Everyone's been surprised and nonplussed by the Tonys not having an single, overall host this year, but you know what? The Friends of New York Theatre Awards (FANYS, for short) have been doing that since they began. Like this year's Tonys, the FANYS' host-free ceremony is fueled by star presenters instead.
Joining 1999's FANYs will be presenters (and former FANY winners/nominees) Leo Burmester (The Civil War), Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Michelle Pawk (Cabaret), Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Lynne Thigpen (An American Daughter), Scott Wise (Fosse) and Karen Ziemba (Chicago), who will award the FANYs June 13 at the Broadway Grill in the Crown Plaza Hotel.
So-billed the "People's Choice Award for the Broadway Theatre," the FANYs will be given at 7:30 PM. Hors' d'oeuvres and a cash bar open at 6:30PM. Tickets to the ceremony are $35 for members and $50 for non members. For ticket information or reservations, call (212) 974-0139.
The '98-'99 FANY nomination deadline was March 28. Rendered ineligible for this year's awards are The Iceman Cometh, Marlene, Ring Round the Moon, Fascinating Rhythm, Amy's View, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and The Lonesome West.
One award, Outstanding Book of a Musical, will not be given this year, because the required three nominees were not found for the category. The 1998-99 FANY nominees are:
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Judas Kiss
Not About Nightingales
The Civil War
Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
Patti Colombo, Peter Pan
A. Ciulla, Footloose
Rob Marshall, Little Me
Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play
James Black, Not About Nightingales
Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman
Finbar Lynch, Not About Nightingales
Liam Neeson, The Judas Kiss
Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play
Stockard Channing, The Lion in Winter
Elizabeth Franz, Death of a Salesman
Sherri Parker Lee, Not about Nightingales
Anna Manahan, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Kevin Anderson, Death of a Salesman
Neal Huff, The Lion in Winter
Michael Mastro, Side Man
Jim Norton, The Weir
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Claire Bloom, Electra
Patricia Kilgariff, Night Must Fall
Wendy Makkena, Side Man
Angelica Torn, Side Man
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Roger Bart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Rufus Bonds, Jr., Parade
Gilles Chiasson, The Civil War
Desmond Richardson, Fosse
Outstanding Broadway Debut
Emily Bergl, The Lion in Winter
Roger Howarth, The Lion in Winter
Judy Parfitt, Night Must Fall
Elizabeth Parkinson, Fosse
This year's Special Awards will go to Gwen Verdon and Irene Worth for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre. Alfred Uhry will receive a citation for his "outstanding contribution to this theatrical season" (which includes his book for Parade) and to playwright David Hare for his "prolific contribution to this theatrical season." Hare has had four plays on Broadway in the last year including The Judas Kiss, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa (starring himself) and Amy's View.
The Friends of New York Theatre Awards are chosen by the members of their organization, which is open to anyone for a membership fee. Dues range from $200-$25. Tickets for the FANY Awards run $50 and $75. For information on membership and tickets, call (212) 974-0139.
-- By Christine Ehren