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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Tony Awards predictions: Official winners odds for every category by David Buchanan

After an extraordinary season boasting 36 productions of musicals, plays, and revivals, Broadway will toast its nominees and crown new winners at the upcoming 77th annual Tony Awards. If pre…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tony Awards predictions: ‘Stereophonic’ and ‘Appropriate’ lead among plays [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“I think ‘Stereophonic’ has taken off in a really once-in-a-lifetime way within the theatre community,” shares Sam Eckmann about the show he believes is the frontrunner for Best Play…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Watch our 37 exclusive interviews with Tony Award nominees from acting, directing, crafts categories and more by David Buchanan

The 2023-2024 Broadway season, which began way back in June 2023 with the opening of the new play “Grey House,” is now in its final week as Tony Awards voting concludes before the ceremo…

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Brody Grant (‘The Outsiders’) relishes the opportunity to play Ponyboy ‘with all my guts and my soul’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“It’s helped me to trust that even on my not amazing days, or even on my greatest days, that either way, the story is being communicated,” reflects Brody Grant on how receiving a Tony …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Justin Levine (‘The Outsiders’) on how Leon Russell, Americana and ‘Tulsa sound’ influenced Tony-nominated score, orchestrations and book [Exc by David Buchanan

“I was completely shocked,” shares Justin Levine about how he felt on the morning of Tony Awards nominations when he heard his name called not once or twice but three times for his work …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Maryann Plunkett (‘The Notebook’) on paying tribute to her mother and how Older Allie’s emotional arc is ‘a journey towards joy’ [Exclusive by David Buchanan

“We represent this beautiful, beautiful play and this beautiful company,” says Maryann Plunkett on how she and Dorian Harewood, her costar in the new musical “The Notebook,” feel abo…

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Sky Lakota-Lynch (‘The Outsiders’) on performing ‘Stay Gold,’ ‘a love letter to slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life’ [Excl by David Buchanan

“I was sleeping when the nominations happened because I just didn’t expect to get one,” confesses Sky Lakota-Lynch about the morning of the 2024 Tony Awards nominations. When he heard …

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Juliana Canfield (‘Stereophonic’) on why Holly’s ‘imploded, minimal’ responses to her volatile bandmates say ‘so much about her’ [Exclus by David Buchanan

“Broadway was so not on my radar in any way,” reflects Juliana Canfield about what she was envisioning when she signed on to do the play “Stereophonic” Off-Broadway last fall. In the…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Kelli O’Hara (‘Days of Wine and Roses’) on why musical theatre is ‘intoxicating’ and the ‘incredibly scary,’ ‘incredibly joyous’ exp by David Buchanan

“This show was an idea that started before I was ever nominated for any Tony,” says Kelli O’Hara about her role of Kirsten in “Days of Wine and Roses” that has earned her the eight…

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Will Brill (‘Stereophonic’) on ‘underdog’ Reg: ‘It is so rewarding to get to play the breadth of a human experience’ [Exclusive Video Inte by David Buchanan

“This show means the world to me for all kinds of reasons,” reflects Will Brill about “Stereophonic,” the new play on Broadway that has earned the actor his first Tony Award nominati…

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Brian d’Arcy James (‘Days of Wine and Roses’) on ‘tricky and challenging’ role and navigating Joe Clay’s ‘levels of rage and regret’ [ by David Buchanan

“To have this recognition at the end of that journey is really quite astounding and rewarding and humbling,” reflects Brian d’Arcy James on his Tony Award nomination for “Days of Win…

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Tony Talk: What will win Best Musical? by David Buchanan

Welcome to Tony Talk, a weekly column in which Gold Derby contributing theater editors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann discuss the Tony Awards race. In the hours after the announcement of th…

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‘Merrily We Roll Along’ predicted to match Tony Awards haul of ‘Company’ revival by David Buchanan

At the beginning of Act Two of “Merrily We Roll Along,” Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, Lindsay Mendez and other ensemble members sing “It’s A Hit!,” celebrating the successful o…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tony nominations surprises: ‘Water for Elephants’ for Best Musical, ‘Stereophonic’ cast … by David Buchanan

In a Broadway season bursting at the seams with new musicals, plays and revivals – 36 productions opened during the 2023-2024 eligibility window – it is not a surprise that the 60 Tony A…

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Tony Awards nominations: ‘Stereophonic’ reaps record 13 bids, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘The Outsiders’ are top tuners by David Buchanan

With the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations on April 30, we now know the shows and performers in contention for the 77th annual ceremony. The 60 members of the Tony nominating commi…

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2024 Tony Awards nominations snubs: ‘Patriots,’ Steve Carell, Chip Zien … by David Buchanan

