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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Stephen Sondheim could finally join the EGOT club thanks to ‘Tell the Story: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assasins’ by Sam Eckmann

Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in musical theatre. He has claimed eight Tony Awards (more trophies than any other composer), eight Grammy Awards, and ev…

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Mark your calendar: Long-delayed Tony Awards finally have a date by Sam Eckmann

Nearly a year after nominations were announced, the 74th Annual Tony Awards are set for September 26. The bulk of the awards honoring the best of the 2019-2020 Broadway season will be handed…

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Heidi Schreck (‘What the Constitution Means to Me’) on capturing her ‘communion with the audience’ for film [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“It took me to some really unexpected places,” reveals Heidi Schreck of her show “What the Constitution Means to Me.” The idea of a play about her teenage years as a constitutional d…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Todd Black (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ producer) on ‘maintaining the theatricality’ of August Wilson [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“It started at a lunch in 1989,” recalls producer Todd Black of his long standing collaboration with Denzel Washington. Back then, Black had just seen “Glory” and was eager to work w…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

2021 Tony Awards slugfest: What will win Best Musical? [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

The date for the 2020 Tony Awards ceremony (or wait, is it the 2021 Tony Awards now?), remains shrouded in mystery. Voting is already underway however. With the announcement that Tony voters…

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Oscar interviews: Watch our in-depth chats with Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman and more by Sam Eckmann

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” premiered in limited theatrical release on November 20, 2020 before streaming on Netflix December 18, 2020. It is an adaptation of the celebrated play of the…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Daniel Kluger (‘The Sound Inside,’ ‘Sea Wall/A Life’) on building ‘a world and an emotional vocabulary’ through score and sound design [EX by Sam Eckmann

“In theater, every job is intertwined,” explains composer and sound designer Daniel Kluger. As a creative who wears many hats in the industry, he knows this fact better than most. Kluger…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lindsay Jones (‘Slave Play’) on double Tony noms: ‘I strongly believe that sound design and music have to operate hand in hand’ [EXCLUSIVE VID by Sam Eckmann

“I strongly believe that sound design and music have to operate hand in hand with each other,” explains Lindsay Jones. He serves as sound designer and composer for Jeremy O. Harris’ bu…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Blair Underwood (‘A Soldier’s Play’) on the Tony nominated revival: ‘There was a lot on our shoulders’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“There was a lot on our shoulders with this production,” admits Blair Underwood of the Broadway revival of “A Soldier’s Play.” Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize after an Off-Broad…

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Tony nominee Ato Blankson-Wood on being ‘delighted and disturbed’ by ‘Slave Play’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I was really taken aback by how much I was delighted and disturbed by the play,” explains Ato Blankson-Wood of “Slave Play.” The actor scored his first ever Tony nomination for his …

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Tony Awards 2020 slugfest: Reacting to the surprises and snubs that are shaping the race [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

Hours after the nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards were finally unveiled on October 15, I sat down with another Broadway buff, David Buchanan, to dish all the surprises and snubs. We also …

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Top 5 shockers in Tonys nominations: Aaron Tveit alone in category, no musicals in score race, … by Sam Eckmann

The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards announced on October 15 honor the best of the shortened Broadway season. Plenty of theatre artists had much to celebrate as James Monroe Iglehart ree…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hey, Tony Awards! These 4 underdogs need to be nominated on October 15 by Sam Eckmann

With the 2020 Tony Awards delayed by the global pandemic, it’s been months since nominators have seen this season’s contenders. So here’s a last minute Tonys wish list. A reminder of o…

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

2020 Tony Awards: Nominations announced October 15, virtual ceremony later this fall by Sam Eckmann

Nominations for the 74th Annual Tony Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 15. Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (“Aladdin”) will host the announcement on the official Tony Award…

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

2020 Tony Awards nominations preview: 4 musicals battle for top honors at the virtual ceremony by Sam Eckmann

With the 2020 Tony Awards going virtual this fall, all eyes are on the prospective nominees. Just four musicals were able to open before the newly announced February eligibility cutoff, so t…

