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The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, Hosted by Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban, Showcase Broadway’s
 Biggest & Best

The 72nd annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will have enough star power to light not only 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas but also all of Times Square. The list of mega talent guests could light the world! The Awards will telecast live Sunday from 8 – 11 P.M. from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, proudly entering its 60th year as Tony’s network. 

Waitress creator [and former star; recent Jesus Christ Superstar live telecast] Sara Bareilles and multi-talented pop/crossover singer Josh Groban [Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet] are hosting Broadway’s penultimate, always-glittering event. As in previous years, there will be lots of social media action and surprises. The network begins full Red Carpet arrivals at 5 P.M.

“It’s Broadway’s biggest event,” says Ms. St. Martin, “and, rightly so. It will be a starry, starry night seen in 45 countries (which include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the world-wide Armed Forces TV Network). We welcome Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to an illustrious roster of Tony hosts.”

This has been a season of particular highs with the move to Broadway of A Band’s Visit, blockbusters Frozen and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a season of nine classic and much-acclaimed revivals – probably a record, and the year that Tina Landau’s dream and vision of a different kind of musical came to be – SpongeBob SquarePants, after 10 years of development. And if you want to know where the best-dressed gals are, check out the August Wilson, where you’ll also revel in one of the season’s outstanding comic turns by Mean GirlsGrey Henson. While welcoming back Lauren Ambrose (My Fair Lady), Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women), Diana Rigg (My Fair Lady), Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield (Angels in America, Parts One and Two), David Yazbeck and Tony Shalhoub (Band’s Visit), and Denzel Washington (Iceman Cometh), we can also celebrate the return to the New York stage of Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, Showstopper of the Year for his Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady. We can also feel for the masses who missed one of the most offbeat and well-acted plays of the year, The Children.

Remember the old MGM axiom: “More stars than there are in the heavens!” Well, the goal of the 2018 Tony Awards is to top that. There’ll be more stars than there are in the galaxy – and many of them will be singing and dancing!


Bruce Springsteen will make not only a rare TV appearance in appreciation of his Tony honor for Springsteen on Broadway, but also perform. The roster of guests and presenters includes Lifetime Achievement recipients Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and Uzo AdubaChristine BaranskiMikhail BaryshnikovMelissa Benoist (Glee), Erich Bergen (Waitress), comedienne Rachel BloomMatt BomerRachel Brosnahan (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Tituss BurgessClaire DanesJeff Daniels, Robert De NiroBrandon Victor DixonJames Monroe Iglehart, Christopher JacksonBilly JoelPatti LuPoneTatiana Maslany (TV’s Orphan Black), Katharine McPheeMatthew MorrisonCarey MulliganLeslie Odom, Jr.Kelli O'HaraJim ParsonsZachary QuintoBernadette PetersAndrew RannellsKerry WashingtonMing-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Marisa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray).

Production numbers by the casts of Tony-nominated shows The Band's Visit, Carousel, Frozen, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, SpongeBob SquarePants and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. Returning for a performance is 2017 Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.
Once On This Island is set in a tropical village in the aftermath of a storm, and at the Tonys like audiences at Circle in the Square, the Tony-nominated Revival of a Musical will be host 130 volunteers and staff from U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit organizations bringing relief to areas impacted by natural disasters: All Hands Volunteers, Americares, and UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program. They’ll be onstage on a sandy beach with lagoon, water, goats, and chickens. “Our performance is dedicated to those who give of themselves to help put homes and hearts back together,” says producer Ken Davenport.

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To make way for more entertainment, Creative Arts Awards and Special Honors will be distributed in an hour pre-telecast portion that will be seen on NY1 News and Highlights will appear during the telecast.

Tony telecast veterans Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment return as executive producers of the Awards; with Weiss also directing. At the Broadway League, Tom Schumacher is chair and Charlotte St. Martin is president; at the American Theater Wing, Heather A. Hitchens is president and CEO.

In the U.K., Olivier-winning Elaine Paige will host a special program on BBC Radio 2, which will include telecast performances. The Tonys will be seen throughout Canada live and time-delayed. In many countries, the Awards will be seen within a week of the event.

For a complete list of the nominations and more info, go to: 

The Irish Repertory Theatre Thrives On A String of Hits as It Approaches Another Gala Year



One-night-only gala performance celebrating Alan Jay Lerner’s life and music
Monday, June 4, 2018, 7pm

The Town Hall
123 W 43rd Street

When Ciaran O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore founded the Irish Repertory Theatre, they opened in September 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars.” From that point on, it became a nexus for great play craft and generally superb acting, bringing to the States lots of discoveries from the Emerald Isle and the Irish Diaspora. In its nearly 30 years of putting on more than 200 productions, it has had more than 40,000 audience members annually attend Irish Rep shows.

