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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...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus on their Virtual MORMON CollaborationBWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus on their Virtual MORMON Collaboration
by Broadway Beat - June 5, 2011

Below, we bring you Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, nominated together for Best Orchestrations for The Book of Mormon. Larry Hochman is also a nominee for Best Orchestrations for The Scottsboro Boys. Hochman has additionally contributed orchestrations to The Addams Famiy, Spamalot (Tony nomination), A Class Act (Tony nomination), Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nomination), The Little Mermaid and more. Oremus' additional credits include 9 to 5, All Shook Up, Wicked, and Avenue Q. (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 23 - Angela Lansbury Masters GYPSY, MAME & More SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 23 - Angela Lansbury Masters GYPSY, MAME & More
by Pat Cerasaro - June 4, 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...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Nikki M. James Talks Bringing Salt Lake to BroadwayBWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Nikki M. James Talks Bringing Salt Lake to Broadway
by Broadway Beat - June 4, 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 Nikki M. James, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Book of Mormon. James has additionally appeared on Broadway in All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 22 - Cher & Cole Porter SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 22 - Cher & Cole Porter
by Pat Cerasaro - June 3, 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...)
GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Anthony Wayne of 'Anything Goes'GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Anthony Wayne of 'Anything Goes'
by Adrienne Onofri - June 3, 2011

An alum of Encores! and the 'Chorus Line' and 'Color Purple' tours, Anthony makes his B'way debut in the hit revival. (more...)
BWW Awards Update 6/3 - Last Day to Vote!!BWW Awards Update 6/3 - Last Day to Vote!!
by BWW - June 3, 2011

Voting opened on May 5, 2011 and runs through June 3, 2011 for the 9th Annual BroadwayWorld.com Awards! Here are the current standings as of 6/3 (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 21 - Dame Julie Andrews & Friends SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 21 - Dame Julie Andrews & Friends
by Pat Cerasaro - June 2, 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 pyears 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...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - The Legendary Patti LuPone on Why WOMEN ON THE VERGE Makes Her ProudBWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - The Legendary Patti LuPone on Why WOMEN ON THE VERGE Makes Her Proud
by Broadway Beat - June 2, 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 the legendary Patti LuPone, Best Featured Actress in a Musical nominee for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. LuPone is best known for her Tony Award-winning performances as Eva Perón in the 1979 musical Evita and as Rose in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, for her Olivier Award-winning performance as Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and for originating the role or Normal Desmond in London's Sunset Boulevard. (more...)
Cast of Neil Patrick Harris-Led COMPANY to Perform on Tony Awards Telecast!Cast of Neil Patrick Harris-Led COMPANY to Perform on Tony Awards Telecast!
by BWW - June 2, 2011

The Tony Awards announced today that they will reassemble an all-star cast of the New York Philharmonic's limited run of Company for the 2011 Tony Awards. This once-in-a-lifetime assembly of talent will perform LIVE exclusively at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12th. The performance will include: Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead. The 65th Annual Tony Awards, will air live on CBS, on Sunday, June 12th 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (more...)
The Laurie Beechman Hosts Daisy Eagan at Tony Gathering, 6/12The Laurie Beechman Hosts Daisy Eagan at Tony Gathering, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - June 1, 2011

It's the place to be on Tony night. Every June, theatre fans throughout the city gather at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, in the heart of New York's theatre district, in honor or our own Superbowl Sunday, The Tony Awards. Come view the ceremony on our big screen along with your fellow theatre enthusiasts. Will it be Sutton or Patina? Pacino or Mantello? Mormons or Nuns? (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Laura Benanti, Beth Leavel at the Tony Nominees Luncheon!STAGE TUBE: Laura Benanti, Beth Leavel at the Tony Nominees Luncheon!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 1, 2011

Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, will return as host of the 65th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards on Sunday, June 12th, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Tony Awards will air live on CBS from 8:00-11:00PM (ET/PT time delay). The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. In the following video, 2011 nominees Laura Benanti and Beth Leavel travel to the nominees luncheon, and discuss what being nominated means to them. Click below to check it out! (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 20 - Disney On BroadwaySPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 20 - Disney On Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - June 1, 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...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 1st, 2011'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 1st, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - June 1, 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, 'Brigadoon,' two musicals from Chamber Opera Chicago, '1776' in Wheaton, 'The Mommies,' 'A Christmas Story,' summer stock and more.... (more...)
Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Groff et al. Set to Present at Theater World Awards; John Lloyd Young & More to Perform, 6/7Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Groff et al. Set to Present at Theater World Awards; John Lloyd Young & More to Perform, 6/7
by BWW News Desk - June 1, 2011

Theatre World Awards for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut performances during the 2010-2011 theatrical season will be 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), Kevin Kilner (The Glass Menagerie, 1995), 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...)
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Norbert Leo Butz Reveals his 'Thrill of a Lifetime'BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - Norbert Leo Butz Reveals his 'Thrill of a Lifetime'
by Broadway Beat - June 1, 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 Norbert Leo Butz, Best Actor in a Musical nominee for Catch Me If You Can. Butz made his Broadway debut as Adam Pascal's replacement as Roger Davis in Rent in 1996. Additional Broadway credits include Enron, Thou Shalt Not for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Wicked, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) for which he received the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Off-Broadway credits include The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, Saved, and Juno and the Paycock (Jerry Devine), and he has toured as the Emcee in Cabaret and as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (more...)
SPIDER-MAN, PRISCILLA & THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Perform on Tonys?SPIDER-MAN, PRISCILLA & THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Perform on Tonys?
by BWW News Desk - June 1, 2011

Michael Riedel reports in today's New York Post that talks are underway for a potential performance by Bono, The Edge and cast members from SPIDER-MAN on this year's Tony Awards. The show, which hasn't opened yet would traditionally not be offered a performance slot, which are normally reserved for musicals nominated for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. Riedel also reports that in addition to trying to find a spot for SPIDER-MAN, producers are also attempting to find a slot for PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Also on the list? Much of the cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will reunite to perform 'Commencing in Chattanooga' and 'Go Back Home'. (more...)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 19 - A Moment With Marlene Dietrich  SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 19 - A Moment With Marlene Dietrich
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 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...)
Voting Ends on Friday for the Biggest BroadwayWorld Awards EVER - See Who's Leading!Voting Ends on Friday for the Biggest BroadwayWorld Awards EVER - See Who's Leading!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 31, 2011

Voting opened on May 5, 2011 and runs through June 3, 2011 for the 9th Annual BroadwayWorld.com Awards! Here are the current standings as of 5/30 (more...)

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