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Friday, April 12, 2024

Tony Talk: Will ‘The Outsiders’ break into the competitive Best Musical race? by David Buchanan

Welcome to Tony Talk, a weekly column in which Gold Derby contributing theater editors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann discuss the Tony Awards race. Following the opening of new musical “Th…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Ali Louis Bourzgui (‘The Who’s Tommy’) on making his Broadway debut with ‘one of the hardest characters I’ve ever come into’ [Exclusive Vi by David Buchanan

“I had heard the album,” shares actors Ali Louis Bourzgui about “Tommy,” the 1969 concept album by The Who that inspired the Broadway musical of the same name. The actor stars in the…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Des McAnuff on directing ‘The Who’s Tommy’ 31 years after the original: ‘We’re disobedient when it comes to the passage of time’ [Exclusiv by David Buchanan

“The world has finally caught up to Tommy Walker,” declares director Des McAnuff about why the time was right to revive “The Who’s Tommy” on Broadway. It has been 31 years since th…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Dorian Harewood (‘The Notebook’) on his ‘invigorating, life-affirming’ experience playing Older Noah [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“It’s been a few minutes since I’ve been on Broadway,” reflects Dorian Harewood about his return to the New York stage in “The Notebook” almost 50 years after his last outing. Th…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tony spotlight: Jeremy Strong (‘An Enemy of the People’) bears his soul in an understated but powerful performance by David Buchanan

This article contains spoilers about the 2024 Broadway production of “An Enemy of the People.” There will likely be few scenes this Broadway season more harrowing than the climax of Sam …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Ryan Vasquez (‘The Notebook’) on portraying the ‘deep, complex and enigmatic’ character of Middle Noah [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“The show is obviously a love story which I think people expect, but it’s also about loss and life and how you spend your days and your time and the people with whom you do that,” refl…

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Friday, March 22, 2024

2024 Tony Awards nominations: What shows are up (‘An Enemy of the People’) and down (‘Patriots’) in the play races? by David Buchanan

In the final two months of the 2023-2024 Broadway season, seven new plays and play revivals join a slate of 15 total dramas eligible for the 77th Tony Awards. With so many buzzy revivals and…

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2024 Tony Awards predictions slugfest: How many nominations will hit play ‘Appropriate’ earn? [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“It is a pretty great crop of plays this year, several that have become big commercial hits,” declares Sam Eckmann about the many dramas and revivals in contention for nominations at the…

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‘An Enemy of the People’ reviews: ‘Crackling’ new version stars ‘excellent’ Jeremy Strong, Michael Imperioli by David Buchanan

It has only been 12 years since New York audiences saw a production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic nineteenth-century play “An Enemy of the People.” But unlike that last staging at the Manh…

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

2024 Tony Awards nominations: What shows are up (‘Hell’s Kitchen’) and down (‘The Notebook’) in the musical races? by David Buchanan

The spring season on Broadway this year is shaping up to be one of the busiest and most tumultuous in recent memory as 11 new musicals and musical revivals are opening in the last two months…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

2024 Tony Awards nominations predictions: Multiple bids for plays ‘Patriots,’ ‘Uncle Vanya,’ ‘Appropriate’ … by David Buchanan

In the two weeks since Gold Derby launched the 2024 Tony Awards nominations predictions center, over 600 users have made their preliminary picks for which shows, performers and creatives wil…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

2024 Olivier Awards nominations: ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Dear England’ lead by David Buchanan

We are still approximately six weeks away from learning the nominees for the 77th Tony Awards, but across the pond the finalists for the 2024 Olivier Awards were just announced. A radical ne…

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2024 Tony Awards nominations predictions: Big tallies for musicals ‘Lempicka,’ ‘The Notebook,’ ‘Cabaret’ … by David Buchanan

In the two weeks since Gold Derby launched the 2024 Tony Awards nominations predictions center, over 600 users have made their preliminary picks for which shows, performers and creatives wil…

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Monday, January 29, 2024

‘Days of Wine and Roses’ reviews: ‘Sophisticated’ new musical stars ‘superb’ Kelli O’Hara, Brian d’Arcy James by David Buchanan

Sixty-two years after the release of the film “Days of Wine and Roses,” the Oscar-winning movie by writer J.P. Miller and director Blake Edwards, a musical adaptation has opened on Broad…

