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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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • Tony Awards 2014: The Tonys show doesn't always tap along

    Tony Awards 2014: The Tonys show doesn't always tap along

    Nice song-and-dance work, Hugh Jackman. The jokes, though, left a lot to be desired. But, hey, Neil Patrick Harris is here to steal the show yet again.

  • Tony Awards 2014: Winners celebrate with fast food, increased hype

    Tony Awards 2014: Winners celebrate with fast food, increased hype

    What does a Tony mean for some of the winners from Sunday night? For James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony for his portrayal of the genie in Disney's "Aladdin," it means a Big Mac and fries. For life's biggest celebrations, he and his wife go to McDonald's in their fancy clothes, and get takeout,...

  • Tony Awards 2014: 'Raisin in the Sun' director, star gush backstage

    Tony Awards 2014: 'Raisin in the Sun' director, star gush backstage

    "A Raisin in the Sun" director Kenny Leon was talking to reporters backstage after winning a Tony Award when Sophie Okonedo, who acts in the play he directed, won a Tony for featured actress in a play. He turned to the giant screen to his left, and couldn't contain his excitement. "Yes. Yes. Yes....

  • Tony Awards 2014: 'Gentleman's Guide' shows big rewards in risk-taking

    Tony Awards 2014: 'Gentleman's Guide' shows big rewards in risk-taking

    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," the musical with no marquee names or obvious marketing hook, won big at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, proving that a droll Edwardian tale of homicide, a few murderously clever patter songs and the killingly funny quick-change artistry of Jefferson Mays...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Bryan Cranston equates win he 'stole' to blue meth

    Tony Awards 2014: Bryan Cranston equates win he 'stole' to blue meth

    Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award on Sunday for his portrayal of the charismatic 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson, in "All the Way," and the television and stage actor brought his own charisma backstage when talking to reporters after clinching the honor. Cranston might be best known for his turn...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Hugh Jackman finds bouncy rhythm in hosting duties

    Tony Awards 2014: Hugh Jackman finds bouncy rhythm in hosting duties

    Hugh Jackman, who returned this year as host of the Tony Awards,  kept the "X-Men" references to a minimum and put Broadway front and center during Sunday's ceremony in New York. But last year's host, Neil Patrick Harris, also made his presence felt -- and almost stole the show -- thanks to an...

  • 'Gentleman's Guide' kills at Tony Awards, claims four

    'Gentleman's Guide' kills at Tony Awards, claims four

    The main character in the Broadway show "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" spends much of the musical mystery knocking off those he believes stand in the way of his big score. At Sunday's Tony Awards, the production landed its own loot: the top prize of best musical. It was one of four awards,...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Best & worst moments

    Tony Awards 2014: Best & worst moments

    A look at the highlights and lowlights of the 2014 Tony Awards.

  • Tony Awards 2014: The big winners of the evening

    Tony Awards 2014: The big winners of the evening

    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" won the Tony for new musical, providing a happy ending to the macabre comedy that had already crisscrossed the country before landing last fall on Broadway. The musical, which ran last year at San Diego's Old Globe and the Hartford Stage in Connecticut,...

  • Tony Awards 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners

    Tony Awards 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners

    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" won top honors at the Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home the prize for best musical.  The award for revival of a musical went to "Hedwig and the Angy Inch," with stars Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall also taking home awards. "All the Way" and "A Raisin in...

  • Tony Awards 2014: 'Gentleman's Guide' wins best musical

    Tony Awards 2014: 'Gentleman's Guide' wins best musical

    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," a macabre musical about a social climber who comically bumps off the members of an aristocratic family, took home the Tony for new musical on Sunday. The new-musical category was regarded as one of the tightest of the season, with no obvious front-runner...

  • Tony Awards 2014: Top nominees and winners

    Tony Awards 2014: Top nominees and winners

    The 68th Tony Awards top nominees and winners.

  • Tonys 2014: Jessie Mueller wins lead actress in a musical

    Tonys 2014: Jessie Mueller wins lead actress in a musical

    Jessie Mueller won the Tony for lead actress in a musical on Sunday for her performance as singer-songwriter Carole King in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." After rousing applause to the call of her name, Mueller took the stage for her acceptance speech and joked that her parents, both actors,...

  • Tonys 2014: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' wins best revival of musical

    Tonys 2014: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' wins best revival of musical

    “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starring Neil Patrick Harris was named best revival of a musical at the 68th Tony Awards presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. Emmy Award winner Harris powered each performance as Hedwig, a glamorous German-born rocker and victim of a slipshod sex change....

  • Tonys 2014: Neil Patrick Harris wins lead actor in a musical

    Tonys 2014: Neil Patrick Harris wins lead actor in a musical

    Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony for lead actor in a musical on Sunday for his portrayal of a transgender rock singer in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."   "This is crazy pants," Harris said as he accepted the award, adding that Hedwig was a role "I was terrified of." Harris, a four-time Tony Awards...

  • Tonys 2014: 'A Raisin in the Sun' wins best revival of a play

    Tonys 2014: 'A Raisin in the Sun' wins best revival of a play

    “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s prize-winning drama, was named best revival of a play at the 68th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. Directed by Kenny Leon, the production stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington as the head of a poor Chicago family determined...

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