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Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

For decades, campaigns for Oscars -- and, more recently, Emmys -- have been waged with ever-increasing creativity and aggressiveness. On Broadway, the quest for Tonys have traditionally been conducted more quietly and politely. After all, it's a smaller community with a smaller pool of awards voters. In recent years, however, the top theater publicists -- who number only a few themselves -- have picked up their game.

Gone are the days when it was enough to simply run ads in newspapers; corral talent for the nominations morning press gaggle and nominees luncheon a few weeks later; attend and/or present at and/or perform at events like the Manhattan Theater Club's annual gala, the Obies, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and the Drama Desk Awards; and grant interviews to New York-based newspapers, daytime talk shows and local news programs.

Now, you have to be craftier -- and this year, many publicists were.

TONYS: Who Should Win, Who Will Win 

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Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

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Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK -- On Sunday night Scott Sanders will be at Radio City Music Hall attending the Tony Awards as the lead producer of the best musical nominee After Midnight. It would be a special night for Sanders if that was all there was to his story, but there's more: 35 years ago, in another lifetime, before he became one of the more respected figures on the Great White Way, he helped to save the venue in which his show -- an $8 million jazz revue -- will now open "the Super Bowl of Broadway," as he calls it, and possibly even take home its most coveted prize. Life can be funny like that.

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Tonys: Hitting Times Square With 'Hedwig' Star Lena Hall to Talk Broadway (Video)

Tonys: Hitting Times Square With 'Hedwig' Star Lena Hall to Talk Broadway (Video)

NEW YORK -- Last Sunday afternoon, before the first of her two performances that day, Lena Hall, the fast-rising Broadway star who is a best featured actress in a musical Tony nominee this year for her performance opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the hit musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch, joined me for a walk around Times Square.

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Tonys: 5 Things to Expect From the Show

Tonys: 5 Things to Expect From the Show

NEW YORK -- The 68th Tony Awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday evening, and The Hollywood Reporter is hearing interesting bits and pieces about the opening number, musical acts, special performances and presenters. If you want to be completely surprised by everything to do with the show, stop reading now... but if you want to whet your appetite, read on!

PHOTOS: Tony Awards 2014: The Nominees 

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At Home With Jerry Lewis as He Opens Up About Son's Death, Skirmishes With Fans

At Home With Jerry Lewis as He Opens Up About Son's Death, Skirmishes With Fans

"Here's what happens when you're 88," says Jerry Lewis, jabbing at a giant black-and-blue mark on his arm. "You bump your arm and get these 'tattoos.' It's annoying. I look like a f--ing bike rider!"

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Tonys: Will Broadway's Golden Girl Kelli O'Hara Finally Take Home the Gold This Year? (Video)

Tonys: Will Broadway's Golden Girl Kelli O'Hara Finally Take Home the Gold This Year? (Video)

NEW YORK – Few performers have won an acting Tony for work in a show that closed after Tony nominations were announced due to poor ticket sales, as opposed to the expiration of a preordained limited engagement. The most recent exceptions to this rule were Julie White, who won best actress in a play for The Little Dog Laughed (2006), and John Lithgow, who won best actor in a musical for Sweet Smell of Success (2002), the latter of which featured an up-and-coming young actress by the name of Kelli O'Hara.

VIDEO: Tonys Actress Roundtable Presents 6 of Broadway's Leading Ladies on Their Noms, Pet Peeves and Pee Breaks

Over the years since Sweet Smell of Success, O'Hara has become one of the biggest names on Broadway, scoring five Tony nominations along the way -- for The Light in the Piazza (2005), The Pajama Game (2006), South Pacific (2008), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012) and, this year, for The Bridges of Madison County. To her great disappointment, the one in which she invested the most time, heart and soul, Bridges, closed just days after she received her nom. It failed to receive one in the category of best musical, which represented its last best hope of generating some sustainable interest at the box office.

Consequently, the 38-year-old now finds herself in the same aforementioned situation as White and Lithgow, as well as Angela Lansbury, the last person to win the best actress in a musical Tony under these circumstances, for the revival of Gypsy, way back in 1975. The only others who have won in that category for closed shows: Mary Martin for Peter Pan (1955); Dolores Gray for Carnival in Flanders (1954), which closed after just six performances, the shortest run ever recognized with an acting Tony; plus Patricia Routledge for Darling of the Day and Leslie Uggam for Hallelujah, Baby, who tied in 1968.

