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2012 Tony Noms: More Than a Few Minnesota Connections

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

2012 Tony Noms: More Than a Few Minnesota Connections

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The 2012 Tony nominations, announced Tuesday, have more than a few Minnesota connections. Burnsville native Laura Osnes is up for her performance as Bonnie in the short-lived musical "Bonnie & Clyde." Osnes made her Broadway debut as Sandy in "Grease" in 2007 after winning the role on a reality show that aired on NBC. Moorhead State alum Jan Maxwell is nominated for Stephen Sondheim's "Follies." (Chris Hewitt of the Pi Press points out that "both actresses are likely to lose to frontrunner Audra McDonald in "Porgy and Bess.")

Tracie Bennet was nominated for her tour-de-force performance as Judy Garland in "End of the Rainbow," which made its U.S. debut at the Guthrie before moving to Broadway. Guthrie actor Frank Langella has been nominated for his fourth Tony, for "Man and Boy." And two plays on the Guthrie's 2012-13 season have each received several Tony nods: "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baltz and "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris.

A new documentary about Paul Simon's groundbreaking, Grammy- winning "Graceland" album has been making the rounds of film festivals this spring. Directed by Emmy and Peabody winner Joe Berlinger, it has won awards at SXSW, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival. "Under African Skies" has its Minnesota premiere next Thursday, May 9, at the Trylon microcinema as part of Sound Unseen's program of monthly film screenings. I'm telling you now because the Trylon really is a microcinema -- just 50 seats -- and if you care about Paul Simon, world music and music history, you'll want to see it.

Classical MPR joins the free summer music movement with Harmony in the Park featuring VocalEssence, Minnesota Boychoir and One Voice Mixed Chorus. Choral music fans, mark this a must-see. Thursday, June 7 at Minnehaha Falls Park Bandshell. The concert is part of Classical MPR's new choral initiative, a series of on-air, online and onstage programs that includes a newly-launched 24/7 stream dedicated to choral music. …

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