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  • Broadway's 'School of Rock' is saved by the students

    Broadway's 'School of Rock' is saved by the students

    NEW YORK — The youngsters from the new musical "School of Rock" are on a rescue mission. Not only are they trying to salvage their wacko teacher's dream of transforming their nerdy selves into a hard-core rock group, but they are doing all they can to redeem this synthetic stage adaptation of the...

  • 'Hamilton's' revolutionary power is in its hip-hop musical numbers

    'Hamilton's' revolutionary power is in its hip-hop musical numbers

    "Hamilton," which began off-Broadway at the Public Theater and is now happily ensconced at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, where tickets are fetching a Russian oligarch's ransom, is the most important American musical to come along since "Rent." A commercial hit that is also an artistic watershed,...

  • Tony Awards telecast draws 6.35 million viewers, down 10% from 2014

    Tony Awards telecast draws 6.35 million viewers, down 10% from 2014

    The CBS telecast of the 69th Tony Awards pulled an average audience of 6.35 million viewers, down 10% from last year, according to the fast national ratings from Nielsen. The ratings for the live ceremony hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth are close to the all-time low for the Tonys,...

  • Tonys 2015: Scott Rudin, Harvey Weinstein give their regards to Broadway

    Tonys 2015: Scott Rudin, Harvey Weinstein give their regards to Broadway

    In the battle of the alpha movie producers on Broadway, the winner on Sunday was as obvious as Alan Cumming's Scottish brogue. Actually, there was really no contest at all.  Scott Rudin took home a Tony Award for the current revival of David Hare's "Skylight," a British import that he co-produced...

  • Tonys 2015: Larry David's curbed enthusiasm; Ruthie Ann Miles' 'King and iPhone' moment

    Tonys 2015: Larry David's curbed enthusiasm; Ruthie Ann Miles' 'King and iPhone' moment

    Like any of life's extreme events, awards shows bring out the best and worst in their players. Here are some of most memorable moments from the 69th Tony Awards: Transcendent humor: Co-hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming — she in a tuxedo mini-dress, he in purple shorts and a tie — opened...

  • Tonys 2015: Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron lead a big night for women in theater

    Tonys 2015: Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron lead a big night for women in theater

    Although Jeanine Tesori's grandfather was a composer, she didn't realize writing music could be a career for women until she saw Linda Twine conduct "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" in 1981. Fast-forward 34 years to the 2015 Tony Awards, where Tesori and Lisa Kron made history for becoming...

  • Tony Awards show a new maturity in theater scene

    Tony Awards show a new maturity in theater scene

    Broadway went big this year. Big box office, big attendance, big flops and big statements. The biggest statement by far was "Fun Home" winning five Tonys, including the best musical award, the grandest and most lucrative prize of all. The show, based on the graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist...

  • Tonys 2015: 'Fun Home' concludes offbeat journey with musical win, 4 others

    Tonys 2015: 'Fun Home' concludes offbeat journey with musical win, 4 others

    The musical "Fun Home" follows the graphic novelist Alison Bechdel as she goes from an uncertain childhood in a small-town funeral home to a career as a highly successful lesbian author and artist. The show concluded a similarly triumphant journey at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. An offbeat...

  • Tony Awards 2015: 'Fun Home' gets best musical as women break through with wins

    Tony Awards 2015: 'Fun Home' gets best musical as women break through with wins

    The 69th Tony Awards didn't air live on the West Coast, but we brought you updates and analysis from inside the show. Notable wins included "Curious Incident" with best play, "Fun Home" with best musical, Alex Sharp of "Curious Incident" with lead actor in a play, and Kelli O’Hara of "King and...

  • Tonys 2015: 'Fun Home' wins best musical

    Tonys 2015: 'Fun Home' wins best musical

    "Fun Home" snagged the top honor at the Tonys on Sunday for best musical. The production, based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir, earned 12 nods and was considered a front-runner. The best musical category was particularly rich and diverse this year, with only four nominees instead...

  • Tonys 2015: Michael Cerveris wins lead actor in musical for 'Fun Home'

    Tonys 2015: Michael Cerveris wins lead actor in musical for 'Fun Home'

    Michael Cerveris took home  the Tony for lead actor in a musical Sunday for his portrayal of Bruce Bechdel in “Fun Home.” This is his second win and sixth nomination. Cerveris bested Robert Fairchild of “An American in Paris,” Brian d’Arcy James of “Something Rotten!,” Ken Watanabe of “The King...

