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Live coverage of the 2011 Tony Awards

June 10, 2011 |  2:56 pm

Tony The Tony Awards, Broadway's biggest night of celebration and self-congratulation, will take place Sunday at the Beacon Theatre in New York. CBS will air the ceremony at 8 p.m., with a delay for the West Coast.

We'll be providing full coverage of the awards, with live reporting from our sister blog Awards Tracker beginning around 4 p.m. PT. We'll also have photos and a report from the red carpet on Ministry of Gossip. And Times arts and entertainment editor Lisa Fung and New York arts correspondents Patrick Pacheco and James C. Taylor will be providing commentary on the evening's event on The Envelope starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Here's a list of Tony nominees. We also have an interactive Tonys ballot so you can share your picks with your friends. And if you need additional  help, here's an interactive Cheat Sheet.

You can find more photos, features and additional Tonys coverage here

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-- David Ng

Photo credit (top): American Theatre Wing

Photo: Nikki M. James and Josh Gad in "The Book of Mormon" at Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Credit: Joan Marcus

Tony Awards: Charles McNulty picks this year's winners

June 10, 2011 | 12:15 pm

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Are you ready for Broadway's big night on Sunday? Culture Monster will be tracking the Tony Awards  ceremony as it unfolds.
 
To help you prepare, here is a list of the nominees. And here is my opinionated scorecard. 

Now, to get the competitive juices flowing, let me leave with a few astringent words from the inimitable Elaine Stritch, who once said to me in an  interview, "Don't listen to anyone who tells you how great it is to be nominated. It's winning that's the honor."

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--Charles McNulty

twitter.com\charlesmcnulty

Photos: Nikki M. James and Josh Gad in "The Book of Mormon" at Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Credit: Joan Marcus

 

Monster Mash: Union threatens protest at Tony Awards; confusion over Spiral Jetty control

June 9, 2011 |  7:50 am

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Upset: A stagehands union is threatening to picket the Tony Awards on Sunday over the loss of work related to the red carpet events prior to the ceremony. (Variety)

Confusion: It's unclear who controls the Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake, above, the massive earthwork sculpture by Robert Smithson. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Under consideration: Officials have revealed alternate design candidates for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington after a design by Frank Gehry was rejected. (Beyond DC)

Political art: Street artists in Libya are creating caricatures of leader Moammar Kadafi. (Guardian)

New haircut: An artist in Milwaukee has shaved his head in the style of Ai Weiwei to show his support for the imprisoned Chinese artist. (Art Info)

Almost there: Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is a frozen show, meaning no more artistic changes will be made prior to opening night. (New York Times)

Helping hand: The person who created an unauthorized work of public art in Encinitas that depicts the Virgin Mary on a surfboard has come forward to assist with its removal. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

In the works: Susan Stroman has signed on to direct a planned stage adaptation of the Tim Burton movie "Big Fish." (Playbill)

High tech: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is teaming up with IBM on technology to monitor indoor climate for works of art. (Bloomberg)

Jail: Crooked art dealer Michael Zabrin has been sentenced to nine years in prison. (Chicago Tribune)

Endangered: The Vancouver Symphony in Washington could fold this month if money isn't raised in time. (Oregonian)

And in the L.A. Times: Bill Cosby talks about personal influences and hosting the annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

Photo: Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake. Credit: Tom Smart / For The Times

Bobby Cannavale, an actor bloodied but unbowed

June 4, 2011 |  7:30 am

BobbyIf Bobby Cannavale wins a Tony Award next Sunday for best actor in a play, the honor will represent a coronation of sorts for the 41-year-old die-hard of the New York stage.

The play for which Cannavale has been drawing raves — and now a Tony nomination — is Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Mother… With the Hat,” a 90-minute, round robin of combustible, often hilarious recrimination and self-rationalizing that at its center is about  Cannavale's Jackie trying desperately to stick with the A.A. program after finding his girlfriend with a mysterious hat.

Though the violence in the play is almost strictly verbal, playing Jackie has left Cannavale with an athlete’s range of injuries — from a torn rotator cuff to the eight-stitch gash he opened above his left eyebrow when he banged his face backstage during a quick scene change.

Talking about his work, Cannavale exudes the sort of exuberance that suggests he would walk through, if not into, a wall. “All I ever wanted to do was be an actor,” he said. “I’ll never figure it out … but I always want to get deeper and deeper. Just keep going with it.”

On a bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan overlooking Riverside Park, Cannavale sat down with The Times and reminisced about his father-in-law, director Sidney Lumet, discussed his influences in the theater world and talked about his own upbringing across the Hudson River. He also joked that he’s one of the most injured actors you’ll ever meet.

For the Arts & Books profile, click here.

-- Paul Brownfield

Photo: Bobby Cannavale. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Critic's Notebook: Broadway salutes a successful season, but has anything really changed?

June 4, 2011 |  6:00 am

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Broadway had its highest-grossing season on record, attendance increased and critics’ customary frowns were replaced with alarming frequency by smiles.

By all means, pass the bubbly. But as we toast the season, let's not delude ourselves into thinking that Broadway has resolved its 21st century identity crisis.  

In a Sunday Arts & Books critic’s notebook, I raise a few questions about a jumbled year that only exacerbated tensions between cultural prestige and commercial viability. 

