Thursday, April 9, 2020

Pulitzer Prizes postponed, but not for long, so what will win for drama: ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘A Strange Loop’ …? by Sam Eckmann

The Pulitzer Prizes join a slew of other awards bodies that have now postponed their kudos thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, this highly esteemed group isn’t going to…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Tony Awards officially postponed: ‘The health and safety of the Broadway community is of the utmost importance’ by Daniel Montgomery

The 2020 Tony Awards honoring the best in Broadway plays and musicals were in limbo as the result of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced theaters in New York City to shut their doors, and…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Seeing double: Mary-Louise Parker and Sally Murphy could pull off Tony Awards first with dual nominations by Sam Eckmann

Mary-Louise Parker could add a second Tony Award to her mantle this year to join her 2001 trophy for “Proof.”  After receiving rave reviews for her performance in “The Sound Inside,…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Tony races upended: ‘Hangmen’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ announce Broadway closings by Sam Eckmann

Broadway dimmed the lights and closed up shop on Thursday, March 12, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak in New York. Insiders have since fretted over the fate of many spring shows, some …

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Make your early predictions for the 2020 Tony Awards nominations today by Sam Eckmann

Welcome to the most wide open Tony Awards season in recent memory. Recent Broadway seasons have produced surefire winners like “Hamilton,” “The Band’s Visit,” or “Hadestown” th…

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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, January 31, 2020

2020 Tony Award eligibility rulings Round 2: ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘Slave Play,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the second time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of eleven productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s 74th…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2020 Broadway spring season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently 12 productions of plays (seven new, four revivals, and two older works making their Broadway debuts) set to o…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently nine productions of musicals (six new, three revivals) set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of the…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

2020 Tony Award eligibility rulings Round 1: ‘Betrayal,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of six productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s 74th Ann…

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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

2019 Broadway fall season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently nine productions of plays (seven new, two revivals) set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’…

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‘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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Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Broadway fall season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently three productions of musicals (all new) set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Award…

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Hey, Tony Awards! It’s time to resurrect the Best Special Theatrical Event category by Sam Eckmann

I recently made my Broadway debut. No, I wasn’t offered to replace Reeve Carney in “Hadestown” (but thanks for asking). I was instead pulled on stage at the Cort Theatre by Derren Bro…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The 2020 Tony Awards may not have any original musical scores to consider by Sam Eckmann

The first new musical of 2019-2020 Broadway season, “Moulin Rouge!,” is a sumptuous stage adaptation of Baz Lurhman’s film and the “spectacular spectacular” production will draw in…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Kennedy Center Honors: Top 50 greatest entertainers who still need to be selected by Chris Beachum

Last summer, we offered a special photo gallery of the 50 greatest entertainers still waiting to be selected for the Kennedy Center Honors. Among that group were country music superstar Reba…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tales of the City: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (‘Broad City’) deserve Emmys for bringing the real New York City to life by Sam Eckmann

Shortly after college I bought a one-way bus ticket, boarded with two duffel bags and no job, and moved to New York City. The metropolis I soon fell in love with looked nothing like how prim…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tony Curtis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘Spartacus’ by Chris Beachum

Tony Curtis would’ve celebrated his 94th birthday on June 3, 2019. The Oscar-nominated performer starred in dozens of movies throughout his career, becoming famous as the charismatic leadi…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Tony Awards: 24 records, milestones and fun facts about this year’s winners by Jeffrey Kare

Out of all the winners (and losers) in the 26 competitive categories at the 2019 Tony Awards, 24 stand out as particularly noteworthy when considered in the context of history. So what were …

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Tony champ Bryan Cranston (‘Network’) on threats against our rights: ‘It’s important to keep sounding the alarm’ [WATCH] by Daniel Montgomery

When he accepted the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Bryan Cranston (“Network”) said that the media isn’t the enemy of the people, but that demagoguery is. He talked more abo…

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Tony winner Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) on her unlikely friendship with the music icon [WATCH] by Daniel Montgomery

Stephanie J. Block won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for playing Cher in “The Cher Show,” and she actually heard from the artist herself before the event. “She was wishing love,…

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Tony Awards 2019: No Broadway debuts among this year’s acting winners by Charles Bright

For only the third time this decade, none of the acting winners at this year’s Tony Awards did so for their Broadway debut. This is the 21st time that this has happened over the 73-year hi…

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Tony Awards 2019: The good (James Corden), bad (riding King Kong) and ugly (cutting off Andre De Shields and Ali Stroker) by Charles Bright

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards has wrapped up as one of the best editions of the annual Broadway celebration in recent memory. Take a look below at the many things that worked and the few thing…

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Tony Awards 2019: Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Gordon Cox (Variety) top all Experts predicting winners by Chris Beachum

Congratulations to Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Gordon Cox (Variety) for topping all Experts with an outstanding score of 88.46% when predicting the 2019 Tony Awards winners on Sunday. …

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