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Encyclopedia > The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Original Cast Recording
Music William Finn
Lyrics William Finn
Book Rachel Sheinkin
Productions 2004 The Berkshires workshop
2005 Broadway
2006 Melbourne
2006 San Francisco
2006 Chicago
2006 Boston
2007 Sydney
2007 National Tour
2007 Seoul
Awards Tony Award for Best Book
Drama Desk Outstanding Book

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. The show centers around a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School in Putnam County, NY. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The spellers learn that winning isn't everything. Image File history File links Putnamcountyspellingbeealbumcover. ... William Finn (* 28 February 1952), Tony-winning American composer, especially of musicals. ... William Finn (* 28 February 1952), Tony-winning American composer, especially of musicals. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Berkshire region of Massachusetts The Berkshires (pronounced as or ) is a region located in Western Massachusetts (with portions located in the adjacent states of Vermont, New York, and Connecticut). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Short name Statistics Location map Map of location of Seoul. ... The Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical is the Tony awarded to the librettist(s) of the musical. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... William Finn (* 28 February 1952), Tony-winning American composer, especially of musicals. ... For other uses, see Spelling bee (disambiguation). ... Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York . ...


The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and has earned good reviews and box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., a national tour and Australian productions. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American theatrical director and librettist. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...


An unusual aspect of the show is that three or four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. During the 2005 Tony Awards, former Presidential candidate Al Sharpton competed. Another amusing aspect of the show is that the official pronouncer provides ridiculous usage examples when asked to use words in a sentence. For instance, for the word "palaestra," he says, "Euripides said, 'What happens at the palaestra stays at the palaestra.'"[1] At some shows, adult-only audiences (over age 16) are invited for "Parent-Teacher Conferences," also known as "adult night at the Bee." These performances are peppered with sexual references and profanity inspired by R-rated ad-libs made during rehearsals. For other uses, see Audience (disambiguation). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Pompeii palaestra seen from the top of the stadium wall. ... A statue of Euripides. ...


Spelling Bee, together with The Drowsy Chaperone, Xanadu, and others, is part of a Broadway trend to present musicals uninterrupted by an intermission, with a relatively small cast and short running time of less than two hours. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morisson. ... Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name which was, in turn, inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film Down to Earth[1]. The title is...


The cast album was released on May 31st, 2005 and is available off of Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records. Sh-K-Boom Records is a record label, a producer of recorded and live entertainment, and an interactive community at www. ...

Contents

Background and original production

The musical was based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play created by Rebecca Feldman and performed by The Farm, a New-York-based improvisational comedy troupe. Sarah Saltzberg, Wendy Wasserstein's weekend nanny, was in the original production, and Wasserstein recommended that Finn see the show. Finn brought Shenkin on board, and they worked together with Feldman to transform the improv show into a scripted full-length musical. The Farm may mean: The Farm, a residence in Canada The Farm, a community in Tennessee The Farm, a music band The Farm slang term for Area 51 The Farm, a Channel 5 reality television show based on RTEs Celebrity Farm. ... Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. ...


Spelling Bee was workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in the Massachusetts Berkshires in February 2004 and then given a fuller production in July 2004 directed by Feldman and Michael Unger. Dan Knechtges choreographed the workshop and summer productions and the Broadway production. Several cast members, including Dan Fogler, Feldman, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg remained from C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E. Robb Sapp (later replaced by Jose Llana), Dashiell Eaves (replaced by Derrick Baskin), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger (joined as Olive Ostrovsky in the summer), Lisa Howard, and Deborah Craig were added to the cast, and a full script was created. The musical moved Off-Broadway to the Second Stage Theatre on January 11, 2005, where it enjoyed critical and box-office success. Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity theatre, located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by artistic director Julianne Boyd. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... {{Infobox actor | name = Dan Fogler | image = | imagesize = | caption = | birthdate = [[1976 | location = Brooklyn, New York, USA | height = | deathdate = | birthname = Daniel Kevin Fogler | othername = | homepage = | notable role = William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005) Randy Daytona in Balls of Fury (2007) }} Dan Fogler (born 1976 in Brooklyn... Sarah Saltzberg (b. ... Robb Sapp (June 1, 1234) (sometimes known as Rob Sapp, or Robbie Sapp) is an American Vocalist who has appeared in many Broadway Musicals. ... Jose Llana is a Filipino-American singer and actor. ... Dashiell Eaves is an American actor. ... Derrick Baskin is most notably known for his role of Comfort Counselor Mitch Mahoney in the popular Broadway show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Derrick Baskin has been confirmed to play Jetsam in the upcoming broadway version of The Little Mermaid, beginning in late 2007. ... Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American Actor. ... Celia Keenan-Bolger is an American actress and singer. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Second Stage Theatre // Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give second stagings to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Spelling Bee moved to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre on April 15, 2005, where it is currently playing. On November 7, 2007, the show's producers announced the show's closing date on Broadway as January 20, 2008. [2] The director is James Lapine, and the choreographer is Dan Knechtes. The show won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler). The original Broadway cast was as follows: For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Circle in the Square Theater The Circle in the Square Theater is a Broadway theatre in New York City. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 2007 is the sixth month of that year. ... James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American theatrical director and librettist. ...