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-- Charles McNulty

twitter.com\charlesmcnulty

Photo: From left, James T. Lane, Derrick Cobey, Julius Thomas III, Joshua Henry (standing), Josh Breckenridge, Kendrick Jones, Rodney Hicks in "The Scottsboro Boys." Credit: Paul Kolnik

Tony nominations 2011: An interactive guide

May 16, 2011 |  6:31 am

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The biggest night on Broadway -- the Tony Awards -- will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. CBS will air the ceremony live, with a delay for the West Coast. To help bring you up to speed on the main contenders, Culture Monster has created an interactive guide to this year's nominations.

The musical front-runner is "The Book of Mormon," the cheerfully irreverent musical by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez that earned 14 nominations. The play category is a harder call, but David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People" is looking like a safe bet, though it has tough competition from "War Horse."

Check out our guide, the Tony Awards Cheat Sheet, for an at-a-glance look at this year's contenders and Times reviews of the top nominees. Then click over to our play-at-home Tonys ballot to make your predictions and share them with friends.

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Tony Awards ceremony moving to New York's Beacon Theatre

-- David Ng

Upper photo: A scene from "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press

Lower photo credit: American Theatre Wing

 

Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards, again

May 10, 2011 |  9:52 am

 Neil Patrick Harris will once again be putting on a tuxedo to host the Tony Awards ceremony, which will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The actor previously hosted the Tonys in 2009. Last year's host was Sean Hayes.

The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast. This is the first year the ceremony will be held at the Beacon. The show's usual home, Radio City Music Hall, is unavailable due to the new Cirque du Soleil show, "Zarkana," that will debut there this summer.

In a statement, Harris said "we've got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises and since they're closed for retooling, we're using all the rigging equipment from 'Spider-Man.'  What could possibly go wrong?"

The last time Harris hosted the Tony Awards ceremony, he and the producers received an Emmy Award.

There had been rumors that Tony producers were courting Daniel Radcliffe to host the show. But the "Harry Potter" star was snubbed at the nominations, which would have made him an awkward fit for the show. Some say producers wanted Chris Rock to host, but that the comedian declined.

Other recent Tony hosts include Whoopi Goldberg in 2008 and Hugh Jackman in 2005.

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'War Horse' on Broadway: What did the critics think?

'Sister Act' on Broadway: What did the critics think?

 

-- David Ng

Video: 2009 Tonys.

Photo credit: American Theatre Wing

 

David Lindsay-Abaire's window on his old neighborhood

May 7, 2011 |  8:00 am

Goodpeople Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire won't be deciding in advance where he'd keep his Tony statuette should he win for "Good People." He received a nomination for best play on Tuesday for the work, which takes place in the blue-collar South Boston area where he grew up.

This is his third time at the altar with Tony, having been nominated previously for "Shrek" and  "Rabbit Hole."

"I've lost to a Brit every time," Lindsay-Abaire says philosophically, referring to the musical "Billy Elliot" and the drama "History Boys." He acknowledged the stiff competition this year from "War Horse," a transfer from London's West End. ("Jerusalem," also a London import, and "The Mother… With the Hat" by American Stephen Adly Guirgis round out the best play category.)

He says he'll go to the awards on June 12 with hope and resignation.

"It's nice to be on the list, and I especially love that Southie is represented," he says. "That means a lot."

For Patrick Pacheco's complete story on Lindsay-Abaire, click here.

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Above: Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People." Credit: Joan Marcus

Critic's Notebook: Tony Award nominations attempt to sort out a baffling season

May 3, 2011 |  5:30 pm

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The Tony nominations were announced today. (Does that constitute a holiday on "Glee"?) You can read about the nominations here and find my critic’s notebook here, but I’m curious to hear who you think got the shaft and who you’re especially happy didn’t get overlooked. 

My shaft vote would be for Rajiv Joseph, whose “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” didn’t make the best play cut. But I have a strange feeling that some of you out there might be a bit more steamed about Daniel Radcliffe.

On the positive side, I’m thrilled that Laura Benanti’s hilarious featured performance in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," which closed early, wasn’t forgotten. Benanti’s costar, the implacable and irresistible Patti LuPone, was also nominated — a relief to her legion of hardcore fans and a deserved nod for the canny veteran. 
 
So fill us in on your reaction to this year’s Tony nominations.

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--Charles McNulty

twitter.com\charlesmcnulty

charles.mcnulty@latimes.com


Photo: Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad perform in "The Book of Mormon" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press

Tony Award nominations to be announced Tuesday morning

May 2, 2011 |  2:14 pm

Tony The New York theater community tends to be a stay-up-late, get-up-late kind of crowd. But for one day a year they break with habit and rise with the sun -- the morning of the Tony Award nominations.

Culture Monster will provide full coverage of Tuesday's announcement of the Tony nominations, which will take place at 5:30 a.m. PDT. This season's Broadway slate features more than 40 eligible productions, including new plays, musicals and revivals.

Among the shows that are expected to score high are the musicals "The Book of Mormon," "Sister Act" and "Catch Me If You Can." Plays with high expectations include David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Mother... With the Hat" and the British import "War Horse."

The one certainty for this year's nominations is that there won't be any nods for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." The troubled musical production has delayed its opening to June 14, which makes it eligible for next year's awards.

This year's ceremony will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, and will be broadcast live on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast.

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Bookofmormon Theater review: 'The Book of Mormon' at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

'War Horse' on Broadway: What did the critics think?

Tony Awards ceremony moving to New York's Beacon Theatre

 

-- David Ng

Photo credit (top): American Theatre Wing

Photo (bottom): Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad perform in "The Book of Mormon" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press

 

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