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June 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family dark comedy, was named best play at the 67th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. The show stars Durang's longtime muse Sigourney Weaver, along with David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant. Durang blended Chekhov's 19th century characters and themes in this 21st-century production about sibling rivalry set in rural Pennsylvania. PHOTOS: Tony top nominees and winners This is the first time one of Durang's plays has won a Tony.
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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.
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May 1, 2013 | By Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - About seven years ago, the Broadway producer Daryl Roth saw an oddball British movie called "Kinky Boots," about a struggling shoemaker who turns to the fetish-footwear business, and had a flash of inspiration. "Not everyone I talked to believed it could work as a Broadway musical," she said with a laugh on Tuesday. "But the movie had what I thought could be a really good blend: a very different world than many people knew but a lot of heart that they could relate to. " On Tuesday, Roth's outlier thinking was validated.
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June 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family dark comedy, was named best play at the 67th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. The show stars Durang's longtime muse Sigourney Weaver, along with David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant. Durang blended Chekhov's 19th century characters and themes in this 21st-century production about sibling rivalry set in rural Pennsylvania. PHOTOS: Tony top nominees and winners This is the first time one of Durang's plays has won a Tony.
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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.
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February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles premiere engagement of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has been extended by one week at the Mark Taper Forum. The production, which stars Christine Ebersole, will run through March 16. Durang's play is directed by David Hyde Pierce, who acted in the New York production. Center Theatre Group's staging, which began performances on Jan. 29, features Ebersole in the role of a movie star (originated by Sigourney Weaver)
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August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being honored in the field of mid-career playwrights. This year's drama honors were decided by a panel comprised of producer Robert Brustein, New Yorker critic John Lahr and director Stephen Wadsworth. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Oct. 23. (The full name of the drama honors is the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards.)
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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.
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April 30, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Can Tom Hanks add a Tony Award to his crowded mantle? That's one of many questions that emerged after the Tony committee announced its acting nominations Tuesday morning, with Hanks' name on the shortlist for best actor in a play for his portrayal of late columnist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's “Lucky Guy.” Hanks already has two Oscars and five Emmys over his 30-year career as an actor and producer, but he has never won a...
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April 30, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- The Tony nominations announcement Tuesday morning brought good news to Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family tale "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and the late Nora Ephron's period journalism weepie "Lucky Guy" with the two productions nabbing six nominations apiece. In addition to a raft of acting and other nominations, both were nominated for best play, along with Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties" and "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin. "Vanya and Sonia" is considered among the front-runners.
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May 1, 2013 | By Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - About seven years ago, the Broadway producer Daryl Roth saw an oddball British movie called "Kinky Boots," about a struggling shoemaker who turns to the fetish-footwear business, and had a flash of inspiration. "Not everyone I talked to believed it could work as a Broadway musical," she said with a laugh on Tuesday. "But the movie had what I thought could be a really good blend: a very different world than many people knew but a lot of heart that they could relate to. " On Tuesday, Roth's outlier thinking was validated.
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June 9, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Sunday is Broadway's big night -- the 67 th Tony Awards -- and from the looks of things, the show is going to be especially, well, big . After two years at the intimate Beacon Theatre, the show -- which will be hosted for the third consecutive year by Neil Patrick Harris (his fourth time overall) -- is returning to Radio City Music Hall. The 6,000-seat theater is more than twice the size of last year's venue. That means a much larger backstage area as well, with more space for cast, crew and lavish props.
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November 14, 2012 | By David Ng
When some actors hit it big in Hollywood, they leave behind the theater world where they honed their craft. Such is not the case with Sigourney Weaver, who has made a point of doing plays in between more lucrative screen projects such as the "Alien" movies and more recently, "Avatar. " Weaver is back on stage this month in a new Chekhov-inspired comedy written by her fellow Yale Drama School alum -- and frequent collaborator -- Christopher Durang. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," playing at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, is a contemporary comedy that borrows character names and themes from some of the Russian playwright's best-known dramas.
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