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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

2023 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (round 1): ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘1776’ and a change in voting procedure by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time during the 2022-2023 Broadway season on January 31 to discuss eligibility of 20 productions for the 76th Annual Tony Awards in…

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Will Jefferson Mays’ solo ‘A Christmas Carol’ continue the recent good will for Charles Dickens at the Tony Awards? by Sam Eckmann

The Christmas season brings scores of ticket buyers to Broadway as tourists flood Times Square and locals bring visiting family to the theater. Many of those audiences should catch the bold …

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

2023 Tony Awards: Get your MetroCard ready, new venue is 6 miles from Broadway by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards have a 2023 date, and they are moving way uptown! The 76th edition of these kudos honoring the best of Broadway will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 11, 2023 on CBS and str…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Victoria Clark (‘Kimberly Akimbo’) could be the 12th actress in this elite club of Tony winners by Sam Eckmann

Amid a stacked fall season on Broadway, “Kimberly Akimbo” has emerged as an early Best Musical frontrunner for next spring’s Tony Awards. The new show from Jeanine Tesori and David Lin…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Tom Stoppard could break his own Tony Awards record with ‘Leopoldstadt’ by Sam Eckmann

Tom Stoppard’s haunting drama “Leopoldstadt” is the rare non-musical play to become a smash hit on Broadway. After critics fell in love with the gripping historical piece, the show bro…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

What is it like to watch the Tony Awards from inside Radio City Music Hall? Excitement, glamour and sweat by Sam Eckmann

I’ve been covering the Tony Awards for years but I had never stepped foot inside of Broadway’s biggest celebration until this year. When offered the last minute opportunity to attend the…

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Monday, June 13, 2022

That’s a wrap! Our Tony Awards pundits dish their favorite moments and key takeaways from 2022 ceremony [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

Another Tony Awards season has come to a close! My colleagues Susan Haskins-Doloff and David Buchanan rubbed open our weary eyes after a long night celebrating the best of Broadway to recap …

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Second Stage Theater (‘Take Me Out’) earns 1st Tony Award since purchasing a Broadway house by Sam Eckmann

Thanks to a Tony Award win for “Take Me Out” in the Best Revival of a Play category, Second Stage Theater can finally join the ranks of the other nonprofit theater organizations on Broad…

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Marianne Elliott (‘Company’) makes Tony Awards history with 3rd directing win by Sam Eckmann

Marianne Elliott prevailed in a tough Tony race — Best Director of a Musical — winning for her gender-swapped update to Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” This victory means far more th…

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‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is rare closed production to win the Tony Award for Best Play by Sam Eckmann

“The Lehman Trilogy” proved to be unbeatable in the Tony race for Best Play, as many pundits predicted all season long. Written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, this epic dra…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ becomes 7th musical to win at Pulitzers and Tony Awards by Sam Eckmann

“A Strange Loop” won the much-coveted Tony Award for Best Musical at the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12. The tuner from Michael R. Jackson claimed a total of two Tonys at the ceremo…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

2022 Tony Awards: Watch in-depth interviews with 21 nominees from plays and musicals by Sam Eckmann

We are just days away from the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12 and voters are making their final decisions on who will emerge victorious on Broadway’s biggest night. Before you lock in…

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Final 2022 Tony Awards predictions slugfest: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ leads, but a small voter pool throws many play categories into chaos [Watch] by Sam Eckmann

With just days to go before the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, Gold Derby’s trio of Broadway pundits gathered together to dish which shows are ahead in the race. Susan Haskins…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Gabby Beans (‘The Skin of Our Teeth’) on breaking the fourth wall as Sabina: ‘It’s me on my most diva-ish and confident day’ [Exclusive Vide by Sam Eckmann

“I had an intuition,” reveals Gabby Beans on her approach to playing Sabina in “The Skin of Our Teeth.” The “very meta” role in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize …

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson (‘Take Me Out’) on the ‘gift’ of glorious monologues and earning his first Tony nomination [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“My job was to find out who my Mason was and carve a new path for him,” explains Jesse Tyler Ferguson of his character in “Take Me Out.” The actor portrays an accountant who discover…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Julie White (‘POTUS’) on being the ‘engine’ of a new farce and fighting tears with comedy [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I read the play and laughed so hard I was sweating,” exclaims actress Julie White of the new play “POTUS.” The Broadway veteran portrays Harriet, the White House Chief of Staff task…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Warren Carlyle (‘The Music Man’ choreographer) on ‘truly joyous’ collaboration with Hugh Jackman [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“We had the chance to make something truly joyous,” explains Tony nominee Warren Carlyle of “The Music Man.” With Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster as the stars in this revival, the sta…

