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Exclusive: Four Nominees Talk Tony

With the Tony Awards taking place Sunday, June 13, 2010, the Broadway award season will be over -- so nominees Valerie Harper, Jude Law, Montego Glover and Eddie Redmayne spoke about their expectations and insights, both in their respective shows and in the season in general.

And this season has a few wrinkles. For the musicals, it has been the overwhelming impact of pop music on Broadway's new productions, and that has made for a very different sound to be judged. And for dramatic works, the necessity of casting seasoned film and television actors as leads or featured players to draw in audiences has re-shaped the nominee pool.

So, with this night almost upon us, here's a quartet of short interviews garnered from stars nominated for various awards in both the musical and dramatic categories.

• Valerie Harper: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play | Looped

Q: What were the particular challenges of doing this show?

VH: Tallulah Bankhead's a real person and an extravagantly bombastic, huge, big personality with an extremely affected way of speaking. So to make her a real human being -- that was a challenge, especially because she's been imitated so much -- for so many years, by so many. So that was the key, and I had wonderful help in a piece of tape that was from an actual looping section.

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After 30 years, The Boy King's Treasures Are in NYC for a Limited Run

King Tut's Artifacts

What do Tyrannosaurus Rex and King Tutankhamun have in common -- besides the fact that they’re both dead? They’re the stuff that dreams are made of, and are beloved by children throughout the world.

Otherwise why would there be all this brouhaha over the new exhibit of Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of The Pharaohs at the Discovery Channel’s museum in Times Square (226 W. 44th Street)? It just opened this April 23, 2010, (and runs until January 2, 2011).

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Backing into Jules Feiffer: An Exclusive Q&A

If you want to see the 'toon, you have to pay the Feiffer — as so many of us did for decades, snatching up The Village Voice each week to see Jules Feiffer's satiric comic strip Feiffer, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. Or we bought the paperback collections, like Sick Sick Sick (the strip's original title, reflecting the catchphrase "sick humor" applied sardonically to hip, topical comedy in the late 1950s and early '60s), The Explainers, Hold Me! and many others. The Feiffer-scripted, nine-minute cartoon Munro (1960), adapted from a Feiffer story, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. And he wrote one of the first graphic novels with the modern-day fable Tantrum (1979), about a harried businessman who wills himself physically into becoming a toddler, an all-id creature who then goes off to reconcile his present with his past.

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Addressing Human Rights Abuses in Burma

Free Burma Alliance Poster

Haiti is lucky. The world has opened its wallets and poured in Earthquake relief. And Darfur? Humanitarian aid there tallies two to three billion dollars a year. But Burma receives two million in annual relief. Help is not on the way for Burma.

Tomorrow, April 7th, 2010, a fundraiser will take place in hopes of changing this. Profits will go to support the orphaned Burmese refugees housed at the Child Protection and Education Center at Mae Tao Clinic. They were fortunate enough to make it across the border into Thailand -- surviving rape, gun shots and/or enslavement -- but not so star-kissed as to have escaped trauma or, in many cases, TB or malaria.

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