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June 18, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Sutton Foster - toast of Broadway, musical theater dynamo and an actress who has been hailed as a "triple threat" wonder by critics - is missing from the Great White Way. A year after scoring her second lead actress Tony Award for the revival of "Anything Goes" and dazzling the Tony television audience with her tap-dancing performance of that show's title song, Foster has switched coasts and turned away from the greasepaint and nightly standing...
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June 12, 2012 | By Meg James
It was a theatrical entrance even for the Tony Awards. Actor Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage two hours into the awards ceremony telecast Sunday on CBS. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promotedRoyal Caribbean...
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Meg James
Broadway is trying to find its sea legs. Two hours into the Tony Awards ceremony broadcast by CBS on Sunday night, actor-writer Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promoted Royal Caribbean International's cruise lines that offer full-length Broadway shows onboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic,  
During the long and glorious reign of the variety show, it was fairly common to see the stars of popular Broadway musicals singing and dancing their big numbers on network television. Now, like Christmas, that opportunity comes but once a year, during the annual broadcast of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. With their consistently heady yet satisfying blend of song and dance, impromptu humor and deeply felt sentiment, of theatrical lions and upstarts, the Tonys is actually as close as it gets to a variety show these days.
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June 11, 2012 | By Ellen Olivier
Theater lovers in Los Angeles watched the Tonys together Sunday night at the Tony Awards Viewing Party, a benefit for the Actors Fund, at the Skirball Cultural Center. Although most viewers on the West Coast couldn't see the show until 8 p.m., party-goers watched the awards show live as it happened in New York on three giant screens. During commercials there was live entertainment.  And when the show ended, the audience had its own awards ceremony, when Annie Potts presented Jason Alexander with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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June 11, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - As the Tony Awards crowd filed out of the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks was standing in a crowded hallway, holding her newly won award for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. " Some attendees wanted to hold her hand; others wanted to touch the Tony. "I just want to run away with it," she said, alternating between nodding and crying. That was just one of many unscripted interactions at the Manhattan performing space, a historic venue so intimate it can make the Oscars' Dolby Theatre feel like, well, the Staples Center.
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June 11, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Tony Awards may be the toast of Broadway, but there were Champagne glasses being raised for some of Sunday's victors who have roots in Southern California. The most noteworthy production was "Clybourne Park," which was named best play. The Pulitzer Prize-winningdrama by Bruce Norris about race relations, class and real estate was produced earlier this year at the Mark Taper Forum. Michael Ritchie, the artistic director of Center Theatre Group, which operates the Taper, the Ahmanson and the Kirk Douglas Theatre, called the appeal of "Clybourne" universal.
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June 11, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Will wonders never cease: David overcame Goliath in a rare victory at the Beacon Theatre that will force us to rethink the old truism that commerce trumps independent vision on Broadway. "Once," the little musical spun from an Irish art house film, bested "Newsies," the Disney Theatrical Productions front-runner, for the Tony Award for best musical, despite "Newsies'" greater potential for roadshow lucre. But if this season has taught us anything it's that theatrical creativity can't be suppressed by corporate forces.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2012 | By David Ng
The Tony Awards on CBS has solidified its position as the lowest-rated broadcast of the major entertainment awards shows. Sunday's broadcast of Broadway's biggest night brought in just 6 million television viewers, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen. That's down from 6.9 million viewers in 2011. Last year's telecast was hurt by the NBA finals, but Sunday's ceremony didn't face any such competition for viewers. The Associated Press reported that Sunday's telecast was the second-lowest-viewed Tony Awards since 1988.
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