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Look below for full lists of nominees by category and by show. The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced today by Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Promises, Promises) and Jim Parsons (the upcoming revival of Harvey, TV's The Big Bang Theory), and one of the season's critical favorites, Once, leads the pack with 11 nods. The new Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick (The Producers, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Kelli O'Hara (The L... [Read more]
The drama continues on episodes 8, 9, and 10 of Smash. In a bold move, Derek actually tries to hijack the show from Tom and Julia by finding another songwriter (OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder) and convincing Karen to help him stage a new number, "Touch Me." If he was looking to take the show in another direction, he certainly did with this one. But the verdict comes in against the sexy, pop-inspired performance when Tom and Julia are finally invited to view it. Thanks in part to a morality check from... [Read more]

Smash Files #2: Down & Dirty

February 21, 2012
The second and third episodes of Smash packed in a lot of drama and a lot of insight into the process of creating a Broadway musical. Episode 2, "The Callback," focused on Karen's and Ivy's battle for the lead in the Marilyn musical. The life of an actor can be quite stressful; insecurity sets in when you face rejection that much, and callback after callback can put you on edge. It's not unheard of for creative teams to hold up to 5 or more callbacks for essential casting choices. It's no wonder... [Read more]

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New York's MCC Theater has attracted a lot of attention lately for taking on a project that many have considered ill-advised. They are staging an off-Broadway revival of the musical Carrie, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The original 1988 production of the show remains to this day one of the most famous flops in Broadway history; it was expensive to produce, and when it opened, critics descended on it like rabid wolves. Though the performances of Linzi Hately and the great Betty... [Read more]
It's no secret that Broadway doesn't exactly have a reputation for appealing to the average male demographic. And while I would argue that if the guys just gave most of the fine musicals on Broadway a chance that they would be surprised at how much they like them, virtually no show appeals to everyone. Thankfully, there are several productions that wives, girlfriends, etc... shouldn't have to drag their men to, and if they do, shouldn't be hearing any complaints afterward. After all, as Neil Pat... [Read more]