The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 25, 2018

'Red,' a Play About Artist Mark Rothko, is Big Winner at Tonys
Eddie Redmayne accepts the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his role in "Red" at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

By: Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- The tense drama "Red" delivered one of its half-dozen Tony Awards to Eddie Redmayne for his performance as the young, increasingly defiant assistant to artist Mark Rothko.

But Redmayne, honored Sunday at the 2010 Tony Awards as best featured actor in a play, says the role isn't as demanding as it might seem to the audience.

"I studied art history at university, and it's fascinating to me," he said backstage, "and the arguments are so powerfully written that it's actually much easier than perhaps it looks to get up and be passionate about it each night."

Performing in "Red" has also inspired him to take up painting again, he added, though he admitted, "I'm a really bad artist."

"Red," which won the Tony for best play, loomed large at the ceremony honoring Broadway's best, but the awards show was skewed in a musical direction: Its business was clearly show business.

"Welcome to the Tonys," said host Sean Hayes when it began — "the World Cup of show tunes."

He wasn't kidding.

A 13-minute opening number included segments from "Promises, Promises," ''Come Fly With Me" and other musicals, then finished in explosive style with punk rockers Green Day.

The broadcast was packed with musical performances from nominated shows, including "Memphis," the rhythm 'n' blues musical set in the American South in the 1950s, which won four Tonys, including best musical.

Even the hit TV series "Glee" got on the bandwagon. Matthew Morrison did a full-scale rendition of "All I Need Is the Girl," from "Gypsy," followed by his "Glee" co-star Lea Michele belting out a Streisand-esque version of "Don't Rain on My Parade," from "Funny Girl."

Meanwhile, the nominated plays were disposed of with brief summaries voiced by members of their respective casts.

Hayes, who didn't win as lead actor in a musical for "Promises, Promises," did put on a memorable show of song, jokes and costumes, dressing up as everyone from Spiderman to Little Orphan Annie.

During his opening monologue he joked that his dual status as nominee and host "combines a good chance of losing with a good chance at bombing." He was only half right.

Hayes' "Promises, Promises" co-star, Katie Finneran, won the Tony for best featured actress in a musical.

Backstage, the wisecracking Finneran, who doesn't make her entrance in the Burt Bacharach-Hal David musical until after intermission, said she views the first act from an unusual vantage point in her second-floor dressing room.

"I can actually go into my toilet, open the trap door, and I am in the house," she said. "I can watch the show behind the curtain, right from my toilet. I call it my view from the loo."

Three Hollywood stars, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson, were first-time nominees and winners.

"Fences," a revival of August Wilson's deeply personal drama about family, won for best revival of a play. Its two stars, Washington and Viola Davis, won for best actors in a play.

Zeta-Jones won for best actress in a musical as the amorous actress in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

Johansson won for best featured performance as an actress in a play for her Broadway debut, the object of her uncle's lust in Arthur Miller's "A View From a Bridge."

"Fela!" — the innovative Afro-beat biography of Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti — and "La Cage aux Folles" — a revival of the classic Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical farce — each had 11 nominations, but won just three Tonys apiece.

Douglas Hodge, who won best actor in a musical for "La Cage aux Folles," said his Tony was "tremendous encouragement."

"It just feels like I can really get on with it now," he said backstage, "and dig deeper and deeper, and mean it more and more." The role of drag queen Albin/Zaza was the Broadway debut for Hodge, who won an Olivier Award for playing the part in London.

Levi Kreis, who with fellow cast members of "Million Dollar Quartet" — about a fictional jam session of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins — helped kick off the broadcast with a stomping "Blue Suede Shoes," won the Tony for best featured actor in a musical.

Asked afterward if his prize would affect his performance as rock 'n' roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis, he said, "I hope not. I think the authenticity and purity of a performance has nothing to do with approval."

The goal of every performer, he said, is "to get to a point where what comes out of them never has anything to do with that, but always comes from an authentic place. At least, that's my goal."


AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Today's News

June 15, 2010

World Record Price for a Modigliani Sculpture Sold at Auction at Christie's in Paris

Guggenheim and YouTube Launch Search for the World's Most Creative Video

Christie's Presents a Curated Public Exhibition of Masterpieces

Emin Scrawls and Perry Shocks at Royal Academy's Summer Show

'Red,' a Play About Artist Mark Rothko, is Big Winner at Tonys

Galerie Ficher Rohr Presents a Second Exhibition with Works by Frank Stella

Museums in Budapest and Moscow Exchange Exhibitions

Joan of Arc Commemorative Alms Dish Dated 1429 to Sell at Bonhams

Unseen Images of Marianne Faithfull by Dennis Morris at Snap Galleries

Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings at Sotheby's in Paris

Francis Alys: A Story of Deception Opens at Tate Modern

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Exhibits Works by Realist Painter Fairfield Porter

IVAM Celebrates Ramón Gaya's 100th Anniversary with Exhibition

Ancient Pottery Tradition Rediscovered & Transformed at Crystal Bridges

Antique Paste & Other Jewellery: A Sparkling Summer Exhibition at S. J. Phillips

VisionQuesT Gallery Presents Arturo Delle Donne: Memes

Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize Launches June 2010

Rare Pugin Table to Sell at Bonhams

European Antiques and Religious Treasures of French Colonial Vietnam at Austin Auction Gallery

Initial Stages of New Egypt Museum Completed

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful