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Monday, May 16, 2022

Sharon D. Clarke (‘Caroline, or Change’) on her 1st Tony nomination after a long journey with Caroline: ‘It’s the gift that keeps on giving’ by Sam Eckmann

“ “It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” reveals Sharon D. Clarke of “Caroline, or Change.” The British theater veteran made her Broadway debut in the title role of the recent rev…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Darren Criss and Julianne Hough to co-host ‘The Tony Awards: Act One’ on Paramount+ by Sam Eckmann

This opening act of the 2022 Tony Awards is coming into focus. Emmy Award winners Darren Criss and Julianne Hough have been named co-hosts of “The Tony Awards: Act One,” one hour of excl…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

How to ace your Tony Award nominations predictions by Sam Eckmann

I had a great morning. Not only did the 2022 Tony nominations represent a great cross section of what made the 2021-2022 Broadway season so incredible, but on a more selfish note, I tied wit…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

2022 Tony Awards slugfest: Final nominations predictions — it’s a Broadway Brawl! [VIDEO] by Sam Eckmann

With the 2022 Tony Awards nomination announcement just days away, Broadway watchers are scrambling to finalize their predictions after a stellar season on the rialto. To help guide us throug…

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

2022 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (round 3): ‘A Strange Loop,’ ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ … by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third and final time during the 2021-2022 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of 15 productions for the upcoming 75th Annual Tony Awar…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Noah Reid (‘The Minutes’) on Mr. Peel’s search for truth: ‘There is something beautiful about playing what you don’t know’ [Exclusive Vide by Sam Eckmann

“There is something beautiful about playing what you don’t know,” explains Noah Reid. The actor is currently making his Broadway debut in “The Minutes,” a new play from Tracy Letts…

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Jared Grimes (‘Funny Girl’) on the joy of tap: ‘It’s an art form that encodes itself into your DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m out there free and just willing to surrender to the music,” reveals Jared Grimes. The performer is currently making a splash as Eddie Ryan in the first-ever Broadway revival of …

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Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host the 2022 Tony Awards on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards announced Wednesday that Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards. The event takes place from the legendary Radio City …

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tracie Bennett (‘Hangmen’) on the demands of playing a small town bartender: ‘I’ve never done anything more technical than this’ [Exclusive by Sam Eckmann

“I really like quirky little things that have never been done before,” explains “Hangmen” star Tracie Bennett. The Tony-nominated actress has enjoyed a varied career on stage, which …

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Enrico Colantoni (‘Birthday Candles’) on playing the lifespan of a man: ‘I’m bringing all of myself to this play’ [Exclusive Video Interview by Sam Eckmann

“I’m bringing all of myself to this play,” explains Enrico Colantoni of the new Broadway show “Birthday Candles.” A veteran of TV series like “Just Shoot Me” and “Veronica Ma…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

2022 Lucille Lortel Awards winners list: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ and ‘Oratorio for Living Things’ tie with 3 apiece by Sam Eckmann

Winners of the 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced in a ceremony on May 1, 2022, at NYU Skirball. New musicals “Kimberly Akimbo” and “Ora…

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Alfie Allen (‘Hangmen’) on laughing in the face of darkness: ‘You can’t really settle into this play’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I love the darkness of it. I love the morbidness of it. But also, there’s a warmth to it,” says Alfie Allen as he describes the new play “Hangmen.” The actor plays Mooney, a myste…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Carmen Cusack (‘Flying Over Sunset’) on acid trips and grief: ‘I kind of just embraced the light and dark’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“She was such a trailblazer,” says Carmen Cusack of Clare Booth Luce. The Tony-nominated actress (“Bright Star”) played the multifaceted author and politician in the musical “Flyin…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

L Morgan Lee (‘A Strange Loop’) could become the first openly transgender performer to earn a Tony nomination by Sam Eckmann

Lend me your “sympathetic ears,” because history could be made when Tony Award nominations are announced on May 9. The Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Strange Loop” is bound to have a stro…

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Ron Cephas Jones (‘Clyde’s’) on playing the enlightened Montrellous: ‘It’s about choosing light’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It was about choosing light and also about having faith and working through fear,” says Ron Cephas Jones of his recent role in “Clyde’s” on Broadway. The Lynn Nottage play cast th…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Katrina Lenk (‘Company’) on the ‘refined poetry’ of ‘Being Alive’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It feels like a completely new production,” explains “Company” star Katrina Lenk. The Tony Award-winning actress (“The Band’s Visit”) plays Bobbie in director Marianne Elliott…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Lilli Cooper (‘POTUS’) on being surrounded by comedy legends: ‘I honestly pinch myself everyday’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I honestly pinch myself everyday to be a part of this group of women,” says Lilli Cooper. The Tony-nominated actress is currently starring as a reporter named Chris in the new Broadway …

