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Theater gossip Michael Riedel writes a history of Broadway

Monday, October 5, 2015
This July 24, 2015, photo released by Simon & Schuster shows theater writer Michael Riedel, author of "Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway." The book tell how the Great White Way has been shaped over the past century.
The acid-tongued stage gossip has written a book about Broadway's history and he's not opinionated or snarky at all. There's no Michael Riedel. ...

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Nick Cearley on playing Puck, LGBT pride month, The Skivvies

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Nick Cearley during a performance of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," in New York.The actor-musician stars as the wise-guy sprite, Puck, in a more imaginative version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece that runs a little shorter, includes some razzle-dazzle, and adds music played by Cearley on ukulele and other instruments.
It seems like every summer there's a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but Nick Cearley feels the one he's starring in nicely compliments LGBT pride month. ...

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Lesbian-themed ‘Fun Home,’ ‘Curious Incident’ big winners at Tony Awards

Monday, June 8, 2015
Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York.
The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show "Fun Home" was named best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team. ...

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Terrence McNally’s Broadway play ‘Mothers and Sons’ to close

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Frederick Weller, left, and Tyne Daly in a scene from the production "Mothers and Sons."
NEW YORK -- Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons" is the first victim of the Tony Awards: It will close on June 22 after missing out on being crowned the season's best play. The play, which had more than 100 performances, ...

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‘A Gentleman’s Guide,’ ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ lead Tony nominations

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a cult off-Broadway hit, won eight Tony nominations on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
NEW YORK — The musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a cult off-Broadway hit ...

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Neil Patrick Harris gets outrageous in his new role in ‘Hedwig’

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Now that he's wrapped the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," Neil Patrick Harris is back on Broadway starring in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." ...

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Review: Neil Patrick Harris crushes it in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York.
NEW YORK -- It's obvious from the first moments of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" that star Neil Patrick Harris is doing something special. And it's not just trying on a new role. ...

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Broadway: Terrence McNally’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ gentle, moving

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Joan Marcus, The O and M Company Bobby Steggert, left, and Frederick Weller in a scene from the production "Mothers and Sons," performing at the Golden Theatre in New York.
NEW YORK — Terrence McNally's new play opens with a woman of a certain age wearing a lush, black fur coat. It's a provocatively politically incorrect garment — and a giveaway that what will come out of her mouth will ...

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Composer, lyricist Stephen Sondheim receives lifetime achievement award

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Henny Ray Abrams, AP  (File)Stephen Sondheim
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being awarded one of the top honors in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement. ...

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‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Matilda the Musical’ front runners in tonight’s Tony Awards

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Matthew Murphy, The O+M CompanyThis theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of "Kinky Boots." The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots," based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations.
NEW YORK — The Tony Awards will be a real drag this year: The two top musicals battling it out have leading men dressed as women and the night's biggest celebrity will be Tom Hanks, who reminded everyone of his ...

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