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‘Othello’ Review: Chukwudi Iwuji, Corey Stoll & No Gimmicks In Central Park

For this summer’s first Free Shakespeare in the Park presentation (opening tonight), director Ruben Santiago-Hudson delivers an Othello that does its best to put the focus on the killer and his doomed Desdemona, but that weasel of all weasels Iago just won’t be ignored. That’s partly because Corey Stoll (The Strain, Homeland) plays the ultimate conniver with such a convivial air that turning away isn’t much of an option. Much like the gimmick-free production itself… Read


‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic

For the average theatergoer, going to a production of a William Shakespeare play can either be an enlightening night of poetic culture or it can feel like homework. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Henry IVhelmed by Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, lands somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, but leans towards enlightening and fun, thanks to its impressive cast of star power that is fronted by Academy Award-winning Tom HanksScandal‘s Joe Morto… Read

Box Office

Tony Season Mojo Helps Power Broadway Box Office To Slight Gain

While Broadway grosses for the week ending June 10 did not directly benefit from the Tony Awards (which were held June 10), the clear path for established titles saw many post week-to-week gains and boost overall box office receipts. Total grosses came in at $39,211,500, up 6% from the previous week, according to figures from the Broadway League. Bruce Springsteen, who took two bows at last night’s Tonys, accepting a special honor and then performing (after a foul-mouthed… Read


Tony Awards Review: Theater Geek Culture Is Celebrated During Lively, Emotional And Politically Lite Ceremony – Except De Niro

After last year’s Kevin Spacey-hosted Tony Awards, the annual award show honoring the best of Broadway needed a palette cleanser for obvious reasons. With Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban as hosts, they certainly reset vibe of the 72nd annual Tonys with a positive energy and humor as they let their theater geek flag fly, making the telecast a celebratory night that was heavy on love and support of the theater community — and one very blunt politically-charged moment… Read


Parkland Students’ Tony Awards Performance Melts Radio City Crowd

Students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the Radio City Musical Hall stage to deliver a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent that brought the audience to tears and drew a thunderous ovation. (Watch full video below.) Seeingng a full-tilt performance at the Tony Awards from students who survived the February 14 shooting at the school had audience members on the edge of their seats. CBS cameras caught many of the celebrities in the… Read


Bruce Springsteen Delivers Concise Tony Award Speech: “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Welcome On The Block”

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but Bruce Springsteen did amble onstage and accept a special Tony Award recognizing the commercial powerhouse that he has been presenting in recent months, Springsteen on Broadway. The musician got a brief and businesslike introduction by Billy Joel, who noted that an original 8-week run has now been extended to what will be well north of 200 performances by the time the show wraps in December. “The Boss is working hard,” Joel… Read


Tony Awards: Hosts Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban Celebrate The Losers In Opening Number

UPDATED with video. True to form, hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban opened the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York with an original piano duet. As they played their grand pianos side-by-side (watch above), it seemed like a lovely duet and then it quickly turned into a jaunty tune that honored those who wouldn’t be winning tonight. In other words, the losers. The two sang that they are perfectly suited to host tonight’s ceremony because “neither… Read


How To Watch The Tony Awards On TV & Online

Tony Awards

The 72nd annual Tony Awards honoring the year’s best on Broadway are set for Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York, airing on CBS and hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Here’s how to catch all the action. The three-hour CBS broadcast will air live on the East Coast at 8 PM ET, but is tape delayed in the West so will air at 8 PM PT. Live streaming will also be available in select markets via the CBS All Access subscription service. CBS, of course, has aired… Read


Anthony Boyle & Hailey Kilgore: Broadway Stars, First Time Out – Tony Watch

He’s 24 (today, in fact), from Belfast. She’s 19, was born in a Texas town called Humble and grew up in an Oregon suburb called Happy Valley. This Sunday evening, both will sit in the audience at Radio City Music Hall, hearing their names read as, at least, Tony Award nominees. In their Broadway debuts, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s Anthony Boyle and Once On This Island‘s Hailey Kilgore have scored levels of acclaim and recognition few of their acting peers – or… Read


Kerry Washington & Steven Pasquale Set Broadway Returns In New ‘American Son’

Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale will team up for their Broadway returns next fall in American Son, a new play by Broadway newcomer Christopher Demos-Brown. Directing will be Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award for 2014’s A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington. Leon most recently directed the Broadway revival Children of a Lesser God. The play is set in a Florida police station in the middle of the night, with a mother searching for her… Read

Awards News

Sponge-Worthy: Ethan Slater Soaks Up Broadway Success – Tony Awards Watch

Ethan Slater was a sophomore at Vassar when he took the train from Poughkeepsie for a casting call that would change everything, and he was on the train back when he got the word. “Oh, man, I must’ve left my backpack in the room,” he thought. Now 26, Slater, in his Broadway debut as the title invertebrate of SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical, has been Tony-nominated in the Best Performance By A Leading Actor in a Musical category. He’s been with the show since… Read

Awards News

Harry Hadden-Paton Brings Henry Higgins Into New Century; Talks ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie – Tony Awards Watch

When Harry Hadden-Paton was informed by his agent that he’d been asked to audition for the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady, his first response thought was Freddy Eynsford-Hill, the lovesick young swain smitten with flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Told they were interested in him for the leading – and older – character, Professor Henry Higgins, Hadden-Paton’s next question was, Will I have to wear a cardigan? “Because, ultimately, I know they’re just going… Read