The ceremony, set to air live from Los Angeles’Staples Center on Feb. 15, will feature a performance from the critically celebrated smash hit Hamilton, live from the Richard Rodgers Theatrein New York.
Says Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical’s creator and star: “We’re going to do the opening number, scream with joy, and then celebrate the fact that we were just on the Grammys. Best night ever.”
Like the majority of Broadway productions, Hamilton — also a nominee, through its original cast recording, for best musical theater album — is generally dark Monday nights. But a live audience will be at the Richard Rodgers for the special occasion, the first time a Broadway performance will be broadcast via satellite. This is the eighth time a musical-theater production has been featured on the Grammys, but in the past the performers joined the Grammy broadcasts onstage. (American Idiot was the most recent showcased, in 2010.)
“We’ve never done any live performances in front of a televised audience,” notesHamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. “It’s always been important for us to perform in context. Once (Grammy executives) said, ‘We’ll come to you,’ we knew it would work.” Seller also credits Atlantic Records, which in September released the cast recording of Hamilton: “Our friends at Atlantic have lobbied the folks at the Grammys since day one.” [source]
PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that it will air HAMILTON’S AMERICA, a feature film documentary providing intimate access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the musical Hamilton. A contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical based on the life of United States Founding FatherAlexander Hamilton, HAMILTON’S AMERICA will come to GREAT PERFORMANCES in the fall 2016, and will be a highlight of PBS’s Arts programming. [More at Source]
The Dramatists Guild of America has announced recipients of its annual awards, which will be presented Feb. 22 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby in New York.
Stephen Adly Guirgis will be the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for his play Between Riverside and Crazy; Lin-Manuel Miranda will get the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for his score to Hamilton; Dael Orlandersmith gets the Flora Roberts Award; Lauren Gunderson gets the Lanford Wilson Award; and Stephen Schwartz and Marsha Norman will be co-recipients of the inaugural Dramatists Guild Career Achievement Award.
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund will present the second DLDF Defender Award to Edward J. Davis of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. The attorney recently successfully represented 3C author David Adjmi in a fair-use case. [more at source]