Witches of Eastwick musical wins AIMS Awards

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 7.27.51 AMThe Limerick Musical Society scored big at the Association of Irish Musical Awards in Killarney this past Saturday with their production of The Witches of Eastwick, winning Best Overall Show, Best Male Actor (Dave Griffin, as Darryl Van Horne), Best Choreographer (Niamh Twomey), and Best Chorus.

According to the Limerick Post‘s article, “Multiple AIMS awards for Musical Society’s Witches,” the production was “fired by a constantly rotating set, pyrotechnics, gunshot and Witches that flew to singe the moon with passion—for a Horne. Marie Keary-Scanlon was musical director and John Daly led the band.”

Writer Rose Rushe notes, “These Association of Irish Musical Societies nominations are described as the ‘Oscars’ of musical theatre in Ireland.

“For the presentation, a banquet took place at the Gleneagle Hotel where members of each society in the country converged for the lavish weekend. It was attended by 1,300 of casts, crews, sponsors and well wishers. . . .

“The Witches of Eastwick is a 2000 musical based on the novel of the same name by John Updike. It was adapted by John Dempsey (lyrics and book), and Dana Rowe (music); directed by Eric Schaeffer, and produced by Westend impresario Cameron Mackintosh.”

Updike bio makes the PEN Literary Awards long list

On March 12, PEN America announced the “longlists” (i.e., nominees) for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards in fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, and translation, and Adam Begley’s Updike made the longlist for biography.

Also making the longlist in that category: Isabella, by Kirstin Downey; Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, by S.C. Gwynne; The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs; John Quincy Adams, by Fred Kaplan; Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Charles Marsh; Becoming Richard Pryor, by Scott Saul; The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court, by Anna Whitelock; Victoria, by A.N. Wilson; and Piero’s Light, by Larry Witham.

“Longlists Announced for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards”

Updike biography named L.A. Times Book Prize finalist

Finalists for the L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced today, and Adam Begley’s Updike is one of five books in the running to win the award for biography. The others are Robert M. Dowling’s Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts, Kirstin Downey’s Isabella: The Warrior Queen, Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Volume 1 – Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928, and Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon: A Life.

It remains to be seen whether the lack of a colon in Begley’s title will help or hurt.

The other nominees can be found here:  “T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton lead L.A. Times Book Prizes.”