Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alex Brightman (‘Beetlejuice’): ‘You’d be a sociopath if musical theatre came naturally to you’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“You’d be a sociopath if musical theatre came naturally to you,” jokes Alex Brightman. He is referencing the highly rehearsed and precisely calibrated technical aspects underneath his …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Casey Nicholaw (‘The Prom’ director): ‘Original musicals are my favorite thing to do’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“Original musicals are my favorite thing to do,” gushes Tony winner Casey Nicholaw. He won a Tony Award for directing the Broadway smash “Book of Mormon,” and earned his 11th Tony no…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Scott Ellis (‘Tootsie’ director): How far would you go for something you love? [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“If someone said you could not do what you loved to do, how far would you go?” That’s the central question director Scott Ellis planted in his new Broadway adaptation of “Tootsie.”…

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Warren Carlyle (‘Kiss Me, Kate’ choreographer): ‘I’m having to be more inventive, more athletic’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m having to be more inventive, to be more athletic in a way, because the dancers are,” admits Warren Carlyle. The choreographer picked up his third Tony nomination for upping his ga…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Frank Capra movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘It Happened One Night’ by Chris Beachum

Frank Capra would’ve celebrated his 122nd birthday on May 18, 2019. The three-time Oscar winner dominated the box office throughout the 1930s with his populist fables, nicknamed “Capra-c…

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Emmys 2019 exclusive: 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios categories for ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Rent,’ ‘Modern Family’ and m by Chris Beachum

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. For this season, the studi…

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Review round-up: Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ blasts off to a rousing reception at Cannes film festival by Susan Wloszczyna

If ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ were the cheeseburger of music icon biopics, then ‘Rocketman’ is the sirloin steak – with lobster on the side.” – Dan Wooton, The Sun Judging from the da…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Des McAnuff on directing ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Our show ‘is about what’s going on in our country now’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“This is a show that is about today. It’s about what’s going on in our country now,” declares director Des McAnuff about his Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fred Astaire movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Swing Time,’ ‘The Band Wagon,’ ‘Top Hat’ by Chris Beachum

Fred Astaire would’ve celebrated his 120th birthday on May 10, 2019. The Oscar-nominated song and dance man is best remembered for a series of musicals he made alongside Ginger Rogers (who…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Beth Leavel (‘The Prom’): ‘It’s so much fun to play someone who leads with such narcissism’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I have a very strong inner Dee Dee Allen,” reveals Tony winner Beth Leavel. Dee Dee is the gloriously vain Broadway diva that Leavel portrays in “The Prom.” Her impressive comedic c…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Brandon Uranowitz (‘Burn This’): ‘1st time I feel like I have my feet firmly planted in the Broadway community’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I just sort of assumed some other celebrity was attached to the project,” admits Brandon Uranowitz of the initial table read for Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.” His assumption was w…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Best Director of a Musical deja vu: Is Scott Ellis (‘Tootsie’) steering this Tony race towards another shocking upset? by Sam Eckmann

Most pundits agree that the race for Best Director of a Musical is coming down to Rachel Chavkin (“Hadestown”) vs. Daniel Fish (“Oklahoma!”). But the inclusion of Scott Ellis (“Too…

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Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (‘The Prom’) on how theatre can ‘change hearts and minds’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“When you’re starting with a completely blank slate, it’s definitely more of a challenge,” admits book writer and lyricist Chad Beguelin. Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar picked u…

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‘Les Miserables’ composer John Murphy hasn’t seen the musical, so his score is more Velvet Underground than Broadway [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

John Murphy composed the score for the new adaptation of “Les Miserables,” but competing with the iconic music from the Broadway version wasn’t an issue for him because, perhaps surpri…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ Emmy FYC event: Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese on music, Catholicism, Obama and more by Chris Beachum

Bruce Springsteen rocked the house Sunday during a Q&A for Netflix’s “Springsteen on Broadway” moderated by Martin Scorsese. The two old friends swapped stories about their appreci…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

EGOT Watch: Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel win at Daytime Emmys and are now an Oscar away from the grand slam by Daniel Montgomery

