Hugh Jackman Returns As Tony Host: Video

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 11:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hugh Jackman Tony Awards HostThree-time Tony host Hugh Jackman will be back on emcee duty for the 68th Tony Awards on June 8 on CBS after a five-year break. Jackman served as host from 2003-2005, earning an Emmy … Read More »

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CBS To Air Tony Awards On June 8

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 7:33am PDT

THE 68TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 8 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/ delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The TONY Awards, which honors theater professionals

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tony Awards Up From Last Year, NBA Game 2 Down

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 8:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Popular Broadway shows and movie stars in the running and another standout host performance by Neil Patrick Harris resulted in double-digit ratings gains for the Tony Awards vs. last year’s all time lows. Last night’s … Read More »

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Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony Awards Opening Number: Video

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 12:46am PDT

In his fourth turn as Tony host NPH went “bigger” with a Mike Tyson cameo and a jab at Tom Hooper’s musical-on-film Oscar pic Les Miserables:

Related: 67th Tony Awards: ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Pippin’ Nab Top Honors

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67th Tony Awards: ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Pippin,’ ‘Matilda’ Nab Top Honors

By | Sunday June 9, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT

The 67th Tony Awards were unveiled tonight at Radio City Music Hall, where Neil Patrick Harris served as host for the fourth time. Among the night’s honorees, Cicely Tyson nabbed her first Tony win and Cyndi Lauper became the first woman to win the Tony for Best Score for the film-to-Broadway Best Musical Kinky Boots. Here’s the full list of winners:

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang

“Kinky Boots, The Musical”

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg To Receive Special Tony Honor

By | Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT

A special Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to NYC Mayor Bloomberg at the 2013 Tonys, the awards’ committee officially announced today. Bloomberg will be feted during the June 9 telecast for … Read More »

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Tony Awards Add Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Sigourney Weaver & More

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 9:20am PDT

The 67th Tony Awards have added more talent to their June 9 telecast. Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sally Field, Barrett Foa, Jake Gyllenhaal, Megan Hilty, Anna Kendrick, Jane Krakowski, Cyndi Lauper, Audra McDonald, Matthew … Read More »

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ICM Partners Inks Tony Nominee Bertie Carvel

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Bertie Carvel has been nominated for a Tony and all the other big Broadway awards this year for playing Miss Truchbull in the musical Matilda, now running at the Shubert. It’s … Read More »

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Tom Hanks & Scarlett Johansson Among Tony Presenters

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 7:47am PDT

Tom Hanks was nominated for the Nora Ephron-penned Lucky Guy and Scarlett Johansson was not for playing Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Both will present during … Read More »

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CBS Reups Tony Awards Through 2018

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Tony Awards will stay on CBS through at least 2018. The network has inked a new five-year broadcast agreement with The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for the awards show, which honors Broadway’s best. This illustrates CBS’ increasing commitment to the Tonys. After a string of one-year renewals, CBS in 2010 made a three-year Tony deal, which will now be succeeded by a five-year pact. The Tonys have aired on CBS for 35 years, since 1978. The 67th annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. The show returns to Radio City Music Hall after two years at the Beacon Theatre. Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris returns as host. Read More »

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Neil Patrick Harris Hosting Tony Awards Again

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

Neil Patrick Harris has been set as host of the 67th Tony Awards, a development that could be called anticlimactic given it feels like he hosted it the other 66 times. This is actually the fourth Tony turn … Read More »

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2013 Tony Award Nominations: The List

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 6:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson unveiled the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards this morning. Here are the nominees in the categories Deadline readers might care about. BTW, nothing for Bette Midler as Sue Mengers, and Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain were among those also snubbed:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Testament of Mary
Lucky Guy
The Assembled Parties

Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Kinky Boots
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Tony Awards Set For June 9 On CBS

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 6:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 9. The show, which has aired on CBS since 1978, returns to Radio City Music Hall after … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tony Awards Hit Low

Nellie Andreeva

There is not much to say when a repeat tops the primetime ratings for the broadcast networks. That was the case last night when a rerun of Fox’s Family Guy (1.6/4) finished the night as … Read More »

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Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin Win Tonys

By | Sunday June 10, 2012 @ 8:56pm PDT

Death Of A SalesmanDeath Of A SalesmanArthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman added to Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin‘s previous Tony hauls, taking nods for best direction of a play for Nichols and best revival of a play for Rudin. Nichols and Rudin, who most recently won for last year’s best musical The Book of Mormon, now have won nine Tonys each. For his movie work Nichols was nominated five times for Oscars, winning best director for 1967′s The Graduate. Rudin has also been nominated for five Oscars, winning Best Picture for 2007′s No Country For Old Men. Once, a musical based on a 2006 Irish movie, took the award for best musical plus seven others out of 11 nominations. Newsies, based on the 1992 Disney movie musical of the same name, won awards for choreography and best original score written for the theatre.

