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Levi Kreis Shares His Million Dollar Moments on Broadway

30 September 2010 6:02 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

He may be a doppelganger for Harry Connick Jr., and he may portray Jerry Lee Lewis with great zeal in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet, but Levi Kreis is a musician and artist with a persona all his own. His music has been featured on Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, and Days of Our Lives, and thus has shared the stage with Cyndi Lauper, Collective Soul and Melissa Etheridge. With three successful albums under his belt and a 2010 Tony award for his brilliant performance in Quartet, Kreis has already built a career at the age of 28 about which many artists can only dream. »

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Gays Gone Bad! Plus the Men of the Black Sea!

17 June 2010 9:38 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Gee, Now That's Really A Shame

This week's news seemed to have an extra helping of gay guys doing dumb and/or self-serving things that, frankly, got on my nerves.

Leading off the idiot parade, it looks like Perez Hilton may have finally gone too far by tweeting out a picture of an apparently pantyless Miley Cyrus exiting a car ala what Britney Spears did some time ago. This could potentially qualify as child porn and, if convicted, Perez (Aka Mario Lavandeira) could actually do some jail time.

Gee. How terrible.

I don't want to revel in the misfortune of someone else, but I'm a firm believer in you reap what you sow and when someone fouls the pop culture waters the way Perez has, well, let's just say I'm not surprised.

I always thought Perez would come to a bad end of some kind thanks to his endless gossipmongering and hateful posts, »

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AfterElton Briefs: Cheyenne Rocks the NewNowNext Awards, Levi Kreis on Winning the Tony, and More!

16 June 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Plus Stephen Colbert wants to nix lesbian parenting, SyFy goes in search of pop culture memorabilia, and what gay celebrity couple tweeted their breakup?

Mark Feehily performs with Westlife in Dublin, Ireland

In a way it's comforting to know that it's not only Americans who will do anything to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Who knew pretending to be a bi guy was a way to get ahead. caught up with Levi Kreis immediately after he won the Tony for Million Dollar Quartet. Levi chats about winning the big one for his Broadway debut, about playing Jerry Lee Lewis, and for those of you wondering who the guy was who he embraced after winning, it was his partner Jason. I've had my doubts about SyFy Channel for a while. First, they changed the name so dumb people would be able to spell it, then they added wrestling to the lineup. »

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Back Stage at the 2010 Tony Awards

14 June 2010 12:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Back Stage Executive Editor David Sheward was in the media room for this year's Tony Awards.  Below are interviews he captured at the event. He interviewed such winners as Christine Jones (set designer for "American Idiot"), Kevin Adams (lighting designer for "American Idiot"), Michael Grandage (director, "Red"), Eddie Redmayne (best featured actor in a play for "Red"), Katie Finneran (best featured actress in a musical for "Promises, Promises"), Levi Kreis (best featured actor in a musical for "Million Dollar Quartet"), David Hyde Pierce (Isabelle Stevenson Award), Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (best actor and actress in a play for "Fences"), Bill T. Jones (choreography, "Fela!"), and Arielle Tepper Madover and John Logan (producer and author, "Red," best play).The winners talked about creating their roles, the differences between British and American audiences, and offered advice to newcomers to the theatre. Denzel Washington said, "Start with theatre, that's where you learn your craft. »

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Scarlett Johansson Among Tony Award Winners

14 June 2010 11:51 AM, PDT | | See recent x17online news »

Manhattan, New York (X17online) - Scarlett Johansson is now a Tony Award-winning actress thanks to her work in A View from the Bridge. While receiving her award, she told the audience, "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway and here I am." The Iron Man 2 star was among several A-list celebrities who took home a Tony including Denzel Washington and Catherine-Zeta Jones. The big winner of the night was the drama Red, which took home the prize for best play and five other awards. Sean Hayes hosted the event from Radio City Music Hall. The winners are listed below: Best Play: "Red." Best Musical: "Memphis." Best Book Of A Musical: "Memphis." Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theater: "Memphis." Best Revival Of A Play: "Fences." Best Revival Of A Musical: "La Cage aux Folles." Best Performance By A »

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Tony Pic Post! Sean Gets Kissed! Levi Wins! And More!

14 June 2010 10:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Last night CBS aired the 64th Tony Awards , and we gave you the Eleven Things That Made the Tonys Fun, but in case you missed the show, here are some pictorial highlights!

