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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

‘Slave Play’ predicted to win Best Play at the Tonys, but will it claim any acting awards? by David Buchanan

“Slave Play” made history back in October when it received 12 Tony Awards nominations, the most ever for a play. Five of those citations recognize members of its stellar ensemble, includ…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Musical sweeps are on the rise at the Tonys, so how many awards will ‘Moulin Rouge!’ win? by David Buchanan

Five years ago, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “Hamilton” won 11 Tony Awards, just one shy of the record held by “The Producers.” In the years since, landslide sweeps in the musical categori…

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Broadway returns with ‘Pass Over,’ a ‘rhapsodic’ play with ‘magnetic’ performances by David Buchanan

Almost 18 months after the last new show opened on Broadway – the musical “The Girl from the North Country,” which bowed on March 5, 2020 – the New York theatre community celebrated …

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Tony Awards 2021 slugfest: Who has the edge in the incredibly competitive Play races? [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“The plays are really where it’s at in terms of races,” Sam Eckmann declares to kick off the first of our 2021 Tony Awards predictions slugfest. Though we don’t yet know the date whe…

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s’ Jane Levy could pull off a Golden Globes upset like fellow TV songstress Rachel Bloom by David Buchanan

When Golden Globes nominations were announced, Jane Levy beat our odds and landed a slot in the Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress category. The singing star of NBC’s musical comedy “Zoey�…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

5 reasons why ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ can sing its way to a series bid at the Golden Globes by David Buchanan

In the Golden Globes race for Best Comedy/Musical Series, a category that will most likely boast shows about a riches-to-rags family saga, Catherine the Great and a cadre of vampires, there …

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Glynn Turman (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’): From Independent Spirit bid to Golden Globes nomination? by David Buchanan

Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is slated to have a big morning when Golden Globes nominations are announced on Feb. 3, with predicted bids for Best Film Drama, Drama Actress (V…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Bryan Cranston (‘Your Honor’) could surprise at SAG Awards with an ‘All the Way’-style nomination and upset victory by David Buchanan

Four years ago Bryan Cranston pulled off a huge upset at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the TV movie/limited series acting category, winning for HBO’s “All the Way.” Lightning could…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

‘Slave Play’ breaks Tony nominations record for a play with a staggering 12 bids by David Buchanan

In an unprecedented year for the Broadway community, the Tony Awards just gifted theatre fans with a reason to celebrate: Jeremy O. Harris’ audacious and brilliant “Slave Play” now hol…

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2020 Tony Awards nominations: ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!’ lead musicals, ‘Slave Play’ sets record for plays with 12 by David Buchanan

With the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations on October 15, we now know the shows and performers in contention but we still don’t know when the winners will be announced. The Tonys…

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2020 Tony Awards nominations: 4 surprises we could see on October 15 by David Buchanan

Tony Awards nominations are always tricky to predict, but this year’s shortlist of Broadway’s best and brightest proves even more challenging to wrangle thanks to the coronavirus-shorten…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Tony nominations wish list: ‘The Sound Inside,’ ‘Betrayal,’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ … by David Buchanan

Every Tony Awards nominations morning features thrilling surprises and shocking omissions, and even in a year with an unfortunately thinner slate of shows due to COVID-19, theatre fans will …

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Friday, February 21, 2020

‘West Side Story’ reviews: Radically reimagined production ‘mortally divided’ but ‘bold’ by David Buchanan

“West Side Story,” one of the most beloved and enduring Broadway musicals of all time, has often been seen on the Great White Way since it premiered more than sixty years ago, but never …

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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘The Sound Inside’: ‘Stunning’ new play starring a ‘never better’ Mary-Louise Parker is an early Tony contender by David Buchanan

The Tony and Emmy-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, who last starred on Broadway in the two-character play “Heisenberg” in 2016, returned in another two-hander play “The Sound Inside…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘The Lightning Thief’: Critics strike down ‘overblown,’ ‘monotonous’ Percy Jackson musical by David Buchanan

Last season, director Stephen Brackett and librettist Joe Tracz teamed up for the musical “Be More Chill,” which found much favor with the teenage demographic of Broadway theatergoers. J…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘The Rose Tattoo’: Marisa Tomei ‘valiant’ in ‘garbled’ Tennessee Williams revival by David Buchanan

