Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Judith Newmark's Live Blog from the Tony Awards

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Judith Newmark's Live Blog from the Tony Awards

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Theater critic Judith Newmark is in New York to cover the Tonys. Here are her dispatches from the awards. See more at cultureclub.

4 p.m. (Eastern): The carpet is red, the wall is green, the letters "Tony Awards" are silver, and it is gorgeous here.

5 p.m.: Talked quickly to Craig Lucas, writer of the musical "An American in Paris," the sensitive new script that deepens the story from the 1951 film musical. He said Paris is the best place in the world to try out a musical. The audience appreciated having its wartime experiences validated. He thinks the film's writer, Alan Jay Lerner, wanted to do the same thing in 1950, but that nobody could go there at the time; it was too fresh.

5:30 p.m.: Just saw Mike Isaacson Kristin Caskey and Barbara Whitman, producers of "Fun Home."

Isaacson said the show was not a musical that was obvious from the subject matter, they had to "create the map." He credits writer Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori for doing that musically.

The music in the show does what the illustrations do in Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir "Fun Home." "They reveal emotions in people not at ease expressing their emotions," Caskey said.

Of course they hope for awards, Whitman said, but they can't worry about that. Tonight they'll just enjoy a family party.

6:13 p.m.: "Fun Home" star Michael Cerveris remembers his time in Webster Groves. His stage debut at Webster (University) was as a little boy in "Caucasian Chalk Circle." His father taught at the school.

7:55 p.m.: I spoke with Sydney Lucas, 11, a nominee for best featured actress for "Fun Home. …

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