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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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Sunday, April 30, 2023

2023 Tony Awards slugfest: Final predictions for play nominations [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“Out of all the Tony categories this season, this could be the most complicated,” notes Sam Eckmann about the race for the top Broadway honor of Best Play. It’s a sentiment we share ab…

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

How often does a closed play revival win at the Tonys? by David Buchanan

The contest for Best Play Revival at this year’s Tony Awards is shaping up to be a true nail-biter, even in the nominations round of voting. Five of the eligible productions — “A Doll�…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

‘Shucked’ reviews: ‘Deliciously corny’ new musical boasts punny book, ‘excellent’ performances by David Buchanan

The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye in Broadway’s latest musical comedy “Shucked.” The new original show is an intentionally corny riff on classic Golden Age musicals: it sets a…

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Monday, April 3, 2023

2023 Olivier Award winners: ‘My Neighbour Totoro,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ … by David Buchanan

The top honorees at the 2023 Laurence Olivier Awards were plays that focused on cultures outside of London. “My Neighbour Totoro,” which is based on the beloved Japanese film of the same…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tony Awards history in the making: 3 Pulitzer Prize winners up for Best Play? by David Buchanan

The Tony Awards contest for the top honor of Best Play is the most crowded it has been in at least a decade. A whopping 17 new dramatic works will vie for only five slots that recognize the …

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Monday, March 27, 2023

‘Sweeney Todd’ reviews: ‘Irresistible’ revival of Stephen Sondheim masterpiece by David Buchanan

First “Company,” then “Into the Woods,” and now the demon barber of Fleet Street. In the year or so since legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s death, Broadway has seen an increasi…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

2023 Tony Awards slugfest: 15 productions vie for places in Musical races [WATCH] by David Buchanan

In the lead-up to Tony nominations being announced on May 2, Sam Eckmann and I are predicting 10 of the Musical categories, where new breakout shows like “Kimberly Akimbo” and “Some Li…

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Friday, March 10, 2023

‘A Doll’s House’ reviews: An ‘impeccable’ production brings Jessica Chastain and Nora Helmer back to Broadway by David Buchanan

Henrik Ibsen’s world-(in)famous play “A Doll’s House” has not been seen on Broadway in over 25 years, when Janet McTeer led a production under the direction of Anthony Page. Now, int…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

2023 Olivier Awards nominations: ‘My Neighbour Toroto,’ ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ lead by David Buchanan

Two new works based on existing material dominated the nominations for the 2023 Olivier Awards, the top theatre honor in Britain. “My Neighbour Toroto” and “Standing at the Sky’s Edg…

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Friday, December 9, 2022

‘Ohio State Murders’: ‘Sublime’ Audra McDonald returns to the stage in ‘bracing’ Adrienne Kennedy play by David Buchanan

Fans of the extraordinary Audra McDonald have had a long wait for her return to the Broadway stage. Yes, she did host the 2021 Tony Awards that were previously postponed by the pandemic, and…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

‘A Doll’s House’: Jessica Chastain returning to Broadway in a Tony Awards favorite by David Buchanan

Eight months after winning the Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Jessica Chastain has set her return to the Broadway stage in one of the greatest roles in the theatre. Under the direct…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘The Kite Runner’ closes on Broadway: Will this ‘heartbreaker’ of a play be remembered by Tonys? by David Buchanan

The first new play of the current Broadway season, a stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner,” has closed on Broadway. A memory play that toggles back and forth be…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

‘Death of a Salesman’ revival reviews: ‘Sensational’ Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke and André De Shields by David Buchanan

Attention must be paid to the latest revival of Arthur Miller’s classic American family drama “Death of a Salesman,” which opened on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre on Oct. 9. Wendell P…

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Monday, October 24, 2022

‘Leopoldstadt’ reviews: New Tom Stoppard play is ‘remarkable,’ ‘harrowing’ by David Buchanan

One of the world’s greatest living playwrights has returned to Broadway. Over a decade since his last effort, Tom Stoppard has come back with epic play “Leopoldstadt,” a sprawling fami…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

‘Into the Woods’ revival is ‘radiant’ and ‘superb,’ but will it compete at the 2023 Tony Awards? by David Buchanan

Just shy of one month ago, a revival of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company” took home five Tony Awards, including the top prize for Best Revival. Now a remounting o…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Jennifer Hudson gets EGOT after winning at Tonys for producing ‘A Strange Loop’ by David Buchanan

For just the 17th time in awards history, someone has just won the EGOT. Moments ago, Jennifer Hudson received her first Tony Award as a producer of the Best Musical champ “A Strange Loop,…

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Tony Awards: 75th ceremony celebrates best of 2021-2022 Broadway season [LIVE BLOG] by David Buchanan

The 75th Tony Awards was held on Sunday, June 12 in a two-part telecast staged at Radio City Music Hall. Nominations were announced on May 9, 2022. Of the 34 eligible productions from the 20…

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2022 Tony Awards: Every winner (and nominee) in all 26 competitive categories [UPDATING LIVE] by David Buchanan

Tony Awards nominations were announced on Monday, May 9 by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry. While the nominations for the 75th annual Tony Awards were determined by a few dozen theater pr…

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Patti LuPone (‘Company’) wins 3rd Tony Award of her nearly 50-year Broadway career by David Buchanan

After almost five decades on the Broadway stage, Patti LuPone has won her third Tony Award for her featured performance in director Marianne Elliott’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Co…

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Are we underestimating Phylicia Rashad’s (‘Skeleton Crew’) chances of taking home her second Tony Award? by David Buchanan

In the last few days of every Tony Awards season, prognosticators have the tendency to overthink some races that are likely done deals. That could be the case this year with the Featured Act…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

How often do the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score split? by David Buchanan

The Best Original Score prize is always one of the most coveted prizes at the Tony Awards. This year, the race is also one of the most competitive, pitting Michael R. Jackson’s music and l…

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2022 Tony Awards predictions by show: ‘Company’ will lead with 6, ‘A Strange Loop’ and ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ to take 5 by David Buchanan

Director Marianne Elliott’s reimagining of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical “Company” will win the most Tony Awards, according to our official odds in all 26 categories. The cont…

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2022 Tony Awards predictions: Complete odds for every category at the 75th annual ceremony by David Buchanan

After an extraordinary season boasting 34 musicals, plays, and revivals, Broadway will toast its nominees and crown new winners at the upcoming 75th annual Tony Awards. If predicting the win…

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