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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...

Select list of winners at the 2019 Tony Awards

Jun. 9, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Select winners at the 2019 Tony Awards. Best Musical: "Hadestown" Best Play: "The Ferryman" Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, "The Cher Show" Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Santino Fontana, "Tootsie" Best...

'Hadestown' wins the Tony Award for best new musical

Jun. 9, 2019 11:10 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — 'Hadestown' wins the Tony Award for best new musical.

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...

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...

Tony nominee Ali Stroker keeps on breaking Broadway barriers

Jun. 5, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ali Stroker booked her first musical theater gig at the tender age of 7. She was cast as the title role in "Annie" in a friend's backyard production in a New Jersey beach town. And since Stroker was in a wheelchair, Little Orphan Annie was also in one. "When I began to sing, I just felt so...

Review: The Waterboys do musical archaeology on new album

May. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

The Waterboys, "Where the Action Is" (Cooking Vinyl) The liner notes to the Waterboys' latest album credit frontman Mike Scott for vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass — and "archaeology." And "Where the Action Is" does indeed offer an entertaining survey of music history in 10 songs. The title track, which...

'Beetlejuice' stars reveal the backstage secrets on Broadway

May. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One recent afternoon at the Winter Garden Theatre, two stars of the irreverent musical "Beetlejuice" played tour guide and revealed a few backstage secrets — some grosser than others. "There's a lot of farting going on the stage that I think needs to be talked about more," said Alex...

Tony Award-winning 'Hamilton' ending Chicago run in January

May. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The musical "Hamilton" will end its more than three-year run in Chicago in January. Producers made the announcement Thursday, saying the production playing at downtown Chicago's CIBC Theatre would close Jan. 5, 2020. Productions of the Tony Award-winning musical detailing the life of U.S....