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"The Producers," Mel Brooks' raucous glance at old-time Broadway, produced big-time in Broadway's Tony Award nominations, grabbing 15 nods, more than any other show in Tony history. The nominations were announced Monday at a ceremony at Sardi's restaurant in Manhattan. Brooks was honored for both his score and, with Thomas Meehan, his book.
September 13, 2012 | By Kelly Scott
Actor Justin Long, best known as the cool, laid-back personification of Apple products in the company's TV commercials, has been cast in the production of Jon Robin Baitz's  "Other Desert Cities" that opens at the Mark Taper Forum in November. Long has appeared in movies ("He's Just Not That Into You," "Drag Me to Hell") as well as several episodes of Fox's "New Girl" last season. He also took to the stage -- on Broadway last season -- playing a student of a sadistic writing teacher in Theresa Rebeck's play "Seminar.
July 11, 2004 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
"Disneyfication," waiting tables, obsessed fans ... and rats. Welcome to Broadway, where unrest brews, spectacle feeds the bottom line, onstage glitter hides backstage decay, and a Tony Award doesn't guarantee employment -- or even an audition. Break a leg, kid.
May 11, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Toward the end of her very full life, Lena Horne suggested to a PBS interviewer that, after decades of struggling to define her image as an artist and a black woman, she finally had seized possession of her identity. "I don't have to be a symbol to anybody," said Horne, who died Sunday night in a New York hospital at the age of 92. "I no longer have to be a 'credit.' " Americans born before 1960 will recognize Horne's fragmented reference to a phrase that, mercifully, has now been confined to history's ash heap: "a credit to her (or his)
June 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
"The Will Rogers Follies," an all-American song-and-dance extravaganza, was named best musical of the 1990-91 Broadway season Sunday, beating out the highly publicized "Miss Saigon" at the annual Tony Awards ceremonies. "Lost in Yonkers," Neil Simon's tale of a deeply troubled family, took the prize for best play. It was the second best-play award for Simon, who won in 1985 for "Biloxi Blues."
May 17, 2006 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
"The Drowsy Chaperone," a zany tribute to the rollicking musicals of the 1920s, received 13 Tony nominations Tuesday, including one for best musical, making it the surprise leader in the race for Broadway's top honors. The Oprah Winfrey-produced musical "The Color Purple," based on the Alice Walker novel, garnered 11 nods, and the revival of "The Pajama Game," starring pop and jazz singer Harry Connick Jr., followed with nine nominations.
April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"I Am Harvey Milk," a new oratorio from Tony and Grammy nominee Andrew Lippa, will make its world premiere in June at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 35th anniversary. The composer, who penned the music and lyrics for Broadway's "The Addams Family,"  also will star as the late gay rights activist, alongside Tony-winner Laura Benanti ("Gypsy"). Tickets range from $25 to $65. The show - part choral performance, part theater - traces Milk's life from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man in the United States to hold public office.
June 4, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Why all the fuss about the Tony Awards? They don't even represent all of the New York theater, let alone the American theater. Still, they do sum up the Broadway season. They remind us that theater people know how to put on a better TV awards show than movie people. Also, this year South Coast Repertory is getting a special resident-theater Tony. It will be presented by Madonna, who became a theater person last month when she opened in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." The Tony show starts at 9 p.
May 1, 2013 | By Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - About seven years ago, the Broadway producer Daryl Roth saw an oddball British movie called "Kinky Boots," about a struggling shoemaker who turns to the fetish-footwear business, and had a flash of inspiration. "Not everyone I talked to believed it could work as a Broadway musical," she said with a laugh on Tuesday. "But the movie had what I thought could be a really good blend: a very different world than many people knew but a lot of heart that they could relate to. " On Tuesday, Roth's outlier thinking was validated.
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