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Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Denounces Border Policy: “Disgracefully Inhumane And Un-American”

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen broke from his Springsteen on Broadway set list last night, adding both “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and an excoriation of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy that has been separating children from their parents. “I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything,” the Boss, who recently won a Special Tony Award for his Broadway show. “But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded… Read


Kenya Barris & Pharrell Williams Team For ‘Juneteenth’ Stage Musical

Kenya Barris Pharrell Williams

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will team with Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams on a stage musical inspired by Juneteenth, the African American holiday tradition celebrating the final day of United States slavery. The subject was the focus of a 2017 Black-ish episode titled "Juneteenth: The Musical." For the planned stage musical, Barris will write the libretto with Peter Saji (Black-ish), while Williams will write and compose the music and produce under his… Read


‘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 Ratings Steady With 2017 But Loses To Kardashians & Kanye West

(UPDATED WITH FINAL NUMBERS) The 72nd Tony Awards saw big wins for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Band's Visit last night on CBS, as well as a short but censored bout of swearing from Robert De Niro against Donald Trump – but that didn’t seem to make a lot of impact as Kanye West and the Kardashians owned the night. Punctuated by a crowd pleasing performance from Bruce Springsteen himself, the otherwise overall pretty lively Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban… Read


Tony Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

Tony Awards

Here is the complete list of winners list at the 72nd annual Tony Awards, which were handed out Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan: Best Musical The Band’s Visit Best Leading Actress in a Musical Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit Best Leading Actor in a Musical Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit Best Revival of a Musical Once on This Island Best Revival of a Play Angels in America Best Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Best Original Score The Band's Visit… 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