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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.
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."
Originally posted 05/03/2011 09:25AM
One of the most star-heavy Broadway seasons in recent memory has not resulted in a big-name lineup in nominations for this year's 65th annual Tony Awards, celebrating the best of the bright White Way.
Besides a snubbed Robin Williams in the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Chris Rock in The Motherf----- in the Hat, Jim Belushi in Born Yesterday and Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – though his costar John Larroquette and the show itself were nominated – also overlooked was the entire cast (as well as the revival itself) of the drama That Championship Season: Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.
Clearly, the show to beat is the comedic musical The Book of Mormon, from the South Park duo of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It received 14 nominations, only one nod shy of the record 15 nominations that went to Mel Brooks's 2001 The Producers.
Originally posted 06/14/2010 09:00PM
Forget the Champagne. How is Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrating her first-ever Tony Award win? By resting!
After collecting a best actress trophy for her performance in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's 1973 A Little Night Music, Zeta-Jones – who performed at Sunday's Tonys despite suffering a throat virus – rewarded herself by "taking it easy" the next day, says a friend.
That's no small feat for a woman who has been headlining eight shows a week since the show opened in December and was battling a throat virus even as she performed "Send in the Clowns" at the Tonys – after rehearsing all morning and appearing in a matinee performance.
Originally posted 06/09/2010 08:00AM
Katie Holmes may have made her Broadway debut as the fiancée Ann in the 2008 revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 All My Sons, but this Sunday she'll be back on Great White Way in a very different capacity.
Holmes, 31, will present the best featured actress award, alongside Harry Potter star and fellow Broadway veteran Daniel Radcliffe, at the 64th annual Tony Awards, to be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall.
"Katie has proven herself a welcome addition to the Broadway community with her phenomenal debut last year in All My Sons and her continued support of theater," a Tony Awards source tells PEOPLE. "She and Daniel will bring a really great energy to the show this year, and everyone is really looking forward to working with her."
Originally posted 05/24/2010 11:30AM
Current Promises, Promises Tony nominee and past Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes will host June 13's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony, CBS – which will broadcast the show live from Radio City Music Hall – announced Monday.
The Tonys honor Broadway's best. This year's top nominees include the musicals Fela!" and La Cage aux Folles, with 11 nods each, and the revival of the drama Fences, starring Denzel Washington, with 10.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards," Hayes, 39, said in a statement. "As the new guy on Broadway, it's an honor to be included in the established alumni."
Originally posted 05/04/2010 09:20AM
One thing not lacking on Broadway this season was star power – with such marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Denzel Washington, Justin Bartha, Alicia Silverstone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christopher Walken, Jude Law, Sienna Miller Sean Hayes, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Linney and even Uncle Fester from The Addams Family packing in the crowds.
As for who among them will take home the Tony, the selection process narrowed Tuesday morning with the announcement of nominations by the American Theatre Wing, with the stirring musical Fela!, about Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and the moving revival of La Cage Aux Folles, featuring pitch-perfect performances from Kelsey Grammer and British actor Douglas Hodge, outdistancing all other shows – with 11 nominations each.
Hot on their heels was the revival of August Wilson's Fences, starring nominees Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. It received 10 nominations.
Originally posted 06/09/2009 08:00AM
Bret Michaels may have broken his nose and busted his lip during a scenery-related malfunction at the Tonys on Sunday – but the Poison frontman and Rock of Love star left with his sense of humor intact.
"He told me, 'All I remember is Shrek and the donkey helping me up, and Liza [Minnelli] giving me a towel,'" says his rep, Joann Mignano. "And Bret was laughing when he heard [Tonys host] Neil Patrick Harris said he gave new meaning to 'headbanging.' "
Michaels, 46, was hit by a large sign descending from the ceiling as he exited the stage following Poison's performance of "Nothin' But a Good Time" with the Rock of Ages cast, and was tended to by paramedics offstage. He required three stitches to his bloodied lip, and his rep says that X-rays later revealed the rocker fractured his nose.
Originally posted 06/05/2009 12:00PM
Neil Patrick Harris may be no stranger to the Broadway stage, but how will TV's How I Met Your Mother star fare as host of Sunday's Tony Awards?
"I'll probably be a little more joke-y," Harris, 35, told PEOPLE Thursday during a break from rehearsing the Great White Way's annual rite of spring. "I'm going to angle a little bit more towards Jon Stewart in a perfect world."
As for having to fill shoes impressively worn in years past by the Sexiest Man Alive, Harris says, "Hugh Jackman did the [opening] production number very well, so to try and replicate [that], I worry that it would seem like I'm trying to repeat. I wouldn't want to be a repeater."
Originally posted 05/05/2009 09:30AM
Sir Elton John: Get out your tutu. The Rocket Man's musical Billy Elliot, about a British working-class boy's desire to dance, scored an impressive 15 Tony nominations, including best musical, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Billy will compete in the top category with Next to Normal, a brash musical about a mother's nervous breakdown; the pop compendium Rock of Ages; and Shrek the Musical.
Dolly Parton's just-opened 9 to 5 was among those overlooked in the best musical category, though one of its stars, Allison Janney, received a nod in the leading actress race. The lively revival of the '60s tribal rock musical Hair received eight nominations, including best revival.
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