Entries in Broadway (29)


Tony Awards to Be Presented Sunday

(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks has two Academy Awards, and this Sunday he has a shot at earning his first Tony Award.  Hanks is nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role for the Broadway play Lucky Guy, the story of a newspaper columnist during the scandal and graffiti-ridden New York City of the 1980s. The role marks Hanks’ Broadway debut.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will take place this Sunday in New York City with Neil Patrick Harris returning as host.

Hanks’ competition in the category includes Nathan Lane for his role in the burlesque play The Nance, and former Frasier star David Hyde Pierce for his work in the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Former Monk star Tony Shalhoub is nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role for his work in the classic Broadway drama Golden Boy.

The musical Kinky Boots heads into Sunday’s ceremony with the most nominations, 13. Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics. Matilda The Musical has 12 nominations.

The list of scheduled presenters includes Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sigourney Weaver and Mike Tyson.

For a complete list of nominees, visit

The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tom Hanks to Make Broadway Debut in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy"

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut in the world premiere of the late Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy.

The two-time Oscar winner will begin a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 1, 2012, with previews starting one month prior to that date.

The story of Lucky Guy is told by the character of Mike McAlary -- to be played by Hanks -- a charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist in New York City in the 1980s.

Hanks starred in two Nora Ephron-directed movies, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.

Ephron, an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and director, died in June following a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.  She was 71.

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Katie Holmes Returning to Broadway

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Katie Holmes is returning to the stage. The newly-single actress has announced that she will star in the comedy Dead Accounts, opening on Broadway this fall.

Holmes will play Lorna, a woman who is living with her aging parents in Cincinnati while trying to figure out her life. She also has to deal with the return of her brother, Jack, who comes back to the fold with a load of money and without his wife.

Dead Accounts comes from Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck. Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien has been tapped to direct. A representative for the play said Holmes’ four cast members will be announced shortly.

Holmes, who split from husband Tom Cruise earlier this month, made her Broadway debut with a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 2008.

Fall will be a busy season for the 33-year-old actress -- her fashion line, Holmes & Yang, will make its runway debut at New York Fashion Week in September.

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Spike Lee to Direct Mike Tyson in Broadway One-Man Show

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mike Tyson is heading to Broadway.  The former Heavyweight champ and controversial personality is doing a limited engagement one-man show about his life, called "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth."

At a press conference Monday announcing the show, Tyson described "The Undisputed Truth" as the raw tale of his life.

"It's about me being on stage and being pretty raw.  Not necessarily raw in a vulgar sense … I'm just naked and vulnerable, and I'm just telling you who I am and where I'm from and how this happened and how I lose all this damn money and how I had all these children and how I go to prison and, you know, you know what happened guys, right?" he said.

Spike Lee makes his Broadway directorial debut with "The Undisputed Truth."  At Monday's press conference, Lee discussed how brave he thinks Tyson is for doing the show.

"It takes courage to get into the ring, but it takes courage to get onto the stage," Lee said. "Denzel's not playing Mike, it's not Sam Jackson. It's Mike Tyson, in person, on stage. That takes a lot of courage."

Though Tyson and Lee promise the show will be honest and Tyson will be vulnerable, the two appeared to have a slight disagreement at Monday's press conference over just how far Tyson is willing to go.

"I have to be careful because I can't stay on some subjects for a long time.  I can't stay … for a long time because I might cry, something might happen," said Tyson.

"But crying's alright, though," Lee said.

"Sometimes maybe -- maybe not," Tyson responded, adding, "It depends on who's crying."

"We can go there, Mike, It's OK. It's the stage," Lee said.

"Right," Tyson finally resigned.

So what will audiences learn when they see the show?

"They'll find out that my mother is a prostitute, my father's a pimp and I come from a real, um, this -- I don't know what -- the sex worker world and stuff, you know.  That's why I look at the world from a different perspective than most people when I was a young kid," Tyson said.

The former boxer said the show is part of his effort to move his life in a positive direction.

"This is just me and my wife wanted to do -- this is what we decided to do after I gave up using drugs and being a pig and stuff, right, so this is what we decided we were going to [live] on this kind of level.  Just keep it moving and doing positive things," he said.

The show will run six times between July 31 and Aug. 5.

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2012 Tony Awards: "Clybourne Park" Scores Best Play, "Once" Nabs Best Musical

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At New York City's Beacon Theatre Sunday night, Broadway's best and brightest turned out for the 66th Annual Tony Awards ceremony.

