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The 71st Tony Awards Review: Charles Isherwood on Why the Awards Ceremony That Celebrates Great Theater Was So Off-Key

12 June 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Shut that crap off!” snapped a feisty Bette Midler as the orchestra attempted to play her offstage. She had gone well beyond her allotted time in giving her acceptance speech for her surefire win at the 71st annual Tony Awards. Since Midler didn’t sing — disappointing to all — who could begrudge her a record-breaking acceptance speech?

Midler’s ebullient phone-book-length list of thanks was, indeed, a highlight of the Tony telecast on CBS. Considering what a wonderful season it was in terms of quality and even quantity on Broadway, the telecast can only be regarded as a dutiful but hardly dazzling, and often dull, celebration of a season that deserved a more vibrant tribute.

True, a signal attraction of any awards show – the possibility of a shock or even a surprise or two – was for once in evidence at this year’s awards. The top categories, best musical and best »

- Charles Isherwood

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Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute

6 April 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Don Rickles' fans, friends and peers have been expressing their condolences after hearing news of the comedian's death.

Et confirmed that Rickles died on Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home from kidney failure. He was 90.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Rickles' impact on the comedy and entertainment industry was certainly felt as celebrities have been posting tributes to the late comedian since learning of his death. Here's a look at what the stars are sharing in remembrance of Rickles:

Bob and Ginnie Newhart: "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this."

Jim Carrey: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer »

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