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Tony Awards 2019: No Broadway debuts among this year’s acting winners

For only the third time this decade, none of the acting winners at this year’s Tony Awards did so for their Broadway debut. This is the 21st time that this has happened over the 73-year history of these top theater honors. Most of the winners were actually on the opposite end of the spectrum, winning for the first time after years of Broadway experience and several nominations to their name including André De Shields, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Stephanie J. Block. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The previous instances of Broadway debuts being shut out at the Tonys were in: 1948, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001-2003, 2012 and 2017.

Below, you can see the names of all 96 people who have won Tonys for their debut on the Great White Way.

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Paul Scofield, “A Man for All Seasons” (1962)

Cliff Gorman,
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Tony Awards 2018: Ari’el Stachel (‘The Band’s Visit’) becomes latest to win for Broadway debut

Ari’el Stachel became the latest person to take home a Tony Award for their Broadway debut. This victory puts him in a freshman club that now has 96 members. Watch him discuss his victory in the Tonys press room in the video above.

Stachel, who won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Haled in “The Band’s Visit,” is the ninth person to claim that particular honor for his first Broadway outing. He joins:

Harry Belafonte, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954)

Sydney Chaplin, “Bells are Ringing” (1957)

Frankie Michaels, “Mame” (1966)

Wilson Jermaine Heredia, “Rent” (1996)

Dan Fogler, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (2005)

Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet” (2010)

John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (2011)

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton” (2016)

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Below are the Broadway debuts in the seven other acting categories that claimed Tony Awards.

Best Actor In A Play: 16 winners

Paul Scofield,
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Sierra Boggess, Megan Hilty, Dinah Manoff, and More Perform in Concert For America at The 5th Avenue Theatre Today

The final lineup of Broadway stars and some of America's finest actors for the special one-night-only edition of Concert for America Stand Up, Sing Out playing today at The 5th Avenue Theatre includes Megan Hilty Smash, Wicked, Dinah Manoff who played the role of Marty in the movie Grease, Grammy winner Melissa Manchester Come in From The Rain and multi-Grammy Award nominee Maureen McGovern The Morning After.
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'Grease Live!' was... fantastic?

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'Grease Live!' was... fantastic?
Eerie question: What do The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Grease Live! have in common? Eerier answer: They are all good. Seriously. They're glitzy live productions with some tepid acting (particularly in the case of The Sound of Music), but you tend to forgive their awkward moments because the live gimmick is, above all else, cute. It's like watching expensive, well-rehearsed high school theater. And that's a good thing. And it makes you miss high school theater. Fox's Grease Live!, which aired live on the East Coast on Sunday night, added nothing to what we already know of the classic 1978 movie musical (aside from a limp new ballad chirped by a pleasant-enough Carly Rae Jepsen), but it had all the infectiousness and emoji-big smiles you need from three hours of live musical entertainment. No one was begging for Grease to be stretched to the
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Scream Queens’ Keke Palmer Joins Fox’s Grease: Live as Marty

One of Fox’s Scream Queens won’t be screaming but singing for the network in its upcoming live musical production Grease: Live. Keke Palmer, who will be playing Zayday Williams on Ryan Murphy’s comedy-horror series this fall, is joining the cast of Grease: Live to play the sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino. Buzzfeed was the first to report the casting news. While some may not know, Palmer, whose TV credits include Masters of Sex, Grey’s Anatomy, and 90210, is actually very experienced when it comes to musicals and singing live. As Buzzfeed notes, she’s performed songs on film (in 2012’s Joyful Noise), on television (in 2013’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story), and on Broadway (in 2014’s Cinderella), so taking on the role of Marty won’t be anything radically new for her. Palmer joins her already cast Grease: Live co-stars Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) as Sandy
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Keke Palmer Joins Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens in Grease: Live!

Keke Palmer Joins Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens in Grease: Live!
Pink lady! Keke Palmer just booked a big new gig, nabbing the part of Marty Maraschino in Fox's upcoming Grease: Live! special. The former child star, 21, will play the popular high school senior, who keeps herself busy when she's not hanging out with her best friends by romancing older men and maintaining long-distance relationships with members of the military. The role was most famously played Dinah Manoff in the 1978 Grease movie, later taken on by Megan Mullally in the 1994 Broadway revival. Palmer is the third [...]
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Keke Palmer Will play Marty Maraschino in Fox's Live Staging of 'Grease'

Busy Keke Palmer, who next stars in Fox’s horror comedy series "Scream Queens," has joined the cast of the network's live staging of Grease, BuzzFeed reports. Palmer will play Marty Maraschino, a character that was originally played by Dinah Manoff in the 1978 movie. Palmer joins the previously-cast Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens (who will headline the musical as Sandy and Rizzo, respectively). The 3-hour "Grease" live event airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7/6c. It'll follow NBC's live musical staging of "The Wiz" this Christmas.
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Grease: Live Adds Keke Palmer as Marty

Grease: Live Adds Keke Palmer as Marty
Keke Palmer is joining the ranks of the Pink Ladies.

