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Broadway Rewind: Guys And Dolls Is Back to Rock the Boat on Broadway!

Broadway Rewind: Guys And Dolls Is Back to Rock the Boat on Broadway!
We then close out the show at the opening night of director Des McAnuff's revival of the classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls. Des said, 'I wanted to go back to Damon Runyon's time. He wrote the Broadway stories between '29 and '37 so, we set it very loosely in '35, it's a mythic landscape anyway, and I asked Jo Loesser about this idea and she thought Frank would like it, so that was good enough for me.'
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‘The Who’s Tommy’ Returning to Broadway in 2021

The Who’s Tommy is returning to Broadway in 2021. The musical adaptation of the Who’s 1969 rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind pinball wizard premiered on Broadway in 1993 and closed two years later after 889 performances. Along the way, it racked up five Tony Awards and proved that rock can work on the Broadway stage, paving the way for countless shows that followed.

Like the 1993 original, this new version of Tommy will be directed by Des McAnuff. “Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,
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‘The Who’s Tommy’ Stage Musical Targets A 2021 Return To Broadway

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‘The Who’s Tommy’ Stage Musical Targets A 2021 Return To Broadway
Des McAnuff, the two-time Tony Award winner who directed the original Broadway staging of The Who’s Tommy, will direct a new production of the musical for 2021, producers Hal Luftig and Patrick Catullo announced today.

“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” said McAnuff in a statement. “Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is ‘Does the story sing?’ and this one most certainly does.”

McAnuff called the Tommy character – marking his 50th birthday this year – “the anti-hero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, but existence itself. He becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image. This gives our story a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole
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Lifetime Morning Show Revives ‘Broadway Balances America’ For 6th Season; ‘Band’s Visit’, Donna Summer Musical On Roster

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Lifetime Morning Show Revives ‘Broadway Balances America’ For 6th Season; ‘Band’s Visit’, Donna Summer Musical On Roster
Exclusive: Lifetime Channel’s morning show The Balancing Act will bring back its “Broadway Balances America” segments this month for the sixth year, and has chosen touring productions of The Band’s Visit, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical for this year’s behind-the-scenes visits by host Amber Milt.

See the schedule of airdates below.

“Broadway Balances America” launches September 30 with a segment on the 50th Anniversary American tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Milt will interview the cast about the musical’s legendary score and portraying the events of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.

Next up is Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, a segment that will include interviews with associate director Amy Corcoran and choreographer Kelly Devine along with stars Chris Clark and Sarah Hinrichsen.
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Len Cariou & Craig Bierko Set For New Off Broadway Play ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’

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Exclusive: Tony winner and Blue Bloods star Len Cariou and UnREAL‘s Craig Bierko will co-star in Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, a new Off Broadway play set for a limited run this fall at New York City Center.

Written by George Eastman and directed by Karen Carpenter, the new play is set for City Center’s Stage II for a strictly limited engagement beginning previews November 18 and opening December 4.

Producer Dennis Grimaldi announced the production today.

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand follows 85-year-old Harry Townsend (Cariou), a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan (Bierko), who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s
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Tony Awards 2019: Complete Winners List, From ‘Hadestown’ to ‘The Ferryman’

Tony Awards 2019: Complete Winners List, From ‘Hadestown’ to ‘The Ferryman’
The new musical “Hadestown” emerged as an early winner at Sunday’s Tony Awards, picking up eight prizes, including for director Rachel Chavkin, composer Anaïs Mitchell and featured actor André De Shields.

Meanwhile, Jez Butterworth’s Irish-set drama “The Ferryman” earned four awards, including Best Play as well as one for director Sam Mendes.

Glee” alum Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win the Tony Award, for her turn as the flirty Ado Annie in the Best Musical Revival winner “Oklahoma!” “This award is for every kid who has a disability, a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said just minutes after belting out “I Cain’t Say No” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.

At 87, Elaine May won her first acting Tony for her lead performance in the Kenneth Lonergan revival “The Waverly Gallery,
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2019 Tonys presentation order: Which categories will be announced first on the 73rd Tony Awards?

2019 Tonys presentation order: Which categories will be announced first on the 73rd Tony Awards?
We’ve unearthed the running order of the 2019 Tony Awards hosted by James Corden on CBS on Sunday, June 9. Over the course of upwards of three-and-half-hours, winners will be announced in 26 competitive categories. Below is the presentation order for the 73rd annual Tonys.

The eight design Tonys will be handed out in the half hour before the show goes live at 8 p.m. Et as will the award for Best Orchestrations. Those winners will be showcased throughout the telecast, with inserts of their acceptance speeches.

As usual, the first award on the broadcast will be one of the featured acting races (this year it is on the musical side of the aisle) while the show closes with a big one, Best Musical. In between, the winners of the other 15 Tonys races will be revealed as detailed in the presentation order below.

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2019 Tony Awards: Full list of winners (and nominees) in all 26 categories at the 73rd annual Tonys [Updating Live]

The 73rd annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, June 10 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. James Corden hosted the ceremony that aired on CBS. He won an Emmy for his efforts as an emcee of the 2016 Tonys.