There’s definitely a new quick path to EGOT — or at least three-quarters of it. First Cynthia Erivo won a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for “The Color Purple.” Then Ben Platt and Rachel Bay …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 Tony Awards video slugfest: Snubs and surprises shake up major races [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

When the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were finally announced on Tuesday, major races were shaken up by shocking omissions. Gold Derby contributors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann got …

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tony Awards predictions slugfest: 3 Experts track hottest races [Video & Audio Podcast] by Tom O'Neil

Tony Awards predictions experts Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Brian Lipton (Cititour) and I agree that “Hadestown” will win Best Musical, but we disagree on what rival is its biggest threa…

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Tonys 2019: Top 20 fascinating facts, records and stats about this year’s nominees by Jeffrey Kare

Out of all the nominees spread across the 26 categories at the 2018 Tony Awards, 20 of them stand out as particularly noteworthy. Check out the complete list of nominations here. The followi…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Glenda Jackson won’t get to make Tony Awards history after that stunning ‘King Lear’ snub by Joyce Eng

Glenda Jackson was looking to do what no one has ever done before at the Tony Awards: win Best Actress in a Play in back-to-back years. Alas, she won’t get a chance to, as the Triple Crown…

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2019 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories by Paul Sheehan

Nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards were announced on April 30 by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (“Sweet Charity,” “Chicago”) and three-time nominee Brandon Victor Dixon.…

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Tony Awards 2019 nominations: Best prediction scores by our Editors and Users by Chris Beachum

Congratulations to our User MNC77 for a terrific score of 79.76% when predicting the 2019 Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday. He is just ahead of eastwest and drewrest, who achieved a score …

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2019 Tony Awards nominations: ‘Hadestown’ leads with 14, ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ has 12, ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at 9 e by Paul Sheehan

Two new musicals  – “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud” — lead the Tony Awards nominations with 14 and 12 bids respectively. Not surprisingly, they are the frontrunners for Best…

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Tony Awards 2019: Gordon Cox (Variety), Brian Lipton (Cititour), Jan Simpson (Broadway and Me) top all Experts predicting nominees by Chris Beachum

Congratulations to our Experts Gordon Cox (Variety), Brian Lipton (Cititour) and Jan Simpson (Broadway and Me) for a wonderful score of 73.81% when predicting the 2019 Tony Awards nominatio…

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Watch out, Broadway: Michael Musto takes on the 2019 Tony Awards nominations by Michael Musto

“To Kill a Mockingbird” was snubbed for Best Play! Glenda Jackson is noticeably absent from Best Actress! But three of the five characters represented in the Featured Actor in a Play cat…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

‘The Boys in the Band’: Can Ryan Murphy’s movie announcement give the show a Tony Awards bump? by Jeffrey Kare

Emmy-winning television mastermind Ryan Murphy recently announced that he is set to turn one of this year’s potential Tony contenders, “The Boys in the Band,” into a movie for Netflix.…

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2019 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 73nd annual Tony Awards nominations by Paul Sheehan

Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering your predictions for the 2019 Tony Awards nominations? The nominations will be announced on April 30 with the ceremony set for June 9. Take a …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Lilli Cooper (‘Tootsie’) on making Julie Nichols ‘an independent, self-made, strong woman’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“She’s an independent, self-made, strong woman,” declares Lilli Cooper of her character in the new musical adaptation of “Tootsie.” Cooper plays Julie Nichols in David Yazbek’s n…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘A Star Is Born’ reunion tour with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper? It’s a heartbreaking ‘no,’ but there is hope! by Susan Wloszczyna

Jackson Maine and his lady love Ally will not be getting back together on the big-screen any time soon as those who have seen ‘A Star Is Born’ know all too well. But the actors who playe…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ might extend its blessed Emmy reign in Best Drama Guest Actress with Cherry Jones by Luca Giliberti

Wait, isn’t the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” missing this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards cycle with its June 5 premiere date? Yes, it is, since the eligibility period ends o…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Jason Sherwood (‘Rent: Live’ production designer) on a ‘surreal, strange dream come true’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I am a ‘heart creature’ myself,” reveals production designer Jason Sherwood. “I like to have a personal connection to something” he says of the projects he chooses, “to find a…

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