Dolly Awar, er, Tony Awards nominations

May 05

Tony nominations came out today, and there are a couple of things that make me happy. Dolly Parton is a Tony nominee! [title of show] was not completely shout out! Some favorite actors – Jessica Hynes, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Janet McTeer, Raul Esparza, Harriet Walter, Gavin Creel, Allison Janney, Alice Ripley – were recognized. Jerry Herman is...

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In comes ‘Company,’ lots of ‘Company’

Feb 18

Wednesday night (Feb. 20) we’ll experience one of those all-too-rare occasions when we dont’ have to go to Broadway, when Broadway comes to us. PBS’ “Great Performances” will broadcast the John Doyle-directed Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company on Wednesday night (Bay Area folks, it’s 9 p.m. on KQED-Channel 9). So...

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Show tunes and fireworks

Jul 06

Every year around the Fourth of July, I like to celebrate something entirely American: the musical. I’m a little late this year, but it’s my patriotic duty. So here, better late than never, are some show tune suggestions to get you through the summer. Of course the original cast album of the moment is Spring Awakening (Decca Broadway). The Duncan...

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Tony red carpet, etc.

Jun 11

(all photos Associated Press) “Musical theater rocks,” so said Duncan Sheik with a sly smile and a twinkle in his award-drunk eyes during Sunday’s Tony Awards. Here’s Sheik on the red carpet before the event. That’s the smile of someone who knows he’s going to win two Tonys (for best score and orchestration for Spring...

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Tony party planning

May 29

OK, people, time to start planning those Tony Award viewing parties for Sunday, June 10 on CBS. We’ve got to get those dismal ratings up, so if you’re having people over, make sure they’re still setting their TiVos (and VCRs if you’re archaic) to record the telecast. If you’re a Nielsen family, do some creative figuring and say you...

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