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SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 27 - Michael Bennett: 'Turkey Lurkey Time', COCO & BALLROOM SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 27 - Michael Bennett: 'Turkey Lurkey Time', COCO & BALLROOM
by Pat Cerasaro - June 8, 2011

As we inch closer and closer to the Broadway's biggest night on Sunday, today we have the choreographic centerpiece of our extensive Tony Award countdown with a focus on the genius of Michael Bennett. While we have already featured his shows COMPANY, FOLLIES, A CHORUS LINE and DREAMGIRLS - and even took a look at the recent smash hit revival of PROMISES, PROMISES starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth - today's triple dose of clips (with a few surprises) is undoubtedly as close as one can get to theatrical crack cocaine: "Turkey Lurkey Time" from the original Broadway production of PROMISES, PROMISES, "Fifty Percent" from BALLROOM performed by Dorothy Loudon and - one of the most elaborate numbers in Tony Awards history - "Always Mademoiselle" from COCO starring Katharine Hepburn. So, see some of the reasons why these are the best of the best of Bennett and, therefore, the best of the best of Broadway right here! (more...)
STAGE TUBE: What to Expect from the PRISCILLA Tony Performance - Martha Wash Sings 'It's Raining Men'!STAGE TUBE: What to Expect from the PRISCILLA Tony Performance - Martha Wash Sings 'It's Raining Men'!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 8, 2011

Casts from some of Broadway's hottest tickets will take the stage at the Tony Awards this year - including the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert featuring Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and special appearances by Paul Shaffer and the legendary Martha Wash. BroadwayWorld has learned that the men of Priscilla will be taking the stage with Wash for a rendition of 'It's Raining Men,' a number written by Paul Shaffer and originally performed by Martha Wash. Click below for Wash singing the hit tune from days past! (more...)
Everything You Need to Know About Watching the Tonys in Times Square!Everything You Need to Know About Watching the Tonys in Times Square!
by BWW News Desk - June 8, 2011

The 65th Annual Tony Awards will be simulcast live to Times Square on Sunday, June 12th. The Tony Awards, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and Clear Channel Spectacolor, in addition to simulcast co-sponsors, Daktronics Inc., Cohen & Perfetto LLP and the Broadway Association, will air the Tony Awards Red Carpet courtesy of NY1 and the entirety of the Tony Awards show, including the Creative Arts Awards, on Clear Channel's SpectacolorHD screen in Times Square on Sunday, June 12th, from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (more...)
Tony Awards Gets International Broadcasts in Australia, Japan, South America et al.Tony Awards Gets International Broadcasts in Australia, Japan, South America et al.
by BWW News Desk - June 8, 2011

Tony Award Productions in association with CABLEready, a leading independent distributor of television programming for media outlets worldwide, will distribute the American Theatre Wing's 65th Annual Tony Awards® telecast to theatre fans in four continents and over 45 countries around the globe. (more...)
2011 Tony Gift Lounge to Feature Fendi Casa Gift Cards, Chilean Getaway & More! 2011 Tony Gift Lounge to Feature Fendi Casa Gift Cards, Chilean Getaway & More!
by BWW News Desk - June 8, 2011

The Tony Awards have announced that they will host a luxury Green Room and Gifting Suite experience, conceptualized by partnership development firm, Axcess Luxury & Lifestyle. The 2011 Tony Awards Audemars Piguet Green Room and Gift Suite will be sponsored by luxury watch-making brand Audemars Piguet. The 65th Annual Tony Awards, which are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12th (8:00 ET/PT time delay) on CBS. (more...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - David Yazbek on Why WOMEN ON THE VERGE Is His 'Best' WorkBWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - David Yazbek on Why WOMEN ON THE VERGE Is His 'Best' Work
by Broadway Beat - June 8, 2011

Below, we bring you David Yazbeck, Best Original Score nominee for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Prior to his success with Women on the Verge, he was best known for scoring the musicals He wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musicals The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 8th, 2011'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 8th, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - June 8, 2011

