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Alicia Keys, Jay-Z Fooled Some in Tonys Audience

Duet was taped and made to appear the duet was live

(Newser) - Not only were TV viewers fooled, many people in the audience thought they were seeing a crowd-pleasing moment in Sunday night's Tony Awards live. But it was the kind of trickery more common in films than the theater, the AP reports. While Alicia Keys performed a medley from her...

Angelina Jolie Wins Her First Tony Award

And more from the ceremony celebrating theater

(Newser) - The Outsiders, a gritty adaptation of the classic young adult novel, became the essence of a Broadway insider on Sunday, winning the Tony Award for best new musical on a night when women made strides, the AP reports. The musical based on the beloved SE Hinton book is about rival...

Tony Awards Make History
Tony Awards Make History

Tony Awards Make History

First nonbinary actors win

(Newser) - The intimate, funny-sad musical Kimberly Akimbo nudged aside splashier rivals on Sunday to win the musical crown at the Tony Awards on a night when Broadway flexed its creative muscle amid the Hollywood writers’ strike and made history with laurels for nonbinary actors J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell, the...

Jennifer Hudson Is Now EGOT Royalty
Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson Is Now EGOT Royalty

40-year-old performer completes Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony loop with Tony win for producing role

(Newser) - Meet your newest EGOT winner: Jennifer Hudson, who started out as a contestant on American Idol and has worked her way up to one of the most impressive achievements in entertainment. People reports that the 40-year-old actress and singer completed the EGOT feat—in which one wins an Emmy, Grammy,...

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners
Here Are Your
Tony Award Winners

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners

'A Strange Loop' wins best new musical

(Newser) - A Strange Loop, an irreverent, sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness took home the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season by choosing an envelope-pushing Black voice, the AP reports. Michael R. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize...

Tony Awards: Violent Guests Will Be Removed Immediately

Awards show clarifies policy in wake of Will Smith's Oscars incident

(Newser) - This year's Tony Awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 12—and organizers want to make sure it remains a slap-free zone. In a letter to potential ticket buyers, organizers said there was a new "no violence" policy, an apparent response...

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners
Here Are Your
Tony Award Winners

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners

'Moulin Rouge' wins big

(Newser) - Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen, and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. The...

Actress' Historic Win Is a Tonys Highlight

Ali Stroker uses a wheelchair

(Newser) - Hadestown, the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday, including best new musical and handing a rare win for a female director of a musical. Playwright Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman was crowned best play. In the four lead actor...

Some Surprising Omissions From Tony Nominations

Like the fact that 'To Kill a Mockingbird' didn't get a best play nod

(Newser) - Hadestown, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud, built around songs by the Temptations, which received a dozen nominations. Hadestown, which intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, bested...

De Niro Bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-Bomb
De Niro Bleeped
for Trump F-Bomb

De Niro Bleeped for Trump F-Bomb

The crowd gave him a standing ovation

(Newser) - With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theater crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Trump. De Niro, a staunch...

The Band's Visit Scores 10 Tonys
Musical That 'Makes
Borders Disappear'
Wins 10 Tonys

Musical That 'Makes Borders Disappear' Wins 10 Tonys

The Band's Visit left Harry Potter in 2nd place

(Newser) - The American, grown-up musical The Band's Visit outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical, on a night where the theme of acceptance flowed through the telecast, the AP reports. The ...

Parkland Drama Teacher Gets a Big Honor

Melody Herzfeld will receive award at Tonys

(Newser) - During the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld hid from the shooter with 65 of her students. Next month, she'll be honored at the Tony Awards. Herzfeld will receive the Excellence in Theatre Education award at the New York...

Tony Nominations Good News for Tina Fey, Amy Schumer

'Mean Girls' adaptation grabs a dozen; Schumer up for best actress

(Newser) - Tina Fey's musical Mean Girls, which she adapted from her much-beloved and oft-quoted 2004 high school comedy movie, and the goofy undersea cartoon adaptation SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical lead the Tony Award nominations with a dozen nods each. A British revival of Angels in America, Tony Kushner's...

Dear Evan Hansen Wins Big at Tonys
Dear Evan Hansen
Wins Big at Tonys

Dear Evan Hansen Wins Big at Tonys

Musical about young outsiders picks up 6 awards

(Newser) - Dear Evan Hansen, a touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest—winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book, and top actor honors for Ben Platt. The show came into the night as...

Hamilton Scores Near-Record 11 Tonys

It was an emotional night on Broadway

(Newser) - Hamilton, the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub , the AP reports. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical biography...

Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods

No one's really surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is leading the pack

(Newser) - The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first US treasury secretary broke the 15-nominations record Tuesday held by The Producers and...

Fun Home Makes History at Tony Awards

'Curious Incident' also had a great night

(Newser) - The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show Fun Home was named best musical at the Tony Awards, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team. The show, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir about growing up with a closeted dad...

American in Paris, Fun Home Lead Tony Nominations

Each gets 12 nods

(Newser) - The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations today, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny—the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly—and the other moody—the dark...

Audra Didn't Need Meds? Well, My Kid Does

Belinda Luscombe on how helpful ADHD meds have been for her son

(Newser) - As she accepted her record sixth Tony , Audra McDonald thanked her parents "for disobeying the doctors’ orders and not medicating the hyperactive girl." Which didn't sit well with Belinda Luscombe. Luscombe has kids and she hopes they someday thank her, too. "Here’s the thing though....

History Was Made at the Tonys
 History Was Made at the Tonys 

History Was Made at the Tonys

Audra McDonald becomes most decorated actress

(Newser) - Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress last night when she won her sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. The win put the singer and actress ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for...

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