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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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Sergio Trujillo (‘Ain’t Too Proud’ choreographer) on creating a ‘brand new vocabulary’ for The Temptations [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“Everyone has an idea of what they think these icons are,” reveals Sergio Trujillo. The choreographer earned his second Tony nomination for “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of th…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alex Brightman (‘Beetlejuice’): ‘You’d be a sociopath if musical theatre came naturally to you’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“You’d be a sociopath if musical theatre came naturally to you,” jokes Alex Brightman. He is referencing the highly rehearsed and precisely calibrated technical aspects underneath his …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Casey Nicholaw (‘The Prom’ director): ‘Original musicals are my favorite thing to do’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“Original musicals are my favorite thing to do,” gushes Tony winner Casey Nicholaw. He won a Tony Award for directing the Broadway smash “Book of Mormon,” and earned his 11th Tony no…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Scott Ellis (‘Tootsie’ director): How far would you go for something you love? [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“If someone said you could not do what you loved to do, how far would you go?” That’s the central question director Scott Ellis planted in his new Broadway adaptation of “Tootsie.”…

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Warren Carlyle (‘Kiss Me, Kate’ choreographer): ‘I’m having to be more inventive, more athletic’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m having to be more inventive, to be more athletic in a way, because the dancers are,” admits Warren Carlyle. The choreographer picked up his third Tony nomination for upping his ga…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Des McAnuff on directing ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Our show ‘is about what’s going on in our country now’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“This is a show that is about today. It’s about what’s going on in our country now,” declares director Des McAnuff about his Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Beth Leavel (‘The Prom’): ‘It’s so much fun to play someone who leads with such narcissism’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I have a very strong inner Dee Dee Allen,” reveals Tony winner Beth Leavel. Dee Dee is the gloriously vain Broadway diva that Leavel portrays in “The Prom.” Her impressive comedic c…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Brandon Uranowitz (‘Burn This’): ‘1st time I feel like I have my feet firmly planted in the Broadway community’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I just sort of assumed some other celebrity was attached to the project,” admits Brandon Uranowitz of the initial table read for Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.” His assumption was w…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Best Director of a Musical deja vu: Is Scott Ellis (‘Tootsie’) steering this Tony race towards another shocking upset? by Sam Eckmann

Most pundits agree that the race for Best Director of a Musical is coming down to Rachel Chavkin (“Hadestown”) vs. Daniel Fish (“Oklahoma!”). But the inclusion of Scott Ellis (“Too…

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Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (‘The Prom’) on how theatre can ‘change hearts and minds’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“When you’re starting with a completely blank slate, it’s definitely more of a challenge,” admits book writer and lyricist Chad Beguelin. Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar picked u…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 Tony Awards video slugfest: Snubs and surprises shake up major races [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

When the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were finally announced on Tuesday, major races were shaken up by shocking omissions. Gold Derby contributors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann got …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Lilli Cooper (‘Tootsie’) on making Julie Nichols ‘an independent, self-made, strong woman’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“She’s an independent, self-made, strong woman,” declares Lilli Cooper of her character in the new musical adaptation of “Tootsie.” Cooper plays Julie Nichols in David Yazbek’s n…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Jason Sherwood (‘Rent: Live’ production designer) on a ‘surreal, strange dream come true’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“I am a ‘heart creature’ myself,” reveals production designer Jason Sherwood. “I like to have a personal connection to something” he says of the projects he chooses, “to find a…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (Round 3): Harvey Fierstein’s surprise return to the race by Sam Eckmann

00The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time in the 2018-2019 Broadway season, and announced eligibility rulings for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Seven productions were …

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2019 Tony Awards nominations: Will ‘Be More Chill,’ ‘Hadestown’ or ‘Tootsie’ lead among musicals? by Sam Eckmann

Unlike recent Broadway seasons, this year’s Tony Award race for Best Musical is wide open. This is one of the few points on which David Buchanan and myself agree. As Tony season begins to …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Heidi Schreck (‘What the Constitution Means to Me’): Pulitzer Prize before Tony Awards? by Sam Eckmann

The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama will be announced on April 15. American playwrights will surely hope to see themselves named as winner, not only for the prestige that comes with t…

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