The actress — who next stars in Fox’s horror comedy series Scream Queens — will play Marty Maraschino in the network’s live staging of Grease, BuzzFeed reports.

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As previously reported, Dancing With the Stars alum/actress Julianne Hough and High School Musical grad Vanessa Hudgens will headline the musical as Sandy and Rizzo, respectively.

Marty was played by Dinah Manoff in the 1978 film.

The three-hour Grease event airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7/6c.

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Can you ace HitFix's brutal 21-question Oscars quiz?

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Can you ace HitFix's brutal 21-question Oscars quiz?
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category?
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Sandy and Frenchy have Grease reunion at Olivia Newton-John's Vegas show

Sandy and Frenchy have Grease reunion at Olivia Newton-John's Vegas show
Olivia Newton-John and Didi Conn go together (like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong), so it was an absolute pleasure to see the pair reunited at the weekend.

At Newton-John's Las Vegas show on Saturday night, Grease's Frenchy (Conn) and Sandy (Newton-John) got dressed in their best Pink Ladies leather for a rendition of 'Summer Nights'.

They were joined by backing singer Marlen Landin for the performance at The Flamingo.

Based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs's 1971 musical, Grease was adapted for the big screen in 1978 and became an instant success.

The film starred Newton-John as Australian Sandy, who had a summer fling with Danny Zuko (John Travolta), only for the pair to be reunited at Rydell High School the following semester.

Initially a preppy outcast, Sandy becomes friends with the Pink Ladies: Frenchy, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Marty (Dinah Manoff) and Jan (Jamie Donnelly).

The film
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Olivia Newton-John and Didi Conn Have "Grease" Reunion in Las Vegas -- See the Pics!

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Pink Ladies forever! Olivia Newton-John and Didi Conn, who played Sandy and Frenchy in the 1978 cult musical hit film "Grease," reunited on Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino during the Aussie singer's concert. Olivia paid homage to her famous character, slipping back into a black leather jacket with an all-black outfit and signature red lip. Conn celebrated her own "Grease" character, rocking the trademark Pink Ladies jacket that both Frenchy and Sandy wore, along with their pals Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Jan (Jamie Donnelly), and Marty (Dinah Manoff).The best part? The pair even sang the movie track, "Summer Nights," for the audience! In the years since her turn as the pink-haired beauty school dropout, Conn appeared in "The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and reprised her role of Frenchy in 1982's "Grease 2." Newton-John also recently reunited with her leading man, John Travolta. The former
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Olivia Newton-John and Didi Conn's 'Grease' Reunion Makes Us Want to Do the Hand Jive

The Pink Ladies had a small, brief reunion this weekend when Olivia Newton-John was joined onstage by her "Grease" co-star Didi Conn at a concert in Las Vegas.

Newton-John and Conn, who starred in the hit 1978 musical, sang and danced together again Saturday at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, where Newton-John is holding her "Summer Nights" residency, a nod to one of the most famous songs from the flick. The pair slipped right back into character for the number, with Newton-John sporting Sandy's blonde locks and all-black leather ensemble, and Conn donning a Pink Ladies jacket like her onscreen alter ego, Frenchy.

While we would have loved if fellow Pink Ladies Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Jan (Jamie Donnelly), and Marty Maraschino (Dinah Manoff) could have joined the gals, it's nice to know that Sandy and Frenchy are still Bff.

Check out the photo above, and just try to keep the songs from
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What if Grease was a Bollywood flick?

We at BollySpice are not just excited but inspired by John Travolta having attended the Iifa awards.

As the anticipation builds up on seeing the icon strut his stuff on a Bollywood screen very soon, we at BollySpice were suddenly struck by the thought:

How Cool would a Bollywood version of Travolta’s legendary musical Grease be?!

Grease (Director: Randal Kleiser; 1978) is perfect Bollywood material.

One summer, Danny meets Sandy.

Danny and Sandy fall in love.

As the summer break ends so does their love story as they part ways.

By fate, they end up at the same school but things are not so simple. Danny has a “cool dude” reputation to maintain and doesn’t let his true feelings show… for a while!

