1999 Tony Winner: Side Man (Play)

Tony Awards   1999 Tony Winner: Side Man (Play)
 
Warren Leight's Side Man has won a Tony as best play. Leight has been the season's Cinderella story. His jazz-inflected drama, Side Man, played Off-Off-Broadway last season and soon found a home at the Roundabout's Stage Right mainstage. Acclaim mounted for the show, and it soon moved again, to the John Golden Theatre, where it's played a full year.

Warren Leight's Side Man has won a Tony as best play. Leight has been the season's Cinderella story. His jazz-inflected drama, Side Man, played Off-Off-Broadway last season and soon found a home at the Roundabout's Stage Right mainstage. Acclaim mounted for the show, and it soon moved again, to the John Golden Theatre, where it's played a full year. Grosses have been low in recent weeks, and producers have brought in "Party of Five" star Scott Wolf to play the young narrator. A Tony win would likely keep the show going through the summer -- and make it an even hotter commodity on the regional theatre circuit.

Side Man tells of two sides of a dysfunctional family -- a father oblivious to everything but his life as a jazz musician, and a neglected mother who takes refuge in alcohol and rage.

Edie Falco starred in the show when it first played at downtown's CSC Theatre. She left to tape HBO's "The Sopranos," with Wendy Makkena then playing the mother. Falco eventually returned, rejoining such original cast members Frank Wood (a Tony nominee, as father Gene), Robert Sella, Michael Mastro and Kevin Geer.

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