More Kudos for Sher
Bartlett Sher's Intiman Theater just won the coveted regional Tony Award, and the New York production he directed of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing was nominated for eight more Tonys. But the director's 15 minutes of fame appears to be stretching into 15 days. (Months? Years? Why stop there?) Awake and Sing just bagged three Drama Desk Awards, granted every year to Broadway and off-Broadway productions by a group of theater writers. The Drama Desk is often considered a strong predictor of Tony winners, so it's interesting to note which local Tony nominees were left off the Desk's final slate: The Wedding Singer (spawned at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre) and locally based choreographer Donald Byrd (The Color Purple). (The Drama Desk anointed The Drowsy Chaperone the outstanding new musical of the year, and named The Pajama Game's Kathleen Marshall outstanding choreographer.) The Tonys—the big daddy of theater awards—will be presented at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11, on CBS.
A Georgetown Jam
In 1991, Georgetown was home to fewer than 1,500 residents—a quarter of whom were below the poverty level—and not yet widely prized by Seattle's young and arty. Local band Pearl Jam broke big that year, and Eddie Vedder wailed the lyrics to the band's debut album song "Garden": "I just question our modern needs." Today, the mega-band rehearses in new headquarters in Georgetown, in a warehouse that the Seattle P-I reports is among a number of industrial buildings to be demolished to make way for Seattle Public Utilities' proposed $70 million, 16-acre garbage transfer station along South Corgiat Drive. To keep out the trash, Georgetown could sure use one of Seattle's most famous voices to join in the area's mantra: "No more dumping on the South End." Unfortunately, the band has yet to make a peep, and until its world tour ends in Australia on Nov. 25, the closest it comes to Georgetown is a two-night Gorge appearance in July.
Hendrix on the Move?
The bronze Jimi Hendrix statue on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Pine Street may be rocking out in a new Central District park. According to The Seattle Times, City Council member Jean Godden proposed the old Colman School parking lot become a park dedicated to our prince of the purple haze who grew up in the CD. The statue would be donated to the city by its owner, Michael Malone, founder of the former AEI Music Network Inc. (now digital music provider DMX Music). The statue, Malone said, was commissioned because he owns one of Hendrix's guitars. It was erected in 1997 in front of the original AEI building as a "gateway to Broadway." The statue is one of several other music legend statues (Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Buddy Holly) Malone commissioned for guitars in his collection. The others sit in his Capitol Hill office. One of these statues will likely take Hendrix's place, but none of them represents a local icon. "Elvis would be cool," he said, "but his hand is pointing up in the air, you know? I can see someone accidentally getting poked in the eye."