Notable replacements have included Barrett Foa and Stanley Bahorek as Leaf, Aaron J. Albano as Chip, and Mo Rocca and Darrell Hammond as Mr. Panch. Derrick Baskin is most notably known for his role of Comfort Counselor Mitch Mahoney in the popular Broadway show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Derrick Baskin has been confirmed to play Jetsam in the upcoming broadway version of The Little Mermaid, beginning in late 2007. ... Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American Actor. ... {{Infobox actor | name = Dan Fogler | image = | imagesize = | caption = | birthdate = [[1976 | location = Brooklyn, New York, USA | height = | deathdate = | birthname = Daniel Kevin Fogler | othername = | homepage = | notable role = William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005) Randy Daytona in Balls of Fury (2007) }} Dan Fogler (born 1976 in Brooklyn... Celia Keenan-Bolger is an American actress and singer. ... Jose Llana is a Filipino-American singer and actor. ... Sarah Saltzberg (b. ... Barrett Foa (September 18 1977–) is an American stage actor who was born and raised in Manhattan. ... Stanley Bahorek is an American actor. ... Aaron J. Albano (born Aaron John Albano on February 11, 1983) is an American singer and Broadway actor. ... Mo Rocca (born Maurice Alberto Rocca on January 28, 1969 in Washington, DC) is an American writer, comedian, and political satirist. ... Darrell Hammond (born October 8, 1955) is an American comedian who has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) since 1995. ...


Characters

Major characters
  • Rona Lisa Peretti: The #1 Realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champ and returning moderator. She's a sweet woman who loves children but can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Principal Panch, who has feelings for her that she most likely doesn't return. It's implied that she sees much of herself in Olive Ostrovsky. Her favorite moment of the Bee is the minutes before it starts, when all the children are filled with the joy of competition, before they begin to resent each other. She later says/sings that she likes how everyone has an equal chance of winning, citing as an example that last year's winner can be this year's loser and vice versa. Another favorite moment is when the last winners go head to head for the top spot because it is so suspenseful and filled with hope. Ms. Peretti herself won the 3rd spelling bee by spelling syzygy, which she recounts at the very beginning of the opening number.
  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch:: After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the 20th annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return the favor.
  • Mitch Mahoney: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-con, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students.
  • Olive Ostrovsky: A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come at some time during the bee. She made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her make it to the competition. She comes in second place in the spelling bee but perhaps first in other ways.
  • William Barfée: A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy personality. He has an often mispronounced last name: it's Bar-FAY, not BARF-ee ("there's an accent aiee-goo," he explains with some hostility). He develops a crush on Olive. It is implied that his one-sided crush on Olive mirrors the one-sided crush Principal Panch has on Ms. Peretti. He is the winner of the spelling bee.
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, with two overbearing gay men as parents. She is a bit of a neat-freak, speaks with a lisp, and comes in third place in the spelling bee, but she will be back next year.
  • Marcy Park: A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed 9th in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry. She comes in fourth place.
  • Leaf Coneybear: The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark: the winner and first runner-up had to go to the first runner-up's Bat Mitzvah. Leaf comes from a large family of former hippies and makes his own clothes. He spells words correctly while in a trance. In his song, "I'm Not That Smart", he sings that his family thinks he is "not that smart" but insinuates that he is merely easily distracted. Most of the words he is assigned are South American rodents with amusing names. He comes in Fifth Place.
  • Chip Tolentino (Isaac "Chip" Berkowitz in the Chicago production): A boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. He comes in second-to-last place in the spelling bee, after one of the volunteer spellers.
  • Three or four spellers from the audience: Audience members are encouraged to sign up to participate before the show, and several are chosen to spell words on stage. In touring productions, local celebrities are sometimes selected.
Minor characters (the cast doubles these)
  • Carl Grubenierre: One of Schwartzandgrubenierre’s dads, he’s set on his heart on his little girl winning the bee, no matter what he has to do, including sabotaging William’s foot. Played by the actor who plays Leaf.
  • Dan Schwartz: Schwartzandgrubenierre’s other dad, he’s slightly less insane than Carl but still intent on his daughter winning the bee. Played by the actor who plays Mitch.
  • Leaf’s Mom: Overprotective and doubtful of her son’s abilities to stand up to the competition. Played by the actress who plays Logainne.
  • Leaf’s siblings, Marigold, Brooke, Pinecone, Landscape, Raisin, and Paul: Not very confident of Leaf’s abilities. Played by the actors who play Olive, Marcy, Chip and the volunteer spellers.
  • Olive’s Mom and Dad: She’s in India, he’s working late, but they appear in Olive’s imagination to encourage her and tell her they love her. Played by the actors who play Miss Peretti and Mitch.
  • Jesus: Appears to Marcy in a moment of crisis. Played by the actor who plays Chip. In the New York and San Francisco productions he is Asian.
  • Peggy Jenkins: Logainne's birth mother. Only mentioned (in "Woe is Me"). She lives in a trailer in "Kansas, Missouri"; she has some contact with Logainne and her two dads. She is mentioned by Carl as Logainne's "B.M."

