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During Tony Awards Season, Power Is in Their Hands

The 844 Tony voters are a varied, and quite busy, lot. Get to know six of them.

Award Shows

Kristin Chenoweth & Kelli O'Hara earn A's from their mentor

Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Kelli O'Hara at the Paramount Hotel. They share a Tony nomination and a beloved voice teacher.

She helped launch the …

Kristin Chenoweth

9 (Serious) Theatrical Superstitions

There’s no denying it: Actors are a superstitious bunch. Maybe it’s the (obvious) flare for the dramatic, the nightly thrill of live performance, or …

Superstition

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Off-Broadway

Great performances: Michael Redgrave as Uncle Vanya

Laurence Olivier wasn’t exactly famous for his generosity towards rival actors. But even he was moved to write in his autobiography that Michael Redgrave’s Uncle Vanya was “the best performance I’ve ever seen in anything”. Olivier may, of course, have been swayed by the fact that he himself …

Great Performances

"I Don't Know, Personally, That I Would Wish It On a Kid" — Youngest Female Tony Winner Reflects

"I Don't Know, Personally, That I Would Wish It On a Kid" — Youngest Female Tony Winner Reflects

In 1991, Daisy Eagan became the youngest female …

Secret Garden

The View from the Pit

Plaintive is the song of the modern pit player. The size of the orchestra for Broadway musicals has dwindled since the nineteen-fifties, when it was …

Cellist

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Tony Awards enlist Anna Wintour to fix its fashion 'disaster'

When it comes to the Tony Awards fashion police, Anna Wintour is the precinct captain.

And boy is she getting the troops in line.

Wintour attended the …

Anna Wintour

Annie Baker: ‘The Flick’ and Life After Winning a Pulitzer Prize

Playwright Annie Baker won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play “The Flick,” which this month makes its Off Broadway return in a commercial …

Playwrights

Tonys: Carey Mulligan, Helen Mirren on Why Broadway Beats Hollywood and NYC's Audiences Trump London's

This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

One of them is a …

New York

Mimi O’Donnell Seeks Solace in Theater After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

She told herself she wouldn’t make a big decision for a year.

Her life partner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, had died of a drug overdose, and Mimi O’Donnell was a mess. She withdrew from work. She immersed herself in books about grief. She took their children to a beach where they could all collapse, …

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Everyone's Talking, So We Might as Well Listen

"In New Orleans when people start talking, you just have to let them talk,"

Lisa D'Amour on the torrent of words in her play Airline Highway

There are …

Spring Awakening Cast Looks Back With Memories and Over 100 Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Photos!

Spring Awakening Cast Looks Back With Memories and Over 100 Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Photos!

It's been over eight years since the Tony …

Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker in Morningside Heights

When they began looking for an apartment to buy just before their wedding nearly 15 years ago, the Broadway performers Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker could not have been more clear with their broker: They weren’t interested in seeing anything past 96th Street, and that was that. What with both of …

Stephen Sondheim

Gutsy Women Command the Stage in the Solo Shows "Forever" and "Grounded"

Holding a stage all by one’s self takes guts. But two very talented actors step up to the challenge and, with varying degrees of success, show how it …

Julie Taymor

The greatest risk in theatre? Not taking any risks

“Audiences crave a challenge,” said Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, writing about the audience’s enthusiastic response to the Crucible’s Sarah Kane season in a recent piece for the Stage. The theatre had been prepared for audiences to stay away; instead, the season played to …

Artistic Director

Fun Home Scribe Lisa Kron on the 'Slightly Questionable' Act of Writing About Real People & Her Quest Not to Be Invisible

Lisa Kron is an acclaimed writer and a performer. Her plays include The Ver**zon Play, In The Wake, 2.5 Minute Ride and the autobiographical Well, in …

Writing

A Gay Dad Sounds Off On The School That Canceled 'And Then Came Tango' Play

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There was a significant hearing this week on Tuesday about same sex relationships and whether to ban them. You likely missed this one because you were focused on that OTHER hearing in front of the Supreme Court, the one on whether all states in the union should …

LGBT

On the Twentieth Century: Golden Age of Train Travel

America is experiencing a resurgence in passenger rail travel. Between 1995 and 2012, ridership rose 55%. On the Acela Express, you can get from …

Train Travel

Michael Cerveris on His Teenage Crush and Why He Didn't Read Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home" Before Broadway

Michael Cerveris on His Teenage Crush and Why He Didn't Read Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home" Before Broadway

Michael Cerveris, who stars as the conflicted …

Alison Bechdel

Stephen Sondheim Writes Letter to Cast of Sweeney Todd, Whose School Production Was Almost Canceled

Stephen Sondheim Writes Letter to Cast of Sweeney Todd, Whose School Production Was Almost Canceled

When a high school production of Sweeney Todd was …

Stephen Sondheim

Fun Home's Jeanine Tesori Is Setting the Stage for Women on Broadway

She may be one of the only female composers working on Broadway, but with her newest production, the trailblazer scores big.

By my count, only seven of the more than 140 new Broadway musicals produced since 2000 have featured original music written entirely by a woman. Amazingly, five of those …

Women's News

Meet the guys who invented the musical in Broadway’s Something Rotten!

Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick have never written a musical before. Neither have Nick and Nigel Bottom. At Broadway’s St. James Theatre, both have finally done it—the only difference being that the Kirkpatricks are real and the Bottoms, to be sure, are not.

Broadway’s splashy new show Something Rotten!

Musical Theatre

Inside Broadway's 8-hour binge, according to Wolf Hall’s King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Perhaps you had to mentally prepare yourself for the 179-minute Wolf of Wall Street. Maybe you did some light stretches and not-so-light snack purchasing for 13-hour stretches of House of Cards or Daredevil. But rest assured that neither binge endeavor compares to the eight-and-a-half hour binge …

Anne Boleyn

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Tony Award nominees for lighting design talk about the elements that inspired their work this season.

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Award Shows

On Broadway, Portraits of the Powerless

Broadway trades primarily in the business of pure escapism, whether it is to the happy-land of most musicals, the profitable nostalgia of classic revivals or the fun of gawping at the doings of British royalty. But I was struck that this season even Broadway — where plays of political relevance are …

Chita Rivera

How Sarah Stiles' "Sick Mind" and Puppet Sex Skills Made Her a Better Person — and a Tony Nominee!

How Sarah Stiles' "Sick Mind" and Puppet Sex Skills Made Her a Better Person — and a Tony Nominee!

Sarah Stiles, who received her first Tony Award …

Puppets

Young Siblings Jake and Sydney Lucas Manage Life on Broadway

The actors in two of the buzziest shows on Broadway this season are chauffeured to and from the theater each night, sometimes fall asleep backstage, don’t cash their own checks or bother to ask how much they make. But not because they’re divas, because they’re kids. Brother and sister Jake and …

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