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Jeff Awards wrap-up, Tony Awards predictions, 'Glee' live, 'Chicago' in Chicago, 'Million Dollar Quartet,' 'A Minister's Wife,' more.... (more...)
Full 2011 Tony Performances Announced - Including SPIDER-MAN, PRISCILLA & MoreFull 2011 Tony Performances Announced - Including SPIDER-MAN, PRISCILLA & More
by BWW News Desk - June 8, 2011

The Tony Awards today announced the line-up of performances for the 65th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12th. Featuring unforgettable opening and closing numbers and non-stop entertainment throughout the entirety of the show - the evening will include performances by the 2011 Tony-nominated Best Musicals, Anything Goes featuring Sutton Foster; Catch Me If You Can with Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit; How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette; Sister Act featuring Patina Miller; The Book of Mormon featuring Andrew Rannells and The Scottsboro Boys featuring Joshua Henry. (more...)
Photo Coverage: 2011 Theatre World Awards Presentation - Part TwoPhoto Coverage: 2011 Theatre World Awards Presentation - Part Two
by Walter McBride - June 8, 2011

The Theatre World Awards for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut performances during the 2010-2011 theatrical season were presented by former Theatre World Award winners, including:Tammy Blanchard (Gypsy, 2003), Gabriel Byrne (A Moon for the Misbegotten, 2000), Zoe Caldwell (Slapstick Tragedy, 1966), Billy Crudup (Arcadia, 1995), Blythe Danner (The Miser, 1969), Edie Falco (Side Man, 1998), Tovah Feldshuh (Yentl, 1976), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, 2007), RoseMary Harris (The Climate of Eden, 1953), and Andrea McArdle (Annie, 1977). There will also be performances by former Theatre World Award winners, including: Karen Akers (Nine, 1982), Ernestine Jackson (Raisin, 1974), and John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys, 2006). (more...)
Photo Coverage: 2011 Theatre World Awards Presentation - Part OnePhoto Coverage: 2011 Theatre World Awards Presentation - Part One
by Walter McBride - June 8, 2011

The 2010-11 Theatre World Award winners were: Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart; Desmin Borges, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; Halley Feiffer, The House of Blue Leaves; Grace Gummer, Arcadia; Rose Hemingway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Heather Lind, The Merchant of Venice; Patina Miller, Sister Act; Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart; Zachary Quinto, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes; and Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The first annual Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence will be presented to the cast of The Motherf**cker With a Hat: Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, and Yul Vázquez. Also presented at the TWA ceremony was the third annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence presented to Seth Numrich of War Horse. (more...)
Patti LuPone Talks WOMEN ON THE VERGE and the Future of BroadwayPatti LuPone Talks WOMEN ON THE VERGE and the Future of Broadway
by BWW News Desk - June 7, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominees were announced live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The next day, proud nominees gathered at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square to celebrate and meet the press. Broadway Beat caught up with Patti LuPone, Best Featured Actress in a Musical nominee for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, who had this to say about her nomination: (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 26 - Raul Esparza, ROCKY HORROR & COMPANY SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 26 - Raul Esparza, ROCKY HORROR & COMPANY
by Pat Cerasaro - June 7, 2011

