The 64th annual Tony Awards recognized a handful of acts and with the rock ‘n roll story “Memphis” and British drama “Red” claiming the top prizes Sunday at Radio City Music Hall. “Red” took home the hardware for Best Play to go along with five other awards as “Memphis” earned rights to Best Musical. This year’s events were filled with successful film actors rewarded for their hard work on stage. Hollywood’s Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson and Douglas Hodge were among the lucky winners.
David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s “Memphis” is based on Dewey Phillips, an American disc jockey in the 1950′s. The plot largely focuses on his passion to broadcast African-American music during times of segregation, pushing for equality through way of music. The play debuted at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA. New York’s Shubert Theatre will be showcasing the production over the next few months.
John Logan’s “Red” was first introduced in December of 2009 at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The show is currently running at the Golden Theatre in New York with plans to close by Sunday, June 27th. The story revolves around Mark Rothko, a New York artist and his assistant, Ken, as they find meaning in their work while painting for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press wrote: “They are the tantalizing first words of Red, John Logan’s engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation.” Check back for more Broadway updates right here at Ace!