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Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Joining Greenwich Film Fest Board (Exclusive)

Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Joining Greenwich Film Fest Board (Exclusive)

NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former president George W. Bush and granddaughter of former president George H.W. Bush, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg about the recent announcement that Greenwich, Connecticut, will play host to an international film festival starting in June 2015 -- and that she is a member of the board that is making it possible.

THR decided to ask the 32-year-old, who works as a special correspondent for NBC's Today and as a contributor to NBC Nightly News, about her connection to the affluent town located about 45 minutes outside of New York City, where she lives; why she wants to be associated with a film festival in the first place; and the name of the last great movie that she saw.

Here are some snippets of our exclusive conversation.

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Tonys: Actress Nominees Share Their Intros to New York, Broadway Debuts (Video)

Tonys: Actress Nominees Share Their Intros to New York, Broadway Debuts (Video)

NEW YORK -- Just over a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter conducted our first Tonys Actress Roundtable with six 2014 Tony nominees -- Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), Sutton Foster (Violet), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) -- and the conversation produced so much interesting material that it couldn't all fit into the main video. Therefore, THR is now releasing an 11-minute bonus feature: the actresses' discussion about what first brought them to New York and what they regard as their "big break" on Broadway.

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Tonys: Actor Nominees Recall Their Moves to New York, Big Breaks (Video)

Tonys: Actor Nominees Recall Their Moves to New York, Big Breaks (Video)

NEW YORK – Just over a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter conducted its first Tonys Actor Roundtable with six 2014 Tony nominees — Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Andy Karl (Rocky), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Chris O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men) and Tony Shalhoub (Act One) — and the conversation produced so much interesting material that it couldn't all fit into the main video. Therefore, THR is now releasing an 11-minute bonus feature: the actors' discussion about what first brought them to New York and what they regard as their "big break" on Broadway.

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Austin Film Festival to Honor 'Mad Men,' 'True Detective' and 'Masters of Sex' Emmy Hopefuls

Austin Film Festival to Honor 'Mad Men,' 'True Detective' and 'Masters of Sex' Emmy Hopefuls

The 21st annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference won't get underway until Oct. 23, but it has already cast a bright spotlight on several prominent members of the television community who are in the midst of vying for Emmys votes.

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Yankees Star and 'Film Buff' Mark Teixeira on Joining Board of New Film Fest in Greenwich (Exclusive)

Yankees Star and 'Film Buff' Mark Teixeira on Joining Board of New Film Fest in Greenwich (Exclusive)

NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, a two-time All-Star and World Series champion, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg about the recent announcement that an international film festival will take place in the affluent Connecticut town in which he lives with his wife and three children -- and that he is a member of the board that is making it possible.

The first Greenwich International Film Festival won't take place for another year -- it's slated for June 4-7, 2015 -- but THR decided to ask the 34-year-old for a preview of what it will entail; why Greenwich is a good place for an event of this sort; how he will juggle his "day job," which includes summer games, with the festivities; what his favorite films are; whether or not he is interested in acting gigs beyond the TV and Broadway cameos he's already made; and, most pertinent to Yankees fans, how his wrist is doing.

PHOTOS: Take Me Out: Hollywood's Best Baseball Movies 

Here are some snippets of our exclusive conversation.

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Tonys: Who Should Win, Who Will Win (Analysis)

Tonys: Who Should Win, Who Will Win (Analysis)

A version of this story appears in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

NEW YORK — With less than a week to go until the 68th Tony Awards are dished out at Radio City Music Hall on June 8 (voting closes on June 6), The Hollywood Reporter's theater critic David Rooney and awards analyst Scott Feinberg offer up their picks for who deserves to win and who is most likely to win, respectively, in all of the major categories. 

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Tonys: In the Thick of Awards Season, a Busy Night on the Town With Harvey Fierstein

Tonys: In the Thick of Awards Season, a Busy Night on the Town With Harvey Fierstein

NEW YORK – The evening of Monday, May 19, proved to be an unusually hectic one for New York theater legend Harvey Fierstein — a man who is accustomed to having Mondays off — and therefore for me, as well, since I, being a self-professed fan of Fierstein's work, had been invited to hang with him as he jumped from an uptown affair to a downtown affair and back again. How could I pass up a chance like that?

The life of any Tony nominee is busy at this time of year, with the Tonys ceremony rapidly approaching. But for Fierstein, a tireless and irrepressible 59-year-old (he turns 60 on Friday) who has an astounding three shows currently running on Broadway -- 2012 best musical Tony nominee Newsies, 2013 best musical Tony winner Kinky Boots and 2014 best play Tony nominee Casa Valentina -- it can be even busier than for most.

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