April 30, 2012 |
This story has been updated. If there's one thing that Broadway insiders can agree on this season, it's that there is no clear front-runner for the Tony Awards. The season lacks the blockbuster Tony magnets of recent years, such as "The Book of Mormon,""War Horse" or "Billy Elliot. " The Tony nominations are scheduled to be announced early Tuesday morning in New York. Perhaps the biggest source of suspense will be how "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will fare. Although the musical began previews in 2010, this season marks the first time that the troubled production -- which is directed ( sort of )
June 10, 2013 |
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 |
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 12, 2012 |
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...
June 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The 2012 Tony Awards drew some of the best reviews of any award ceremony in years, picking up an Emmy in the process. The telecast saw bits that included Neil Patrick Harris descending upside-down from above the stage in a sly homage to “”Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” and the cast of “Once,” the emo musical and multiple Tony winner, performing a showstopping number. The evening went swimmingly for the CBS telecast, with one exception: Only about 6 million people tuned in, the lowest number in more than two decades.
September 24, 2005 |
A new category will be added to the 2006 Tony Awards: best performance by an actor or actress re-creating a role in a production. In other words, a prize for best replacement. The decision was made Thursday by the Tony Awards administration committee, which meets periodically through the season to discuss eligibility of the season's Broadway shows and other Tony business.
May 6, 1985 |
The Tony Awards nominating committee today announced nominations for the best of the 1984-85 Broadway season, which reflected the scarcity of musicals. No nominations were made for best actor or actress in a musical or best choreography. Named for best musical were "Big River," "Grind," "Leader of the Pack" and "Quilters." Best play nominees are "As Is," "Biloxi Blues," "Hurlyburly" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The awards will be made June 2.
June 11, 2012 |
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.
June 10, 2012 |
"Clybourne Park," the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Bruce Norris, won the Tony for new play. The critically acclaimed play, which ran at Playwrights Horizons in New York, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles before transferring to Broadway, is inspired by "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry. The other nominees in the category were Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities," Rick Elice's "Peter and the Starcatcher" and David Ives' "Venus in Fur. " "Clybourne" won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.
June 14, 2010 |
Oh, Tony Awards, for the 64th time you have come and gone, still the least celebrated but always the most rewarding of the big awards shows — the liveliest, the classiest, the best-dressed, the least prone to embarrassing moments and long dull patches devoted to some Big Idea that doesn't work at all. (You are not glitch-free, especially when it comes to microphones, but that is quite in the spirit of your real-time art.) To the extent that you are self-congratulatory — you are an award show, after all — you mix praise of the calling with exhortations to learn the craft.