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

‘Slave Play’ breaks Tony nominations record for a play with a staggering 12 bids by David Buchanan

In an unprecedented year for the Broadway community, the Tony Awards just gifted theatre fans with a reason to celebrate: Jeremy O. Harris’ audacious and brilliant “Slave Play” now hol…

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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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2020 Tony Awards nominations: ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!’ lead musicals, ‘Slave Play’ sets record for plays with 12 by David Buchanan

With the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations on October 15, we now know the shows and performers in contention but we still don’t know when the winners will be announced. The Tonys…

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2020 Tony Awards full list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running at the 74th annual Tonys [UPDATING LIVE] by Paul Sheehan

The Tony Awards nominations were announced on Thursday, October 15  by Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (“Aladdin”). The reveal of the roster of contenders was carried on the Tonys You…

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2020 Tony Awards nominations: 4 surprises we could see on October 15 by David Buchanan

Tony Awards nominations are always tricky to predict, but this year’s shortlist of Broadway’s best and brightest proves even more challenging to wrangle thanks to the coronavirus-shorten…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Tony nominations wish list: ‘The Sound Inside,’ ‘Betrayal,’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ … by David Buchanan

Every Tony Awards nominations morning features thrilling surprises and shocking omissions, and even in a year with an unfortunately thinner slate of shows due to COVID-19, theatre fans will …

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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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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Craziest Tony Awards ever! What’s eligible? When will winners be revealed? [Video and audio podcast] by Tom O'Neil

Those notorious Broadway budinskies Michael Musto (Queerty), Brian Lipton (Cititour) and Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Sam Eckmann are really befuddled, even irked by the strange state of …

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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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Friday, August 21, 2020

2020 Tony Awards: The show will go on virtually this fall by Paul Sheehan

The 2020 Tony Awards will take place this fall, with the date yet to be set. We can confirm that the ceremony honoring the best in Broadway plays and musicals will take place virtually. The …

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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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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Tony Awards officially postponed: ‘The health and safety of the Broadway community is of the utmost importance’ by Daniel Montgomery

The 2020 Tony Awards honoring the best in Broadway plays and musicals were in limbo as the result of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced theaters in New York City to shut their doors, and…

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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, February 21, 2020

‘West Side Story’ reviews: Radically reimagined production ‘mortally divided’ but ‘bold’ by David Buchanan

“West Side Story,” one of the most beloved and enduring Broadway musicals of all time, has often been seen on the Great White Way since it premiered more than sixty years ago, but never …

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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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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2020 Broadway spring season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently 12 productions of plays (seven new, four revivals, and two older works making their Broadway debuts) set to o…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards? by Jeffrey Kare

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently nine productions of musicals (six new, three revivals) set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of the…

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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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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘The Sound Inside’: ‘Stunning’ new play starring a ‘never better’ Mary-Louise Parker is an early Tony contender by David Buchanan

The Tony and Emmy-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, who last starred on Broadway in the two-character play “Heisenberg” in 2016, returned in another two-hander play “The Sound Inside…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘The Lightning Thief’: Critics strike down ‘overblown,’ ‘monotonous’ Percy Jackson musical by David Buchanan

Last season, director Stephen Brackett and librettist Joe Tracz teamed up for the musical “Be More Chill,” which found much favor with the teenage demographic of Broadway theatergoers. J…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘The Rose Tattoo’: Marisa Tomei ‘valiant’ in ‘garbled’ Tennessee Williams revival by David Buchanan

In recent years, Roundabout Theatre Company has demonstrated a knack for pairing stellar actresses in revivals by acclaimed playwrights, including Annette Bening in Arthur Miller’s “All …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘Linda Vista’: Tracy Letts returns to Broadway as playwright with ‘inspired’ and ‘ruthless’ drama by David Buchanan

Although a familiar face to Broadway audiences of late as an actor, Tracy Letts (he starred in a Tony-nominated revival of “All My Sons” last season) has not had one of his plays here in…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Slave Play’: ‘Provocative,’ ‘wrenching’ drama is strong Tony Awards contender by David Buchanan

Even though it’s early days in the 2019-2020 Broadway season, Jeremy O. Harris’s new drama “Slave Play” has just emerged as the first genuine Tony Awards contender in the play catego…

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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