  • Tonys 2015: Kelli O'Hara wins lead actress in musical for 'The King and I'

    Tonys 2015: Kelli O'Hara wins lead actress in musical for 'The King and I'

     Kelli O’Hara won the Tony for lead actress in a musical Sunday for her portrayal of Anna in “The King and I.” This is her first win and sixth nomination. O’Hara beat out Kristin Chenoweth of “On the Twentieth Century,” Leanne Cope of “An American in Paris,” Beth Malone of “Fun Home” and Chita...

  • Tonys 2015: Alex Sharp wins best actor in a play

    Tonys 2015: Alex Sharp wins best actor in a play

    Broadway first-timer Alex Sharp won the Tony Award for lead actor in a play Sunday night. The actor was considered a front-runner in the category for his role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Other nominees in the category included Steven Boyer in “Hand to God,” Ben Miles...

  • Tony Awards: 'Curious Incident of the Dog' wins best play

    Tony Awards: 'Curious Incident of the Dog' wins best play

    It dominated the Olivier Awards two years ago. It has become a box-office draw on both sides of the Atlantic. On Sunday, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" continued its streak of success by taking home the Tony Award for best play. "Curious," which is based on the popular 2004...

  • Tonys 2015: Helen Mirren wins for actress in a leading role for 'The Audience'

    Tonys 2015: Helen Mirren wins for actress in a leading role for 'The Audience'

    British actress Helen Mirren won the lead actress in a play Tony on Sunday for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's "The Audience." It is the second major acting award for Mirren in a performance as Elizabeth: She won an Academy Award in 2007 for the film "The Queen," which focused...

  • Tony Awards 2015: Six story lines to watch

    Tony Awards 2015: Six story lines to watch

    When the Tony Awards presentation gets underway Sunday night from Radio City Music Hall, it’ll feature a bevy of stars with deep ties to the theater (Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Judith Light) and some with more tenuous connections (Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Nettles). All will take the stage...

  • Showy or rich? Energetic or tempered? What Tony Award voters must consider

    Showy or rich? Energetic or tempered? What Tony Award voters must consider

    The world isn't a meritocracy, the prize doesn't always go to the most deserving and Vincent van Gogh isn't the only artist to have gone to his grave unheralded. Awards can conceal but not eradicate their essential arbitrariness. Still, nothing concentrates the mind quite like the spectacle of...

  • Tony Awards prepare for TV audience, potential tourists and Twitter buzz

    Tony Awards prepare for TV audience, potential tourists and Twitter buzz

    When a scene from one of Broadway's hit musicals or plays is performed on Sunday's CBS telecast of the 69th Tony Awards, an immediate surge of online and telephone orders for tickets is almost guaranteed. The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards have always been the trophy show with the most direct...

  • Tonys 2015: 'Curious Incident of the Dog' brings 'autistic perspective to life'

    Tonys 2015: 'Curious Incident of the Dog' brings 'autistic perspective to life'

    Priscilla Gilman is the mother of an autistic son and the author of a book about her experience, "The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy." The Times asked her to attend a performance of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the Barrymore Theatre and write about the...

  • Tonys 2015: Four nominees make big impressions in small roles

    Tonys 2015: Four nominees make big impressions in small roles

    Micah Stock in Terrence McNally's "It's Only A Play" Till now: The 26-year-old actor from Dayton, Ohio, graduated from the arts conservatory at SUNY Purchase in New York. In 2013, Stock won a role in Terrence McNally's "Away We Go," an off-Broadway romp about theater through the millenniums in...

  • Ballet stars talk Tony-nominated 'An American in Paris' and Broadway leap

    Ballet stars talk Tony-nominated 'An American in Paris' and Broadway leap

    It's been a Broadway tradition for more than half a century: Before the opening of every musical, a member of the chorus is presented with the Gypsy Robe, a treasured dressing gown embellished with hand-sewn mementos of previous musicals. When the cast of "An American in Paris" gathered onstage...

  • 'Finding Neverland' to perform at Tony Awards despite zero nominations

    'Finding Neverland' to perform at Tony Awards despite zero nominations

    "Finding Neverland" came up with a big fat zero when the Tony Award nominations were announced in April, but the blockbuster musical's complete shut-out won't stop producer Harvey Weinstein from making his presence felt on Tony night on Sunday. Organizers of the Tonys announced on Wednesday that...

  • Tony nominations 2015: Unexpectedly edgy with Hand to God and more

    Tony nominations 2015: Unexpectedly edgy with Hand to God and more

    For years, theater pundits have complained that Broadway and the Tony Awards have become staid and spineless, filled with unnecessary play revivals and musicals adapted from old movies. On Tuesday, Tony nominators offered their rejoinder. The U.S. theater world's most prominent prizes revealed...

