Nominations announced for 74th annual Tony Awards

  While we still do not know when the 2020 virtual Tony Awards broadcast will take place, we at least now know the nominees. The Tony Awards’ presenters, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, announced the nominees on Thursday. Alanis Morissette’s musical, Jagged Little Pill, leads the way...

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Broadway to remain closed through the end of May

    Shubert organization Broadway theaters will remain closed during much of the first half of 2021   Broadway will now remain closed through at least nearly half of 2021 due to the pandemic, officials announced. Ticket sales for Broadway performances in New York City are now suspended through May...

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Versatile artist of the stage, screen dies

Edinburgh Theatre Festival Tony Tanner as Sergei Diaghliev in his one-man show. The Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated director and choreographer for the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has died. Tony Tanner died on Sept. 8 in his Los...

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Famed actress Dame Diana Rigg dies of cancer

            (NBC via wikimedia commons) Diana Rigg Actress Dame Diana Rigg, a renowned English performer who played roles such as Emma Peel in The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at age 82.  In addition to these roles, the late stage...

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Audiences have spoken. Do you agree?

  The best musical of the decade? Hamilton. The best Broadway play of the decade? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The aforementioned accolades do not come from critics or judges from within the industry. Rather, fans of live theater presented the honors. Throughout August, “BroadwayWorld” opened voting to its...

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Tony Awards to take place online this year

Tony Awards officials have decided that this year’s ceremony, the 74th annual event, will take place online this fall. For the moment, further details are unavailable. Earlier this year, presenters put the ceremony on hold due to the pandemic. This past March, it forced all Broadway theaters, — and most...

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Prominent lighting designer dies of cancer

  Howell Binkley One of Broadway’s most renowned lighting designers, a two-time Tony Award winner who also received nominations for many other awards, died on Friday. Howell Binkley was 64. He succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., his wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook. Binkley’s designs...

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Musical wunderkind wows critics, audiences

Photo courtesy of Joshua Turchin Out of all of the instruments he plays, Joshua Turchin (above) likes the piano best.   By AARON KRAUSE Joshua Turchin plays a dozen or so instruments. In addition, he wrote the book and lyrics, and composed the music, to an original, award-winning, Broadway-bound musical...

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Broadway will not re-open in 2020

  Theater fans will have to wait until at least sometime next year to resume attending live Broadway performances. The Broadway League announced on Monday that they have suspended performances in New York City through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. As a result, Broadway theaters are offering refunds...

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