Meet The Tony Nominees Press Junket

LaChanze, Hailey Kilgore, Michael Arden

By: Patrick Christiano

May 2, 2018:  The 2018 Tony Award nominees were announced in 26 competitive categories on Tuesday May 1, and the following morning they attended a press junket at the InterContinental Hotel New York in Times Square on 44th Street. National and local members of the press attended the informal “meet and greet,” where they could photograph the ecstatic nominees. The event, a fun filled morning, is also a chance for press to chat with the season’s celebrated stars and producers, and for the nominees to catch up with one another. Many performed the previous night and had matinee and/or evening performances later that same day, however, that did not dull their spirits. Everyone was thrilled to be honored with a coveted Tony Award Nomination.

Here is what some of the nominees had to say about the honor, what inspires them, and where they were when they learned the news:

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Tony Nominees Gathering

Denzel Washington

May 2, 2018 The 2018 Class of Tony Nominees gathered yesterday in midtown to celebrate their Tony Nominations!  

Marking 72 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award Nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will be broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on CBS, on Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

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2018 TonyAward® Nominations

May 1, 2018 – The 72nd Annual Tony Award Nominations

May 1, 2018 – Nominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® were announced today by Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee, who is currently starring in the Tony nominated musical Waitress, at the Tony Award Nominations ceremony, sponsored by IBM, held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 43 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2018 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.  (The list of nominations follows.)

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John Mellencamp @ ACA Galleries

On view April 26 through June 2 John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love, Freedom.

April 26, 2018: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District hosted an opening reception for contemporary artist John Mellencamp’s new exhibition, Life, Death, Love, Freedom, which will be on view through June 2. This is Mellencamp’s second  solo exhibition with ACA, and will showcase two bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and series of portraits.

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2018 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski Photo: Barry Gordin

Awards will be presented Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall

 April 26, 2018:  Nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, Nine, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”).
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban to Host Tony’s

Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles


Tony Awards to Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10th 

 April 18, 2018 – The Tony Awards announced today that singer, songwriter and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles and Tony Award nominated actor, singer and songwriter Josh Groban will host together the 72nd Annual Tony Awards® live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10th (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be both Bareilles and Groban’s first time hosting the show. Both starred in Broadway shows last year – Bareilles in the hit show “Waitress,” which she also composed the music and lyrics for, earning her first Tony Award nomination.  Groban starred in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.   Click Here for Our Tony Awards Hosts’ Video Announcement

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Outer Critics Circle Nominations

68th Annual Awards Outer Critics Circle Announce 2017-18 Season Nominees

“SpongeBob SquarePants”Heads the List with 11 Nominations! Followed by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” with 10 Nominations! & “My Fair Lady” with 9 Nominations!

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

By: Paulanne Simmons

Let’s Talk About Intermissions

April 22, 2018 – Most of the time when the intermission is over, the house lights go off and the play resumes. But a while ago something unusual happened. Although the orchestra began playing, the lights stayed on as people filed back and found their seats.

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Benjamin Scheuer

Benjamin Scheuer

April 19, 2018 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and playwright Benjamin Scheuer will release a limited edition 7-inch single featuring two new songs, “Hello Jemima” and “Silent Giants,” on April 20.

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Drama League Announces Nominees


 April 18, 2018 – The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2018 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award.

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Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

April 17, 2108- Marilyn Maye returned to  Feinsteins 54 Below  to celebrate her (latest) milestone birthday with her favorite audiences. Every performance featured a special 90th birthday celebration for this very beloved lady of cabaret. As always, Marilyn carries the torch from her peers who originated tunes of the Great American Songbook to the singers who perform these songs today and will carry them on to future generations.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

CorinnaSowersAdler, Randie Levine-Miller, CherylBenton, LailaRobins, GretchenCryer, JanaRobbins, JimmyHoran


Sheree Sano Wins! Runners Up Are Maggie Determann, Lee Ann Brill, Barbara Malley, and Janice McCune

April 13, 2108 – The 5th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” Contest celebrating the talents of women-over-40 who are currently not working pros took place on Monday, April 9th at The Triad Theater on West 72nd Street in NYC.  The contest was hosted by Randie Levine-Miller, who co-produced with Cheryl Benton, the founder and publisher of, which sponsored the event. 

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Tribute to Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy

Friars Club honors Jamie deRoy

April 12, 2018:  The New York Friars Club, 57 West 55th Street, honored show business impresario Jamie DeRoy at a celebration marking her 30th anniversary as one of the Club’s first  female members. Jamie was one of eight women that included Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and Brooke Shields.

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The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards

Michael Urie Photo: Barry Gordin

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall.

Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie, who won his award for Buyer and Seller and starred in Torch Song Trilogy this season, will return as host of the awards ceremony for the third consecutive year. “The Drama Desk president Charles Wright said, “Michael’s enthusiasm for New York theater and his distinctive sense of humor add the perfect zest to this annual celebration.” He announced tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

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