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2022 Outer Critics Circle nominations announced: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ leads with 9 by Sam Eckmann

The 2022 Outer Critics Circle nominations were announced Tuesday. They honor the best of the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season. “The Lehman Trilogy” scored the most nominations …

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Patrick J. Adams (‘Take Me Out’) on the ‘level of freedom’ he feels after living with his character Kippy for two years [Exclusive Video Inter by Sam Eckmann

“There’s a level of freedom that has come with the amount of time I’ve gotten to spend with this material,” reveals Patrick J. Adams. The actor is currently starring as Kippy in the …

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2022 Drama League Awards nominations unveiled; 43 performers contend for distinguished performance award by Sam Eckmann

The Drama Leauge announced the nominations for the 2022 Drama League Awards on Monday morning. Deneé Benton and André DeShields announced the nominees at this morning’s official event at…

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Martin McDonagh (‘Hangmen’) on his unique tone: ‘I’ve always wanted to put something a little exciting on stage’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I’ve always wanted to put something a little exciting on stage,” explains Martin McDonagh, “the kind of excitement you’d see in a movie, I suppose.” The playwright has a history…

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Kara Young (‘Clyde’s’) on ‘the power of Lynn Nottage’s pen’ to shine a light on system oppression [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“These are the people who are really hoping and trying their best not to fail, but everything is failing them,” says Kara Young on the characters of “Clyde’s.” Young made her Broad…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

2022 Tony Awards nominations announcement moving to May 9 by Sam Eckmann

Hold the curtain! We have a few extra days to catch up on new Broadway shows, and lock in Tony nomination predictions. The Tony Awards have announced that they are moving the date for the no…

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Michael Oberholtzer (‘Take Me Out’) on finding the physical identity of pitcher Shane: ‘There’s a singularity to this guy’ [Exclusive Video by Sam Eckmann

“Behaviorally, Richard has given me a robust job,” explains “Take Me Out” star Michael Oberholtzer. He is referring to Richard Greenberg, who wrote the Tony-winning play about a star…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

David Morse (‘How I Learned to Drive’) on returning to Paula Vogel’s play 25 years later: ‘There was this sort of pattern built into us, emoti by Sam Eckmann

“I can feel who I am now, bringing stuff to this that wasn’t there before,” reveals “How I Learned to Drive” star David Morse. The actor is stepping back into the shoes of Uncle Pe…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Ramin Karimloo (‘Funny Girl’) on the ‘massive transformation’ of Nicky Arnstein [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s a massive transformation,” explains “Funny Girl” star Ramin Karimloo of his character journey as Nicky Arnstein. The Broadway musical theatre veteran lends his signature voca…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Matt Doyle (‘Company’) on Stephen Sondheim’s advice for performing the tongue twister ‘Getting Married Today’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“Not only do I have to deliver the most difficult piece that Sondheim has ever written, but I am also running around the stage and throwing myself into the set,” explains “Company” s…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Samantha Williams (‘Caroline, or Change’) on how a ‘transformative’ Broadway hiatus helped find her power [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“Although the wait was horrendous… I feel like our show ended up being more prevalent and necessary than ever,” says Samantha Williams of her experience with the Roundabout Theatre Com…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Claybourne Elder (‘Company’) details his ‘full circle’ moment playing the ditzy Andy and how $200 changed his life [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s a true revival in the sense that it is taking existing material and making something new with it,” explains Claybourne Elder of the gender-bent Broadway revival of “Company.”…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

‘Hangmen’ could finally earn Martin McDonagh a long awaited Tony Award for Best Play by Sam Eckmann

Martin McDonagh is one of the most celebrated writers working today, having created an impressive body of work across film and theater. He won an Oscar for the short film “Six Shooter” a…

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Friday, April 8, 2022

2022 Lucille Lortel Awards nominations: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ and ‘Oratorio for Living Things’ lead by Sam Eckmann

Nominations for the 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced April 7, 2022 by Lilli Cooper and Lea DeLaria, stars of Broadway’s “POTUS.…

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