Host Sean Hayes

Sean and Kristin Chenoweth

Green Day helped open the show

Sean performing with out singer/songwriter (and AfterElton fav) Levi Kreis

Levi accepting his Tony for Million Dollar Quartet

Sean as Annie

Ricky Martin, looking sharp

Sean with a codpiece. We think.

Douglas Hodge performing for the audience.

The cast of La Cage Aux Folles

David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammar

Catherine Zeta Jones performs "Send In The Clowns"

And she's shocked that she won.

Sean as Spiderman

Viola Davis winning for Fences

As did Denzel Washington

Matthew Morrison belts one out

But he's got nothing on Lea Michele

Ricky Martin, Daniel Radcliffe, Antonio Banderas

Levi Kreis and David Hyde Pierce

Ryan Reynolds chats up »

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Red And Memphis The Toast Of The Tonys, La Cage And Fela! Triple Winners

14 June 2010 1:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The 'Great White Way' went Red on Sunday night when John Logan's Broadway hit landed the lion's share of honours at the 64th annual Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director.

The hit show, starring Brits Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, picked up five awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Bon Jovi star David Bryan's Memphis was also the toast of Broadway, picking up four awards - including the night's Best Musical honour. Fela! and La Cage aux Folles claimed only three of their 11 nominations each.

Onstage husband and wife Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were big winners, claiming the night's Best Actor and Actress prizes for a Play for Fences, which was also named Best Revival. Scarlett Johansson was a first-time Tony Awards winner for her Broadway debut in A View From The Bridge and Catherine Zeta-Jones was named Best Actress in a Musical.

Green Day's American Idiot was a double winner.

There were also special awards for British playwright Alan Ayckbourn and actors Marian Seldes and David Hyde Pierce.

The show was a true celebration of all things musical and theatrical with highlights including a show-stopping performance by Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, a dramatic rendition of Send in the Clowns by Zeta-Jones and stunning segments from hit musicals Fela! and La Cage aux Folles.

Green Day helped give the big show a rocking start as they performed two songs from their American Idiot musical.

It was couple's night in the audience with Johansson joined by husband Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas supporting his wife Zeta-Jones and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith turning out.

Even Jay-z, who had performed at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Saturday, and his wife Beyonce dressed it up for a night at the theatre awards.

Host Sean Hayes was perfect, cracking jokes at the expense of some of his movie star audience members and dressing up as both Annie and Spider-Man for added laughs.

The 2010 Tony Award winners are:

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play - Scarlett Johansson (A View From The Bridge)

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play - Eddie Redmayne (Red)

Best Direction of a Play - Michael Grandage (Red)

Best Direction of a Musical - Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles)

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises)

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet)

Best Costume Design of a Play - Catherine Zuber (The Royal Family)

Best Costume Design of a Musical - Marina Draghici (Fela!)

Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Kevin Adams (American Idiot)

Best Scenic Design of a Play - Christopher Oram (Red)

Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Christine Jones (American Idiot)

Best Lighting Design of a Play - Adam Cork (Red)

Best Sound Design of a Musical - Robert Kaplowitz (Fela!)

Best Performance by a Leading Lady in a Play - Viola Davis (Fences)

Best Performance by a Leading Man in a Play - Denzel Washington (Fences)

Lifetime Achievement Award - Alan Ayckbourn

Lifetime Achievement Award - Marian Seldes

Isabelle Stephenson Award - David Hyde Pierce

Best Orchestrations - David Bryan & Daryl Waters (Memphis)

Best Original Score - David Bryan & Joe Dipietro (Memphis)

Best Book of a Musical - Joe Dipietro (Memphis)

Best Choreography - Bill T. Jones (Fela!)

Best Revival of a Play - Fences

Best Play - Red

Best Revival of a Musical - La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music)

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles)

Best Musical - Memphis. »

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Eleven Things That Made the Tonys Fun: Sean Hayes, the Gays and More!

13 June 2010 11:47 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

While it’s true that the Tony Awards may be an annual religious experience for countless gay men and theater lovers alike, it also can’t be denied that they are the bastard step-child of televised award shows. Can you recall was the last the Tony Awards were featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly?

There is no red carpet pre-show where a Mary Hart wannabe quizzes Patti LuPone or Kristin Chenoweth on who they’re wearing. And there aren’t enough Hollywood A-listers on hand to warrant any wrap-up coverage by Ryan Seacrest.

Thank God for that.

But the 64th Tony Awards still managed to pull off plenty of entertaining moments that left the audience laughing, moved or even inspired. Here are eleven of the best moments that made this award show watchable.

#1 I would love to say that the entire opening montage was great.