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

2020 Tony Award nominations preview: a slew of critically acclaimed plays take aim at top Broadway honors by Sam Eckmann

The 2020 Tony Awards may represent a shortened Broadway season, but there is a wealth of contenders to consider for the play categories. Fall and winter on the rialto is chock full of non-mu…

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

2020 Tony Awards confusion: What’s going on with the musical categories? by Sam Eckmann

Good News: The 2020 Tony Awards will be held virtually this fall, giving the shuttered Broadway industry a desperately needed shot of good will. Bad news: Only four new musicals opened befor…

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

2020 Tony Awards: Every eligible contender from the shortened 2019-2020 Broadway season by Sam Eckmann

If you’re confused as to who is actually able to compete for the newly announced virtual Tony Awards this fall, you’re not alone. The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced a new…

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Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 Tony Awards: Which 18 plays and musicals are eligible for the autumn ceremony? by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on Thursday for the third and final time to discuss eligibility of the 74th Annual Tony Awards. They discussed all of the plays and musicals that…

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Pulitzer Prizes postponed, but not for long, so what will win for drama: ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘A Strange Loop’ …? by Sam Eckmann

The Pulitzer Prizes join a slew of other awards bodies that have now postponed their kudos thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, this highly esteemed group isn’t going to…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Seeing double: Mary-Louise Parker and Sally Murphy could pull off Tony Awards first with dual nominations by Sam Eckmann

Mary-Louise Parker could add a second Tony Award to her mantle this year to join her 2001 trophy for “Proof.”  After receiving rave reviews for her performance in “The Sound Inside,…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Tony races upended: ‘Hangmen’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ announce Broadway closings by Sam Eckmann

Broadway dimmed the lights and closed up shop on Thursday, March 12, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak in New York. Insiders have since fretted over the fate of many spring shows, some …

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Make your early predictions for the 2020 Tony Awards nominations today by Sam Eckmann

Welcome to the most wide open Tony Awards season in recent memory. Recent Broadway seasons have produced surefire winners like “Hamilton,” “The Band’s Visit,” or “Hadestown” th…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

2020 Tony Award eligibility rulings Round 2: ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘Slave Play,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the second time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of eleven productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s 74th…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

2020 Tony Award eligibility rulings Round 1: ‘Betrayal,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ and more by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of six productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s 74th Ann…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hey, Tony Awards! It’s time to resurrect the Best Special Theatrical Event category by Sam Eckmann

I recently made my Broadway debut. No, I wasn’t offered to replace Reeve Carney in “Hadestown” (but thanks for asking). I was instead pulled on stage at the Cort Theatre by Derren Bro…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The 2020 Tony Awards may not have any original musical scores to consider by Sam Eckmann

The first new musical of 2019-2020 Broadway season, “Moulin Rouge!,” is a sumptuous stage adaptation of Baz Lurhman’s film and the “spectacular spectacular” production will draw in…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tales of the City: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (‘Broad City’) deserve Emmys for bringing the real New York City to life by Sam Eckmann

Shortly after college I bought a one-way bus ticket, boarded with two duffel bags and no job, and moved to New York City. The metropolis I soon fell in love with looked nothing like how prim…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 play categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

Predicting the outcome of the design categories at the Tony Awards proves a challenge every year. But if you want to perform well in our prediction contest, you’ll need to ace these tough …

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2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy by Sam Eckmann

Plenty of attention is paid to the top races and acting categories at the Tony Awards. But if you are looking to do well in our prediction contest, you will also have to make smart decisions…

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2019 Tony Awards: Full list of every performer and presenter announced for Sunday’s ceremony by Sam Eckmann

We finally know which Broadway productions will perform during the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. The 2019 telecast honoring Broadway’s best and brightest will be hosted by James Corden this Sun…

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