May 10, 2011 — Coral Gables — University of Miami grad Joshua Henry had a huge reason to smile on Tuesday morning when he learned he’d been nominated for a Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical for his work in The Scottsboro Boys. Henry, who is vying with Norbert Leo Butz ( Catch Me if You Can), Josh Gad ( The Book of Mormon), Andrew Rannells ( The Book of Mormon) and Tony Sheldon ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert) for musical theater’s top acting prize, played Haywood Patterson in the John Kander- Fred Ebb musical about nine black men falsely accused of rape in the 1930s. The show, controversial because of its stylized use of minstrel-show conventions, didn’t last long on Broadway, just 29 previews and 49 performances. But Tony nominators remembered it and Henry, who will learn June 12 if the Tony is his.
Also figuring into this year’s Tony contest are Terence Blanchard, now director of UM’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, who wrote the music for Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Tony-nominated play The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Billy Crudup, a graduate of Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Tony nominee as best actor in a play for Arcadia.
The New World Symphony closes its 23rd season on Tuesday with a free webcast of Peter and the Wolf to be transmitted to more than 30 schools in Miami-Dade and Broward, even to classrooms in Orlando and Muscatine, Iowa.
Participating schools will also receive study guide to help prepare students for the concert and generate discussion afterward. A recorded version of the symphony’s Concert for Kids, the webcast will be available multiple times throughout the day to accommodate classroom schedules.
Miami Civic Music Association will present pianist Agustin Anievas in works by Bach/Busoni, Chopin and Schubert at 4 p.m. May 22 at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.
Born in New York City and now a South Florida resident, Anievas presented his first recital before he turned 5 and at 12 played a major recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the youngest artist ever to be invited. He served for years as chairman of the piano department at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; the Gusman event marks his South Florida debut. Tickets are $30, $10 for students. Info: 305-271-8449 or http://www.miamicivicmusic.org.
The Krane and New Light Foundation are partnering to present new short plays under the umbrella title Who Could Have Predicted?. After putting out a call for scripts about issues in the post-9/11 world, the Krane’s Vanessa Garcia, New Light’s Wendy White and others chose seven scripts, with subjects ranging from reality TV to airport security to 24-hour news.
The show will be performed at GAB Studio, 105 NE 23rd St., Miami, at 5 p.m. Saturday and May 15. Info: 305-450-9931 or http://www.thekrane.com.
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