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Subsequent productions

A Chicago production began performances on March 28, 2006 at the Drury Lane Theatre – Water Tower Place. The National Tour began in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hippodrome Theatre on September 19, 2006 and, as of June 2007, has visited over 30 cities across the U.S. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 2007 is the sixth month of that year. ...


There were two additional US sit-down productions in San Francisco and Boston. The San Francisco production opened on March 1, 2006 at the Post Street Theatre and closed on September 3, 2006. The Boston production opened at the Wilbur Theatre on September 26, 2006 and ran until December 31, 2006. Albano played Chip in these productions. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The first production outside the United States was at the Melbourne Theatre Company in Melbourne, Australia in January 2006. It starred Marina Prior as Ms. Peretti, David Campbell as Chip, and Magda Szubanski as William. This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... EssGee poster for The Merry Widow Marina Prior (born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is a famous Australian opera singer. ... David Campbell (born August 6, 1973 in South Australia) is an Australian singer and stage performer. ... Image:Magda szubanski. ...


Another Australian production of the show by the Sydney Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia stars Szubanski. The production opened on June 11, 2007. This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


From May 24 to June 17, 2007, the original Broadway cast reunited for a limited four-week run at the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles.[citation needed] Also, in 2008 the first regional production in the United States will open at the North Shore Music Theatre. is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Musical numbers

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  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Company
  • Spelling Rules/My Favorite Moment of the Bee – Ms. Peretti and Company
  • My Friend, the Dictionary – Olive and Company
  • First Goodbye – Mr. Panch and spellers
  • Pandemonium – Mr. Panch, spellers and Mitch
  • I'm Not That Smart – Leaf, spellers and Mr. Panch
  • Second Goodbye – Panch and spellers
  • Magic Foot – William, Ms. Peretti and Company
  • Pandemonium (Reprise)/My Favorite Moment of the Bee (Reprise) – Ms. Peretti and Company
  • Why We Like Spelling – Leaf and spellers (This song is not in the show, but is used during promotional performances.)
  • Prayer of the Comfort Counselor – Mitch, Mr. Panch and spellers
  • My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament) – Chip
  • Woe Is Me – Logainne, Carl, Dan and Company
  • I'm Not That Smart (Reprise) – Leaf
  • I Speak Six Languages – Marcy, Ms. Peretti and girls
  • The I Love You Song – Olive, her parents, and Mr. Panch
  • Woe Is Me (Reprise) – Logainne, William and Olive
  • My Favorite Moment of the Bee (Reprise)/Second – Ms. Peretti, Mr. Panch, William, Olive and Company
  • Finale – Ms. Peretti and Company
  • The Last Goodbye – Company

The original Broadway cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Audience interaction and words used

Audience interaction

About a half hour before the show begins, audience members in the lobby are given the chance to sign up to participate in the show as "spellers." The registration form asks for name, occupation, hobbies, description of clothing, spelling ability, and age range. Interviewers look for people with no acting experience, unique names, traits and backgrounds. For example, when a person named "Blayze O'Brien" was chosen as a participant, the characters made marijuana-related jokes when it was his turn to spell.[citation needed]


The audience participants are taken backstage prior to the show and are shown where to stand when called from the audience and given instruction about what to do when called upon to spell. They are asked to request a definition of each word and its usage in a sentence, and to attempt to spell each word rather than giving up. During the performance, the actors sitting next to the audience participants periodically whisper hints about when to stand, sit, move in "slow motion," "freeze" or hang on because the seating platform unit is about to spin.


