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June 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
This story has been updated. Kathryn Bigelow famously became the first woman to win an Academy Award for directing for her 2009 Iraq war drama, “The Hurt Locker.” Last night, the Tony Awards doubled down on that, handing out its top directing prizes to two women. Pam MacKinnon won for directing Edward Albee's play “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” while Diane Paulus picked up a prize for her elaborately staged revival of the musical “Pippin.” And, as an added indication of feminine power in theater this year, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win a Tony for score, for the best musical winner “Kinky Boots.” LIVE CHAT: Theater Critic Charles McNulty takes your questions at 11 a.m. today “We're hitting our stride, absolutely,” said MacKinnon of her fellow women in the theater.
June 10, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Fashion commentators took note of the gown Cicely Tyson wore to accept her leading actress Tony on Sunday for her role in "The Trip to Bountiful. " It was eye-catching and comment-worthy. I called it "formidable" in a column   Monday morning, finding it almost fortress-like in structure. Others called it futuristic, reminiscent of Ursula the "Little Mermaid" villainess or comparable to a giant purple scrunchy, Brent Lang of the Wrap said in a round-up . But whereas most fashion houses send voluminous emails taking credit for the shoes, gowns or jewelry  that actresses wear on red carpets, the designer of Tyson's dress stayed mum for awhile.
June 10, 2013 | By Susan King
The legendary Cicely Tyson stole the Tony Awards on Sunday evening with her moving acceptance speech after being named best actress in a drama for the revival of Horton Foote's "A Trip to Bountiful. " It was the 79-year-old actress' first Tony and her first time on the Broadway stage since the ill-fated 1983 revival of Emlyn Williams' "The Corn is Green," which just lasted 32 performances. In honor of the pioneering actress' win, here's a look at some facts and milestones of her long career.
June 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- The Tony Awards shone a spotlight Sunday night on an accomplished actor with a film pedigree who this season anchored a stage drama about love and death. No, not Tom Hanks -- yeah, he was nominated too -- but Tracy Letts, who became the rare personality to win Broadway's top writing award (for "August: Osage County" in 2008) and its top acting prize (he took home the Tony for leading actor in a play for his extremely well-regarded turn as George in the fall revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf")
June 9, 2013 | By David Ng
The 67th annual Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. That's the same on both coasts, with the show airing live on the East Coast and three hours later on the West Coast. This year's Broadway season featured big musical blockbusters ("Matilda," "Kinky Boots"), critically acclaimed playwrights (Richard Greenberg, Chistopher Durang) and a handful of celebrities (Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, Scarlett Johansson). LIVE BLOG: Follow the 2013 Tony Awards Sunday's program will feature an impressive list of presenters that will include the aformentioned stars as well as: Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sally Field, Zachary Quinto, Jon Cryer and Anna Kendrick.
June 9, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - On Broadway's biggest night, a feel-good cross-dressing musical kicked up its heels. “Kinky Boots,” the Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper show about a struggling shoe factory that turns to fetish-wear to survive, took home six awards, including the top prize of best musical during the 67th Tony Awards Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. While accepting the award for score, Lauper brought a bit of working-class charm to the ceremony with her trademark outer borough accent.
June 9, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- The Royal Shakespeare Company's Greg Doran had a rather strange welcome to New York when he arrived at JFK on Saturday. "The oxygen masks came down right when we landed," said Doran, the man whose company is behind best musical nominee "Matilda," outside Radio City Music Hall Sunday afternoon before the Tony awards ceremony. "I think it was a sign of the oxygen we're going to need in the room tonight. " There will indeed be people holding their breath at Radio City when the nominees for top musical award are read toward the end of the evening.
June 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Courtney B. Vance might not be the most famous actor in Lucky Guy - that would be Tom Hanks, who plays Mike McAlary. But the chance to play Hap Hairston, McAlary's editor, was enough to draw Vance back to Broadway after a long absence. That's especially true since he gets to work with director George C. Wolfe, who also directed Angels in America. “He makes it fun but at the same time he's relentless in the pursuit of his vision,” Vance said backstage to the news media, after receiving his award.
June 8, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - For four days last month, Broadway's impresarios met with stage producers from around the country for what's known as the "road conference," a series of events showcasing the season's offerings. The panels and parties were ostensibly thrown to help producers from Reno, Raleigh and Racine decide what to book in the months and years ahead. But there was another motivation for the Theater District's machers besides nabbing some touring money: It was a chance to woo Tony Award votes from the out-of-towners, who cast as much as 20% of the ballots.
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