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Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (Round 3): Harvey Fierstein’s surprise return to the race by Sam Eckmann

00The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time in the 2018-2019 Broadway season, and announced eligibility rulings for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Seven productions were …

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2019 Tony Awards nominations: Will ‘Be More Chill,’ ‘Hadestown’ or ‘Tootsie’ lead among musicals? by Sam Eckmann

Unlike recent Broadway seasons, this year’s Tony Award race for Best Musical is wide open. This is one of the few points on which David Buchanan and myself agree. As Tony season begins to …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Heidi Schreck (‘What the Constitution Means to Me’): Pulitzer Prize before Tony Awards? by Sam Eckmann

The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama will be announced on April 15. American playwrights will surely hope to see themselves named as winner, not only for the prestige that comes with t…

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Vanessa Hudgens (‘Rent: Live’) on being ‘obsessed’ with the musical and falling ‘in love with the community and family’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO I by Sam Eckmann

“I became obsessed,” admits Vanessa Hudgens of her love for “Rent.” After performing in the show at a Hollywood Bowl performance in 2010, she “fell in love with the community and f…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

George Salazar (‘Be More Chill’) on using ‘weirdness as a strength’ for his role on Broadway [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“Playing the character is literally a dream come true” says George Salazar of his character Michael in “Be More Chill” the new musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. Salazar’s Mich…

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Orfeh (‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’) on ‘finding perfect balance’ in adapting iconic film roles for the stage [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I’ve kind of found this perfect balance” says Orfeh in regards to adapting roles from beloved films. The actress currently stars as Kit De Luca in “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” and…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lucille Lortel Award nominations give Tony hopefuls ‘Be More Chill,’ Heidi Schreck, and Mike Birbiglia a bump by Sam Eckmann

The Off-Broadway League announced nominations for the 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards on April 3rd. As the first nominations announcement of the theatre awards season, several Tony Award h…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

‘The Prom’ leading ladies Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen are hoping to make Tony Awards history by Sam Eckmann

The new musical “The Prom” won over industry folks with its big heart and bevy of Broadway insider jokes. But many wondered where each member of the ensemble cast would compete at this y…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Prediction center is open so make your early picks today by Sam Eckmann

Gold Derby’s 2019 Tony Awards prediction center is now open! Broadway productions must open by an April 25th cutoff date in order to be eligible for Tony consideration. So it’s time to m…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

2019 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (Round 2): ‘Network,’ ‘The Cher Show,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The 2019 Tony Awards may be months away, but the Tony Awards Administration Committee is busy determining category placement for shows from the 2018-2019 Broadway season. The committee met f…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Will the 2019 Tony Awards ditch the Best Musical Revival category? by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards give out four top awards each year: Best Play, Best Play Revival, Best Musical, and Best Musical Revival. These are the most coveted categories for producers hoping a win wil…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Tony Awards announce first round of eligibility rulings for the 2018-2019 Season: ‘The Boys in the Band,’ Pretty Woman,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time in the 2018-2019 Broadway season, and announced the first round of Tony Awards eligibility rulings. Seven productions were dis…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

After finally conquering the Tonys, is an Emmy next for Kelli O’Hara (‘The Accidental Wolf’)? by Sam Eckmann

It took a decade for Broadway royalty Kelli O’Hara to snag her first Tony Award win. But shortly after that success on her home turf, O’Hara may be on the way to her first Emmy Award tha…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 play categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

Predicting the outcome of the design categories at the Tony Awards proves a challenge every year. But if you want to perform well in our prediction contest, you’ll need to ace these tough …

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2018 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

Plenty of attention is paid to the top races and acting categories at the Tony Awards. But if you are looking to do well in our prediction contest, you will also have to make smart decisions…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Tony Awards battle for Best Actress in a Musical: Katrina Lenk (‘The Band’s Visit’) vs. Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) by Sam Eckmann