Ms. Peretti calls the spellers to the stage at the beginning of the show, and they are given badges to wear that say "Finalist." As the show proceeds, each one is eliminated with successively more difficult words. The final audience participant to be eliminated is serenaded by Mitch ("Prayer of the Comfort Counselor") on-stage. Mitch also gives each eliminated finalist (both audience members and regular characters) a juice box and a hug.


Katharine Close, the 2006 winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, was invited to be a contestant at a performance of the show. She was the last speller from the audience to be eliminated and survived 14 rounds.[citation needed] Close at the 2006 national spelling bee, immediately after spelling Ursprache correctly. ... The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly referred to simply as the National Spelling Bee) is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held in the ballroom at the...


In addition, the musical treats the audience members as if they were the audience at the fictitious spelling bee. For example, the characters single out audience members as their "family" members. For example, William periodically refers to an age-appropriate woman near the stage as "mom." Similarly, Chip is distracted by an attractive female audience member (or male in the adults-only version), contributing to a misspelling. The characters also frequently walk through the auditorium among the audience during the show, sometimes integrating the audience into the show and occasionally dropping the "fourth wall." The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...

Words used

Examples of words spelled by characters in performances of Spelling Bee include Aboulia, Astrobleme, Cat, Coitus interruptus (adult show), Dinosaur, Ewes, Hasenpfeffer, LSD, Origami (Adult Show), and Weltanschauung. Examples of words spelled by the audience volunteers include: Apoop, Cenacle, Cow, Dengue (which Al Sharpton missed at the Tonys), Elephant, Flugaloom ("Come hither, Heidi. Flugaloom! Flugaloom! Flugaloom!"), Hemidemisemiquaver, Homunculus, Jihad, Mexicans, Ouabain, Palaestra, and Zuuzuu. Aboulia or Abulia (from the Greek αβουλία, meaning non-will), in neurology, refers to a lack of will or initiative. ... This article is about impact craters, also known as meteor craters. ... Coitus interruptus, also known as withdrawal or the pull out method, is a method of contraception in which, during sexual intercourse, the penis is removed from the vagina prior to ejaculation, primarily to avoid introducing semen into the vagina. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... Look up ewe, Ewe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hasenpfeffer (literally, peppered hare) is a traditional German stew made from marinated rabbit or hare. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... This article is about paper folding. ... A world view, also spelled as worldview is a term calqued from the German word Weltanschauung (look onto the world). The German word is also in wide use in English, as well as the translated form world outlook. ... Cenacle is the traditional Latin term for the Upper Room, or the site of The Last Supper. ... COW is an acronym for a number of things: Can of worms The COW programming language, an esoteric programming language. ... For music group see Dengue Fever (rock band) Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases, found in the tropics, with a geographical spread similar to malaria. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... In music notation, a sixty-fourth note (American) or a hemidemisemiquaver (British/Canadian) is a note played for 1/64 of the duration of a whole note. ... The concept of a homunculus (Latin for little man, sometimes spelled homonculus, plural homunculi) is often used to illustrate the functioning of a system. ... For other uses, see Jihad (disambiguation). ... Ouabain is the familiar name of g-strophanthin, a poisonous cardiac glycoside. ... Pompeii palaestra seen from the top of the stadium wall. ... For other uses, see Its a Wonderful Life (disambiguation). ...


"Catarjunes" is a word made up for the show, defined as "an old Nantucket whaling term; its only known use was in a captain's log entry which reads, 'The time of judgment is upon us, the leviathan has come, catarjunes!'" Multiple spellings of the word have been accepted, and it is used by the cast to either prolong an audience member's stay in the competition (to mock surprise from the cast), or to ensure their elimination so the action can proceed. National Spelling Bee Champion Katharine "Kerry" Close, after surviving 14 rounds, was given this word to end her participation. Similarly, Xerophthalmiology is an extension of an actual word that is also used to ensure an audience member's elimination, although at times it has been correctly spelled unexpectedly.[3][4][5] Kinky Friedman misspelled this word during a 2007 performance in San Antonio.[6] Well known Washington, D.C. weatherman Doug Hill misspelled xeropthamiology after surprisingly spelling flugaloom correctly on November 1, 2007. Xerophthalmia (Greek for dry eyes) is a medical condition in which the eye doesnt produce tears. ... Definition A lexeme is an abstract unit of morphological analysis in linguistics, that roughly corresponds to a set of words that are the same in basic meaning. ... Kinky Friedman contemplates a question from the audience at a campaign rally in Bastrop, Texas Richard S. Kinky Friedman (born October 31, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Doug Hill is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 7 News/WJLA-TV. He is the meteorologist for ABC 7 News at 5, 6, and 11. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


