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2018 Tony Awards Nominations Announced: Most Nods Go To Angels In America, Mean Girls, And SpongeBob

TIME Magazine reports: With no Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen, the nominations for the 72nd Annual Tony Awards are a wide-open playing field. The official Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning by Leslie Odom Jr., who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, and Katharine McPhee, …

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Catholic League To Demand Trump’s NEA Cease Funding Any Art That Might Be Considered “Anti-Christian”

Via press release: On January 23, “Jerry Springer: The Opera,” a New Group production, will preview at the Pershing Square Signature Center, an off-Broadway venue. That morning, at 9:30 a.m., I will hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., raising objections to the play and the source of funding for the New Group. Regarding the …

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Trump Fans Send Death Threats To Family Of Julius Caesar Director And Staffers At Unrelated Theaters

Gothamist reports: The Public Theater’s controversial production of Julius Caesar closed Sunday night, but the so-called “right-wing hate machine” surrounding the play continues to churn, with a torrent of anonymous threats made in recent days against the Public Theater’s director Oskar Eustis, as well as other Shakespeare companies across the country. The Post reports that Eustis and his wife have …

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NEW YORK CITY: Alt-Right Pizzagate Lunatics Disrupt Julius Caesar Performance Because Trump [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: A production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park was disrupted on Friday evening by two protesters who objected to the bloody scene in which the title character, played by an actor costumed and styled to resemble President Trump, is knifed to death. A woman who later identified herself on social media as Laura Loomer jumped …

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Dear Evan Hansen Wins Big At The Tony Awards, Bette Midler Takes Best Actress In A Musical [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: “Dear Evan Hansen” was the big winner at the 2017 Tony Awards, broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, walking off with awards for best musical and lead actor as well as actress nods for Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones. “Dear Evan Hansen” finished with six out of its nine nominations, including …

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James Comey And Wife Attend Smash LGBT Musical Fun Home In First Public Appearance Since Being Fired

ABC News reports: Former FBI director James Comey attended a Broadway musical matinee in Washington Saturday, marking his first prominent public appearance since being dismissed Tuesday by President Trump. Comey and wife Patrice attended the afternoon performance of “Fun Home,” a Broadway musical currently on tour across the country, at the National Theater. “Fun Home” is a true story about …

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2017 Tony Awards Nominations Announced

Variety reports: “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” jumped to the head of the pack of the 2017 Tony nominations, taking the lead with an even dozen noms, ahead of “Hello, Dolly!,” which nabbed ten, and “Dear Evan Hansen,” which scored nine. In a year packed with 13 new musicals all vying for attention, the 2016-17 season had …

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Kevin Spacey To Host 2017 Tony Awards

Variety reports: Kevin Spacey has signed on to host the 2017 Tony Awards — thereby answering a major outstanding question about the upcoming awards ceremony, which this year has waited until late in the game to nail down its emcee. Although Spacey is best known for work on film (“The Usual Suspects,” “American Beauty”) and TV (“House of Cards”), he’s …

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Patron Collapses At Hello Dolly But Waves Off EMTs Because He’d “Sooner Die” Than Miss The Second Act

The New York Post reports: At the Bette Midler show — which has instantly become Broadway’s hottest ticket, raking in $1.4 million in its first five performances — a source told us, “Around halfway through the first act,” an audience member visiting from LA “started to feel dizzy and made his way to the aisle. But he lost consciousness and …

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ORLANDO: JMG Essay To Feature In New Play On Pulse Massacre, Show To Run At Orlando Fringe Festival

Playwright David Lee has incorporated my Pulse essay, Their Phones Kept Ringing, into a play selected to run at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Such an honor! Via press release: David Lee, recipient of the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award has created an original theatrical event that shares stories and experiences from the days, weeks and months following …

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Broadway Cares Donates $150K To Pulse Funds

Via press release: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that $150,000 will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and all Broadway Cares supporters to three service organizations in central Florida committed to reaching out and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and their families and friends. “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has …

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Record-Breaking 16 Tony Nominations For Hamilton

The 2016 Tony Awards nominations were announced moments ago, with the huge smash Hamilton receiving a record-breaking 16 nods. The record was previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot, both of which earned 15 nominations in their debut years. See the full list of 2016 nominees below. From the New York Times: On Tuesday, the show was singled out …

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Good Morning Baltimore: Jennifer Hudson And Harvey Fierstein To Headline NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Via press release from NBC/Universal: Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of “The Wiz Live!” Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who received extraordinary reviews …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz Denies Production Rights For All His Shows

Theatergoers in North Carolina won’t be seeing Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, or any of Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz’s many other shows due the state’s anti-LGBT hate law. Broadway World has his statement: To my fellow theatre writers and producers: As you no doubt know, the state of North Carolina has recently passed a reprehensible and discriminatory law. I feel that it …

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Kevin Spacey Gets Knighted

Via the Daily Mail: Kevin Spacey claims he feels like ‘an adopted son’ after being awarded an honorary knighthood for his services to culture and British theatre. The US star, who is finishing a 10-year run as artistic director at London’s Old Vic theatre, said he was ‘honored and humbled’ by the recognition and thanked Britons for supporting his work. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Panti Bliss To Perform Five Shows At Irish Arts Center

Via press release: On the heels of the recent Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland, Irish Arts Center is proud to present Ireland’s High Queen, National Treasure, Performance Giant and Accidental Activist Panti in her smash-hit comedy show, High Heels in Low Places. Brought to New York City by Irish production company THISISPOPBABY, High Heels in Low Places runs at Irish …

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Opening In NYC: Clinton, The Musical

Via press release: If President William Jefferson Clinton behaved like two different people—one moment noble, the next naughty—that’s because he was! Clinton The Musical explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” (Tom Galantich) the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” (Duke Lafoon) the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton (Kerry Butler) at …

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Courtney Love – All I Ever Wanted

Via the New York Times: Singer, songwriter, punk-rocker, actress, fashionista, tabloid bonanza and … piano mover? That’s part of Courtney Love’s latest and thoroughly unexpected gig. The performer who made her name in the 1990s with her primal rasp and confrontational, straight-from-the-id songs will play the lead in “Kansas City Choir Boy,” a music-theater piece she’s performing with its songwriter, …

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David Mixner Reveals Having Helped Eight Friends With AIDS Commit Suicide

Noted activist and former Clinton White House aide David Mixner made a startling revelation during the premiere of his show here in New York City. Via the Daily Beast: It is the morning after. We are speaking about Mixner’s emotional on-stage confession—unelicited by anyone but himself—Monday night to the assisted suicides he oversaw of friends dying of AIDS in the …

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