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Joaquina Kalukango (‘Paradise Square’) on earning standing ovations and ‘honoring lost voices’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s a New York story that not a lot of people knew about,” explains Tony nominee Joaquina Kalukango of the musical “Paradise Square.” The actress plays Nelly, a born-free Black w…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Barrie Gower (‘Stranger Things’ special makeup effects designer) on villain Vecna: ‘I always wanted to be a monster maker’ [Exclusive Video In by Sam Eckmann

“I always wanted to be a monster maker,” reveals special makeup effects designer Barrie Gower. “It was my childhood dream.” The Emmy-winner has made that dream a reality with his imp…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Deirdre O’Connell (‘Dana H.’) discusses her unprecedented lip synced role: ‘I’m using myself as a science experiment’ [Exclusive Video Int by Sam Eckmann

“I had no idea if I could do it,” admits Deirdre O’Connell of her entirely lip synced role in “Dana H.” When playwright Lucas Hnath presented her with the text, the uniqueness of t…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

John-Andrew Morrison (‘A Strange Loop’) on bringing ‘all of my authentic self’ to his Tony-nominated performance [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It fulfilled my queer artist soul,” claims John-Andrew Morrison of getting to perform in “A Strange Loop” on Broadway. The actor admits that he didn’t believe the show would find …

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Christopher Wheeldon (‘MJ’ director and choreographer) on exploring the ‘anatomy of Michael as a dancer’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“The goal from the very beginning was to capture the essence of Michael, but also make a new piece of art,” describes director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon of his work on “MJ…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A.J. Shively (‘Paradise Square’) isn’t a dancer by trade, but he’s hoofed his way to his 1st Tony nomination [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It still really hasn’t sunk in. It’s wild,” exclaims A.J. Shively of his first ever Tony nomination. The performer was recognized for his work in the new musical “Paradise Square.…

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Can Sutton Foster (‘The Music Man’) parlay her Drama League upset into Tony Award #3? by Sam Eckmann

The Drama League Awards set themselves apart from other theater industry kudos thanks to their Distinguished Performance Award. The category generally features forty to fifty performers from…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

2022 Drama League Award winners: ‘A Strange Loop,’ ‘Company,’ Sutton Foster … by Sam Eckmann

Winners of the 88th Annual Drama League Awards were announced on Friday, May 20 2022 at a ceremony hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank DiLella at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The Drama L…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

L Morgan Lee (‘A Strange Loop’) on becoming the first openly trans Tony Award nominee: ‘It’s OK to dream bigger than anyone ever imagines’ [ by Sam Eckmann

“I have been at this for quite some time, so for the work to be recognized is really touching and moving,” reveals “A Strange Loop” star L Morgan Lee of her Tony Award nomination. Th…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Camille A. Brown (‘for colored girls’ director and choreographer) on her historic dual Tony nominations [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“Becoming the director provided me a space to really create my own vision and my own voice in what I wanted to say,” explains director and choreographer Camille A. Brown of “for colore…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Sharon D. Clarke (‘Caroline, or Change’) on her 1st Tony nomination after a long journey with Caroline: ‘It’s the gift that keeps on giving’ by Sam Eckmann

“ “It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” reveals Sharon D. Clarke of “Caroline, or Change.” The British theater veteran made her Broadway debut in the title role of the recent rev…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Darren Criss and Julianne Hough to co-host ‘The Tony Awards: Act One’ on Paramount+ by Sam Eckmann

This opening act of the 2022 Tony Awards is coming into focus. Emmy Award winners Darren Criss and Julianne Hough have been named co-hosts of “The Tony Awards: Act One,” one hour of excl…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

How to ace your Tony Award nominations predictions by Sam Eckmann

I had a great morning. Not only did the 2022 Tony nominations represent a great cross section of what made the 2021-2022 Broadway season so incredible, but on a more selfish note, I tied wit…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

2022 Tony Awards slugfest: Final nominations predictions — it’s a Broadway Brawl! [VIDEO] by Sam Eckmann

With the 2022 Tony Awards nomination announcement just days away, Broadway watchers are scrambling to finalize their predictions after a stellar season on the rialto. To help guide us throug…

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