Clybourne Park, the drama about race and real estate, was honored with a best play Tony, while Once, the song-filled Dublin-set production, was feted as best musical.  The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman won Tonys as best revival of a musical and best revival of a play, respectively.

Once also won Tonys for best orchestrations, best scenic design of a musical, best direction of a musical, best book of a musical, and best lighting design of a musical.

The director of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Mike Nichols, took home his sixth Tony for the revival.

Hugh Jackman was given a special Tony for his performances and his charity work, while Bernadette Peters was honored with the Isabelle Stevenson Award in recognition of her charitable endeavors.

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris hosted the show, opening by performing with the cast of last year's best musical, The Book of Mormon, and then doing a song and dance of his own, to a piece called "If Life Were More Like Theater."

The show featured performances from the casts of Porgy & Bess -- featuring best actress in a musical Tony winner Audra McDonald, who took her fifth trophy -- and Newsies, which earned a best-score Tony for Oscar winner Alan Menken.

A complete list of winners can be found at

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"Newsies," a Musical of a New Protest Generation 

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- What if a pirouette could bring world peace? What if a cartwheel could change the world? What if people read actual newspapers made of actual paper?

No, it wouldn’t take a miracle for that to happen. It would just take the hit Broadway musical, Newsies.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards Tuesday, including the coveted “Best Musical,” this unlikely show about unlikely kids defying the odds is having headline-grabbing success at the box office and with critics.

Newsies is the more or less true story of a paperboy strike in New York City in the summer of 1899. It was sort of the Occupy Wall Street of its time, with much better dancing.

While most of the teen and 20-something cast members of the Broadway show admit to rarely reading newspapers—they get their information from Facebook and Twitter, they say—they do think the show has struck a chord with their audience.

“We feel so blessed to be part of a show that celebrates this kind of thing that’s going on in our world,” said Jess Loprado, 19, who plays Buttons, one of the tumbling, jumping, spinning newsboys that makes the show a delight to watch.

The show has a complicated history. It is adapted from the 1992 Disney film of the same name, that was more or less a box office flop. The movie starred a pre-Batman Christian Bale, who seems more comfortable fighting crime in tights than singing and dancing.

“I don’t ever want to do a musical… ever again,” he told ABC News a few years ago.

But the show did resonate with the VHS crowd and kids watching the Disney Channel on cable.

“If I could tell one thing to Christian Bale,” said Jeremy Jordan, who reprises Bale’s Jack Kelly in the Broadway show, “I would say, try to not to be ashamed of your musical past.”

Disney said there was nothing short of a public outcry for a stage version.

“This is the only example, certainly at Disney theatrical and one of the few I can think of anywhere, where the audience decided they wanted this musical,” said Thomas Schumacher, president of the Disney Theatrical Group.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.

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"Ghost" Musical Comes to Broadway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A musical based on the Oscar-winning Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore film Ghost opened on Broadway Monday night.

Caisie Levy plays Molly, the role originated by Moore.  She says a few of the key elements from the film are represented in the movie, including the use of the song "Unchained Melody."

"'Unchained Melody' is woven throughout the score in different ways and I won't give it away completely but it's very much a part of the show," Levy says.

Levy points out that the musical also features the famous scene from the film in which Swayze and Moore's characters have a romantic moment while using a pottery wheel.

She says, "It's in a different spot in the musical than it is in the film but it still has a similar impact and I don't want to give it away but I do make a pot live on stage every night.  I did have to take lessons."

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"The Lion King" Becomes Broadway's Highest-Grossing Show of All Time

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Lion King is now the king of Broadway.

Disney's musical adaptation of its hit animated film has become Broadway's all-time highest-grossing show, according to  The Lion King has raked in a total of $853,846,062 since opening in November 1997.

The Lion King eclipsed the previous record holder, The Phantom of the Opera, which has grossed $853,122,062 since debuting in January 1988.

Only five shows, including The Phantom of the Opera, have enjoyed longer runs on Broadway.

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Peter Cook: Christie Brinkley Throwing ‘Family Under the Bus’ in Pursuit of Fame

Gilbert Carrasquil​lo/FilmMag​ic(NEW YORK) -- Christie Brinkley's openness with the press about her ongoing child custody battles with ex-husband Peter Cook is harming their children, Cook told ABC News in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

"She can use her celebrity to get the media to say 'He's a bad guy.' You know…I'm not trying to sell tickets to anything. I don't want this press. I'm not interested in it. And there's got to be a better way for her to do it. Go do a charitable act or something, get your name in the paper. But stop throwing your family under the bus," the 53-year-old Hamptons architect told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas.