Except that it wasn’t. »

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2010 Tony Award Winners List

13 June 2010 10:29 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The musical "Memphis" was the big winner at the 2010 Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home four awards.

The drama "Fences" picked up three awards, including for leading actor Denzel Washington and leading actress Viola Davis.

See photos of all the Tony Award arrivals!

Other stars who took home Tonys included Catherine Zeta-Jones for "A Little Night Music," Scarlett Johansson for "A View from the Bridge" and Eddie Redmayne for "Red."

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Play: "Red. »

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“Glee’s” Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison steal the Tony Awards

13 June 2010 10:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news » The 64th Annual Tony Awards took place in New York City and paid tribute to some of the best Broadway shows of the year.

Among the top winners were Eddie Redmayne’s “Red,” “Memphis,” and Viola Davis’ “Fences.” Host Sean Hayes (“Promises, Promises”) cracked jokes throughout the night and even came out dressed as Spider-Man to pay tribute to the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” which is looking at a November opening.

Glee’s” Lea Michele and co-star Matthew Morrison returned to their Broadway roots with Morrison singing “All I Need is the Girl” from “Gypsy.” Michele then did a solo performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Both performances were the highlight of the evening among the awards.

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Watch their performance below:

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Below is the full list of winners:

Est Play: “Red. »


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2010 Tony Award Winners

13 June 2010 9:54 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge (Photo: © Joan Marcus) Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Denzel Washington: 2010 Tony Awards Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Play: Scarlett Johansson, A View From the Bridge. Best Performance By A Featured Actor In A Play: Eddie Redmayne, Red. Best Direction Of A Play: Michael Grandage, Red. Best Direction Of A Musical: Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles. Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical: Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises. Best Performance By A Featured Actor In A Musical: Levi Kreis, [...] »

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2010 Tony Awards: Denzel Washington Wins His First, Full Winners List

13 June 2010 8:45 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

All of the winners at this year's Tony Awards have been named, unraveling "Red" as the big winner on the biggest night for Broadway. Stealing the spotlight, however, was Hollywood star Denzel Washington. The two-time Academy Award winner took home his first Tony award after the Sunday night, June 13 ceremony.

The star of "The Book of Eli" won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in "Fences". Accepting the kudo, the 55-year-old actor shared, "My mother always said man gives you the award and God gives you the reward. I guess I got both tonight." He went on to thank his longtime wife Paulette who was among the audience, and his children at home.

Denzel's win brought the Tonys' collection of "Fences" to three in total. Although nominated for 10 nods for the 61st Annual Tony Awards, the revival of August Wilson's play only managed to »


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Complete list of Tony Award winners

13 June 2010 8:07 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Here is a complete list of winners of the Tony Awards bestowed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday night.

Best Musical


Best Play


Best Actor In A Musical

Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"

Best Actress In A Musical

Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music"

Best Revival Of A Play


Best Revival Of A Musical

"La Cage aux Folles" 

Best Actor In A Play

Denzel Washington, "Fences" 

Best Actress In A Play

Viola Davis, "Fences"

Best Featured Actor In A Play

Eddie Redmayne, "Red"

Best Featured Actress In Play

Scarlett Johansson, "A View From the Bridge" 

Best Featured Actor In A Musical

Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet"

Best Featured Actress In A Musical

Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises"

Best Direction Of A Play

Michael Grandage, "Red"

Best Direction Of A Musical

Terry Johnson,  "La Cage aux Folles"

Best Orchestrations

Daryl Waters & David Bryan, »

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Tony Awards 2010: All the winners

13 June 2010 7:51 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Scarlett Johansson won a Tony Award for best featured actress in a play Sunday (June 13) for her work in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

"Red" took home several awards, and Denzel Washington and Viola Davis won the best actor and actress awards for "Fences."

Here are the winners; check back throughout the show to see the updated list.

Best musical: "Memphis"

Best lead actress in a musical: Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music"

Best lead actor in a musical: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"

Best revival of a musical: "La Cage aux Folles"

Best play: "Red" (author: John Logan)

Best revival of a play: "Fences"

Best choreography: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"

Best leading actress in a play: Viola Davis, "Fences"

Best leading actor in a play: Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Best featured actress in a play: Scarlett Johansson, "A View from the Bridge"

Best featured actor in a play: Eddie Redmayne, »


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Katie Finneran, Levi Kreis win featured musical performer prizes at Tony Awards

