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Kwame Kwei-Armah: 'I believe our strength lies in integration'

The British playwright, who works as the artistic director of the Baltimore Center Stage theatre, talks about the role of art in troubled times like these<p>As a Briton who has lived in America for six years, Kwame Kwei-Armah had a front row seat for the seismic political events of 2016.<p>“Brexit broke …

Black Culture

Tony Winner Alex Sharp Reveals Broadway Producer Jordan Roth Jump-Started His Film Career

The actor will appear in John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties.<p>It didn’t take long for Hollywood to scoop up Tony Award winner Alex …


The Great Comet’s Denée Benton and Sweeney Todd’s Norm Lewis Have a Frank Chat About Race

The two Tony-nominated actors share past experiences, their audition pet peeve, and where they see the industry going in terms of diversity.<p>The …

U.S. Presidency

Tony-Nominated Designer Susan Hilferty Reveals the Secrets Behind the Vintage Costumes of Present Laughter

Handpicked by Kevin Kline, the mastermind behind the wardrobe of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival tells its own vibrant story.


The 21-year-old star of ‘Miss Saigon’ on skipping college and saving for retirement

When Eva Noblezada heard she was nominated for a Tony Award for her leading role in “Miss Saigon,” she did what any sensible 21-year-old would do.<p>She started cleaning her apartment.<p>Five minutes later, the reality of her Tony nomination set in, prompting tears and phone calls. Still, the newcomer …

A Lost Edith Wharton Play Emerges from Scholarly Sleuthing

In February of 1901, Walter Berry, a lawyer and member of élite society in New York, expressed a regret in a letter written to his close friend Edith Wharton. “How I do wish I could run on to see the first rehearsal of the Shadow,” he wrote.<p>At the time, Wharton, who was thirty-nine years old, was …


Tony Talk Episode9: The Design Categories

Just like everyone else involved in putting on a show, costume and set designers see their main job as telling a story. But that job--and winning a …

War Paint's Douglas Sills Reveals His Backstage Must-Haves: Flowers, Photos of Acting Giants & a 'Tin Can with String'

<i>War Paint</i>'s Douglas Sills shows off his favorite dressing room items backstage at the Nederlander Theatre.

Home Decorating

Bette Midler, Laura Linney, and More at the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Bette Midler, Come From Away, and The Band’s Visit were among the winners at the 67th Annual awards.


All the Nominated Directors for the 2017 Tony Awards

See all the directors who received nominations for their work on a musical or play this season.

Tony Awards

Glenn Close Stops Sunset Boulevard Performance for Second Time… in 23 Years

In a moment of déjà vu, the Tony winner addressed an audience member who was taking a photo during the musical.<p>On November 1, 1994—the first preview …


‘Transparent,’ the Musical: Coming Soon?

The third season of “Transparent” ends with Shelly Pfefferman, played by Judith Light, performing her one-woman show “To Shell and Back” on a cruise ship. The musical moment, one of many in the award-winning Amazon series, happens so naturally that it’s easy to wonder: What if this <i>were</i> a …

Inside the Studio of David Korins, Set Designer of ‘Hamilton’

On a recent morning, the Broadway set designer David Korins gave a tour of his tchotchke-filled studio near Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. In a room with miniature models of stage sets, a conversation about staircases ensued.<p>For the 2010 production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” Mr. Korins …

The Arts

'Hamilton' Spoof Hits a High Note

Could “Spamilton” be the new “Hamilton”?<p>The Off-Broadway show, a parody of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, marked its 300th performance this past weekend. Demand for tickets remains so strong that “Spamilton” producers are moving the production from the Triad Theater, its current …

The Theatre

Get a First Listen to Christine Ebersole’s Ode to Pink in War Paint

Only in a musical about two cosmetics titans would a character deliver a torch song to a color. <i>War Paint</i>, now on Broadway, follows the rivalry …


Watch Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie Perform a Number from Kinky Boots

Video Watch Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie Perform a Number from <i>Kinky Boots</i><p>The lead singer makes his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning musical …


All the Nominees for Best Choreography for the 2017 Tony Awards

See all the choreographers who received nominations for their work on Broadway this season.


How This Dance Lab Grooms the Tony-Winning Choreographers of Tomorrow

Shrek The Musical’s Josh Prince founded the dance think tank that gave space to Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, JoAnn M. Hunter, and more.<p>Following …


Portrait of the artist as an ageless man: At 92, Peter Brook treads a different path through 'The Mahabharata'

Director Peter Brook, still at it at 92, has lived through nearly a century of theater history. You’d never know it, though, by the way he moves through the world, traveling as light as possible so that he can continue to probe secret depths.<p>The “immediate” theater, the category Brook came up with …

Beverly Hills

Twin Cities theaters of color worry about survival as Guthrie gets more diverse

<i>From left: Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, and Randy Reyes, artistic director of Mu Performing Arts. (Brian Peterson/Star</i> …


Center Theatre Group's starry 50th: From offending Ronald Reagan to Trump-era provocations

Center Theatre Group’s “50th Celebration,” which gathered celebrities, devoted patrons, philanthropists and swells in their spiffiest attire for a Saturday night shindig at the Ahmanson, was more than a star-studded evening of entertainment. It was a rousing reaffirmation of the values championed …

Ronald Reagan

High Ticket Prices Are Fueling a Broadway Boom

Musicals about the aftermaths of a teenage suicide and a terror attack proved unlikely sensations. Star turns by Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal and Glenn Close added sizzle. And, led by “Hamilton” and “Hello, Dolly!,” the hottest shows started charging once unthinkably high prices for …

Dear Evan Hansen

25 DAYS OF TONYS: Tony-Nominated Choreographer Denis Jones on Getting Everyone to Tap in Holiday Inn

The first-time nominee talks about his first love, his tap idol, and why he’s thrilled to be the one to represent the fall’s Holiday Inn at the Tonys.<p>…


The Misfortunes of "The Lucky One"

Most people know A.A. Milne as the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh children's stories but in the two decades before he published the first Pooh book …

Go Behind the Scenes at Hamilton on Broadway with David Korins

The Tony-nominated scenic designer takes Tyler Mount backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in this week’s Get to Work video.<p>In this week’s episode …

behind the scenes

First look at the making of Groundhog Day’s cast album

Tony Award Nominee Richard Thomas In Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes At MTC

Actor Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons , where he won an Emmy Award. …


Broadway Direct

Contenders for actress in a leading role in a play include Laura Linney, who, when approached about starring in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of …

Cate Blanchett

Who's Afraid Of A Diverse Cast?

<i>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf</i> is a brilliant, scalding and essential play that is often revived. But the Complete Works Project in Oregon won't present the play this fall because the estate of the playwright, Edward Albee, won't give permission for them to cast an African-American actor in the …


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