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Hugh Jackman Was Energizer Bunny in Stellar Tonys Opening (watch!)

Hugh Jackman scored as host of the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards last night (June 8). Could the Oscars be next? Jackman showed off his versatility with an extended song and dance number that featured Neil Patrick Harris and other Broadway stars. The 45-year-old Australian actor, who had a recent scare with skin cancer, opened the show from the red carpet outside.... Read More...

Bryan Cranson Breaks Bad as 2014 Tony Nominees Announced (video)

Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff unveiled the 2014 Tony Award nominations today. As expected, the list includes lots of well-known Hollywood names, but a darkhorse, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, led the field with ten nominations. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris followed with eight nominations. “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston was one of the big Hollywood names in the running for best performance by an actor in a play. But conspicuously absent from any list was “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe.... Read More...

Broadway Big-Wig Lawsuit Against Valerie Harper on Flimsy Ground

Broadway big-wig Matthew Lombardo claims in a Manhattan Federal District Court lawsuit that Valerie Harper and husband Tony Cacciotti never told him she was ill with cancer before he signed her to perform in his play “Looper.” Harper, 74, appeared in the play on Broadway, and earned a Tony Nomination, but had to drop out of the national tour last year after the cancer spread to her brain. ... Read More...

James Franco, Leighton Meester Take Bows at Mice, Men Opening

James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester all made their Broadway debut last night (Apr. 16) in an adaption of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men and put together a nuanced performance that drew mostly critical raves. The story has oft been told on stage and the big screen since Steinbeck published the short novel in 1937, providing plenty of material for comparison.... Read More...

Donnie Kehr Gets Up Close, Personal on His Music, Theater Careers

One look at Donnie Kehr’s Broadway resume and you’ll see he’s been in some of the Great White Way’s most significant productions over the years, including Pete Townsend’s Tommy, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In 2004, he created the role of Gyp De Carlo in the groundbreaking La Jolla Playhouse production of Jersey Boys and was the first to play Norm Waxman in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production. He'll also appear in Clint Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys. ... Read More...

Les Miserables Opens on Broadway to a Celebrity Crowd (photos!)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert.... Read More...

Rocky on Broadway Connects For a Blockbuster Opening (15 photos!)

Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. ... Read More...