Entries in Tony Awards (7)


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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Tony Awards Broadcast Draws Just Six Million Viewers

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS' broadcast of the Tony Awards hit a sour note in the ratings.

The 66th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was seen by six million viewers on Sunday night, according to That's a record low for a Tonys broadcast.

The Tonys faced stiff competition on cable TV from AMC's Mad Men, whose fifth-season finale attracted 2.7 million viewers, the most-watched finale in the drama's history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On HBO, the fifth-season debut of True Blood reportedly drew 5.2 million viewers.  In addition, Bluefin Labs says there were more than 240,000 comments about the show on Facebook and Twitter, making it the most-talked-about premium cable season premiere ever.

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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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'Mad Men' Actress Burning Hot -- Literally

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Screenvision(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men star Christina Hendricks nearly literally lived up to her description as a flame-haired actress after a party mishap in New York City. The New York Post reports Hendricks was at a Tony Awards after-party Sunday night at the Carlyle Hotel when she backed into a lit candle and set the coat she was wearing on fire. The paper reports she was able to extinguish the fire, but not before she burned a "huge hole" in the garment, which she apparently tossed into the garbage.

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'The Book of Mormon' Wins Nine Tonys, Including Best Musical

Mike Coppola/WireImage for Tony Awards Productions(NEW YORK) -- The Book of Mormon was on a mission at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.

The Broadway show from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, won the Tony for best musical, one of nine awards it collected throughout the night.  It had entered the ceremony with a leading 14 nominations.

War Horse was named best play.  Ellen Barkin, Frances McDormand and John Larroquette were the most recognizable names to win acting Tonys.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th Annual Tony Awards from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  A full list of winners is available at

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'South Park' Creators Lead Tony Nominees for 'Book of Mormon'

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- They killed Kenny -- many times -- and now they're killing on Broadway. The Tony nominations are out and the guys behind South Park are the leading nominees.

Book of Mormon, co-written and produced by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is up for 14 Tony nominations -- including best musical. The Scottsboro Boys, a period musical, is up for 12, while the revival of Anything Goes is up for nine.

Some notable names with nominations: Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen Barkin and Edie Falco. One notable snub? Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was not recognized for his critically-acclaimed turn in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The Tony Awards will be held on June 12 at New York City's Beacon Theater.

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Bret Michaels Sues CBS, Tony Awards over Accident at 2009 Tonys

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bret Michaels hasn't forgotten the onstage injury he suffered after performing at the Tony Awards two years ago.  In fact, he believes the accident, in which a set piece struck him in the head, contributed to the brain hemorrhage he suffered last year.  Now, Michaels is suing CBS and the organizers of the Tony Awards over the accident.

At the 2009 Tonys, Michaels suffered a broken nose and busted lip when a piece of scenery hit him as he was exiting the stage following his band Poison's performance of their hit "Nothin' but a Good Time."

According to published reports, the lawsuit claims Michaels wasn't told that "the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented.  Quite the opposite, Michaels specifically asked for instructions regarding how to exit after his performance and was just told to walk off the rear of the stage -- in what was ultimately the danger zone."

In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets, Michaels lawyer said, "The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret's head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings...Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice.  They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do."

Michaels seeks unspecified damages.

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