BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2013 Tony Nominees- George C. Wolfe on the Joy of Working with Tom Hanks on LUCKY GUY
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tonys Meet & Greet on May 1, 2013, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you George C. Wolfe, a nominee for Best Direction of a Play for Lucky Guy. Check out what he had to say below!
His theatre directing credits include Jelly's Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award);Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Award) and Perestroika(Drama Desk Award); Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards); Topdog/Underdog (Obie Award); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Drama Desk Award); Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (Tony Award, Unique Theatrical Event); The Tempest; The Wild Party; Caroline, or Change; A Free Man of Color; and The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award). He wrote the award-winning TheColored Museum, adapted/directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed "A Broadway Celebration of the American Musical at the White House." Mr. Wolfe directed the film Lackawanna Blues, for which he earned the Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He also directed the film Nights of Rodanthe. Additional awards include the Actors' Equity Paul Robeson Award, the SDC's Mr. Abbott and Calloway Awards, the Dramatist Guild's Hull-Warriner Award, the New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award, the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the LAMBDA Liberty Award, the Spirit of the City Award, the Brendan Gill Prize, the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, a Princess Grace Award for fostering careers of young artists, a Cultural Laureate Award and a Library Lion. From 1993-2005 he was the producer of The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. He serves on the President's Committee for the Arts and the Humanities and was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Lucky Guy has been nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tom Hanks), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Courtney B. Vance), Best Direction of a Play (George C. Wolfe), Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Rockwell) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer). Lucky Guy has also been nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play, with Tom Hanks also receiving Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his performance. Courtney B. Vance has also been nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance. The production, which has broken a record three times as the highest grossing play in Broadway history, recently announced it recouped its capitalization costs.
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