In recent years, Roundabout Theatre Company has demonstrated a knack for pairing stellar actresses in revivals by acclaimed playwrights, including Annette Bening in Arthur Miller’s “All …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘Linda Vista’: Tracy Letts returns to Broadway as playwright with ‘inspired’ and ‘ruthless’ drama by David Buchanan

Although a familiar face to Broadway audiences of late as an actor, Tracy Letts (he starred in a Tony-nominated revival of “All My Sons” last season) has not had one of his plays here in…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Slave Play’: ‘Provocative,’ ‘wrenching’ drama is strong Tony Awards contender by David Buchanan

Even though it’s early days in the 2019-2020 Broadway season, Jeremy O. Harris’s new drama “Slave Play” has just emerged as the first genuine Tony Awards contender in the play catego…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘The Great Society’: Brian Cox portrays a ‘bellowing’ President L.B.J. in ‘lumbering,’ ‘spiritless’ play by David Buchanan

On Sunday nights, millions of viewers watch Brian Cox deliver a gargantuan performance as Logan Roy on HBO’s Emmy-winning drama series “Succession,” but eight times a week Cox steps in…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ ends limited Broadway run: Will Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge be remembered at Tonys time? by David Buchanan

This past Sunday (September 29), the Broadway production of “Sea Wall/A Life” concluded its run at the Hudson Theatre. The new play, which consists of two separate, thematically connecte…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘The Height of the Storm’: Tony Awards titans Jonathan Pryce, Eileen Atkins ‘formidable’ in ‘thin’ new play by David Buchanan

Just three years ago, French playwright Florian Zeller made a splash on the Great White Way with his play “The Father,” which nabbed him a Best Play Tony nomination and earned its star F…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 Tony Awards slugfest: Last minute panic over final musical predictions [WATCH] by David Buchanan

With only a few days remaining to fret over Tony predictions, Gold Derby contributors Sam Eckmann and David Buchanan joined up to discuss the musical categories, debating some of the biggest…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Hadestown’: ‘Lush’ and ‘sumptuous’ musical on a heavenly path to the Tonys by David Buchanan

Some musicals take a hellish road to the Great White Way. For “Hadestown,” whose plot entwines stories from Greek mythology focused on Hades, Persephone, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes, and t…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tonys Awards 2019 nominations: Will ‘The Ferryman,’ ‘Hillary and Bill’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ lead among plays? by David Buchanan

“It is a very competitive year for the plays,” Sam Eckmann announces when he and fellow contributor David Buchanan chatted via webcam about the top Play categories at the 73rd Tony Award…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

‘King Lear’: Critics crown ‘powerful’ Glenda Jackson, frown on ‘haphazard’ production by David Buchanan

After her Tony Awards coronation last season for Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” Glenda Jackson could have rested on her laurels. Instead, she returns to the Broadway stage this sea…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle? by David Buchanan

One of Cole Porter’s most popular shows, “Kiss Me, Kate,” hasn’t been seen on the boards of the Great White Way in nearly two decades. This season mark the return of the classic musi…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘American Son’: Will Kerry Washington score first Tony nom for ‘high tension’ topical drama? by David Buchanan

Almost a decade after her Broadway debut, Kerry Washington has returned to the boards in an explosive new drama “American Son,” which opened at the Booth Theatre on November 4. Washingto…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Sara Bareilles (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) lends breezy, soulful vocals to intense rock opera by David Buchanan

Sara Bareilles has had no shortage of accomplishments over the course of her career as a singer-songwriter, earning six Grammy Award nominations and two Tony Award bids in recent years. Now,…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Brandon Victor Dixon (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) brings huge theatre presence to small screen by David Buchanan

After NBC aired its live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, one name skyrocketed onto the Emmy radar: Brandon Victor Dixon. He’s best known for his stage work, inclu…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Will Tony Shalhoub (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) and Laurie Metcalf (‘Roseanne’) win Emmys after Tony victories? by David Buchanan

The Tony Awards just toasted the best productions and performers of the past Broadway season, and in a few weeks two of the big winners there — Tony Shalhoub and Laurie Metcalf —…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ ties record for most Tony Awards losses by going 0 for 12 by David Buchanan

On May 1, the Broadway production of “Mean Girls,” based on the popular 2004 movie, earned a whopping 12 Tony nominations and became the most-nominated show of the year alongside musical…

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