Magazine article American Theatre

'Once' and 'Prophet' Big NYC Winners

Magazine article American Theatre

'Once' and 'Prophet' Big NYC Winners

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NEW YORK CITY: The New York awards season began ramping up in May. Though the accolades did not crescendo till June 3's Drama Desk Awards and June 10's Tony Awards (both announced after this issue went to press), early celebrations were in order for the regional Tony winner, Washington, D.C.'s 25-year-old Shakespeare Theatre Company, led by artistic director Michael Kahn.

Several New York productions had cause to crow, as well. New Broadway tuner Once--having transferred from New York Theatre Workshop and featuring a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by the indie film's original stars, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova garnered quadruple top-musical bragging rights, from the Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics' Circle and Drama League. In the straight-play category, the Lortels and New York Drama Critics' Circle were unified in anointing Stephen Karam's family drama Sons of the Prophet at Roundabout Theatre Company; the Outer Critics divided its spoils between Prophet and the belly laughs of a London-to-Broadway transplant, the National Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors; and the Drama League looked to Lincoln Center Theater's production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities. The Outer Critics also hailed Off-Broadway musical Queen of the Mist, commissioned by the Transport Group Theater Company from Michael John LaChiusa, and--along with the Drama League--picked Broadway's Death of a Salesman as well as Follies, which traveled from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. …

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