Cook says he believed Brinkley made their latest court skirmish public to "to coincide with her return to the stage in Chicago," and during the interview he expressed anger and frustration.

"I don't know how you can ever rationalize your way out of fighting to have this private family matter become so public. And children will live with it forever," he said. "I mean, it used to be 40 years ago, it was in the newspaper and it ended up under a bird somewhere. But now it's Google eternity. This will never go away for my children."

In response to the comments Cook made during the interview, Brinkley’s attorney, Tom Campagna, released the following statement:

"Peter Cook has repeatedly broken the confidentiality agreement that Christie has continued to uphold. Peter is the only one to go on national television spewing sexist, disgraceful, demonstrably false lies, which gives a taste of what Christie has had to endure since Peter betrayed his marriage vows. Peter embarrassed himself and hurt his family by having an affair with a teenage girl and admitting to an extensive pornography habit."

The statement continued: "While Christie, a single mother who has been the sole provider for her family, was working on Broadway, he refused Christie access to her children on her one day off. Four months ago, Christie quietly asked the court for Peter to fulfill his child support obligations, and most importantly, to uphold the anti-harassment order preventing his pattern of intimidation and smear campaigns. Sadly, he has chosen to make this his own self-serving publicity tour without regards for his children."

Brinkley, 58, filed court papers last November saying that Cook violated their 2008 divorce court ruling by sending her "aggressive" emails, and accusing Cook of being a deadbeat dad.  Brinkley is seeking $140,000 in fines and an additional $32,000 in educational costs for their children.

In February, Cook filed court papers of his own, alleging that Brinkley owes him money. In those filings Cook reportedly calls his ex a "narcissistic egomaniac" and says he was the primary caregiver for the children while she relocated to New York City to perform in Chicago on Broadway.

It was that Broadway turn that may have opened the gates to this newest episode between the exes. Cook said he had paid his child support payments in advance, and had contacted Brinkley's lawyers to see about getting the payment reversed since he says he was going to have the children all the time during the period that Brinkley would be away on Broadway.

Cook, who called the allegations in Brinkley's court documents "hollow and baseless," took exception to being characterized as a deadbeat dad. He said he pays almost twice the child support that is required, and cares for his children, Sailor, 13, and Jack, 16, full time, affecting his ability to earn a living.

Cook claims his ex-wife has scheduled activities for the children during time when they're supposed to be with him, and that she often fails to inform him of when they have important activities.

Campagna, Brinkley's lawyer, told ABC News that she has sole custody of the children, and anything suggesting otherwise was "delusional."

Brinkley is reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. When Vargas asked Cook why Christie would bill him and squabble in court over expenses that are just a few hundred dollars, he said he believed it was a way for her to harass him.

Over the weekend, members of Brinkley's camp told the Daily News that Cook keeps harassing her and smearing her reputation, while Cook's attorney countered that Brinkley was a "second-rate celebrity starved for attention."

Brinkley, a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, filed for divorce after Cook confessed to an affair with 18-year-old staffer Diana Bianchi and to viewing pornography online during the marriage.

He admitted to paying Bianchi $300,000 to keep the affair quiet.  Speaking about his indiscretions during the marriage to ABC News' Barbara Walters in a 2008 interview, Cook said the affair started because his "needs hadn't been taken care of."

Cook told Vargas he regrets settling in the divorce because he never got his side of the story out. He's determined to see this through to trial.

"I settled to try to make peace and try to make things easier on my kids and it's thrown back in my face again," he said. "And so this time I'm not going to allow it to happen. I'm going to let the judge, going to let everybody see what's been going on and make their own decisions."

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'Phantom' Makes Broadway History with 10,000th Performance

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Phantom of the Opera made history Saturday afternoon with its 10,000th performance, more than two decades after it opened on Broadway.

According to the New York Times, the Broadway hit had its most successful year in 2011 after grossing $44.8 million, capped by a record-breaking $1.6 million in its final week.

Broadway's longest running show opened Jan. 26, 1988 and has gone on to appear in 27 countries and 145 cities, totaling $5.6 billion worldwide.

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