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Monday, October 23, 2023

‘Here We Are’ reviews: Stephen Sondheim’s final musical is ‘enchanting,’ ‘compelling’ with ‘exceptional’ cast by David Buchanan

In the penultimate song in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” Dot implores the artist George to “give us more to see.” The late maestro has done so himsel…

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Monday, October 16, 2023

Maria Friedman: From ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ leading lady to director by David Buchanan

In 2022, Marianne Elliott won the Tony Award for directing a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.” In her speech, she thanked the late composer for trusting her to put a “…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ reviews: ‘Exquisite’ Sondheim revival stars Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, Daniel Radcliffe by David Buchanan

What a difference 40 years makes. After opening to pans and a run of only 16 official performances in 1981, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical “Merrily We Roll Along” has been…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Stephen Sondheim at the Tony Awards: All 75 wins from ‘West Side Story’ to ‘Assassins’ by David Buchanan

Stephen Sondheim has almost never been more popular than in the two years since his passing in November 2021. In that time, celebrated revivals of “Company,” “Into the Woods,” and �…

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

2023 Tony Awards Live Blog: Who Won, Who Lost, What Does it All Mean? [UPDATING LIVE] by David Buchanan

The 76th Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 11 in a two-part telecast staged at the United Palace in Washington Heights. Nominations were announced on May 2, 2023. Of the 38 eligibl…

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2023 Tony Awards: Every winner (and nominee) in all 26 competitive categories [UPDATING LIVE] by David Buchanan

Tony Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 2 by Lea Michele and Myles Frost. While the nominations for the 76th annual Tony Awards were determined by 40 theatre professionals, wi…

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Tony predictions by show: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ will lead with 6, ’Life of Pi’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ to take 4 by David Buchanan

New musical “Kimberly Akimbo” will win the most Tony Awards, according to our official odds in all 26 categories. The latest from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and six-time Tony-n…

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Tony Awards 2023 predictions: Complete odds for every category by David Buchanan

After an extraordinary season boasting 38 productions of musicals, plays, and revivals, Broadway will toast its nominees and crown new winners at the upcoming 76th annual Tony Awards. If pre…

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2023 Tony Awards predictions: What plays and performances will win? [WATCH] by David Buchanan

The 2023 Tony Awards race for Best Play has already made history, even before the winner will be revealed on June 11. For the first time, three Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas were nominated i…

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Friday, May 5, 2023

2023 Tony Awards: History made in the Best Play category with three Pulitzer-winning nominees by David Buchanan

For the first time in the 76-year history of the Tony Awards, three Pulitzer Prize-winning original dramas have been nominated in the Best Play category in the same year. Only five of the 17…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Tony Awards nominations: ‘Sweeney Todd’ revival (almost) matches original 1979 production by David Buchanan

When Jesse Green wrote in his New York Times review of this season’s revival of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” that the show had been “restored to its proper size,�…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

2023 Tony Awards nominations surprises: ‘Ain’t No Mo’’ and ‘Cost of Living’ exceed expectations by David Buchanan

In a Broadway season bursting at the seams with critically-acclaimed production — 38 musicals, plays, and revivals opened during the 2022-2023 eligibility window — it is no surprise that…

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2023 Tony Awards nominations snubs: ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Phillippa Soo … by David Buchanan

With 38 productions eligible for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of names missing when nominations were announced on Tuesday morning. Among the most surprising 2023 Tony nominat…

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2023 Tony Awards nominations: ‘Some Like It Hot’ leads with 13, three plays tie with 6 by David Buchanan

With the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations on May 2, we now know the shows and performers in contention for the 76th annual ceremony. The 40 members of the Tony nominating committe…

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Meet the 2023 Tony Awards nominating committee: Priscilla Lopez, Daphne Rubin-Vega … by David Buchanan

Unlike other major awards bodies, the Tony Awards decide their nominations via a committee of industry members who commit to seeing every single production that opens during the Broadway sea…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

2023 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 76th annual Tony Awards nominations by David Buchanan

The 2022-2023 Broadway season that began way back last July with the opening of “The Kite Runner” featured a whopping 38 productions of new musicals, plays, and revivals. The incredibly …

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2023 Tony predictions by show: ‘Some Like it Hot,’ ‘Kimberly Akimbo’, ‘Into the Woods’ will lead by David Buchanan

Two new musicals and a starry revival will dominate the 2023 Tony Awards nominations, according to our official odds in 17 of the 26 categories. “Some Like It Hot” and “Kimberly Akimbo…

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards