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‘Hamilton’ & ‘Shuffle Along’ Lead Historic Tony Nominations Derby As ‘American Psycho’, ‘Tuck Everlasting’ Disappoint

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UPDATE, Writethru with more info, complete list of nominees: History filtered through the prisms of race and sex will dominate the race to the June 12 Tony Awards, as nominees for Broadway’s top prizes were announced this morning. Leading the pack are Hamilton, with a record-breaking 16 nominations, and Shuffle Along, with 10 nominations including Best Musical. Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed, about women in war-torn Liberia (and marking the Broadway debut of Oscar winner Lupita… Read

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Alfie Allen Joins Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘The Spoils’ In West End Transfer; Slow TV Takes Bus To BBC4 – Global Briefs

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Game Of Thrones Alfie Allen; Olivier Award-winning Katie Brayben; and Billions' Annapurna Sriram have joined the cast of London transfer The Spoils. The comedy, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, originally debuted last year in The New Group’s off-Broadway production. Kunal Nayyar also starred in the original and is making the move for the limited season at London's Trafalgar Studios from May 27 to August 13. Eisenberg's third play is a satirical glimpse of a lost… Read

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Watch: Tony Awards Nominations Live Stream

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Nominations for the 70th annual Tony Awards are being announced this morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York during a live cut-in from CBS News’ CBS This Morning at about 8:30 AM ET. CBS will air the awards show June 12 from the Beacon Theatre with James Corden hosting. This morning’s noms will be unveiled by Nikki M James and Andrew Rannells and will be sure to feature a heavy dose of Lin-Maneul Miranda’s Pulitzer-winner Hamilton. Check out the live-stream above and… Read

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Ben Platt Stars In ‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Suicide Is Never Painless – Off-Broadway Review

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Film director Robert Altman’s son Mike was a teenager when he wrote the lyric (to Johnny Mandel’s melody) that became the theme of M*A*S*H. You remember it: The game of life is hard to play I’m gonna lose it anyway The losing card I’ll some day lay So this is all I have to say:       That suicide is painless… That adolescent fantasy of self-annihilation takes a definitive drubbing in Dear Evan Hansen, the exquisite new musical that opened Sunday at off-Broadway’s Second… Read

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Danai Gurira, Martha Plimpton & Kate Whoriskey Are Among Lilly Awards Honorees

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EXCLUSIVE: The Lilly Awards, named for Lillian Hellman and founded seven years ago to “celebrate women of distinction in American theater,” will honor Eclipsed playwright (and The Walking Dead star) Danai Gurira, never-out-of-work Steppenwolf actor Martha Plimpton, Ruined director Kate Whoriskey and National Asian American Theatre Company co-founder, artistic director and actor Mia Katigbak on May 23 at the Signature Theatre. More honorees will be announced shortly. The… Read

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Tony-less Daniel Radcliffe Heads Downtown With ‘Privacy’

Daniel Radcliffe

As sure as robin sightings in spring, awards seasons bring with them stories about who was “robbed” of an Oscar or Tony or Emmy nomination and which stars can’t seem to get arrested, as if their very popularity worked against them. Exhibit A: Daniel Radcliffe. Nobody ever worked harder to shed the skin of the character that made him famous around the world than this gifted actor, forever stamped in the global consciousness as Harry Potter. Since also shedding his clothes… Read

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Disruptive ‘Color Purple’ Director John Doyle Swings The Scythe Brilliantly On Broadway (And Off)

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EXCLUSIVE: Everywhere you look today, some “disruptive” creative type is rolling out his or her “passion project,” and far be it from Broadway to elude the trend. Give a pass to Scottish director John Doyle, however. He’s been bringing Broadway passion projects marked by a distinctly disruptive artistic impulse throughout the decade since he first unleashed Stephen Sondheim’s epic masterpiece Sweeney Todd in an intimate theater with little scenery and actors tromping… Read

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Geffen Playhouse Taps Sundance Vet Jessica Buzzard As Top Marketer

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The Geffen Playhouse will have to update its playbill. The UCLA-adjacent theater said today that it has hired Jessica Buzzard as director of marketing. She’s spent the past 12 years at Sundance Institute. Buzzard will lead the venue's marketing strategy to engage and expand its current audiences by capitalizing on the Geffen's mission to develop and support new work. She also will help promote ongoing Spotlight productions featuring the wide variety of artists who come to… Read

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Diane Lane Will Star In ‘The Cherry Orchard’ On Broadway This Fall

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A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s modern classic The Cherry Orchard is set for the fall under the auspices of the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Diane Lane starring as family matriarch Mme. Ranevskaya. The 1904 play, which Chekhov famously characterized as a comedy, is being newly adapted by Stephen Karam and tells the story of an extended family confronting the passage of time and, more importantly, of its estate, from gentility into an uncertain future. His play The… Read

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Times Square Bomb Scare Caused Slight Delay Of Some Broadway Openings On Saturday Evening

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UPDATED, 11:22 AM: The NYPD on Saturday night asked managers at several Broadway theaters to delay their openings while a bomb squad investigated a suspicious vehicle parked on Broadway in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel. Police quickly determined that the vehicle posed no threat, and shows in the vicinity including Hamilton, On Your Feet! and Finding Neverland started about 20 minutes late. A spokesman for Finding Neverland said the curtain at that show, running at… Read

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Oscar Isaac Will Play Hamlet At Brooklyn’s Theatre For A New Audience

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Oscar Isaac will play Shakespeare’s melancholy Prince of Denmark in a new production of the  drama for the Brooklyn-based company Theatre for a New Audience. It’s more than a year off, but the play, to be staged by Sam Gold, will assuredly be another key draw for artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz’s celebrated and increasingly ambitious company, which presents in its sleek new headquarters, the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Hamlet is slated to begin previews June 4, 2017… Read

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NBC Sets Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’ Live Show For 2017

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Aaron Sorkin, who created NBC’s Emmy-winning The West Wing, is returning to the network with a live presentation of his Braodway play A Few Good Men, which has been slated to air in early 2017. The play, Sorkin’s first professional effort, premiered on Broadway in 1989, and three years later Sorkin adapted it as a feature film directed by Rob Reiner that went on to land a Best Picture Oscar nomination. It starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon and Demi Moore. Crai… Read