Tony Awards

The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2014 Tony Awards

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As you may or may not have heard, depending on how many musical theatre nerds you know, the 2014 Tony Awards happened last night. Hosted by Wolverine, er, Hugh Jackman, the evening’s highlights included Jackman, LL Cool J, and T.I. performing a rap version of “Rock Island” from The Music Man; Audra McDonald winning her sixth Tony to become the first person to win in four different acting categories; Neil Patrick Harris unsurprisingly winning Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Carole King joining her fictionalized younger self from Beautiful onstage.
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The Best Moments From the 2014 Tony Awards

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There was a lot of television to choose from last night: a beauty pageant, a big battle on Game of Thrones, and even, I’m told, some basketball game. But if you’re like me, you enjoyed a liter of white wine and the Tony Awards, the annual celebration of a relatively minor industry within New York that is broadcast on national television to millions who will likely never see any of the shows featured or even know who most of the people in attendance actually are. But, on the plus side, Broadway for once looked a lot less whitewashed than usual!
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The Most Memorable Moments From Last Night’s Spectacular 2013 Tony Awards

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Last night’s Tony Awards were a grand affair and, I’d argue, not just one of the best awards shows of the year, but one that truly encapsulated the fun and splendor of the Broadway community. It’s part lovefest for Broadway, and part marketing ploy, but this year’s Tonys didn’t feel like a chance for New York producers to sell their biggest shows of the year (as well as a handful from previous seasons that are luckily still running) to potential patrons in the rest of the country. It was also filled with plenty of in-jokes and featured some surprisingly heartfelt speeches from Tony winners. As frequent host Neil Patrick Harris sang during his opening number years ago, Broadway isn’t just for gays anymore. Here’s a rundown of what elevated this year’s ceremony to a higher dramatic level as much as it proved that Broadway is more representative of the rest of the country than you’d think. 
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Flavorwire Predicts This Year’s Tony Winners

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This year’s Tony nominations were surprisingly movie star-free, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some major Hollywood-level moments when the awards are handed out live on Sunday night. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the fourth time, it’s an event that will hopefully grab the attention of those who would be surprised to find themselves in a Broadway theater. With an excellent crop of musical performances in store, this year’s ceremony will provide a terrific selection of what Broadway has to offer for those outside of New York. Click through to see what shows, artists, and performers are most likely to pick up Tonys this Sunday. 
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30 Seconds With… Tom Hanks and Other Tony Nominees

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In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

As we’re just days away from the Tony Awards, in the New York theatre community it’s one party after another. At a recent gathering we had the opportunity to chat up a few nominees, including Judith Light, Tom Hanks, and Rob McClure, who gave one of the most well-crafted performances of the year as Charlie Chaplin. He’s enjoying all the pre-Tony buzz and hype.
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2013 Tony Nominations: The Theatre World Takes Broadway Back From Hollywood

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Like any other award given to popular art, the Tonys can be divisive. The awards, handed out by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, honor a select number of American theatre performances — productions must take place within the eligibility period (roughly, the Broadway season that runs from June to April) and in a Broadway house, which is defined not by location but by size (a theatre must have 500 seats or more). Considering the limited number of eligible productions, the small nominating committee of 42 theatre professionals, and the continuous commercialization of Broadway productions, it’s understandable that many critics see the Tony not as a respectable award but rather as an internal marketing tactic.
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