This is the time of year when they're practically hurling awards at shows in New York, and it's all leading up to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 13.
Just yesterday (Sunday, May 23), the Drama Desk handed the Outstanding Director of a Musical Award to Michael Mayer for his work on Green Day's American Idiot, which also earned the 2010 ITBA Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical from the Independent Theater Bloggers Association. (Michael is seen in the above American Idiot rehearsal photo in the orange T-shirt; photo by Carole Litwin.)
Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep's artistic director, had this to say about American Idiot's achievements: “All of us at Berkeley Rep send our congratulations to Michael and our collaborators on American Idiot. When we develop new shows at Berkeley Rep, our focus is on creating work that entertains and invigorates Bay Area audiences. Their support and their intelligence make it a pleasure to launch plays here. But it is also gratifying to see our shows go on to enjoy successful runs on Broadway and beyond. We are extremely proud and enormously grateful that our work continues to receive such recognition.”
In other awards news...
Last week, two other Broadway shows developed at Berkeley Rep earned awards from the Outer Critics Circle: Carrie Fisher won for Outstanding Solo Performance with Wishful Drinking, and Kevin Adams of American Idiot was honored for Outstanding Lighting Design.
Looking ahead to the Tony Awards, shows developed at Berkeley Rep have earned six nominations: American Idiot is nominated for Best Musical, Christine Jones for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Kevin Adams for Best Lighting Design of a Musical. Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) is competing for Best Play, David Zinn for Best Costume Design of a Play, and Maria Dizzia for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. Winners will be announced on June 13.
Choreographer Steven Hoggett of American Idiot is up for the Astaire Award, which recognizes excellence in dance on both stage and film. The winner will be announced on June 7.