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2011 Tony Awards Nominations Webcast

Watch the live announcement for the Tony Awards nominations below at 8:30 a.m.! Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 61

Talking points:

What do you think, Rushers? Do you think Nick Adams’ good looks can act as a double-edged sword regarding how he is perceived as an actor? What do you think of Aaron Tveit’s statement on the subject? Do you agree with my Tony Award nominee predictions? Who do you think will get nominated? Feel free to go Tony-Award crazy in the comments below!

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2011 Tony Awards: Nominee Predictions

The Tony Award nominations are upon us, Broadway lovers, and the choices are as difficult as ever! The original musical returned with a vengeance this Broadway season, offering daring works like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Scottsboro Boys to crowd pleasers like The Book of Mormon and Catch Me If You Can. There is also a refreshing crop of young actors populating the musical performance categories. Here’s my take on what shows will make the cut when the nominations are announced Tuesday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. Stage Rush will be syndicating the live video feed of the announcements, so log on and watch here on Tuesday morning.

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Best Play

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
The Motherf**ker With The Hat
War Horse Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 39

Talking points:

  • Emotions run high at The Merchant of Venice opening
  • Catch Me If You Can announces cast
  • Next to Normal to close January 16
  • 2011 Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre
  • Broadway grosses

Have you seen Merchant of Venice yet, Rushers? Are you excited to see Aaron Tveit in Catch Me If You Can? What do you think of Next to Normal’s closing notice? Is sad, or a triumph? Do you like the Beacon Theatre as the new home of the Tony Awards (at least for 2011)? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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Gregory Jbara’s happy career of paper towels, pills, and pirouettes

Gregory Jbara might not be cold and stubborn like Jackie Elliot, the role he won a Tony for in Billy Elliot, but they both have families that are separated by work and dreams. In the musical, Jackie’s son Billy yearns to enroll in the Royal Ballet School in London, while conversely, Jbara’s Billy commitments keep him in New York while his wife and two sons reside year-round in Los Angeles. After a three-month sabbatical from the show in LA where he spent time with his family, Jbara returned to Billy in April with renewed energy and new plans for his Billy future. The film and commercial actor sat down with Stage Rush to discuss balancing work and family, morphing Billy actors, and being mobbed by Robert Pattinson’s groupies.

Do you get to go back to Los Angeles and see your family often?
I don’t. We iChat every night. When they’re on vacation from school, they come to New York. Although, my producers have been very generous. I just extended for another nine months, which will be announced soon I imagine. They’ve given me almost one week off every month to go back home. Being away from my family—it’s lousy. It’s absolutely lousy.

Being that you live so far from your kids and you play a father in Billy Elliot, does that affect your performance at all, make it more emotional? Does it become an advantage?
On a daily basis, it doesn’t really influence what I do. There are some nights, like the day before my family arrives or the evening I say goodbye to them, I find that my own personal reality kind of creeps into the performance at times, especially around Dad’s song. But for the most part, the reality of the characters and the show is based on imagination and fiction. Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 18, Tony Awards Wrap Up

Talking points:

What did you think of the Tony Awards, Rushers? Did your favorites win? Did you let out a big “Hockadoo!” when Memphis won Best Musical, or did you feel deflated? Let me know about all your Tony victories and rage in the comments!


Tony Awards: press room interviews

As you might know from last night’s live blog, Stage Rush was reporting from the press room of the 2010 Tony Awards. After they gave their acceptance speeches, most of the night’s lucky winners made the long journey from Radio City Music Hall across the rainy plaza of Rockefeller Center to the LA Sports Club, where the press room was stationed. (We missed you, Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones!) Among the Tony winners were Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Katie Finneran, Levi Kreis, and the Memphis creative team. Here are the highlights from those interviews.

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Live blog: Tony Awards

Welcome to the 2010 Tony Awards! Please join me as Stage Rush reports live from the Tony Award press room in Rockefeller Center! This is where all the night’s lucky winners come after they give their acceptance speeches. Follow the live blog below for all the details on what the winners are saying, what’s going on behind the scenes, and show commentary. You can even interact with me by sending me your comments and questions. Let’s enjoy Tony night! Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 17

Talking points:

  • Check out Stage Rush during the Tony Awards, this Sunday, June 13 for live coverage from the press room, winner arrivals, and all details about the show and behind the scenes scoop
  • Back to back rushes for Fences and Lend Me A Tenor
  • Broadway grosses

Are you excited for the Tony Awards, Rushers? What category are you looking forward to most? What do you think is the tightest race? Check out my predictions for who will win on the big night (and who should win), and tune into Stage Rush for the live blog of the Tony Awards this Sunday, starting at 7 p.m.!


2010 Tony Awards: Winner Picks & Predictions

The Tony Awards are just five days away, and as you prepare for the big night, check out Stage Rush’s predictions of who will win and who should. Don’t forget to tune into Stage Rush’s live blog of the Tony Awards during the telecast this Sunday, where I’ll be reporting LIVE from the Tony press room on all the excitement!

Best Play

In The Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Red by John Logan (WILL WIN)
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies

This race is a close one between Red and Time Stands Still. Don’t know what will tip the scales here—both have critical and box office success. Some might say Time has lost momentum, since it’s been closed since late March, yet it’s reopening in October. Due to far more nominations, Red is most likely to take it.

Best Musical
American Idiot (SHOULD WIN)
Memphis (WILL WIN)
Million Dollar Quartet

With such few nominations and lowered buzz, American Idiot won’t have enough strength to take the prize from Memphis, which has gotten an intense media push since the nominations.

Best Revival of a Play
Fences by August Wilson (WILL WIN)
Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig
The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

Everyone’s a strong contender here, but the star power of Fences (and timeliness, since it’s still running) makes it the shoo-in.

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow (SHOULD WIN)
La Cage aux Folles (WILL WIN)
A Little Night Music

With so many nominations, La Cage is set up to take this one, easily. I would throw the statue to Finian’s though. It took a lot of risk to revive a strange, little-known musical, and the cast was so powerful. La Cage was revived less than six years ago—it’s time to retire this show for while. Read more »