While the nominees for these top theater kudos were determined by 48 theater professionals, the winners were voted on by 831 members of the Broadway community. Below, is the full and complete list of 2019 Tonys winners in each of the 26 competitive categories.

Heading into the evening, two new musicals – “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud” — lead the Tony Awards nominations with 14 and 12 bids respectively including Best Musical. Among new plays, the British import “The Ferryman” and Aaron Sorkin‘s adaptation of Harper Lee‘s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned nine nominations each but the latter was snubbed for the top prize. Unlike last year, revivals of plays don’t dominate
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2019 Tony Awards full list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running at the 73rd annual Tonys

The 2019 Tony Awards take place on Sunday, June 9 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The three-hour ceremony hosted by James Corden will air on CBS. Those in the Eastern and Central time zones can see it live while those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones have a three-hour tape delay.

Thirty-four shows were eligible for the 73rd annual Tony Awards. A whopping two dozen of these reaped at least one bid across the 26 Tonys categories when the complete list of nominations was announced on April 30 by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and three-time nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. While the nominations were determined by 48 theater professionals, the winners were decided by 831 members of the Broadway community.

The full list of 2019 Tony Awards nominations is below.

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Musicals

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud”

Beetlejuice

“Hadestown
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2019 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 73rd annual Tony Awards winners

Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering your predictions for the 2019 Tony Awards? Winners will be announced on June 9 during a live ceremony on CBS hosted by James Corden. Take a look at our racetrack odds below for all of the categories. The predicted winners are indicated in gold.

These official odds for the Tonys are derived from the predictions of our Experts who write about theater year-round, our in-house team of Editors, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s winners, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine predictions from the last two years, and all Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

We’re predicting all 26 categories. Below, find out who we’re betting on as of this writing. And there’s still time to make or edit your own predictions before the winners are revealed on Sunday evening.
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2019 Tony Awards: 7 interviews with this year’s nominated creators [Watch]

The 2019 Tony Awards are quickly approaching. Before the CBS ceremony hosted by James Corden on June 9, make sure to catch up with all of our interviews with this year’s nominees. Follow the links below to watch our exclusive interviews with these Tony nominated creators.

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Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar (“The Prom” songwriting team): Lyricist Chad Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar picked up their second Tony nomination for Best Score for “The Prom.” The duo previously competed in the same category in 2006 for “The Wedding Singer” and also contributed the score for the Broadway adaptation of “Elf.” Beguelin has an additional Tony nomination this year as the book writer for “The Prom” (shared with Bob Martin) and was previously nominated in the Book of a Musical category for “Aladdin” and “The Wedding Singer.” (Click here to watch the full interview)

Warren Carlyle
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One Actor, Two Shows And A Tony Night: Double-Nominated Jeremy Pope Talks ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ & ‘Choir Boy’ – Tony Watch Q&A

One Actor, Two Shows And A Tony Night: Double-Nominated Jeremy Pope Talks ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ & ‘Choir Boy’ – Tony Watch Q&A
When this year’s Tony Award nominations were announced, Jeremy Pope became only the sixth person Tony history nominated twice in the same season. His performance in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy as Pharus, a bullied, gay prep school student whose singing talent is matched by a fierce determination, has Pope in the running for Best Lead Actor/play. And as the great Eddie Kendricks, the Temptation who sang lead on such hits as “Just My Imagination” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” Pope’s performance in Ain’t Too Proud has him up for Best Featured Actor/musical.

In this conversation, Pope explains how his double play almost didn’t happen, about what inspired each role and about a Tony night years ago that proved far unhappier than the one he’s about to experience.

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times Of The Temptations,
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Broadway’s Smash Temptations Musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Sets 2020 National Tour Launch

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, one of this Broadway season’s unqualified hits, will launch a national tour next year of more than 50 cities and 100 touring weeks, producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce announced today.

The coast-to-coast tour of Ain’t Too Proud will kick off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in July 2020, and will include a “homecoming” stop in Detroit, and a return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In a statement, Pittelman and Hulce said, “We have been so blown away by the reception for Ain’t Too Proud – not only on Broadway, but also from our pre-Broadway engagements – that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America. Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary.”

One of those pre-Broadway runs was at the Kennedy Center,
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Des McAnuff on directing ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Our show ‘is about what’s going on in our country now’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Des McAnuff on directing ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Our show ‘is about what’s going on in our country now’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“This is a show that is about today. It’s about what’s going on in our country now,” declares director Des McAnuff about his Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” McAnuff recently received his sixth Tony nomination for his directorial efforts and chatted with Gold Derby about the creative process behind the hit musical. Watch the exclusive video interview above.

