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NC native wins Pulitzer Prize for play set at barbecue

May. 21, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — James Ijames knew that the Pulitzer Prizes would be announced on May 9, but he didn’t check to see if he won. Instead, he busied himself in his office at Villanova University, catching up on work that he hadn’t yet completed for the semester. Then his...

Review: A joyous encounter between musical legends lives on

May. 19, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm, “Carry Me Home” (ANTI-Records) Some efforts to bring musical legends together feel contrived, like they were cooked up for a between-albums payoff. Occasionally, though, when the convergence isn't calculated, the moment just needs to be preserved....

Tracy Letts on writing his play and then having to act in it

May. 18, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright and actor Tracy Letts was inspired to write his latest Tony Award-nominated play while watching one of those old black-and-white Frankenstein movies. It wasn't the hideous monster or its wide-eyed creator that drew his attention. It was the...

Jesse Williams addresses leak of Broadway nude scene

May. 16, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesse Williams vowed not to be discouraged after leaked video and images of his onstage nude scene in the Broadway play “Take Me Out” were posted online. “I’m not down about it. Our job is to go out there every night, no matter what,” Williams told The...

Ukrainian circus comes to town, and stays in Italy, amid war

May. 12, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

PISTOIA, Italy (AP) — A Ukrainian circus troupe is performing a never-ending “Alice in Wonderland” tour of Italy, caught in the real-world rabbit hole of having to create joyful performances on stage while their families at home are living through war. Like many Ukrainian...

Unauthorized video of Jesse Williams onstage prompts outrage

May. 11, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Video of a naked Jesse Williams captured onstage in a shower scene from a Broadway play has been posted online, prompting an outcry from the producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the creation...

'I’m in shock a little bit' — Tony Award nominees react

May. 09, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

Some reactions from Tony Award nominees on Monday: "Coming out of the pandemic, I just feel a validation and a further mandate to keep digging down into the Blackness of my art and to put that forward as something that’s worth paying attention to and shelling out money to produce...

Select list of nominees for 2022 Tony Awards

May. 09, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Select nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards, announced Monday. Best Musical: “Girl From the North Country,” “MJ,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Paradise Square,” "Six: The Musical," “A Strange Loop” Best Play: “Clyde's,”...

'A Strange Loop' earns a leading 11 Tony Award nominations

May. 09, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta-journey earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday as Broadway joined the national discussion of race by embracing an envelope-pushing Black-written and Black-led musical. ...

The musical theater meta-journey 'A Strange Loop' leads Tony Award nominations with 11 nods

May. 09, 2022 09:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — The musical theater meta-journey 'A Strange Loop' leads Tony Award nominations with 11 nods.