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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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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) will make Tony Awards history on Sunday by Sam Eckmann

Stephanie J. Block is the frontrunner to win Best Actress in a Musical at this Sunday’s Tonys for her dynamic embodiment of Cher in “The Cher Show.” However, Tony history is not on her…

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2019 Tony Awards slugfest: Panicked final predictions for every play category [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

With mere days to go before the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday June 9th, David Buchanan and I are locking in our final predictions for the play categories. Though using that word “final” is …

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

2019 Tony Awards: 2nd round of presenters includes Kristin Chenoweth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Groban and more by Sam Eckmann

A second round of presenters for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards has been announced on Wednesday. These celebs will help introduce awards during the June 9th ceremony, which will be hosted once …

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2019 Tony Awards: 7 interviews with this year’s nominated creators [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

The 2019 Tony Awards are quickly approaching. Before the CBS ceremony hosted by James Corden on June 9, make sure to catch up with all of our interviews with this year’s nominees. Follow t…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2019 Tony Awards: 11 interviews with this year’s nominated actors and actresses [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

The 2019 Tony Awards are almost upon us. Before you watch the CBS ceremony hosted by James Corden on June 9, make sure to check out these 11 conversations with Tony nominees. Follow the link…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Drama Desk Awards spurn off-Broadway nominees again in favor of Tony Awards contenders by Sam Eckmann

While the Drama Desk Awards nominate a slew of off-Broadway fare, the winners invariably come from Broadway. That was once again the case on Sunday when all but one of the 16 champs in the m…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 Tony Awards: 1st 12 presenters announced, including past winners Audra McDonald, Ben Platt and more by Sam Eckmann

The first round of presenters for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards have been announced. 12 names are featured in this list revealed on Thursday, including past Tony nominees and winners. They wil…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

David Neumann (‘Hadestown’ choreographer): ‘One of the ways diversity can work well is a diversity of approaches’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“My intention was to always embed the choreography into the staging, so that it didn’t feel like the story stopped for a dance number,” reveals “Hadestown” choreographer David Neum…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Jeff Daniels (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) on playing Atticus Finch: ‘The role of a lifetime’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“We approach it as if we’re originating the role,” reveals Jeff Daniels. The role in question is Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocki…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’): ‘Ownership of myself’ playing ‘goddess warrior’ and pop icon Cher [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“There has been more ownership of myself because I have been playing Cher,” reveals Stephanie J. Block. The Broadway veteran earned her third Tony nomination recently for playing the pop…

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