13 June 2010 7:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Katie Finneran won the featured actress Tony for her show-stealing performance in "Promises, Promises." She plays a barfly on the prowl who sets her sights on Chuck (Sean Hayes). Marian Mercer took home the featured actress award for creating this role in 1969. In 2002, Finneran did the seemingly impossible and upstaged theatrical royalty Patti LuPone in the farce "Noises Off," winning the featured actress in a play Tony Award. Levi Kreis plays Jerry Lee Lewis in the tuner "Million Dollar Quartet." Before coming to Broadway, he played this part in Chicago. Before his turn on the stage, Kreis carved out a successful recording career. In the jukebox tuner, Kreis portrays the great ball of »

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'Memphis,' 'Red' Lead Tony Winners

13 June 2010 5:04 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

"Memphis" won for best musical at the 2010 Tony Awards, but was shut out in the acting categories. The show, which tells the story of a collaboration between a white disc jockey and a black singer in the segregated South of the 1950s, also won for best book, best original score, and best orchestrations. Memphis came into the Tonys having bested the competition in the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, and was considered by many to be a favorite.Also favored to win was "Red," which was named best play. The play about the painter Mark Rothko led all productions with six awards—including best featured actor, which went to Eddie Redmayne, best direction, scenic design, lighting design, sound design. Best revival of a play went to "Fences," whose leads, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis won for best actor and actress in a play, respectively.Two thesps making their »

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'Red,' 'Memphis' top Tony Awards

12 June 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The winning color was "Red" and the place to be was "Memphis" on Sunday during the 64th annual Tony Awards.

John Logan's two-character biodrama "Red," about American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, took home the night's largest haul, winning six awards, including top-play honors. It also won for Michael Grandage's direction and for featured actor Eddie Redmayne as the artist's assistant and verbal punching bag.

The production originated at London's Donmar Warehouse, marking the fourth time in five years that the top-play prize has gone to a transatlantic import.

Accepting that award, lead producer Arielle Tepper Madover said, "It is our duty as actors, directors, designers and fellow producers to do just what Rothko did, to inspire, engage and foster new artists to fall in love with our craft and make it their own."

In a race that inspired more ennui than excitement among pundits in the run-up to Tony night, »

- By David Rooney

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Steal these Tony Award predictions

3 June 2010 11:34 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

David Sheward is one of the shrewdest Tony Award pundits on the planet. The executive editor of Back Stage consistently has one of the most accurate prediction rates year to year. Now he sends us his latest forecasts of what to expect on June 13. (Thanks, David!) By the way, David recently shared with us his own private awards he'd like to bestow to the best productions both on and off Broadway. He calls them the David Desk Awards.

Below, his Tony predix.

Play: "Red" Musical: "Memphis" Book of a Musical: Joe Dipietro, "Memphis" Score: David Bryan, Joe Dipietro, "Memphis" Revival of a Play: "Fences" Revival of a Musical: "La Cage Aux Folles" Actor in a Play: Denzel Washington, "Fences" Actress in a Play: Viola Davis, "Fences" Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage Aux Folles" Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, "Memphis" Featured Actor in a Play: Eddie Redmayne, »

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A Salute to the 64th Annual Tony Awards

27 May 2010 11:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Though the economy was still in dire straits, Broadway carried on during the 2009-10 season, with visits from such high-voltage marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liev Schreiber, and Scarlett Johansson. A little group called Green Day rocked Broadway's world with the stage adaptation of the band's hit album "American Idiot," Twyla Tharp paid tribute to Frank Sinatra in "Come Fly Away," and Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins formed a "Million Dollar Quartet." "Fela!," Bill T. Jones' combination dance party, concert, and musical biography, transferred to the Main Stem from its Off-Broadway run, as did Geoffrey Nauffts' tender and moving play "Next Fall." "Red" and "Time Stands Still" offered searing portraits of artists coping with crises, while Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play" captured the repressive Victorian era. Broadway fare also »

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Nathan Lane Leaves 'Em Laughing at Drama League Luncheon

24 May 2010 8:14 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Nathan Lane (pictured right), a two-time Tony winner and current star of The Addams Family musical on Broadway, stole the show yet again at the Drama League Luncheon Friday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks presented him with the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater, and the star-studded dais, which included Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie, and the rest of the room roared with laughter and cheers throughout his acceptance speech.

Though Lane's show, The Addams Family, is a box-office hit, it didn't receive the most rapturous reviews and was largely passed over by the Tony nominations - something Lane pointedly pointed out. Here's what he said:

Well, this is the best Drama League Luncheon I've ever been to. ... I want to say how grateful I am that you chose me for this honor before the reviews for The Addams Familyappeared. »

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