Related: Mike Fleming Interviews Director Mike Nichols On ‘Death Of A Salesman’

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‘Once’ Dominates Tony Award Nominations

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 6:59am PDT

It’s a big day for the musical Once, but not for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, in the Tony Award nominations out this morning. Once — a romantic comedy involving a flower seller, a street musician, and a vacuum cleaner repairman — received 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess also fared well with 10 nominations, including Best Musical. But the troubled Spider-Man production is only a candidate for two awards, for scenic design and costume design. The awards will be broadcast June 10 on CBS. Here are the nominations:

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host Tony Awards Again

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 8:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

Tony Awards Host Neil Patrick HarrisNot sure how many Broadway fans will get the hockey reference, but Neil Patrick Harris has made it a hat trick and agreed to host the upcoming Tony Awards for the third time in four years. NPH is good at it, and it is nice that Broadway has stability on the hosting front. I’m already wondering what will happen late this year when AMPAS starts looking around again for an Oscar host. Billy Crystal certainly stopped the bleeding by stepping in after Eddie Murphy dropped out along with producer Brett Ratner, but Crystal’s usual schtick felt dated to me. Read More »

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CBS To Air Tony Awards On June 10

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 8:59am PST

THE 66TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 10, 2012 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The awards show, which honors theater professionals for

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HAMMOND: ‘War Horse’ Campaign Begins; Can Steven Spielberg Win Another Oscar?

Pete Hammond

The horse is out of the bag. Steven Spielberg’s much-awaited epic War Horse began its industry screenings in earnest this afternoon, Thanksgiving Day, in both New York and Los Angeles by inviting members (via trade ads and website Monday) of most guilds , critics groups,  and, of course, the Academy to special holiday weekend screenings that will continue through Sunday in both cities as well as San Francisco (Fri-Sun).  In addition , as previously announced , there will be public sneaks in NYC and nine other cities on Sunday afteroon (10:30AM in LA at AMC Century City) followed by a Q&A with Spielberg in NY that will be satellited to the other cities as well as streamed live on It is an innovative “one-stop shopping” tactic on the part of Dreamworks (and Disney who distributes)  since Spielberg is on the east coast currently shooting Lincoln and not available for the usual round of campaign activities. Its “World Premiere” will take place December 4th at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC.

The big launch is on now even though the film was completed for all intents and purposes in September. At the Labor Day weekend Telluride Film Festival producer Kathleen Kennedy told me they only had the D.I. to complete at that time, but even though it was ready the film, which opens on December 25, has skipped the festival circuit in favor of its own circuitous route to release. That included the unusual strategy of employing surprise “pop up” screenings Nov 1-10 in small towns like Bellvue  Wa, Leawood and  Olathe Ks, Cleveland Heights Oh, Beaverton Or, Bethesda MD and Plymouth Meeting, PA indicating a “heartland” strategy in order to get word of mouth moving .   That same week Dreamworks started quietly showing the film to select media (including Deadline)  on the big screen at the Disney lot’s main theatre. A strict embargo existed until today right after the first Thanksgiving screening when most media and industry types would have had at least the opportunity to begin seeing it. So expect a lot of industry and media twittering, facebooking and reviews to start almost immediately with still a solid month to go before its Christmas day wide opening.

What Spielberg has wrought is a stunning looking and highly emotional epic that is Hollywood moviemaking at its best, and seems likely to be the filmmaker’s most Academy- friendly work since his Oscar winners, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Is it old-fashioned?  You bet , but in this fast-moving techno culture that may be a welcome thing.  Spielberg is known to be a great admirer of David Lean  and with its sweeping vistas, deliberate pacing and epic story of one horse’s remarkable journey through the front lines of World War I, the film could almost be a tribute to the great director of such classics as Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. Just for the craft alone Oscar nominations would seem to be assured for Best Picture and Director,  John Williams’ score, Rick Carter’s production design,Michael Kahn’s editing, the sound work and  Janusz Kaminski’s  striking cinematography. Although there hasn’t been much buzz about the cast which includes Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis,  Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Mullan, they  don’t strike any false notes delivering fine performances, and Tom Hiddleston’s  Captain Nichols  could even merit some Best Supporting Actor talk  though that category is almost impossibly tough this year. As for the horses there should be some kind of separate Academy Award. They are suprisingly expressive (one of them came from Seabiscuit). The film , in look and execution is easily the best of its genre since Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion in 1979, a movie that earned a handful of Oscar nods but shamefully didn’t even get a Cinematography nomination for Caleb Deschanel’s landmark cinematography.

War Horse is probably too emotional and traditional  to earn much love on the hardcore unsentimental critics awards circuit, but I imagine it will fare very well  at the CCMA’s, Golden Globes, and Oscars, even though some of the Academy’s more recent Best Picture choices, notably No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire and The Hurt Locker among others indicate a different sensibility than the kind of once-traditional “bigger”, more craft-laden  film the Academy once favored, and a category into which War Horse definitely falls.  Although The King’s Speech triumph last year over the more trendy critics choice of The Social Network might indicate there is still room for less edgy, more “traditional” films in the heart of the Academy voter. We’ll have to wait to see, but the sheer scope of War Horse certainly gives it its own niche against smaller favored Best Pic hopefuls (seen so far) like The Descendants, The Artist, Midnight In Paris and Moneyball.

On the other hand voters might think Spielberg has had enough accolades (3 Oscars, a Thalberg award, AFI Life Achievement and Kennedy Center Honors), plus Read More »

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