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re: Extra, extra, don't look at the headline
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 12:21 pm EDT 07/14/17
In reply to: re: Extra, extra, don't look at the headline - WaymanWong 11:51 am EDT 07/14/17

When I wrote "everything", I did mean of the prizes that went to new writing and new productions.

For most of us, I don't think either "Xanadu" or "Cry-Baby" were seriously in the running. That was the year that downtown New York really flipped for "Passing Strange" - Stew and the show even made the cover of the Village Voice after they dominated the Obies! - while the more traditional Broadway sector flipped for "In the Heights". People had a good time at "Xanadu", but the reaction always seemed to be along the lines of a fun guilty pleasure.

But you can tell I'm partisan here. I loved that production of "South Pacific", but I would have given the Tony for set and lighting to "Passing Strange", which used the physical environment of the theater in a much more interesting and creative way to tell its story (but beauty always wins at the Tonys).
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