The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today (Sept. 7) announced the selection of the individuals who will receive the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors, and one of them is Bill T. Jones, a Tony Award-winning dancer, choreographer and director who studied theater and dance at SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University). Other recipients to be honored at the 33rd annual national celebration of the arts are: singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney and producer, television host and actress Oprah Winfrey. Read the rest of this entry »
A while back, BAMirror encouraged Southern Tier theater buffs to tune into the Tony Awards on June 13 and root for Bill T. Jones, director and choreographerof the new musical “Fela!” The story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti tied for the most nominations — 11 — with the revival of the musical “La Cage aux Folles.” What we didn’t realize at the time was that “La Cage” also had local ties.
Jones studied both theater and dance at the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University). Albert Nocciolino, president and founder of NAC Entertainment in Binghamton, is a member of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN), which is part of the consortium of producers for “La Cage.” (NAC, as you know, brings the Broadway Theatre League season to The Forum.)
Jones lost out in categories of best book of a musical and best direction of a musical — the latter to “La Cage” director Terry Johnson — but brought home the Tony for best choreography. In total, “Fela!” received three Tonys as did “La Cage,” which was named best revival of a musical, an award that went to the show’s producers.
Nocciolino also was part of the producing team for best musicals in 2005 (“Spamalot”) and 2002 (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”). Catch this June 17 clip on WBNG-TV of Nocciolino talking about his newest Tony: www.wbng.com/news/local/96610694.html
Long ago I realized that Binghamton is divided into two types of people: those who worry about living only three hours from NYC and those who are grateful that they only have to travel three hours to get to NYC.
For the latter group, a Broadway note: The May 4 announcement of the 2010 Tony Awards nominees was headed by an 11-nomination tie between the revival of “La Cage aux Folles” and “Fela!,” the story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Among those 11 nods for “Fela!” were two — best choreography and best direction of a musical — for 2007 Tony winner Bill T. Jones, who studied both theater and dance at the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University).
Stay tuned, as they say; the awards ceremony is 8 p.m. June 13 on CBS.