Theatre News — Sunday, 12 June 2011

  • The Tony Awards were given out tonight, with Book of Mormon leading with 9 wins, including Best Musical.  Our favorite British import, War Horse, took 5, including Best Play.  (To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, picked up Best Costume Design for a Musical.)  The three-hour telecast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, included performances from many nominated shows (and even some not nominated).  We’ll be most curious to see the effect of tonight’s wins (and performances) on future box office.
  • Speaking of shows not nominated (it hasn’t yet opened), the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark saga is becoming a legal battle.  An arbitration has been filed on behalf of original director Julie Taymor, who claims she hasn’t been paid sufficient royalties.  (Courtesy Playbill.)
  • Playbill Online also reports that Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo will be seen in Europe, with rights sold in Germany, Italy and France.  Negotiations continue for a London production.
  • Supermodel Christie Brinkley joins the West End production of Chicago (as Roxie Hart) this July.  (Story from What’s On Stage.)