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Tony Awards Provide Box Office Boost for ‘A Strange Loop,’ ‘MJ’

The Tony Awards provided a boost for several shows, including best musical winner A Strange Loop.  The musical, which tells the story of a Black, gay man, who is writing a musical about himself, performed as part of the June 12 telecast and also saw creator Michael R. Jackson takes home the prize for best […]

Broadway Makes Masks Optional for Attendees This July

Masks will be optional for theatergoers attending Broadway shows in July. The Broadway League made the “mask optional” policy announcement Tuesday, which removes the industrywide mandate that has been in place since July 2021. That mandate is set to expire after June 30.  While masks will not be mandated, the Broadway League is still encouraging […]

Tony Awards Analysis: Voters Spread the Love on a Night Likely to Boost Broadway’s Box Offices

The 2022 Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night, recognized the work of Broadway’s first season since the pandemic shutdown. The ceremony offered everything one could hope for: a magnificent host in Ariana DeBose, the 31-year-old triple-threat product of the Great White Way (which the Afro-Latina joked is “becoming more of […]

Tony Awards: ‘Six’ Co-Creator Toby Marlow Becomes First Nonbinary Composer-Lyricist to Win Best Score

Toby Marlow, the Six: The Musical co-creator, was among the night’s historic winners during the 2022 Tony Awards held Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. Marlow took this win during the Tony Awards’ first-hour special, Act One, marking a significant moment for inclusion and diversity on Broadway by becoming the first openly nonbinary composer-lyricist […]

Tony Awards: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Phylicia Rashad, RuPaul and Billy Porter Among Hollywood Winners

Jesse Tyler Ferguson earned the Tony for best supporting actor in the revival of Richard Greenberg’s play Take Me Out, the first of many Hollywood stars who took home awards at the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday. Phylicia Rashad won best supporting actress in a play for Skeleton Crew, her second Tony win. “You don’t […]

Tony Awards: Jennifer Hudson Scores EGOT With Win for ‘A Strange Loop’

Jennifer Hudson has achieved EGOT status tonight after A Strange Loop, on which the actress served as a producer, won the Tony award for best musical. Hudson won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her film debut in 2006’s Dreamgirls; she is also the youngest African-American performer to win at the Academy Awards in […]

Tony Awards: ‘A Strange Loop’ Takes Best Musical as ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ ‘Company’ Dominate With Five Wins Each

A Strange Loop, The Lehman Trilogy, Take Me Out and Company won the top prizes at the 2022 Tony Awards. While the Pulitzer Prize-winning Strange Loop, which went into the night with a leading 11 nominations, took home only two awards, those two prizes were for best musical and best book of a musical. With […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters Honor Stephen Sondheim During 2022 Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bernadette Peters paid tribute to the late, legendary composer Stephen Sondheim at the Tony Awards Sunday. Miranda, a mentee of Sondheim’s, referenced the composer’s frequent outreach and guidance to those in the theater community. This has been illustrated through the many detailed letters Sondheim sent to fans and collaborators, which have posthumously […]

COVID-19 Safety Managers, Production Crews Celebrated for Keeping Broadway Open During 2022 Tony Awards

The COVID safety managers, stage managers, cast and crews that kept Broadway productions going during the 2021-2022 season were among those honored during the 2022 Tony Awards, held Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. During the ceremony one of the biggest nods to the pandemic-affected season, which began with theaters reopening in 2021 after […]

Tony Awards Honors the Swings and Understudies Who Kept Broadway Running

Tony Awards host Ariana DeBose shone a spotlight on the swings and understudies of the Broadway season Sunday, praising their critical role in keeping productions going while the industry grappled with COVID-19.  “I want to give a round of applause to some people who played a vital role in keeping Broadway shows open these past […]

Tony Awards: Ariana DeBose Celebrates Broadway Inclusion and Diversity in Opening Monologue

Oscar winner Ariana DeBose kicked off the 75th Tony Awards with a rousing mashup performance of songs from classic Tony-winning musicals such as Cabaret, Company, The Phantom of the Opera and Hair, while wearing a sequined outfit inspired by Michael Jackson, the subject of the 10-time-nominated musical MJ. “Let’s just say, for many of you […]

Tony Awards: Asian American Performers Action Coalition Talk Diversity in N.Y. Theater a Year After Broadway’s Pandemic Return

As the 2022 Tony Awards honor the first full season of theater since Broadway’s return following the 18-month COVID-19 shutdown, a slew of timely topics will likely make their way into Sunday night’s monologues, acceptance speeches and segments. Among them will be the pandemic, but so will inclusion and diversity. As the New York theater […]