  • Tony nominations 2015: Alison Bechdel on 'Fun Home's' moment

    Tony nominations 2015: Alison Bechdel on 'Fun Home's' moment

    Alison Bechdel’s graphic coming-of-age memoir, “Fun Home,” doesn’t exactly seem the stuff of Broadway musicals. The book -- which has become a touchstone of gender identity since its 2006 publication -- is about growing up in a small Pennsylvania town in an eccentric family that runs a funeral...

  • Tony nominations 2015: Patterns in a chaotic Broadway season

    Tony nominations 2015: Patterns in a chaotic Broadway season

    The Tony Awards are a time for taking stock, but let’s not put an undue burden on this year’s nominations. To sort out the enigma of the 2014-15 Broadway season would require dusting off Alan Turing’s machine. If an overarching narrative exists, it’s willfully postmodern. Intense American nostalgia...

  • 'Bright Star' wears its old-fashioned heart on its gingham sleeve

    'Bright Star' wears its old-fashioned heart on its gingham sleeve

    'Bright Star,' the quaint new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at the Old Globe in San Diego, has a luscious bluegrass score. Too bad the book is such a floridly melodramatic throwback.

  • Steve Martin, Edie Brickell take musical detour with 'Bright Star'

    Steve Martin, Edie Brickell take musical detour with 'Bright Star'

    In the basement of the House of Charm, watching a group of people sing and dance, Steve Martin consults his iPad and prepares, once again, to transform. Above him, Balboa Park goes about its business. Tourists arrive by red trolley, brides pose amid the greenery, families take advantage of the...

  • 'After Midnight' to close on Broadway June 29

    'After Midnight' to close on Broadway June 29

    The sun is setting on "After Midnight." The Broadway musical that celebrates Harlem's Cotton Club, featuring the music of Duke Ellington and the Tony Award-winning choreography of Warren Carlyle, will close on June 29 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical was critically acclaimed and nominated...

  • Tony Awards officials dropping two categories for sound design

    Tony Awards officials dropping two categories for sound design

    Organizers of the annual Tony Awards will be saving a bit of money on medallions in future ceremonies. Organizers said Wednesday they are dropping two categories — sound design of a play and of a musical. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said special Tonys may be awarded in the future to...

  • Audra McDonald responds to Tony's acceptance speech criticism

    Audra McDonald responds to Tony's acceptance speech criticism

    Though Broadway legend Audra McDonald made history on Sunday night with her sixth Tony Award, the best lead actress for her role in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” has been receiving not only congrats for her win but also criticism of her acceptance speech. “I want to thank my mom and my dad...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Carole King, Jessie Mueller make down-to-earth moves

    Tony Awards 2014: Carole King, Jessie Mueller make down-to-earth moves

    When Carole King and her Broadway alter-ego, actress Jessie Mueller, took the stage separately during the Tony Awards ceremony, they probably succeeded in making lots of viewers feel that down-to-earth is an engaging move. King, whose music and life story are sung and told in “Beautiful: The Carole...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Broadway leans toward pop culture mash-ups

    Tony Awards 2014: Broadway leans toward pop culture mash-ups

    From the moment Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman entered hopping … and hopping … and hopping some more, all around Radio City Music Hall, a theme of Sunday night’s show was that Broadway doesn’t want to be seen as standing still, in more ways then one. Jackman’s entrance — which may have taken an...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Chat with Times theater critic Charles McNulty

    Tony Awards 2014: Chat with Times theater critic Charles McNulty

    Join Times theater critic Charles McNulty to talk about the Tony Awards and theater in Southern California in a live text chat below at 10 a.m. PDT Monday. There's lots to talk about after Sunday's show, in which the musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" walked away the big winner and...

  • Tonys 2014: Magical moments on the red carpet, backstage

    Tonys 2014: Magical moments on the red carpet, backstage

    There was the TV telecast that millions watched. And then there were backstage and red carpet moments at the Tony Awards that you might have missed — like James Monroe Iglehart revealing his plans to celebrate his win for featured actor, musical for Disney's "Aladdin" with a customary Big Mac and...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Audra McDonald's jazzy career embellishment

    Tony Awards 2014: Audra McDonald's jazzy career embellishment

    It might be easy livin' for Audra McDonald, now that the star of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" has made Tony Awards history. The 43-year-old singer-actress on Sunday became the first performer to win six Tonys in competitive categories and has now won in every performing category in both...

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