Hamilton sparks Tony question: are sung-through musicals just concerts with benefits?

New York Times drama critic Charles Isherwood inadvertently sparked a controversy when, in a discussion of the 2016 Tony Awards, he commented about Hamilton: “I do find it slightly puzzling that it was nominated in the book of a musical category, since the show is almost sung-through, but it’s the kind of juggernaut we haven’t […]

Hamilton may not be a complete sweep at the Tonys

From now until the Tony broadcast on June 12th, theater fans will undoubtedly sound like baseball fans, as they weigh in with predictions, protests and probabilities. This is true every year, but especially true now, thanks to Hamilton, which received an unprecedented 16 Tony nominations yesterday.

The Tony Awards on CBS Sunday night: Broadway’s best season gets its biggest awards show

In case you need a reminder, the 2015 Tony Awards are on CBS this Sunday night, starting at 8pm (ET), with Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hosting from the stage of  Radio City Music Hall. It’s true, the evening will probably continue to be one big commercial for Broadway. Still, the show promises to have […]

This year’s Tony Awards – here’s who SHOULD win, and who DID win!

Update:  Tony voters sided with Jonathan Mandell in 17 of the 24 categories.  Compare the winners (in red) with Jonathan’s judgements. – Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming host the 2015 Tony Awards Sunday, June 7 from Radio City Music Hall. If, we asked our New York critic Jonathan Mandell, choosing the winners was completely up to […]

Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz talks about American in Paris

The morning after the 69th Annual Tony Award nominations were announced, Tony Award nominee, Brandon Uranowitz, nominated for creating the role of Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris, sat down with DC Theatre Scene’s Jonathan Mandell at the Tony Awards’ Meet the Nominees session.

Just announced: Nominations for American Theatre Wing’s 2015 Tony Awards

This morning, the 2015 Tony Awards® nominees were announced by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The list was read by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. The 69th Annual Tony Awards® will be broadcast, live from Radio City Music Hall, on CBS, on Sunday June 7 at 8/7c, hosted by Alan Cumming and […]

Tony Award nominated musicals now on CD or coming soon

The 2013-14 Broadway season has produced a wide variety of scores from musicals that we are fortunate to have had recorded commercially. Indeed, the season has been marked by a notable raft of very well recorded cast albums, many marvelously packaged.

Tony Award nominations announced today – 3 shows seen in DC are nominated

At 8:30am today, Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff announced the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards. DC audiences got a first look at three shows now among the 112 nominees for production or performance. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Musical:  Mary Bridget Davies in A Night with Janis Joplin Best […]

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