A8 TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1997 V TONY AWARDS NEWS JjHE SALJNA JOURNAL 'The Life' leads contenders Play about prostitutes and pimps leads list with 12 nominations By MICHAEL KUCHWARA The Associated Press NEW YORK — In a season crowded with new musicals, "The Life" emerged Monday as the top contender for the 1997 Tony Awards, picking up 12 nominations in the race for Broadway's highest honor. The Cy Coleman musical, a nostalgic look at the pimps, prostitutes and pushers of Times Square before Disney bought a theater and joined a cleanup of the area, received nominations in most of the performance and technical categories and nods for best score, book, direction and choreography. "Steel Pier," a musical about a 1930s dance marathon in Atlantic City, received 11 nominations, while a revival of "Chicago," the season's biggest hit, was nominated for eight Tonys. "The Life" and "Steel Pier" will face "Titanic." a lavish show about the 1912 ocean liner disaster, anc' "Juan Darien," a South American carnival mass that closed in January, for the coveted best-musical prize. Left out were "Jekyll & Hyde," the pop musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short novel; "Dream," a revue celebrating lyricist Johnny Mercer; and "Play On!" which blends Duke Ellington's music with Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Awards would boost "The Young Man From Atlanta" by Horton Foote and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," Alfred Uhry's look at Jewish life in Atlanta in 1939. Both are nominated for best play along with two British imports, David Hare's "Skylight" and "Stanley" by Pam Gems, which already have closed. Foreign-born performers swept the best-actor nominations, the most competitive category this season. The contenders: Dublin- born Michael Gambon, for his portrayal of a prosperous London entrepreneur in "Skylight," South African-born Antony Sher, who played English painter Stanley Spencer in "Stanley," and Brian Bedford, a native of Yorkshire, England, who plays a preening dandy in "London Assurance." The likely winner though is Canadian Christopher Plummer, who portrays the title character in "Barrymore," a look at the famous stage actor in his final days. The Tony Awards will be broadcast June 1 with the first hour on PBS and the second two, with Rosie O'Donnell as host, on CBS. PBS will broadcast the technical awards, while best play and musical awards, plus all the acting prizes, will be shown on CBS. eve TIM MAIN 1817South9rtiSt. Kraft Manor, Salina For Auto, Home & Life It Pays To Compare! 913-825-8234 Sliopthe I iiKjtk- \\>il \of DON LOADER INTERIORS .Custom Draperies Gifts For All Occasions! EXTRAS Dont Cost Extra At FREE DRINK With The Purchase of Buffet or Any Menu Item OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 10:30 am -10:00 pm 1708 West Crawford, Salina iiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiim A/RY.' Were celebrating our customers with a fantastic CE> offer. 24-Month Ct> Deposits of $10,000 or more. To take advantage of our special offer, visit the First Bank Kansas location nearest you. FIRST BANK Salina/Assaria/Kanopolis/Ellsworth Member FDIC The 6.50%* Annual Percentage Yield (A.RY.) is accurate as of May 4,1997, and is based on quarterly compounding. A minimum deposit and balance of $10,000 is required to earn the stated A.P.Y. A substantial interest penalty may be charged for early withdrawal. Offer may be withdrawn without notice. WATERFORD CRYSTAL GIFTS UNDER MOO BALMORAL 6" BOWL, $98 MOTHER'S DAY PENDANT, $49 ABBEY CLOCK, $98 THIRD EDITION MOTHER'S DAY VASE, $98 LISMORE , HEART PERFUME BOTTLE, $98 RINGHOLDER, $49 Dillard's LISMORE CANDLESTICK/VOTIVE, $49.50 For Your Convenience We Accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club Or Your Dillard's Charge INTEGRITY. . .QUALITY. . .VALUE. . .DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCEI SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.
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