As an ongoing gag, the last of the four audience spellers is given a word that is supposed to be impossible to spell. Regardless of how they spell it, they are told it is correct, and the cast members react as if they are surprised that their attempt to eliminate the speller has failed. As a result, many audience members mistakenly think that they have witnessed a landmark event, when in actuality it happens in every single performance.


Julie Andrews missed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" when she was a guest speller on KIDS night on Broadway, 2007.[7] Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (IPA pronunciation: ) is an English word in the song with the same title in the musical film Mary Poppins. ...


Awards

Tony Awards What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...

  • Best Score (William Finn, Nominee)
  • Best Book (Rachel Sheinkin, Winner)
  • Best Direction (James Lapine, Nominee)
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, Winner)
  • Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nominee)
  • Best Musical (nominee)

Theatre World Awards William Finn (* 28 February 1952), Tony-winning American composer, especially of musicals. ... James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American theatrical director and librettist. ... {{Infobox actor | name = Dan Fogler | image = | imagesize = | caption = | birthdate = [[1976 | location = Brooklyn, New York, USA | height = | deathdate = | birthname = Daniel Kevin Fogler | othername = | homepage = | notable role = William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005) Randy Daytona in Balls of Fury (2007) }} Dan Fogler (born 1976 in Brooklyn... Celia Keenan-Bolger is an American actress and singer. ...

  • Dan Fogler (Winner)
  • Celia Keenan-Bolger (Winner)

Drama Desk Awards {{Infobox actor | name = Dan Fogler | image = | imagesize = | caption = | birthdate = [[1976 | location = Brooklyn, New York, USA | height = | deathdate = | birthname = Daniel Kevin Fogler | othername = | homepage = | notable role = William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005) Randy Daytona in Balls of Fury (2007) }} Dan Fogler (born 1976 in Brooklyn... Celia Keenan-Bolger is an American actress and singer. ... The Drama Desk Awards are awards given by the organization Drama Desk to honor New York City theater performers, both in Broadway shows but also off-Broadway as well. ...

  • Outstanding New Musical (Nominee)
  • Outstanding Book of a Musical (Winner)
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical (James Lapine, Winner)
  • Outstanding Lyrics (nominee)
  • Outstanding Music (nominee)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Winner)

James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American theatrical director and librettist. ...

References

  1. ^ Las Vegas reference
  2. ^ 'Bee' Spells Farewell January 20, 2008 from Broadwayworld.com
  3. ^ SR-Orangepants blog from LiveJournal.com
  4. ^ Talissa's post from Wayakka
  5. ^ Emmy05's post from Musicals.net
  6. ^ Kinky Friedman guest-stars on Spelling Bee, from MySanAntonio.com
  7. ^ Julie Andrews guest-stars on Spelling Bee, from Broadway.com

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Avenue Q
by Jeff Whitty
Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
2005
by Rachel Sheinkin
Succeeded by
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

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Review of "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (1329 words)
Putnam County, New York is a tiny swatch of land sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Connecticut border.
It is bounded by the cluttered suburbia of Westchester County to the south and the rolling horse farms of Dutchess County to the north.
Not only does she spell and speak/sing in many languages and accompany herself on the piano (ousting musical director Vadim Feichtner from the keyboard), she drops to a perfect split and executes several other impressive gymnastic moves during the course of the show.
SPELLING BEE Reviews (3843 words)
"Spelling Bee" is the product of tremendously smart minds who have created characters that are fully dimensional and distinctly individual in ways that go well beyond their idiosyncratic methods for arriving at the correct spelling of a word.
If you bring tissues to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, you'll be using them strictly to wipe away tears of laughter as you root for the spellers in Rachel Sheinkin's spoof of the spelling bee contests held in school districts all over the country.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is indeed something of a cross between Avenue Q and The Fantasticks which was an Off-Off-Broadway staple for nearly half a century.
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