Jason Blum Nabs Two Tony Nominations!
I'm just saying: The Purge would work beautifully on stage.
Jason Blum is a busy guy. Not only did he help see Get Out to the Academy Awards and re-ignite a populace interest in slasher films with Happy Death Day all within a year, he also has well over 20 projects in his pipeline. From the revival of fan favorite properties like Spawn and Five Nights at Freddy's, he is also in New York this week for a presentation on his upcoming horror anthology series for Hulu Into The Dark. As Variety reports, "The show will include a standalone episodes each month. Every installment will be pegged to a holiday, putting some kind of horrific twist on the festivities." But something else happened for Jason Blum while in New York: he was nominated for two Tony Awards.
The Antoinette Perry Award or The Tony, for those out of the loop, is the prestigious awards given to a season of shows on Broadway. Basically, the Oscars for live theatre. As the landscape of entertainment has evolved, especially on Broadway, more and more film producers are dipping back into their theatrical past to help produce electrifying theatre. In Jason Blum's case, he was one of the many producers on The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill and Three Tall Women by Edward Albee. Both shows feature all star casts with Denzel Washington and David Morse leading Iceman and Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf helming Women.
Both shows are in the pantheon of great American classics with Iceman being a stalwart of regional theatres across the world and Women winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Scott Rudin, producer by the films of Wes Anderson and Alex Garland (Not to mention being one of the few who have EGOT'd), is the lead producer on both of these productions. Rudin has won a staggering 15 Tony Awards from as early as Stephen Sondheims heartbreaking musical Passion to recently the irreverent Book of Mormon and last year's hit Bette Midler led revival of Hello, Dolly! It's safe to say that if Rudin has his name on it, it's bound to get some acclaim.
Will we potentially see the House of Blum producing in a full capacity on Broadway? Who knows! Genre has a far more difficult time cracking through the fourth wall on stage than it ever will in film, but with the Broadway mounting of King Kong (which is bound to be...something) coming this October who's to know! The Tony Awards will be presented live on June 10th, with hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban!