Thursday, May 26, 2016

The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

The 2015–16 season saw several newcomers and veterans alike working at the top of their game—and on Broadway, the highest platform a theater star can reach. Get to know the 20 br…

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The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical

Sure, the Tony Awards’ musical categories are always competitive. But for the 2015–16 season, the four acting categories seem more crowded with brilliant contenders than usual. G…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

11 Tony Award Records to Beat

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton,” the hip-hop retelling of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life, became the most nominated production in Tony …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Off-B’way and Beyond: Obies Honor ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘The Humans’

It was Off-Broadway’s night on May 23 as the Obie Awards dished out recognition for some of the season’s top productions. The Danai Gurira–penned, Tony-nominated “Ecl…

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Monday, May 23, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Takes 2 Top Drama League Honors

Just when you thought “Hamilton” and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn’t ride into this year’s Tony Awards with more promising prospects, they go ahead and take two t…

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Equity Elects 14 Seats to National Council

Results for Actors’ Equity Association’s 2016 National Council election were announced May 19; 14 open seats across three regions and three categories (principal actor, chorus ac…

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WATCH: James Corden Becomes a Dancing Diva on ‘DWTS’

Sure, he may make a fabulous Tony Awards host this year, but a choreographer on “Dancing With the Stars”? Not so much. In a “Late Late Night With James Corden” bit la…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

‘Exit Strategy’ Takes Best Play at 6th Annual OBA Awards

The 6th annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards were announced May 18. Ike Holter’s “Exit Strategy,” which ran at Primary Stages this spring, and César Alvarez’s &…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

B’way Does the ‘Shuffle’ at Astaire Awards

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” came out on top at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards held Monday, May 16, with three wins. T…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Lupita Nyong’o, Jessie Mueller Join Lilly Awards Lineup

What do Tony-winning “Waitress” star Jessie Mueller and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o have in common with feminist icon Gloria Steinem? They’ll all be on hand a…

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Alana Arenas, Ben Platt Among 2016 Actors’ Equity Award Recipients

Alana Arenas, Ben Platt, Bill Camp, and Lois Smith are positioned for 2016 Actors’ Equity Foundation honors. The Actors’ Equity Foundation named Arenas and Platt this year’…

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‘Bright Star’ Wins Top 2016 NY Outer Critics Circle Award

Recognizing 25 categories in Broadway and Off-Broadway, the 66th annual New York Outer Critics Circle Awards saluted the best theater of the 2015–16 season May 9. The organization of w…

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Friday, May 6, 2016

‘Shuffle Along,’ ‘The Humans’ Win 2016 NYDCC Awards

“The Humans” continued its impressive theater awards season streak last night with a big win at the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. Stephen Karam’s chilling family dr…

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Goodman Theatre Kicks Off Lorraine Hansberry Celebration

In honor of the late, legendary playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre is throwing a citywide celebration April 30–June 5. Curated by resident director Chuck Sm…

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#ICastIt Julia Flores Casts the Heart of ‘Dreamgirls’

When casting director Julia Flores starts casting a project, she says her priority is always finding the heart of the show. Flores was looking for strong singers who could emotionally connec…

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‘Hamilton’ Director on Breaking Tony Records

Fresh off a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail visited "Late Night With Seth Meyers" to chat about the achievement, his relationship with musica…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 August Wilson Monologue Competition Announces 3 Winners

Hosted by True Colors Theatre Company artistic director and Tony winner Kenny Leon, the National August Wilson Monologue Competition anointed three deserving young winners May 2.  High …

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

Honoring Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film’s most outstanding dancers and choreographers, the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominees were announced by New York Post columnist Michae…

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Lupita Nyong’o Defends Her Acting Choices in Lena Dunham’s ‘Lenny Letter’

Just after Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells announced this year’s Tony nominations, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, published a new essay by Academy Aw…

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‘Hamilton’ Leads 70th Annual Tony Awards With Record-Breaking 16 Nominations

Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells announced the impressive nominees for this year’s Tony Awards on May 3. As expected, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Broadway sensation “Hamilton&rd…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Learn Shakespeare With Ian McKellen!

William Shakespeare’s plays are more than 400 years old, and his prose and verses are now becoming easier to interpret with the help of actor Ian McKellen. McKellen and film director R…

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Theatre World Awards Honor 12 NYC Stage Debuts

Twelve actors—six male and six female—were recognized for their sensational New York theater debuts May 2, including Cynthia Erivo, Ben Whishaw, and 11-year-old leading lady …

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‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’ Win Big at 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards

The 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, wrapped in New York City last night with playwright Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Guards at the Taj” …

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Friday, April 29, 2016

WATCH: Santino Fontana Sings His ‘Frozen’ Audition

If you’re ever trying to choose the right audition song given only a few hints about your material, consider Santino Fontana.  Leading up to his audition for Walt Disney Animation…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

‘School of Rock’ Is Coming to Summer Camp

The hills will truly come alive with the sound of music this summer thanks to Broadway in the Mountains, a new summer theater intensive performance camp hosted at the Catskill Mountain Found…

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‘Hairspray: Live!’ Now Taking Video Auditions for Tracy Turnblad

This week has seen major casting announcements come out of Telsey & Co. for its “Hairspray: Live!” on NBC: Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Harvey Fierstein in drag as…

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Danai Gurira, ‘She Loves Me’ Among 2016 Drama Desk Nominees

Announced by Vanessa Williams and Matthew Morrison at Feinstein’s/54 Below this morning, the 61st annual Drama Desk Award nominations honored the best of Broadway and Off-Broadway, wit…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Among Off-Broadway Alliance Nominees

The next “Hamilton” might be among this year’s crop of Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominees. Nominations for their 6th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, which honor…

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WATCH: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘School of Rock’ Perform at Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS held its 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition April 25–26 at the Minskoff Theatre, celebrating a record-breaking culmination of weeks of fundraising …

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Donate Textiles and Clothing to Broadway Green Alliance!

It’s time for spring cleaning! The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA), the NYC theater community’s environmental advocates, are sponsoring a textile collection drive for industry prof…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Drama League Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

The stars of Broadway’s “Aladdin” announced nominations for the Drama League Awards on April 20 at Sardi’s Restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Recognizing some of the be…

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