Kinky Boots on BroadwayHD

Hit Musical Begins Streaming Today after record breaking Broadway and West End runs.

July 15, 2019: BroadwayHD will exclusively present the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed musical Kinky Boots.  The award-winning production from Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein was filmed late last year at Adelphi Theater on London’s West End featuring two of the show’s original stars.

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George Salazar

George Salazar, Be More Chill ’s Michael in the Bathroom Has Gone as Fur as He C’n Go – at the Lyceum Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

June 25, 2019: George Salazar is co-starring, scene-stealing, and delivering a unique power ballad as Michael [the one locked in the bathroom] in Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s hilarious, mind-bending Sci-Fi musical paean to teenage angst. At the 115-year-old Lyceum, to borrow a few lyrics from Oklahoma! and Cats!, he’s “gone about as fur as he c’n go.” He’s up, up, up a rusted, narrow iron stairwell – almost to the Heaviside Layer! [of the flies], where in addition to a bird’s eye view of all that’s happening below, he’s created a very cozy dressing room surrounded by his colorful headband collection and art presented by his legion of fans.

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2019 TONY AWARDS

The cast and crew of Hadestown accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Hadestown honored with 8 Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s Biggest Night, while The Ferryman won 4 Awards, including Best Play.

By:  Patrick Christiano

June 10, 2019: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden and televised live on CBS.  Possibly the biggest surprise of the evening was how handily Hadestown, a contemporary take on Greek mythology, nurtured by nonprofits,dominated the competition, The Prom, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, and Ain’t Too Proud, musicals developed by more commercial producers. Hadestown won 8 awards including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Music & Lyrics. The Ferryman, a British import about a family in Northern Ireland, won 4 Awards, including Best Play, and Best Director. The remaining awards were spread around with four shows winning two and seven shows winning only a single award. 

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2019 Tony Award Predictions

Hadestown, The Prom & Tootsie Vie for Broadway’s Top Prize on Sunday, June 9th live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2019: Tonight the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season, will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. The awards will be televised live on CBS from 8-11 pm EST, and will feature performances from many of the nominated shows including Tootsie, The Prom, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me Kate and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

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Tony Awards

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards Are Telecast on June 9 – Nomination Highlights

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring excellence on Broadway and regional theater, will be presented by the Broadway League and Wing on Sunday, June 9, telecast live from Radio City Music Hall from 8 – 11 P.M. on CBS. Returning to host is Tony-winning comedian/actor/and late-night TV host, James Corden. This marks Corden’s second time hosting the Awards. He proved quite a smash in 2016. His own Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play came in 2012 for the British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

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Ainsley Melham

Australian Ainsley Melham in Broadway Debut Returns to Rub Aladdin‘s Magic Lamp

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: Disney’s Aladdin recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre importing hot Australian Ainsley Melham to rub the magic lamp. He’s done it before: starring Down Under in the first Australian national tour, where he received a Best Actor in a Musical nomination. His Broadway debut is also a reunion — an aligning of the stars, so to speak. On the Australian tour, he co-starred with Michael James Scott, the current and absolutely irrepressible, wisecracking Genie, and Arielle Jacobs, the current Jasmine. [Trivia: her brother Adam was the original Aladdin.]

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The Answer to Who’s This “Tony”

By: Ellis Nassour

June 7, 2019: Like Ben Vereen, you may have wondered how the Tony Awards got their name. When Vereen was co-starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, he received a letter by messenger. It was from the American Theatre Wing. He asked the stage doorman what that was and the gent had no idea. He opened the letter. “It read: ‘Congratulations, Ben Vereen. You have been nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for your performance.’” It was signed, The Tony Awards. He asked, “Who’s this Tony?”

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Mary Testa

By: Ellis Nassour

June 7, 2019: It’s been another good year for one of the most talented and most cherished actresses working today, Mary Testa. But for the three-time Tony nominee, who describes herself as a character actress, every year seems to be a good one.  Since coming to New York right out of college, Testa has appeared in over 30 Off Broadway and 12 Broadway productions and recorded a dozen albums. 

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2018-19 Tony and Drama Desk Predictions

Eva Noblezada, André De Shields and Reeve Carney in “Hadestown.” Photo: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

June 1, 2019: Once again the Tonys (presented June 9) and Drama Desk Awards (given June 2) will have significantly different results. In previous seasons, the two accolade-dispensing organizations would honor almost the same recipients and the DDs were seen as a theatrical equivalent to the Golden Globes with the Tonys playing Oscars. The essential difference between the two prizes is the Tonys, given out by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, are only for Broadway shows while the Drama Desk, composed of New York-based theater critics, journalists and editors, includes on, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway productions in their celebration of the best of Gotham stages. Because of this discrepancy, if a show moves from Off-Broadway to Broadway in separate seasons, it would be up for a Tony but ineligible for a DD award since it was in contention previously.

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Face the Music: Ben Solowey

Face the Music: Exhibit of Rarely-Seen Broadway Musicals Paintings of Artist Ben Solowey

By: Ellis Nassour

June 1, 2019: Theaterlovers will want to make tracks to Bedminister, PA, in Bucks County, for an exciting showcase of the charcoal portraits of theater and film luminaries by the celebrated artist Ben Solowey. The free exhibit, Face the Music: Ben Solowey’s Portraits of Broadway Musicals runs Saturdays and Sundays through June 16, from 1 to 5 P.M. at Solowey’s studio, 3551 Olde Bedminister Road. It will feature portraits by Solowey (1900 – 1978) not exhibited in 80 years.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Discerning Diversity

May 12, 2019: As theater attempts to become more and more inclusive, audiences have become used to seeing women in traditionally male roles, African-Americans in traditionally white roles and people with various disabilities in roles that give no indication the character has any such condition.

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Off Broadway Shines

By: Iris Wiener

April 29, 2019: The Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations have been announced, and as with any nominations list, plenty of deserving productions and performers have been left off. Here is our short list of those that didn’t make the cut (but should have):

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Meet The Tony Award Nominees

Jeff-Daniels Best Leading Actor in a Play “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Press Junket for the 2019 Tony Award Nominees

By: Patrick Christiano

May 5, 2019:  On Wednesday morning May 1, the day after The American Theatre Wing announced their 2019 Tony Nominations in 24 categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street. National and local members of the press attended a “meet and greet,” which is a chance for the press to chat with the season’s most celebrated stars and producers. The fun-filled morning is also an opportunity for the nominees to catch up with each other and celebrate their nominations.

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Tootsie

Five Reasons Why Tootsie is Terrifically “Unstoppable”

By: Iris Wiener

April 28, 2019: It’s as sparkly as Tootsie’s iconic red dress and even funnier than Dustin Hoffman in that red dress; Broadway’s Tootsie is the rare film-to-theatre adaptation that improves upon what was already a revered original piece. The magnificently huge laughs that transpire at every performance of this musical are unlike any others; deep and guttural, they transcend those in other comedies. Replacing the film’s soap opera setting with that of a Broadway musical, the show feels accessible and timely, making it above and beyond crowd-pleasing. 

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What the Constitution Means to Me

Five Reasons Why What the Constitution Means to Me is an Experience Worth Having

By: Iris Wiener

 April 8, 2019: Heidi Schreck opens her sensational play in an American Legion hall in her hometown of Wanatchee, Washington, where her 15 year-old self is competing in the regional semifinals of a Legion oratory contest. She announces that the topic of her speeches will be none other than “What the Constitution Means to Me,” as told through the lens of her teen persona in 1989 (the author and star is 45).

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