With 36 productions eligible for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of names missing when nominations were announced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Renée Elise Goldsberry on Tuesday …

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Meet the 60 members of the Tony Awards nominating committee by David Buchanan

When the 77th Tony Awards nominations are announced this morning, those honored with recognition will have been selected by a small group of theatre professionals who commit to seeing each a…

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

2024 Tony predictions by show: ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Stereophonic’ will lead nominations by David Buchanan

A new musical, a musical revival and a new play with music will dominate the 2024 Tony Awards nominations, according to our official odds in 17 of the 26 categories. The latest revival of th…

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2024 Tony predictions: Complete odds for 77th annual Tony Awards nominations by David Buchanan

The 2023-2024 Broadway season that kicked off last June with the opening of “Grey House” featured 36 productions of new and revived musicals and plays. This staggeringly crowded year –…

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2024 Tony Awards nominations slugfest: Final predictions in 17 competitive categories [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“This crazy whirlwind of a season has finally come to an end,” declares Sam Eckmann as we kick off our final Tony Awards nominations predictions slugfest of 2024. We begin our conversati…

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Tony Talk: How many of the ‘Stereophonic’ cast will be nominated? by David Buchanan

Welcome to Tony Talk, a weekly column in which Gold Derby contributing theater editors Sam Eckmann and David Buchanan discuss the Tony Awards race. With less than a week to go before nomina…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Eli Gelb (‘Stereophonic’) on playing Grover, a ‘sensitive soul’ who ‘makes room for everyone’s reality’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“He is in a lot of ways an Everyman, but he’s an unlikely one, and that’s how I see myself, too,” shares Eli Gelb about his character Grover in the new Broadway play “Stereophonic�…

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Caleb Eberhardt (‘An Enemy of the People’) on playing the ‘very controlled, very methodical, very cunning’ Hovstad [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“She’s really good at honoring the original language and the original story while also sewing in the needs of today’s audience,” reflects Caleb Eberhardt on what is so unique about P…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tom Pecinka (‘Stereophonic’) talks audiences’ ‘very strong reactions to Peter’ and why ‘success is a very fragile thing’ [Exclusive Vide by David Buchanan

“When you wear these boots, you’ve got to strut,” quips Tom Pecinka about the costumes he dons to transform into 1970s rock star Peter in the new Broadway play “Stereophonic.” Thou…

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Sarah Pidgeon (‘Stereophonic’) on Diana’s ‘very, very vulnerable’ scene that makes her ‘blood boil’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“I definitely delved into some music, less to create a character, a blueprint… but more to understand who their competition might have been,” says Sarah Pidgeon on some of the preparat…

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Nikki M. James (‘Suffs’) on portraying the ‘unflinching’ Ida B. Wells in a musical about ‘incredible, powerful, flawed’ suffragists [Exclu by David Buchanan

“I think it’s just the stark reality of all the things that happened to this one person and the level of clearheaded determination she had,” shares Nikki M. James of what surprised her…

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Hannah Cruz (‘Suffs’) on performing Inez Milholland’s ‘last scream for attention’ for the suffragists’ cause [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“It’s really cool to get to see a show from different perspectives,” says Hannah Cruz about her unique history with the musical “Suffs.” When the show played Off-Broadway at the Pu…

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Danya Taymor (‘The Outsiders’ director) on using cinematic techniques on stage to depict ‘visceral’ violence and ‘hard-won hope’ [Exclusiv by David Buchanan

“The thing that pulled me the most is the authenticity with which the writer Susie Hinton explores what it feels like to be a teenager,” reflects Danya Taymor on what resonates with her …

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Bekah Brunstetter (‘The Notebook’ writer) on providing ‘hope and uplift’ in a musical tackling ‘devastating’ Alzheimer’s disease [Exclus by David Buchanan

“I have Alzheimer’s in my family, I have a lot of it, actually, the genetic kind that tends to trickle down through generations,” shares Bekah Brunstetter about why Nicholas Sparks’ …

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Joy Woods (‘The Notebook’) on portraying ‘moments of light, of laughter, of awkwardness, of lust’ as Middle Allie [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“I actually did see the movie before getting the script, I think it was the day before,” shares Joy Woods with a laugh, recalling the first time she experienced the 2004 film “The Note…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Gordon Greenberg (‘The Heart of Rock and Roll’ director) on the ‘joy and buoyancy and fizz’ of Huey Lewis and the News musical [Exclusive Vide by David Buchanan

“What we both shared was a love for those movies we grew up with in the 80s: the John Hughes, ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ all the way through ‘Less Than Zero,’” remarks Gordon Greenberg…

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards