Saturday, December 23, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "12 Days 'til Christmas"

Musical Theater Therapy celebrates the holiday (just the one) with one of the superstars of Broadway. Not George Hearn, not Richard Kiley, not Brian Stokes Mitchell, nor Len Caiou, not Gregory Hines or even Jerry Orbach. No, we're talking Broadway superstarrier...

We could only mean Boyd Gaines. Boyd is, naturally, the male equivalent of Audra McDonald combined with Angela Lansbury times Patti Lupone to the power of Chita Rivera. Or maybe it's Gwen Verdon. We forget.

Boyd Gaines has 4 Tony awards. Four. He has more Tony awards than any other male actor except one and for the life of us we can't figure out who that is right now.

Frank Langella... it took longer than it should have to find that.

But Langella has only been nominated for acting in plays while Gaines was the first performer, male or female, to be nominated in all 4 performance categories for his/her gender. He blazed the trail for Audra McDonald.

Of course he only won in 3 of those, probably because Frank Langella cock blocked him.

HOLY SHIT it was Frank Langella!!! Langella (Frost/Nixon) beat Gaines (Journey's End) along with 3 other impressive actors (Brían F. O'Byrne in The Coast of Utopia; Christopher Plummer in Inherit the Wind; and Liev Schreiber in Talk Radio). What are the odds... oh, right, 100% since it already happened.

We know you first saw Boyd as the would-be rapist in that one episode of The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and you haven't thought of him as anything but super creepy ever since. It's common, that perception.

He's so talented that he's played 4 completely different characters on Law & Order. Broadway superstar!!!

Today's song comes from his Tony winning performance in the 1993 revival of She Loves Me--that production received 9 Tony nominations, with Boyd the only winner (Leading Actor in a Musical). Coincidentally the show's other Broadway productions have received multiple Tony nominations and won exactly one, so Boyd was the winner that time. Broadway superstar!!!

She Loves Me is one of the 47 different works (plays, movies, musicals, operas, interpretive dance pieces, dioramas, shadow puppet performance art, etc.) based on Parfumerie, a 1937 play by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, which is, in turn, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. The best known of these is probably You've Got Mail but really it should be the one starring Boyd Gaines, Broadway superstar!!!

In the 19 times Gypsy has been performed on Broadway, only one actor has won a Tony award for playing Herbie. Who do you think that is? No, not Frank Langella... it's Broadway superstar Boyd Gaines!!!

Today's song is "12 Days til Christmas" and today's lesson is that if you don't plan out these songs far enough in advance you'll miss the chance to post this on December 13th. Ooops.

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