Today we are featuring one of Broadway's most accomplished and charismatic leading men who has solidified himself as one of the premiere theatrical interpreters of our age in his performances on Broadway in both musicals and plays, off-Broadway and even in Shakespeare-In-The-Park productions: Raul Esparza. Mr. Esparza can certainly do it all and even though he has yet to take home a Tony Award of his own, he has enacted two of the most memorable recent performances on the yearly telecast: first, in his Broadway debut role as Riff Raff in the 2000 revival of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and, most recently, performing a full-bodied, soul-bared "Being Alive" from COMPANY. So, let's take a look back at those two unforgettable performances and perhaps surprise or two, as well! (more...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - David Lindsay-Abaire on the Plus Sides to Being a PlaywrightBWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - David Lindsay-Abaire on the Plus Sides to Being a Playwright
by Broadway Beat - June 7, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominees were announced live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The next day, proud nominees gathered at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square to celebrate and meet the press. Broadway Beat was on hand, of course, to speak with all of the proud nominees. In anticipation of Tony night on June 12, 2011, BroadwayWorld will be bringing you new clips of the stars in conversation each week so be sure to check back! Below, we bring you David Lindsay-Abaire, Best Play nominee for Good People. He most recently received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations. He also penned Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, Dotting and Dashing, Snow Angel, The L'il Plays, and A Devil Inside. His screenplays include Robots, Inkheart, and the screen adaptation of Rabbit Hole, which starred Nicole Kidman. He is the author of the books to the musicals High Fidelity and Shrek. (more...)
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part TwoBroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part Two
by Misha Davenport - June 7, 2011

In honor of Lookingglass Theatre's 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, BroadwayWorld Chicago jumps down the rabbit hole all week long to gather what makes the Chicago ensemble company tick. Today we look at five notable people in the company's history. (more...)
An Exclusive BroadwayWorld 2011 Tony Award Interview With: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Set Designer Beowulf BorittAn Exclusive BroadwayWorld 2011 Tony Award Interview With: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Set Designer Beowulf Boritt
by Pat Cerasaro - June 6, 2011

Having designed the stage sets for the Broadway productions of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, LOVEMUSIK, JAY JOHNSON: TWO AND ONLY, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, ROCK OF AGES, and his Tony-nominated work on THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS this season, through his revolutionary and spare designs Beowulf Boritt has positioned himself as one of the most creative and sought-after stage innovators of the twenty-first century. Discussing all aspects of the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and tracing the progress of the design of the show from inspiration to model to actual set, we also discuss some of his past accomplishments - working with the great directors Hal Prince, James Lapine, SCOTTSBORO's Susan Stroman, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett; the latter his collaborator on THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS with the New York City Ballet last month - and some enticing new productions he is developing and has coming up in the near future - PARADISE FOUND, REEL-TO- REAL, THE TOXIC AVENGER in Houston, THE TEMPEST in Dallas, the ROCK OF AGES tour and West End mounting, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS in San Diego, and more! (more...)
Norbert Leo Butz on Being the CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Tonys AmbassadorNorbert Leo Butz on Being the CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Tonys Ambassador
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominees were announced live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The next day, proud nominees gathered at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square to celebrate and meet the press. Broadway Beat caught up with Norbert Leo Butz, Best Actor in a Musical nominee for Catch Me If You Can, who had this to say about his nomination: (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 25 - Lea Salonga, LES MIZ & MISS SAIGON  SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 25 - Lea Salonga, LES MIZ & MISS SAIGON
by Pat Cerasaro - June 6, 2011

As a super-special Spring extension of BroadwayWorld's SOUND OFF column, every day until the Tony Awards on June 12 we will be presenting a spectacular new entry in the SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS series featuring a particularly entertaining, interesting, relevant and exciting Tony Awards-related clip from the last sixty-three years of the ceremonies (and subsequent seasons on Broadway) with a rundown and commentary on the sights, sounds and showmanship on display in each carefully chosen selection - all, of course, coming in anticipation of Broadway's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS this year, as always. Once again this year, BroadwayWorld is the official home of the 2011 Tony Awards and we will also be featuring exclusive interviews, articles, photos, video content, interactive features and more in the coming days and weeks leading up to the event so be sure to check back daily for your theatre fix! (more...)
Who's Performing What at the 2011 Tonys!Who's Performing What at the 2011 Tonys!
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2011

The Oscars have become famous for the galmour. The MTV Video Music Awards for the onstage drama. And then there is the Tony Awards ceremony, the season closer most celebrated for its live performances. Though always full of surprises, BroadwayWorld has gotten the scoop on a number of performances audiences can expect from their favorite Broadway shows this season. (more...)
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Wins 2011 AEA Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity AwardTHE MERCHANT OF VENICE Wins 2011 AEA Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity Award
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2011

