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James Rado, who co-created groundbreaking ‘Hair,’ dies at 90

Jun. 22, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Rado, co-creator of the groundbreaking hippie musical “Hair,” which celebrated protest, pot and free love and paved the way for the sound of rock on Broadway, has died. He was 90. Rado died Tuesday night in New York City of cardio respiratory arrest,...

'A Strange Loop’ makes history at Tonys; ‘Company’ wins 5

Jun. 13, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “A Strange Loop,” an irreverent, sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness took home the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season by choosing an envelope-pushing Black voice. ...

Tony Moments: A night for Broadway to reclaim its groove

Jun. 13, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Surely many in the audience were thinking it, but “Company” director Marianne Elliott said it most directly at Sunday's Tony awards: In the devastating two years since the pandemic hit, it “felt at times that live theater was endangered.” As in, the industry...

List of winners at 75th Tony Awards

Jun. 12, 2022 23:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The list of winners at the 75th Tony Awards, being held Sunday in New York: — Best Musical: “A Strange Loop” — Best Play: “The Lehman Trilogy.” — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Simon Russell...

Tonys Latest | ‘A Strange Loop’ wins for best new musical

Jun. 12, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): 11 p.m. “A Strange Loop,” an utterly unforgettable, idiosyncratic trip into one man’s psyche, has won the best new musical Tony Award, beating more commercial fare. Michael R....

'Shine the light': Ariana DeBose talks hosting Tony Awards

Jun. 09, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award host and theater veteran Ariana DeBose says this year's telecast will spread its arms wider than just Broadway's stars and celebrate the unsung heroes like understudies and swings who kept shows open during the pandemic restart. “As the host of this...

On Broadway, more visibility, yes, but also an unseen threat

Jun. 06, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At a lunch for Tony Award nominees last month, veteran theater producer Ron Simons looked around and smiled. It seemed appropriate that the gathering was held at The Rainbow Room. “I can guarantee you I have not seen this many people of color represented across...

'A Strange Loop' actor, creator on long journey to Tony noms

Jun. 02, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jaquel Spivey found out he was nominated for a Tony Award as lead actor in “A Strange Loop,” he was shocked. Not just for the normal reasons, but for the statement it made. “This is an industry that in history has not been here for people like me. And...