This year’s Tony Awards race for Best Actress in a Musical is turning into a nail-biter. Competition was so fierce that the nominating committee found an extra slot in the category. On…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

2018 Tony Awards preview: Best Actor in a Musical race is too close to call by Sam Eckmann

Broadway fans bemoaned the lack of leading men in musicals this year with only five eligible for consideration at the Tony Awards. While Paul Alexander Nolan (“Escape to Margaritaville…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tony nominee Katrina Lenk (‘The Band’s Visit’): ‘It becomes a very personal experience to each audience member’ [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“It becomes a very personal experience to each audience member,” reveals Katrina Lenk of her Broadway musical “The Band’s Visit.” Lenk portrays Dina, an Israeli woman who befriends…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

2018 Tony Awards outrage: Which nominations snub makes you the angriest? [POLL] by Sam Eckmann

There was plenty to cheer about when the 2018 Tony Awards nominations were announced on May 1. Deserving performers like Michael Cera (“Lobby Hero”), Deborah Findlay (“The …

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Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 Tony Award nominations: Reactions to major surprises and snubs in play categories [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

“With 11 nominations it’s the most nominated play in Tony history.” I expected to be referencing the Broadway juggernaut “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” when making such a stat…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Tony Awards: Competitive lead acting races pit Broadway newcomers against seasoned veterans by Sam Eckmann

According to our official Tony Awards odds, three of the four lead acting races at the 2018 Tony Awards are among the most competitive in recent memory. Only Lead Actress in a Play looks lik…

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2018 Tony Awards nominations preview: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ ‘The Band’s Visit’ will dominate by Sam Eckmann

Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 1. After a slew of last-minute eligibility decisions from the administration committee that oversees th…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tony Awards spotlight: Deborah Findlay tackles the apocalypse in ‘The Children’ by Sam Eckmann

Apocalyptic wastelands aren’t often presented on Broadway stages, but Lucky Kirkwood’s “The Children” presents audiences with life in the countryside after a nuclear fallout. Unlike …

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tony Awards spotlight: Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) makes Eliza Doolittle by Sam Eckmann

Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” is a dream role for any soprano. The part allows the actress to showcase broad comedy, don lavish gowns, and croon Lerner and Loewe classics like “I C…

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Tony Awards spotlight: LaChanze is the disco diva in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ by Sam Eckmann

Donna Summer was the queen of the disco, remembered for her pulsating music and soaring voice. Broadway veteran LaChanze has stepped into the diva’s platform shoes in “Summer: The Do…

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Tony Awards spotlight: Hailey Kilgore makes a thrilling Broadway debut in ‘Once on This Island’ by Sam Eckmann

Most actors have to wait and “pay their dues” before contending at the Tony Awards, but Hailey Kilgore could buck that old industry adage and reap a bid for her Broadway debut in  ̶…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tony Awards spotlight: Steven Pasquale unleashes his dark side in ‘Junk’ by Sam Eckmann

With a cast of 23, Ayad Akhtar’s play “Junk” features his largest ensemble to date. However, the sheer number of characters swirling around the stage at Lincoln Center doesn’t stop S…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tony Awards spotlight: Jin Ha spreads his wings in ‘M. Butterfly’ revival by Sam Eckmann

As Tony Awards voters love to recognize transformative performances, Jin Ha of “M. Butterfly” is a strong contender for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In Julie Taymor’s revival…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Predictions center is now open so make your 1st picks today by Sam Eckmann

The Gold Derby predictions center for the 2018 Tony Awards nominations launches today with 17 categories! Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, ahead of a June 10 ceremony on CBS.…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 3 musical categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

If you want to do well in our prediction contest, you will have to make smart choices in the design categories. With a jam packed season of beautiful looking musicals, a mistake in any one o…

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Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 3 play categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

Plenty of attention is paid to the top races and acting categories at the Tony Awards. But if you are looking to do well in our prediction contest, you will also have to make smart choices i…

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