In appreciation of this heritage and its on-going mission, the company — as directed by Charlotte Moore — will present an unforgettable one-night-only gala performance celebrating benchmark Broadway composer Alan Jay Lerner’s life and music on the centennial anniversary of his birth. Featuring performances by such notables as Jeremy Irons, Melissa Errico, James Barbour, Stephen Bogardus, John Cudia, John Cullum, Donna Kane, Maryann Plunkett, David Staller, Max Von Essen, and more, all will be accompanied by an orchestra and chorus under John Bell’s direction. This will also honor Tina Santi Flaherty for her history of philanthropy and support of Irish Rep. And it takes place on Monday, June 4, 2018, starting at 7pm in The Town Hall (123 W 43rd Street).

Lerner’s most celebrated musicals (written with Frederick Loewe) include “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Gigi,” “Camelot,” and “My Fair Lady.” Two-time Tony winner Cullum — an original cast member for Lerner musicals “Camelot” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” (originating the role of Dr. Mark Bruckner) — will join in to perform and share stories about the creation of some of Lerner’s most renowned musicals. In addition, Tony-nominated actors Errico and Bogardus will present a special preview of the Rep’s upcoming revival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” (by Lerner and Burton Lane).

charlotte and ciaramAt the heart and soul of the Irish Rep is founders O’Reilly and Moore’s “native understanding” where they offer the company’s engaging perspective on the Irish and their unique contributions to the world of drama. The Theatre is currently the only year-round company in New York City devoted exclusively to bringing Irish and Irish-American works to the stage. It has been recognized through many awards, including 2013’s Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award, 2007’s Jujamcyn Theatres Award (a special Drama Desk Award for “Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish drama”) and the Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Body of Work,”

The Irish Rep has celebrated the very best in Irish theater for 28 years, from the masters to a new generation of Irish and Irish-American writers who are transforming the stage. And in 1995, the theater made its permanent home on West 22nd Street in Chelsea on three completely renovated floors of a former warehouse, allowing for both the Francis J. Greenburger Main Stage and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio.

For Moore, all this started in America’s heartland. “I grew up in a very small Midwestern town in the United States. It was a mining town heavily populated with Sicilians and Irish. Such different aspects! I think I learned to appreciate the beauty of different cultures very early on and never forgot it.

“I only saw movies in my town. No theater. But I wanted to be a movie star — what kid doesn't? And once I got to University there was a great deal of theater and I became involved immediately. I was besotted. After that, there was never anything else I wanted to do.”

As for O’ Reilly, he has roots in another heartland. “I grew up in Virginia Co Cavan, Ireland. It was a small town with a population of 500 people when I was a lad. I learned the value of community spirit. Virginia won the National Tidy Town’s competition two years in a row and I have never forgotten the pride when a group gets together to get something done and then be rewarded.”

But both had discovered a love for the arts and in particular, theater. Added O’ Reilly, “I was discovered in a bar. I was enjoying a pint in a pub across the street from a theater where the actor didn’t show up. Someone in my company asked if I would put down my pint and step into the role of the actor. I did and I never returned to that pint.”

As for Moore, her passion led her to work with the best. “Benchmark moments in my career are hard to define. I have been very lucky to work with the very best in my profession.... And that leads into the question about my most memorable moments. I've done lots of classics and Shakespeare; conquering those tough plays is always memorable. I've also had memorable moments with the glamour pusses: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were pretty memorable, and I've done four plays directed by Harold Prince.”

To that, Cairan noted, “I have enjoyed every aspect of putting together a production whether it be acting, directing, or just producing. I suppose the benchmark moments that came with that would have been in finding, building and opening an Off-Broadway theatre and then renovating it and opening again 25 years later. There is nothing like having a home of your own.”

This duo has become leading lights within several communities, both among the Irish and beyond, lending them some perspective on it all. “Though imparting advice is always tricky,” Moore demurred, “but I have always try to work with the best. When Ciaran and I met — we were in a play together — we decided to try to do some Irish plays very well, and just started. More than anything, it's important to trust and respect your partner. Right through the tough times and the fights, we've never lost that trust and we've never stopped supporting one another's work.”

As for Ciaran’s key moments, he offers this: “I’ve worked with many great actors –some well known and many who should be. I loved working with Matthew Broderick on two plays recently and all the cast of ‘The Seafarer.’ I loved ‘The Emperor Jones’ and the two emperors over two productions: John Douglas Thompson and Obi Abili. And I love our current cast of Marina Carr’s ‘Woman and Scarecrow.’ But I love working with Charlotte Moore — my favorite director of all."

With that rich sentiment in mind, O’Reilly concluded as to what he would impart on someone as to the lessons learned in not only doing his art as actor/director/creator but also in running an organization such as the Irish Rep, “Keep at it. On your worst days you have to believe that one day the hardship will pass and the sun will shine and all sins will be forgiven.”

2018 Tony Award Nominations: Sponges, Spaniards, & Schoolgirls


The 72nd Annual Tony Awards will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in a three-hour live telecast on CBSSunday, June 10 at 8 P.M. (Eastern). Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will co-host.

