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, 2012 |
"Once," the romantic new musical based on the 2006 indie movie of the same name, took the early lead at the Tony Awards on Sunday in New York, winning awards for book and orchestration. A handful of technical, creative and honorary awards were handed out in the half-hour before the CBS telecast began. "Once" received awards for playwright Enda Walsh's book and orchestration by Martin Lowe. TONYS 2012: Red carpet | Winners & Nominees "Newsies," the energetic Disney musical based on the movie of the same name, received an award for choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
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")
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 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.
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 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - "Even if you're little, you can do a lot" sings the spirited 5-year-old heroine of "Matilda, the Musical," the Broadway hit adapted from the children's classic by Roald Dahl. The lyrics are a message of self-empowerment for Matilda, a Dostoyevsky-reading prodigy neglected by her dim-witted, vulgar parents. For the four young actresses who share the role onstage, the words are a mantra for making it through the frenzied run-up to Sunday night's Tony Awards, where "Matilda" is nominated in 12 categories.
June 9, 2013 |
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.
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.