McAnuff was initially hesitant to take on another biographical musical because he didn’t want it to compete and be compared with his Best Musical Tony winner “Jersey Boys.” But when Otis Williams himself asked the director to take up the reigns, the opportunity was “impossible to resist.” Over the course of the initial conversation with Williams, McAnuff says that “it was clear this was very important to him… he was willing to open a vein in order to tell this story.
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‘Sideways’ Author Rex Pickett Developing Novel For Stage Musical

Sideways novelist Rex Pickett has formed a joint venture with Efg-Renascence Productions to develop a stage musical based on the book adapted by Alexander Payne into the hit 2004 film.

The project was announced today by Efg-Renascence founder Solomon J. LeFlore and partner Susan Gee. Pickett will write the musical in collaboration with composer Anthony Adams.

Sideways was previously adapted for the stage as a non-musical play, most notably in a 2013 production at The La Jolla Playhouse directed by Des McAnuff (Ain’t Too Proud). Pickett said an Off Broadway staging of that adaptation is planned for next January. The author said the musical will be based on the novel, with scenes not in the movie.

Said LeFlore, “Sideways is an incredible film that has never really been quarried for its franchise potential. We plan to rectify that. With movie-to-Broadway musical adaptations so popular, this seems a natural first step.
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The Complete List of 2019 Tony Award Nominees

The complete list of nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards has been released. This year, Hadestown leads all nominees with a total of 14 nominations including Best Musical. Other serious Tony contenders this year are Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations which is nominated for 12 awards and Tootsie which garnered 11 nominations.

In Plays, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird each received 9 nominations, tied for most in Plays and fourth overall. The Ferryman is up for Best Play, while Jeff Daniels is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird.

The nominees were announced live today from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. Neuwirth garnered the Tony Award in 1986 for Best Featured Actress in a
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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Network’ Snubbed From Tony Award Best Play Category – Complete List Of Nominees

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Network’ Snubbed From Tony Award Best Play Category – Complete List Of Nominees
Refresh for updates The lush, very-downtown musical Hadestown topped the Tony Awards nominations list with 14, with the more traditional jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud coming in at second with 12, a one-two punch as clear a sign as any that Tony voters are in a very expansive mood this year.

At #3, Tootsie has 11 nominations; The Ferryman 9 and Beetlejuice 8.

But the big surprise were the no-votes in the Best Play category for both To Kill A Mockingbird and Network, particularly for Aaron Sorkin’s gloriously reviewed and wildly popular adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. That omission might be the single biggest Tony snub in years, if not decades.

Deadline will examine that omission and other surprises in a complete analysis of the Tony nominations by Deadline theater critic Greg Evans, coming shortly. Check back soon.

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced live by Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth
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2019 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories

2019 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories
Nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards were announced on April 30 by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and three-time nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. While the roster of contenders was determined by 48 theater professionals, the winners will be decided by 831 members of the Broadway community.

Three years after making his Emmy-winning debut as the host of these top theater honors, James Corden is returning to preside over the June 9 ceremony from Radio City Music Hall that will air live on CBS. This edition of the Tonys celebrate the best of the 2018/2019 theater season. Corden won a Tony in 2012 for his comic turn in the play “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

The full and complete list below includes all 26 competitive categories.

Musicals

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud”

Beetlejuice

“Hadestown”

“The Prom”

“Tootsie”

Best Musical Revival

“Kiss Me, Kate”

“Oklahoma!”

Best Actor (Musical)

Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”

Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Alex Brightman,
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Bryan Cranston, Adam Driver, Jeff Daniels & Laurie Metcalf Among Broadway’s Drama League Award Nominees – Complete List

The Ferryman, Network, To Kill A Mockingbird and What The Constitution Means To Me are among the Broadway and Off Broadway productions taking nominations in this year’s New York Drama League Awards.

The 2019 nominees were announced today in the categories of Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award. The roster was read this morning by the current stars of Broadway’s Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan at Sardi’s Restaurant.

The 85th Annual Drama League Awards will be held on Friday, May 17.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Production Of A Broadway Or Off-broadway Play

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

by Jen Silverman

Directed by Mike Donahue

McC Theater

Dance Nation

Written by Clare Barron

Directed by Lee Sunday Evans

Playwrights Horizons

Fairview

Written by Jackie Sibblies
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‘Ain’t Too Proud’s Derrick Baskin Almost Resisted The Temptation Of The Broadway Season’s Hit Musical: On Theater

‘Ain’t Too Proud’s Derrick Baskin Almost Resisted The Temptation Of The Broadway Season’s Hit Musical: On Theater
Derrick Baskin was sick of musicals when Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations arrived in his life. He’d performed on Broadway in Memphis, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Little Mermaid, and was enjoying the change of pace that was Hulu’s Difficult People when his agent came calling with the job that could put Baskin into his first starring role. As Otis Williams, founder of the group that gave the world “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and one after another of the greatest songs of the 1960s and ’70s, Baskin would be a first among equals, the singer who first envisioned what The Temptations could and would be.

“I immediately tried to shut him down,” Baskin recalls in this Deadline interview. But the actor had a change of heart, and now finds himself leading what is easily the biggest hit musical of this Broadway season,
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