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"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Jun. 15, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly known...

Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Jun. 10, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81. India's president and the prime minister expressed their condolences over Karnad's death at his home in Bangalore, the capital of southern Karnataka state....

Tony highlights: A historic win and a strong night for women

Jun. 10, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When effervescent actress Ali Stroker came onstage to accept her historic trophy as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony, it wasn't just the feel-good moment of the night. It may have been one of the most joyous Tony moments in years. The crowd jumped to its feet in unison as...

'Hadestown' captures 8 Tony Awards, including best musical

Jun. 10, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Hadestown," the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday, including best new musical and handing a rare win for a female director of a musical. Playwright Jez Butterworth's "The Ferryman" was crowned best play. In the...

The Latest: 'The Ferryman' wins best play at Tony Awards

Jun. 9, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Playwright Jez Butterworth's "The Ferryman" has been crowned best play at the Tony Awards. The play is a vigorous family epic set in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the Troubles. It requires a 21-person cast, plus a baby and...

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Jun. 9, 2019 10:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — 'The Ferryman' wins Tony Award for best play.

Tony-nominated 'Ferryman' tackles N. Ireland Troubles

Jun. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jez Butterworth tackles Northern Ireland's Troubles in "The Ferryman," which has received nine Tony nominations. The playwright and director admits he was both compelled and reluctant to write his play, which centers on a tragedy involving the family of his romantic partner, actor Laura...

Broadway readies for biggest audience of the year at Tonys

Jun. 8, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's only 10 a.m. but Broadway star Alex Brightman is already sweating. The actor, who plays the delightfully demonic title character in the musical adaptation of "Beetlejuice," has joined cast members to rehearse the show's irreverent opening number ahead of Sunday's Tony Awards. Over and...

Jeff Daniels: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is role of a lifetime

May. 29, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Early in the morning on a two-show day on Broadway, Jeff Daniels reluctantly talks about his Tony Award nomination. He doesn't want to get his hopes up, so he prefers to "remain neutral" on the nod, his third. As for the role that got him there, well, that's another story. Daniels perks up...

Tony-winner Chuck Cooper cheers Tony-nominee daughter, Lilli

May. 28, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If rising Broadway star Lilli Cooper needs a bit of career advice, she knows where to turn: Her father has been there, seen that and done that. Cooper, who earned her first Tony Award nomination this month in "Tootsie," is the daughter of Chuck Cooper, the Tony-winning actor of some 15...