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. … Read More
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. … Read More
In this weekly feature, WCBS 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. … Read More
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. … Read More
1. Two and a Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn issued an apology via Twitter last night for the misogynistic remarks he made in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently comments like “we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation” and “enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods” were meant… Read More
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1. According to TMZ, Charlie Sheen’s people are in “deep negotiations” with a major network (we’re guessing it’s probably Fox) for a new sitcom that’s being written specifically for him and could air as early as next January. There aren’t many other details, but we’ll go ahead and guess that Chuck Lorre is… Read More
1. We were happy to see that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s hilarious musical The Book of Mormon killed it at the Tonys last night, taking home nine awards, but our favorite part of the night had to be host Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number. Watch it here.
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Broadway World reports that the producer’s of Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty (which was his Broadway debut nominated for three Tonys) will be closing down the production come June 14th; they were obviously holding out to see if the show could nab any statues before they went public with the news. In case you missed it before, we interviewed Neil about the play here back in February. … Read More