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Jessica Stone, who knits Broadway and circus in thrilling 'Water for Elephants,' enjoys a Tony nod

May. 28, 2024 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't initially see a full elephant at the Broadway musical “Water for Elephants.” It's more like a tease. First come a pair of enormous ears. Then a trunk. And then the legs. The execution is by director Jessica Stone, who wanted to make it extra special...

Brooklyn-set sex worker drama ‘Anora’ wins Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or

May. 25, 2024 13:58 PM EDT
CANNES, France (AP) — Brooklyn-set sex worker drama ‘Anora’ wins Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or.

Sarah Pidgeon finds her voice, her inner rock god and a Tony nomination in Broadway's 'Stereophonic'

May. 22, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Pidgeon is making her Broadway debut this season in a celebrated, thoughtful show about how art is created. And getting her first Tony Award nomination. And in a play that's transformed her into a member of a rock band. And notching her first cast album. ...

Kecia Lewis in Broadway's 'Hell's Kitchen' delivers the soul and earns a Tony Award nomination

May. 20, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's fitting that Kecia Lewis has had her most successful theater season while playing a mentor. The Broadway veteran — now celebrating 40 years in the business — portrays the formidable piano teacher Miss Liza Jane in “Hell’s Kitchen” who inspires the...

George Clooney to make his Broadway debut in a play version of movie 'Good Night, and Good Luck'

May. 13, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Clooney will make his Broadway acting debut next year in a familiar project for the Hollywood star: “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Clooney will play legendary TV journalist Edward R. Murrow in a stage adaptation of the 2005 movie that earned him directing...

Jayne Anne Phillips' novel 'Night Watch,' Eboni Booth’s drama 'Primary Trust' among Pulitzer winners

May. 07, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of race, slavery and the Civil War, real and invented, were winners this year for the Pulitzer Prizes. Jayne Anne Phillips' “Night Watch,” a mother-daughter saga set in a West Virginia asylum right after the war, was cited for fiction. Jacqueline Jones...

How Rita Moreno uses honors like an upcoming public television award to further her philanthropy

May. 06, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno says it was always in her nature to be generous – to hold doors for people and help lighten a mother’s load if she was struggling with shopping bags and children. But Moreno, still the only Latina EGOT -- winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards...

Juro Kara, rebel playwright behind Japan's modern underground theater, dies at 84

May. 04, 2024 22:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Juro Kara, who helped shape Japan’s postwar avant-garde theater, defiantly yet playfully transforming the essence of Kabuki aesthetics into modern storytelling, has died. He was 84. The playwright, director and troupe leader died late Saturday from a blood clot in...

Select list of nominees for 2024 Tony Awards

Apr. 30, 2024 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Select nominations for the 2024 Tony Awards, announced Tuesday. Best Musical: “Hell's Kitchen'': ”Illinoise"; “The Outsiders”; “Suffs”; “Water for Elephants” Best Play: “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding”; “Mary Jane”; “Mother...

Broadway musical 'Hell's Kitchen' ties with the play 'Stereophonic' for a leading 13 Tony Award nominations each

Apr. 30, 2024 09:35 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway musical 'Hell's Kitchen' ties with the play 'Stereophonic' for a leading 13 Tony Award nominations each.