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2015 Tony Awards
The Tony Awards
There is no bigger night in New York theater than the annual Tony Awards, when the best on Broadway are recognized for their outstanding acting, brilliant musical numbers, stellar direction, writing and everything else that makes theatergoers the devoted fans they are. It's a thrill to revisit all the highs of the season, pore overthe Tony nominees list and root for the productions and people that moved us the most. With this ultimate guide to the 2015 Tony Awards, you can revisit every stellar moment from the Broadway season, vote on who you think the Tony winners will be, read interviews with some of the outstanding talent and get prepped to watch the awards broadcast on Sunday, June 7, 2015. When are the Tony Awards? The 69th Annual Tony Awards are on June 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET. Where are the Tony Awards? The Tony Awards are held at Radio City Music Hall and televised live on CBS. How to get tickets to the Tony Awards? Tickets to the 69th Annual Tony Awards will go on sale in the spring on the Tony Awards website.
Broadway watch: post-Tony nomination massacres
It’s a grim annual ritual: Tony Award nominations come out and snubbed shows start dropping like flies. Yesterday it was Living on Love, the Renée Fleming vehicle that received less than loving responses, struggled at the box office, and then gave up after garnering zero nods. Living on Love goes cold this Sunday.The Heidi Chronicles opted for pre-emptive action: After failing to draw audiences to this Wendy Wasserstein revival—despite casting Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss—producers announced a premature end last week. It also shutters after Sunday’s matinee.So who’s next? All eyes are on Doctor Zhivago, which got some of the nastiest notices of the season (including this pan from yours truly). The show looks expensive to keep going on what must be terrible word of mouth, and it too was completely ignored by Tony nominators. Last week the box office take was $485K—probably shy of the behemoth’s weekly “nut” (the basic cost of running it). But with 50 producers (is that a record?) there might be cash sloshing around to burn. But how long?Hand to God (five nominations) and It Shoulda Been You (zero nominations) each filled 73% of the house last week. The Visit was at 72% capacity. Each is praying to do better business in coming months, either from June Tony wins or an uptick in word of mouth.Otherwise, most of the nominated shows are doing well at the box office: The King and I, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Fun Home are playing to full or near-full capacity. Wolf H
Nods, snubs and sweeps: Five takeaways from the 2015 Tony Award nominations
By: David Cote & Adam Feldman This morning, Broadway-bound Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker announced the nominees for the 2015 Tony Awards. While for us there weren’t a lot of surprises (our pre-nominations were pretty close), there are still lessons to be drawn from the announcement. 1. Choreography is more than dance. Most of the names in this category came as no surprise: Christopher Wheeldon for his gorgeous ballet sequences for An American in Paris and Casey Nicholaw’s boffo Elizabethan England–meets–Las Vegas showmanship in Something Rotten! But less expected was Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, which created the intricate movement vocabulary for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In this hyper-stylized drama about a youth on the autism spectrum, no character dances, per se, but every footstep and gyration has been carefully plotted out. Nice to see Tony acknowledging that all movement has a method. 2. Harvey Weinstein snubbed—or was he? The widely panned Peter Pan musical Finding Neverland did not receive a single Tony nomination, which some have seen as a defiant gesture toward the show’s producer, Hollywood superpower Harvey Weinstein. And yes, Weinstein has made a lot of clumsy missteps in his dealings with the Broadway community. But the truth is that Finding Neverland just isn’t very good, and in a year with so much competition—ten original musicals, plus five revivals—it was roundly outclassed. Finding Neverland didn’t ne
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The Tony Awards are not just a celebration of excellence in Broadway theater, but also a national showcase and public record of performances that are otherwise local and fleeting. The most memorable Tony moments can echo in theater history for years or decades to come. But which are the best of the best? We've surveyed every performance of a nominated musical or musical revival since CBS's first Tony telecast (in 1967), and here's our list of the top 25. Note that we're limiting ourselves to Tony-nominated shows in the years they were nominated; don't look here for special material, musical guests, opening medleys and the like. So without further ado—and steeling yourself for the possibility that some of your favorites didn't make the cut—prepare to be razzle-dazzled by the greatest of the Great White Way. Curtain up! RECOMMENDED: See complete Tony Awards coverage
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