Best Play

  • The Children, Lucy Kirwood
  • Farinelli and the King, Claire van Kampen
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, Jack Thorne
  • Junk, Avad Akhtar
  • Latin History for Morons, John Leguizamo

Best Leading Actor, Play

  • Andrew GarfieldAngels in America
  • Tom HollanderTravesties
  • Jamie ParkerHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King
  • Denzel Washington The Iceman Cometh

Best Leading Actress, Play

  • Glenda JacksonThree Tall Women
  • Condola RashadSaint Joan
  • Lauren RidloffChildren of a Lesser God
  • Amy SchumerMeteor Shower

Best Featured Actor, Play

  • Anthony BoyleHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
  • Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
  • Nathan LaneAngels in America
  • David MorseThe Iceman Cometh

Best Featured Actress, Play

  • Susan Brown, Angels in America
  • Noma DumezweniHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • Deborah FindlayThe Children
  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women

Best Direction, Play

  • Marianne Elliott, Angels in America,
  • Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
  • Patrick Marber, Travesties
  • John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • George C. Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh

Best Revival, Play

  • Angels in America
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Lobby Hero
  • Three Tall Women
  • Travesties

Best Musical

  • The Band's Visit
  • Frozen
  • Mean Girls
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Leading Actor, Musical

  • Henry Hadden-Patton, My Fair Lady
  • Joshua HenryCarousel
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
  • Ethan SlaterSpongeBob SquarePants

Best Leading Actress, Musical

  • Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
  • Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island
  • LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
  • Taylor LoudermanMean Girls
  • Jessie Mueller, Carousel

Best Actor, Featured Role, Musical

  • Norbert Leo ButzMy Fair Lady
  • Alexander Gemingnani, Carousel
  • Grey Henson, Mean Girls
  • Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Ari'el StachelThe Band's Visit

Best Actress, Featured Role, Musical

  • Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Renée Fleming, Carousel
  • Lindsay MendezCarousel
  • Ashley ParkMean Girls
  • Diana RiggMy Fair Lady

Best Direction, Musical

  • Michael Arden, Once on This Island
  • David Cromer, The Band's Visit
  • Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Revival, Musical

  • Carousel
  • My Fair Lady
  • Once on This Island

Best Original Score

  • Angels in America
  • The Band's Visit
  • Frozen
  • Mean Girls
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Book, Musical

  • The Band's Visit
  • Frozen
  • Mean Girls
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Choreography

  • Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
  • Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Justin Peck, Carousel

Best Orchestrations

  • The Band's Visit
  • Carousel
  • Mean Girls
  • Once on This Island
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Scenic Design, Play

  • Angels in America
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Three Tall Women

Best Scenic Design, Musical

  • The Band's Visit
  • Mean Girls
  • My Fair Lady
  • Once on This Island
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Costume Design, Play

  • Angels in America
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Three Tall Women

Best Costume Design, Musical

  • Carousel
  • Mean Girls
  • My Fair Lady
  • Once on This Island
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Lighting Design, Play

  • Angels in America
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • Farinelli and the King
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Junk

Best Lighting Design, Musical

  • The Band's Visit 
  • Carousel
  • My Fair Lady
  • Once on This Island
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Sound Design, Play

  • 1984
  • Angels in America
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Travesties

Best Sound Design, Musical

  • The Band's Visit
  • Carousel
  • Mean Girls
  • Once on This Island
  • Spongebob SquarePants

Special Tony Awards

  • John Leguizamo
  • Bruce Springsteen

Tony Award, Lifetime Achievement in Theater

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Chita Rivera

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

  • Nick Scandalios, Nederlander Organization

Tony Honors, Excellence in the Theater

  • Sara Krulwich, photographer, The New York Times 
  • Bessie Nelson, costume beader
  • Ernest Winzer, theatre dry cleaning service


Regional Theatre Award

  • La MaMa, New York

The 2018 Tony Awards will be presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint with the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, White Cherry Entertainment, executive producers; and, for his 19th year, Weiss returns as director.

KaZoom Fest Brings Multicultural Stories to the Stage


Held at the Harlem School of the Arts (645 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY) KaZoom Fest takes three titles from KaZoom iStorybooks and turns them into one-act plays performed by the youngsters studying theatre arts at HSA. Running April 20 and 21, the shows will be bilingual (Spanish and English), incorporating music, original songs.

The stories being adapted at KaZoom Fest are Taking the E Train and Everybody Loves Cake by (Film Festival Traveler contributor) Lapacazo Sandoval, and Alyssa Marissa and Her Magical Hair by Angela Williams.(the authors will also be in attendance). These stories aren’t just designed to entertain, they also carry with them a mission as representing and immersing children of color in the arts is an aim that resonates deeply with both KaZoom and Harlem School of the Arts. "It does so much for children's confidence to see themselves in the stories they read. But finding those stories is not always easy for parents of color" explains Donna Beasley, founder, and CEO of Kazoom Kids Books. That is why the HSA has taken a keen interest in this project from KaZoom Books. "Harlem School of the Arts to me, has always felt like an extended family,” says Artistic Director Alfred Pressier. “Students and families come here, experience defining moments in their lives, and stay connected literally through successive generations."

To learn more, go to:

KaZoom Fest
April 20 - 21, 2018

Harlem School of the Arts
645 St Nicholas Ave.
New York, NY 10030

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