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JUDITH LIGHT TO RECEIVE 2019 ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD

Judith Light to Be Recognized for her Advocacy to End HIV/AIDS and Her Support for LGBTQ+ & Human Rights

 

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced today that two time Tony Award (Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties) and two time Emmy Award-winning actress Judith Light will receive this year’s Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.

 

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Ms. Light will receive the Award for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.  

 

“To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life. The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love,” said Ms. Light. 

 

Since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, Light has reacted to the divisive response towards the LGTBQ+ community by speaking out and aligning herself with numerous organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others.

 

Light’s commitment to each cause has come in various forms throughout the years. In 1993, she spoke at the LGBT March in Washington. In 1995, Light rode her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS Programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In 1996 she joined Elizabeth Taylor, who served as grand marshal, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1998, GLAAD recognized Light with the Vision Award for her dedication to fight HIV/AIDS alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Light traveled to South Africa for the AIDS walk to raise awareness for on the ground care in South Africa and research in the United States. Countless times, Light has lent her voice at Outfest, the LGBTQ+-oriented film festival in Los Angeles, and she sits on the honorary board of Point Foundation, which is the National LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund.  She has participated in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Gypsy of the Year competition and Broadway Bares.

 

She continues to push boundaries with her roles in Jill Solloway’s Transparent (Amazon Prime); Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX); the film Save Me, written by her husband Robert Desiderio, in which Light produced and starred. The film explored the subject of reparative therapy in a way that had rarely been done before; and The Ryan White Story (ABC).  These roles continue to create conversations about prejudice and bigotry towards HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities.

 

“Judith is one of the most beloved members of our theatre community,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.  “Her talent is as big as her heart and spirit – and her tireless commitment to HIV/AIDS organizations and to the LGBTQ community, are unparalleled.  We are honored to salute Judith at this year’s Tony Awards!”

 

Judith Light is known for her extensive body of television, film, and stage work. This fall she stars in the musical finale of Transparent, Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe–winning series, created by Jill Soloway, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy and Critics’ Choice nominations as well as in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician with Bette Midler and Ben Platt. Last year, her role in Ryan Murphy’s FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story garnered her an Emmy nomination and a Critics Choice nomination.

Light stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in Before You Know It which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by distributor 1091; as well as Ms. White Light, that premiered at SXSW; and Lifetime’s Nellie Bly with Christina Ricci. Upcoming, Light can be seen in film Hot Air with Steve Coogan. 

In 2017, Light she starred in God Looked Away with Al Pacino at the Pasadena Playhouse. In 2016, the play, All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC) garnered her a Drama League Award nomination. For the Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin with Kiera Knightly, Light won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties; these two performances dubbed her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tonys.

For the Pulitzer Prize winning play at MCC Theatre, Wit, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. In 2011, Light received a Tony nomination for her role as Marie Lombardi in Lombardi, directed by Thomas Kail.

Light starred in and produced the film, Save Me, written by husband Robert Desiderio which premiered at Sundance in 2007. The year before, Light could be seen in the indie film Ira and Abby.   Selected TV includes: “Ugly Betty” (Emmy Nomination), “Law and Order, SVU”, “Dallas”, “Who’s the Boss”, “One Life to Live” (Two consecutive Emmys).

For additional information on Judith Light’s advocacy work, please visit: https://www.judithlight.com/human-rights-aids-awareness.

 

The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 9, 2019 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

 

The Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced live, by Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The event will be streamed on Facebook LIVE (at Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards), and covered by CBS This Morning at 8:30am ET.

Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.

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Review: Cher - Here we Go Again Australian Tour 2018

When visiting the domain of an icon such as Cher, one does ponder the usual questions - will she live up to the hype, will the show be as over the top as you want it to be and will it stand the test of the usually picky Aussie audiences?

Well, yes to all! Cher's return to Sydney after last years Mardi Gras was a triumph on all fronts. Her iconic status was re-affirmed to a massive sold-out audience at the Qudos Bank arena - which had a mix of die hard fans who would scream at anything and the usual lookie-lous who go to shows just cos there is nothing else to do in this supposed cosmopolitan city. (lol - thanks lock out laws!)

With a set list that boggles the mind, Cher paced the show to suit the incredible costume changes (we all love an overdose of Bob Mackie) and a stage set that was just as spectacular - although paired down to suit the variety of venues she was performing in throughout the country. Don't expect a runway or B stage. But we lived for the projections and video screens - some of the best in a concert we have seen for a long long time.

Of course Cher performed all the hits, but like her twitter feed, the show soared thanks to her candid stories and speaking parts where she shared parts of her career and life with the audience.

The show does feel long, but when there is so much to pack into a show - how can one complain? But it really does fit in everything - from the Sonny and Cher show - too ABBA. Its everything you could want from Cher and done with the flair and class only she can provide.

We don't want to go into too much depth about the ins and outs of the show - as this is one show you need to see for yourself - its bucket list stuff... so don't hate us for not rabbiting on about every detail - do yourself a favour and grab one of the final tickets available for Saturday's show at Qudos Bank arena and the final night at ICC Theatre at Darling Harbour.

www.livenation.com.au

What will your grannie be doing on those nights? (A quote from the legend herself)

10/5 - PHENOMENAL!

 

 

 

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Cher's role in Mamma Mia finally exposed

Cher’s role in the upcoming Mamma Mia! film sequel, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, has been revealed. The surprising news? She’ll play Meryl Streep’s mother.

The New York Post reports that the Oscar and Grammy winner will play Donna Sheridan’s mother in a series of flashbacks to the 1960s that will feature Lily James as young Donna.

Cher teased that she joined the film on October 16, tweeting a nod to the Mamma Mia! finale costumes.

Returning for the sequel are the 2008 movie’s original stars: Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie, Christine Baranski as Tanya, Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, and Dominic Cooper as Sky. Also featured are Andy Garcia, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, and Hugh Skinner.

Ol Parker is writer-director on the film that is currently filming in Croatia.

 

h/t The NY Post.

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Trevor Ashley revives his annual Pantomime with "The Bodybag"

He's back, the Diamonds are for Trevor (Opera House), Liza (UK Tour) Les Mis and Jesus Christ Superstar headliner, none other than the incomparable Trevor Ashley!

Bringing his seasonal pantomime back to life with a very funny piss-take on the BodyGuard... he is joined on stage by a cast including the very cute Gus Murray.

Titled "Bodybag", Trevor's new show see's him in the lead role of "multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade" (not a US superstar, but a runner-up on Australian Idol)

"But after a spate of creepy 'fan mail' it's clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver's license, she also needs transport," and that's from the show's press description!!! (Paulini lookout!)

"Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer (Gus Murray). It's not only his job to protect her –but to get her to her destination with five stars. Who knew they could fall in lust?"

Of course, with Trevor's panto's you know there is going to be a whole lot of frivolity, campness and controversy. So it's a night of theatre not to be missed.

The Bodybag runs at Sydney's Seymour Centre from December 6 to 16 making it the perfect Christmas gift. Hurry as tickets are selling fast.

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