Actors' Equity Association (Equity) announced today that The Public Theater's acclaimed production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2010-2011 Season. The Award will be presented at a reception at the Equity headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. In addition, Equity will receive a Mayoral Proclamation, presented by Commissioner Katherine Oliver, designating June 7th as Diversity on Broadway Day. (more...)
And the 2011 BroadwayWorld.com Awards Winners Are....THE BOOK OF MORMON, HOW TO SUCCEED, THE NORMAL HEART & More Win Big!And the 2011 BroadwayWorld.com Awards Winners Are....THE BOOK OF MORMON, HOW TO SUCCEED, THE NORMAL HEART & More Win Big!
by BWW Special Coverage - June 6, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of theatregoers and fans weighed in, breaking site traffic records (including last year's record breaking tally) and further solidifying the BroadwayWorld.com Awards place as the largest and most popular online Broadway polling event of its kind, open to all and with fully visible and audited results. So, who what shows, performers and creative teams were the favorites of the theatregoing public? Let's find out... (more...)
Brooke Shields & Robin Williams Added to Tony PresentersBrooke Shields & Robin Williams Added to Tony Presenters
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2011

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin Williams and Brooke Shields have been added as presnters for this year's Tony Awards. (more...)
Laura Benanti & Katie Finneran to Host (Shortened) Creative Arts Tony AwardsLaura Benanti & Katie Finneran to Host (Shortened) Creative Arts Tony Awards
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2011

Variety is reporting that Tony winners Laura Benanti and Katie Finneran will host the Creative Arts Awards portion of the Tonys, which as in the past will take place before the CBS broadcast. Unlike previous years where the ceremony was an hour, this year's has been shortened to 30 minutes. The trade paper reports that details on which awards they'll be presenting this year are not clear. (more...)
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part OneBroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part One
by Misha Davenport - June 6, 2011

In honor of Lookingglass Theatre Company's 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Broadway World Chicago jumps down the rabbit hole all week long to gather what makes the Chicago-based ensemble tick. Today we look at the company's history. (more...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Bobby Cannavale on Being in 'The cool play on the block'BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Bobby Cannavale on Being in 'The cool play on the block'
by Broadway Beat - June 6, 2011

Below, we bring you Bobby Cannavale, Best Lead Actor in a Play nominee for The Motherf**ker With the Hat. Previously nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Dennis in Mauritius in 2008, Cannavale is also known to New York theater audiences for his work with Labyrinth Theater Co. On screen, he is best known for his leading role as Bobby Caffey in the first two seasons of Third Watch. He also had a popular recurring role as Officer Vince D'Angelo on Will & Grace. (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 24 - DREAMGIRLS SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 24 - DREAMGIRLS
by Pat Cerasaro - June 5, 2011

Before the presentation of the first of the final 7 of our Tony Awards clips beginning tomorrow, today we have one of the true standouts of Tony Awards lore, and one of those clips to show the theatrically uninitiated who ask you, "What are the Tony Awards anyway?" Well, honey, this is the Tony Awards. Furthermore, this is the Tony Awards at their very best - and most moving and most theatrical - DREAMGIRLS. Here is the Michael Bennett-directed original cast in a medley specifically devised by Bennett for the Tony Awards telecast - just as he had done for the sequences from A CHORUS LINE featured on the 1976 Tony Awards, choreographing the camera shots and cuts to, and on, the quick - and the original Broadway cast led by that year's Tony-winners Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph alongside Loretta Devine and Obba Babatunde. There had never been a score or a show quite like DREAMGIRLS on Broadway before and there has not been one yet since - unless the blatant homages in last year's Best Musical MEMPHIS somehow count as soul and originality. This is soul. This is originality. This is genius. And, this is the Tony Awards at their utmost best. (more...)

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