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd was already critically acclaimed as both a novel and its feature film adaptation starring Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah. The novel was a bestseller on the New York Times’s bestsellers list. The novel itself dealt with weighty emotional issues, including child abuse and trauma. Beautifully written, it deals with its issues with maturity and grace, making for a potentially excellent stage adaptation.

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LaChanze, famed for her role in The Color Purplewill play beekeeper August Boatwright. Other cast members have been announced to be Eisa Davis as June, Manoel Felciano as T-Ray, Lily’s abusive father, Brett Gray as Zach, and Anastacia McCleskey as May. Set to begin previews on May 12th, 2019, the play will begin an off-Broadway show starting in June and eventually is eyeing a Broadway transfer. The play will feature music by Duncan Sheik and will be directed by Sam Gold. Performances will end July 7th but we hope this proves popular enough to get the eyes of Broadway! The show will deal with themes of faith, spirituality, and healing.

We can’t wait to see this book come alive on stage!

 

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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Going on Tour

Academy Award Winner Aaron Sorkin’s version of To Kill A Mockingbird has garnered a lot of attention, both good and bad. And now, many will get to see his version live.

Scott Rudin, producer of the show, confirmed that the Broadway show is going on tour this summer. Starting with a debut show at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center on August 20th, the show will run there for six weeks before branching out to other cities in the coming months.

Rarely does a Broadway show that is not a musical garner as much attention as To Kill A Mockingbird. When asked about the reception for the show, Sorkin said it was surprising:

 

“The critical response, the size of the whole thing. But most important to me is the way it is landing with audiences.”

 

This is one of the many Broadway shows that will be debuting at the Kennedy Center during the 2019-2020 season including Cats, My Fair Lady, and Hamilton. You can read more about the shows here.

 

Casting for the tour are in development.

 

 

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Britney Spears Developing Feminist Fairytale Musical!

Britney’s coming to Broadway! In this article for the BBC Britney Spears revealed she will be developing a new musical featuring a feminist spin on old fairytales. The title of the play will be A One More Time, centering on a book club attended by various fairy tale princesses. Their lives are turned upside down when a rogue fairy godmother brings them a copy of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and makes them question their decidedly un-feminist roles.

 

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The musical will be set to numerous pieces of music from Britney Spears, including Baby One More Time, Toxic, and Oops I Did It Again. The piece is described as a ‘feminist jukebox musical’ and Spears said she’s very excited to bring it to the stage. The show will make its debut in Chicago later this year, before moving to New York in 2020.

 

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