Grease is a romantic, feel good musical on love, friendship and coming of age.

Well, we just wouldn’t let a mesmerising thought like this be left to our imaginations…
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Best Movie Ever?: "Ordinary People"

Family tragedies. I crave them.

I like 'em screamy, eerily silent, fulla tears, and without too much recovery. So, Ordinary People? Yeah, it's my jam.

First of all, Ordinary People is the greatest Best Picture of the 1980s. Count 'em up: From Chariots of Fire to Driving Miss Daisy, they all pale in comparison to Robert Redford's directorial debut, a touching, incisive, and gripping drama about what happens to a Midwestern family when its elder (and more beloved) son perishes in a boating accident. The legend goes that Ordinary People robbed Raging Bull of its rightful Best Picture prize in 1980, but both movies are pretty flawless and achieve exactly what they set out to do. And if we're counting up killer performances, Ordinary People packs a couple more than Raging Bull, which revolves around De Niro's tour de force. Not that that's a real criticism, but I love Ordinary People
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AfterElton Briefs: "The Amazing Race 20" Cast, Satan Is Working Through "Glee," and Brad Pitt May Break His Marriage Pledge

Michael Urie and his How To Succeed In Business co-star Third Jonas Brother.

Happy Birthday to Michael's Ugly Betty co-star Ana Ortiz, who turns 41, Dinah Manoff, who turns 54, and Alicia Keys is 31. Time to name your top five Alicia songs! Here are mine: 5. "Fallin," 4. "No One," 3. "You Don't Know My Name," 2. "A Woman's Worth," 1. "Empire State Of Mind" (Her Solo Version)

Chloe Sevigny is joining the cast of Lovelace. Must resist making a Brown Bunny joke.As part of its tenth anniversary, IMDb has released the site’s top 10 most-viewed actors, movies and TV shows during the past decade. It's the usual suspects, although I did expect Twilight to rank higher.Liam Hemsworth is set to star in Timeless, which according to the breathless publicity blurb is, "A thrilling adventure that challenges the known boundaries of science and the human heart, Timeless tells the breathtaking story of a young man
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'Empty Nest' star Kristy McNichol resurfaces in Hallmark Channel marathon

It's easy to forget about "Empty Nest." The "Golden Girls" spin-off hasn't exactly thrived in syndication like so many of its contemporaries.

But The Hallmark Channel resuscitates the '80s/'90s comedy -- about a doctor whose two grown daughters move home -- with a Feb. 26 marathon.

Starring Richard Mulligan (R.I.P.), Dinah Manoff and Kristy McNichol, the show is perhaps best known for McNichol's sudden departure during the 1992.

So what happened to her? At the time, McNichol was becoming notorious for bad attendance and erratic behavior on the set of the show and several movies and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and retired from acting altogether.

She returned for the series' finale in 1995, and it marked her last ever screen appearance -- though she did some voice work in the late '90s.

2001 was the last time she issued a public statement, offering some insight on
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Mixing Comedy & Soap: A History of the Serialized Situation Comedy

Mixing Comedy & Soap: A History of the Serialized Situation Comedy

By Doug Prinzivalli

As one of the producers of the hit web series Pretty - a parody hybrid of reality TV and soaps - I thought it would be a fun idea to take a brief look at the long history of the serialized situation comedy. The idea of mixing comedy with soap elements is not a new one - in fact it started over 60 years ago.

The First Hundred Years (CBS 1950-52) was a mildly humorous daily soap about newlyweds who are gifted with a bat-infested Victorian mansion. Sounds pretty wacky to me. After less than two years, it was replaced by something called The Guiding Light.

The Egg & I (CBS 1951-52) Based on a book by Betty MacDonald and the 1947 film (starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) that followed, this show followed the misadventures of city folk
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Coaching Actors for the Long Term

"The worst quote in the world is, 'Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach,'" contends Lisina Stoneburner, the founder and co-owner of Atlanta's The Company Acting Studio. "Because even though you can book a job and you can work doesn't necessarily mean that you can pass on that information and inspire somebody else to do it."Since 1996, Stoneburner and The Company Acting Studio have been teaching and coaching — and inspiring — children and adults to act in theatre, film, and television with a remarkable rate of success. Her students have been cast in projects in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, as well as Hollywood and Broadway.*************Growing up in New York, Stoneburner had show business in her blood. Her aunt, Dinah Manoff, won a Tony Award for Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures on Broadway and later starred in the television series Empty Nest. Her grandfather
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