Cells Phones in the Theater

If you’ve seen Waitress on Broadway, you know that the show begins with a catchy tune from the show’s writer, Sara Bareilles, that reminds audience members to turn off any cell phones before the show starts. The lyrics of this song include, “No one’s gonna like you if your phone rings.” While every Broadway show includes a pre-show announcement with the same message, few are as clever and funny as the one at Waitress.

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Stage Door Etiquette 

This morning, I saw a tweet attacking Ben Platt, the Tony-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen, for not greeting fans after the show at the stage door. The Twitter user went so far as to call him an asshole. Ben, as the classy man he is, wrote a thoughtful post about needing to take care of himself in order to do his best work. For him, this often means going home right after a show. (His Twitter handle is @bensplatt. Go read it.)

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Tony Award Nomination Predictions

It’s that time of year again: awards season in the New York theater community! Here are my predictions for six of the major awards that will be given out on June 12th. The Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2nd from the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

A few disclaimers:

  1. I have not yet seen War Paint or Hello Dolly!, but I do have plans to see them both.
  2. I have not seen enough plays this season to feel comfortable making

Best Musical

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Come from Away
  • Groundhog Day

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Falsettos
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Miss Saigon

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Bette Midler, Hello Dolly!
  • Christine Ebersole, War Paint
  • Patti LuPone, War Paint
  • Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Laura Osnes, Bandstand

Best Actor in a Musical

  • Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
  • Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
  • Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • David Hyde Pierce, Hello Dolly!

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
  • Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Jenn Colella, Come From Away
  • Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

  • Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
  • Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Gavin Creel, Hello Dolly!
  • John Bolton, Anastasia
  • Fred Johanson, Sunset Boulevard


So what do you think? I want to hear your thoughts too!