Red, on Rothko and The Four Seasons, Nominated for Tony Awards
This morning, the 2010 Tony Awards nominees were announced, and John Logan's Red received seven nominations, including Best Play. Starring Alfred Molina as the painter Mark Rothko, the story centers around the artist's struggle over the creation of a series of murals for New York's Four Seasons restaurant which the artist once described as "something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room. If the restaurant would refuse to put up my murals, that would be the ultimate compliment." Rothko ultimately completed the series of murals but refunded his commission rejecting the restaurant's indulgent atmosphere and clientele. The Tate Modern offers an online gallery of the murals.
Red is also nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Molina's portrayal of Rothko, Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Play for Eddie Redmayne, Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage, in addition to four design nominations. Below, the official montage for the play.
Red Official Montage