Saturday, February 20, 2016

John, Norbert, Bryan, James...and a Doll.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 2005:
Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, Sherie Rene Scott.
Nominated for tons of Tonys,
but only Norbert (as Freddie) minced away with one.
Music was by David Yazbek, who would go on to write the
craziness that is Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.
Which Sherie Rene Scott would star in!

Sweet Smell Of Success...2002
Brian D'Arcy James (above center) and with John Lithgow.
The musical writing team was 
Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line,The Goodbye Girl)
and Craig Carnelia (Working).
The two main stars were heralded as the glue that
held together an otherwise weak show,
with Bryan bringing it to life whenever he was onstage.
The Tony went to John.

City Of Angels, 1990,
with Randy Graff and James Naughton.
Cy Coleman's L.A.-of-Chandler inspired music, and
David Zippel's acerbic/innuendo-laden lyrics made a combo and a half.
Reviewers said the book was hard to follow
(maybe Larry Gelbart was just following Raymond Chandler's lead here),
but both Graff and Naughton walked away with Tonys
(as well as the one for Best Musical).

Above, Randy in her other role as Donna
and Gregg Edelman and James Naughton,
as writer Ben Stein and his fictional detective Stone,
performing at a tribute to Cy Coleman...
"You're Nothing Without Me."
(Of course, in reprise it's "I'm Nothing Without You."
See what they did there?)

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