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June 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Broadway shows posted a healthy uptick in box-office revenue in the week immediately following the Tony Awards, with best-play winner "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," by Christopher Durang, seeing an especially large percentage jump in ticket receipts from the previous week. "Vanya and Sonia," running at the Golden Theatre, grossed a total of $654,304 for the week ending Sunday, up 18.3% from the previous week. Overall, Broadway shows grossed a total of $24.8 million for the week, a 6% jump from the previous week.  The revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" won only one Tony from its eight nominations, but the musical saw its weekly revenue jump an impressive 19% to $1.1 million.
June 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
An entertainment kingpin named Harvey with a voracious appetite for awards campaigning? And an involvement in multiple hit productions? Hollywood veterans would immediately think of Harvey Weinstein. But the description fits another Harvey: Fierstein, the equally outsized showbiz character who over a long career has proved himself to be a marathon man of awards season with a Midas touch at the big show that ends it. Fierstein, 61, demonstrated his chops again on Sunday with his latest effort, "Kinky Boots.
June 12, 2013
Harvey Fierstein's major awards and nominations include work performing and behind the scenes: Acting: 2003 Tony winner: Actor in a musical, "Hairspray" 2003 Drama Desk winner: Actor in a musical, "Hairspray" 1992 Emmy nominee: Supporting actor in a comedy, "Cheers" 1989 Independent Spirit nominee: Male lead, "Torch Song Trilogy" 1985 Emmy winner (shared): Interview, "The Times of Harvey Milk" 1983 Tony winner: Actor in play, "Torch Song Trilogy" 1983 Theatre World Award: "Torch Song Trilogy" 1983 Drama Desk winner: Actor in a play, "Torch Song Trilogy" Writing: 2013 Tony nominee: Book of a musical, "Kinky Boots" 2012 Tony nominee: Book of a musical, "Newsies The Musical" 2008 Drama Desk nominee: Book of a musical, "A Catered Affair" 1984 Tony winner: Book of a musical, "La Cage aux Folles" 1984 Drama Desk nominee: Book, "La Cage aux Folles" 1983 Tony winner: Best play, "Torch Song Trilogy" 1983 Drama Desk winner: New play, "Torch Song Trilogy" Source: Internet Broadway Database and Internet Movie Database
June 11, 2013 | By Susan King
Theo Kingma has been elected president of the Golden Globe Awards' governing body the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for the 2013-14 year at the organization's annual election meeting Monday. Kingma replaces Aida Takla-O'Reilly, who was voted onto the Board of Directors. Previously, Kingma held the office of HFPA's executive secretary for two years, and served on the Board of Directors for four years. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The HFPA, which represents 55 countries, has presented the Golden Globe Awards since 1944.
June 11, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The offbeat 2007 movie "Waitress" is getting a musical makeover courtesy of pop star Sara Bareilles and the producers of the Tony Award-winning musical revival 'Pippin.' Just off their win Sunday, Barry and Fran Weissler announced that they plan to mount the musical with some Broadway heavyweights backstage. "Pippin" director Diane Paulus, who also won a Tony, is helming the show, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is writing the script. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The production marks the first musical score for Bareilles, who earned a Grammy nod for her hit "Love Song.
June 11, 2013 | By Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - For Broadway shows, a Tony Award can spell the difference between a long life and an untimely demise. Just ask the producers of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. " A day after winning the Tony for best play over the Tom Hanks-anchored "Lucky Guy," the Christopher Durang comedy announced Monday that it had extended its run. Rather than close July 28, the show will now play another four weeks, until Aug. 28. Tonys 2013: Winners & Top nominees | Full Coverage The extension provided fresh evidence that a Tony-season gamble had paid off. In March, producers moved "Vanya," which stars David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, from the smaller off-Broadway confines of Lincoln Center to Broadway's more expensive Golden Theatre in the hope of landing Tony nominations and capitalizing on related attention.
June 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty
Charles McNulty , The Times theater critic, shared his insights about the 2013 Tony Awards and the upcoming theatrical season in an hourlong chat Monday with readers. McNulty, who admits to a "dour mood about this Broadway season," started watching the show Sunday night "without enormous excitement. " But soon Neil Patrick Harris and moving speeches from Judith Light and other winners won him over. Read more to find out what McNulty's "honest reaction" -- as one reader requested of him -- was to the winners and televised performances.
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 Sherry Stern
Cyndi Lauper's post-Tony Awards tweet was to the point: "I won!" she said succinctly Sunday night. And she underscored the victory with a fierce photo of herself with her freshly won Tony for the musical "Kinky Boots. " The '80s pop star has proved her resilience, yes, time after time. She was back in the limelight Sunday at Radio City Music Hall after winning her first Tony for best score for "Kinky Boots," which was also named best musical of 2013. The Brooklyn-accent Lauper was as colorful as ever when she met with reporters backstage after winning her award.
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.
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