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Have You Seen Our Favorite New Way to Watch Awards Shows?

Have You Seen Our Favorite New Way to Watch Awards Shows?

Originally posted 01/12/2014 06:50AM

Get the glamour, gowns and silly celeb selfies all in one place

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Neil Patrick Harris's Next Gig: A Transgender Rock Singer | Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris Sets Next Gig: A Transgender Rock Singer

Originally posted 06/18/2013 07:55AM

Neil Patrick Harris has already lined up his next high-profile gig once the series finale of How I Met Your Mother airs later this year – he's Broadway-bound.

The singing and dancing triple threat, who hosted the Tony Awards for the fourth time on June 9 (to great reviews), is set to don a wig, dress and high heels for his role as a German transgender rock singer in spring 2014's first Broadway production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.

"I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's high heels," Harris said in a statement.

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Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Win Big at Tonys (VIDEO)

Tony Awards: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper Are the Winners

Originally posted 06/09/2013 11:05PM

It was showdown at the Times Square Corral Sunday night.

This year's 67th annual Tony Awards race boiled down to a hotly contested duel between a homegrown musical about thigh-high footwear, Kinky Boots, and a British import about a contemporary little girl's Dickensian life, Matilda.

When the smoke cleared, Broadway's big winner was Kinky Boots, which, besides being named best musical of the season, took home a total of six awards, including one for best leading actor in a musical Billy Porter – whose jet-propelled acceptance speech left the crowd touched and breathless.

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Two and a Half Men's Holland Taylor Opens Up About Her Depression | Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men Star, Opens Up About Her Depression

Originally posted 06/09/2013 06:55PM

Having memorably played a tough but warm-hearted Harvard Law professor in Legally Blonde and sassy mom Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men, veteran actress Holland Taylor is now up for a Tony Award for Broadway's Ann, her one-woman show in which she plays the late, feisty Texas Gov. Ann Richards.

Doubly remarkable is not only that Taylor stars in the show, but she wrote it herself. (The Tonys air live on CBS Sunday at 8 p.m.)

And while the Emmy winner has enjoyed career success, life has not been entirely glamorous for the 70-year-old, who opens up about her own personal challenges – including a long struggle with depression – in this weekend's Parade.

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Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Among Top Tony Nominees | Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Among Top Tony Nominees

Originally posted 04/30/2013 09:25AM

Star power shined on Broadway this season – and some of the big names even managed to gain Tony nominations, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Among them: Tom Hanks, in the Tony-nominated best-play contender by the late Nora Ephron, Lucky Guy; Laurie Metcalf, in Sharr White's The Other Place; Cicely Tyson, in a revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful; Holland Taylor, in the play about the late, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, written by Taylor herself, Ann; David Hyde Pierce, in Christopher Durang's best-play nominee Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Nathan Lane, in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance.

In the best musical category, the nominees are Bring It On, A Christmas Story, Matilda and Kinky Boots, which received the most nominations of any show: 13, including a nod for its Cyndi Lauper-written score.

Best play contenders, besides Lucky Guy and the side-splitting homage to Chekhov, Vanya, are Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties and Colm Tólbin's The Testament of Mary.

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Audra McDonald Is Married | Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald Is Married

Originally posted 10/06/2012 09:00PM

Actress Audra McDonald is a married woman. On Saturday night, the former Private Practice actress exchanged vows in an Esosa dress with Broadway star Will Swenson at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Both Broadway veterans, the two met in 2007 and got engaged this past New Year's while on vacation in Puerto Rico.

"Well that was just the best day ever #SadieSadiemarriedlady," McDonald, 42, Tweeted late Saturday.

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Neil Patrick Harris Calls Tonys 'Fifty Shades of Gay' | Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris Calls Tonys 'Fifty Shades of Gay'

Originally posted 06/10/2012 11:10PM

Broadway celebrated itself Sunday night – and crowned Once and playwright Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park as the season's best musical and drama, in a star-studded evening that third-time host Neil Patrick Harris called "the 66th annual Tony Awards, or, as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay."

Clybourne Park, which also won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, takes its cues from Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, about developments in a Chicago neighborhood after the Younger family has moved in and moved on. The best play Tony was that show's only win; it was bested in the straight play category by Peter and the Starcatcher, a kind of prequel to Peter Pan, which won five.

The modest Dublin-set musical Once, based on the independent 2006 movie by the same title, practically swept the musical category, winning eight Tonys, including best musical, best musical direction and best musical actor for Steve Kazee.

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Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Originally posted 05/01/2012 09:40AM

Broadway's biggest night – the 66th annual Tony Awards – may be 40 days away, but the celebrating has already kicked in, especially for a modest new musical called Once, a love story set in Ireland that scored the most nominations of any show this year: 11, including best musical.

Not celebrating: the much-maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which, despite an expenditure of $70 million, scads of publicity and the music of U2's Bono and the Edge, landed with only two nominations, for costume and scenic design.

Faring better after the nominations were announced Tuesday morning – by a chipper Kristin Chenoweth and a droll star Jim Parsons, who is about to star in a Broadway revival of the comedy Harvey – were such nominees as Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Nixon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Sparkles at Tony Awards | Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones Sparkles at Tony Awards

Originally posted 06/13/2011 08:15AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones made a dazzling return to the stage at Sunday night's Tonys.

Presenting two awards – for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play and that for actor in a leading role in a musical – the Welsh actress, 41, made her first public appearance since announcing her struggle with bipolar disorder in April.

Dressed in a sparkling red gown that revealed her terrific figure, Zeta-Jones handed Tonys to winners Mark Rylance for the play Jerusalem and Norbert Leo Butz for the musical Catch Me If You Can.

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Book of Mormon Sweeps Tony Awards – No Surprise

Book of Mormon Sweeps Tony Awards – No Surprise

Originally posted 06/12/2011 11:30PM

Broadway got religious Sunday night – make that sacrilegious – with the wildly irreverent The Book of Mormon dominating the 65th annual Tony Awards, as expected.

"This is such a waste of time," said Chris Rock as he was about to open the envelope, "like taking a hooker to dinner."

Lampooning young Latter Day Saints on a mission to Uganda, the musical, with a book and score by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez, went into the evening with 14 nominations and walked away with nine Antoinette Perry Awards, including best musical, score, book, featured actress Nikki M. James, among others.

Parker, who co-directed Mormon with Casey Nicholaw, thanked South Park fans when the two were named best directors of a musical. "If it weren't for you guys," said Parker, "we wouldn't be here."

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