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Audra Didn't Need Meds? Well, My Kid Does

Belinda Luscombe on how helpful ADHD meds have been for her son

(Newser) - As she accepted her record sixth Tony , Audra McDonald thanked her parents "for disobeying the doctors’ orders and not medicating the hyperactive girl." Which didn't sit well with Belinda Luscombe. Luscombe has kids and she hopes they someday thank her, too. "Here’s the thing though.... More »

5 Biggest Talkers From Last Night's Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris hosts for 4th time

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards for the fourth time last night, so needless to say, there were quite a few entertaining moments. One came right at the beginning, when NPH opened the show with a big musical number ... involving Mike Tyson, who brought big cheers and, Mashable concludes,... More »

Once Scoops Up 8 Tonys

'Falling Slowly' romance grabs Best Musical, Performance, Book, Design

(Newser) - The come-from-behind Broadway hit Once won a Tony Award—but it didn't just do it once. The sweet reverie based on the 2006 movie about the unlikely love affair between a Czech flower seller and Dublin street musician took home eight Tonys, including wins for Best New Musical, Best... More »

Columbo Star Peter Falk Dead at 83

Actor won four Emmys for his portrayal of the popular TV detective

(Newser) - Actor Peter Falk, best known as frumpy detective Columbo on the long-running TV series of the same name, died yesterday in Beverly Hills, reports CBS News . He was 83. Falk won four Emmys for his portrayal of the LA detective he played from 1971 to 1978 and off-and-on from 1989... More »

Tony Awards Snub Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe, other big names miss out on nominations

(Newser) - Last year's Tony Awards saw a plethora of Hollywood winners— to the annoyance of some —but this year looks to be a different story. Quite a few big names were skipped over when nominations were announced today, most notably former frontrunner Daniel Radcliffe for How to Succeed in ... More »

Dear Scarlett: You're Ruining Broadway

It's time to oust Hollywood stars from the theater

(Newser) - After last night’s Tony travesty—Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones both won awards?!—Natasha Vargas-Cooper can no longer stay silent. “Hollywood actresses need to stay the hell away from the theater,” she writes on Salon . “Those women belong to the world of perfect studio lighting,... More »

Tony Awards: the Best, the Worst, the Hottest

Poor Katie Holmes needs a better dress fitter

(Newser) - The Tony Awards were full of bright colors, from Lea Michele’s stunning yellow gown (good) to Angela Lansbury’s blinding red one (bad). Check out some of the best and worst dressed in the gallery, or for more, visit Radar . For last night's winners (Hollywood dominated!) click here... More »

Denzel Washington Wins 1st Tony Award

Scarlett Johansson, VIola Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones Prevail

(Newser) - Denzel Washington won his first Tony Award tonight for his performance in August Wilson's Fences, and Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones joined the Hollywood-to-Tony parade by picking up statuettes of their own. Best play Red and best musical Memphis also enjoyed big nights, the AP reports . More »

Sean Hayes Will Host Tony Awards

But will his performance be convincing enough for 'Newsweek' critic?

(Newser) - Sean Hayes is a Broadway newcomer, but he's nominated for a Tony for lead actor in a musical—and he'll be hosting the award ceremony as well. Today's announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Newsweek critic Ramin Setoodeh's dismissal of the openly gay Hayes' ability to play... More »

Actress Blasts 'Homophobic' Newsweek

Kristin Chenoweth defends 'Promises, Promises' co-star Sean Hayes

(Newser) - Sean Hayes made his Broadway debut shortly after officially coming out , and his performance has drawn mixed reviews, a Tony nomination—and one scathing notice from Ramin Setoodeh of Newsweek . Setoodeh, who is gay, called Hayes "the big pink elephant in the room" and deemed his performance as a... More »

ScarJo Up for a Tony

This year's nominees a high-profile bunch

(Newser) - Gone are the days when non-Broadway fans had never heard of any Tony Award nominees: This year, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Kelsey Grammer are all up for honors. Washington and Law are nominated for best actor performances in plays (Fences and Hamlet) while Zeta-Jones and Grammer are... More »

Emmys Line Up Harris to Host

Mother star moves to TV after hosting Tonys

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris is likely to be the host of the next Emmy Awards ceremony, sources tell Variety. The How I Met Your Mother star is in negotiations with CBS and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to front the broadcast Sept. 20. Harris was a hit hosting the... More »

Highs and Lows of the Tonys

From the three Billys to a lost Dolly Parton

(Newser) - The 2009 Tony awards were not without their laughs—and gaffes. The LA Times outlines the best and worst of Broadway's biggest night.
  • Dolly Parton was a crowd-pleaser during the show's opening number, but later appeared accidentally, and uncomfortably, on the stage when she lost out on the music and
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Tonys Host Harris: 'I Might Sing. We'll See.'

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards tomorrow night, and the New York Times caught up with the actor to talk about him and the show:
  • How involved is Harris? "I have a lot of say in what comes out of my mouth. There are writers on the
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Neil Patrick Harris to Host Tonys

He promises a 'first-class evening'

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards, slated for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall. His “love for Broadway and on-stage presence makes him the perfect person,” the show’s co-producer tells Playbill. The screen and stage actor’s Broadway credits include Assassins, Cabaret, and Proof.... More »

Billy Elliot Grabs 15 Tony Nods

(Newser) - Musical Billy Elliot snagged 15 Tony nominations today, tying fellow movie adaptation The Producers for most ever. Main rival Next to Normal has a shot at 11 awards. Among plays, Mary Stuart and The Norman Conquests got seven nominations each, but neither got a Best Play nod, while God of ... More »

In the Heights Tops Tonys

August: Osage County wins best play

(Newser) - Last night’s Tony Awards featured an eclectic mix of new shows and revivals, an acceptance-speech rap from a first-time writer, and performances from a variety of musicals young and old. The winners:
  • Best Musical: In the Heights
  • Best Play: August: Osage County
  • Best Revival of a Musical: South Pacific
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'Project Runway' Winner to Dress Whoopi for Tonys

Christian Siriano will design the primetime duds for host Whoopi Goldberg

(Newser) - Flamboyant "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano—he of the "bi-level fashion hawk" updo—describes himself as a "musical theater kid who loved costumes." For his next challenge he'll be right at home, then, designing Whoopi Goldberg's outfits when she hosts the Tony Awards next month in... More »

Heights, South Pacific Lead Tony Nominations

New musical draws 13 nods for Broadway awards

(Newser) - Nominations for the Tony Awards were announced today, with 13 nods going to In the Heights, a new musical about Latino families in working-class New York that features rap, hip-hop, and salsa music. The revival of South Pacific drew 11 nominations, while August: Osage County drew the most nominations (7)... More »

Period Pieces Coast Through Tony Awards

Spring Awakening , Coast of Utopia make history at theater honors

(Newser) - The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard’s marathon glance back at 19th-century Russia, became czar of the Tonys at last night's 61st annual ceremony in New York. The $7-million, 8-hour epic claimed more statuettes than any drama in history—including honors for best play and director—in a year when... More »

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