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Warren Carlyle: ‘I’m having to be more inventive, more athletic’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“I’m having to be more inventive, to be more athletic in a way, because the dancers are,” admits Warren Carlyle. The choreographer picked up his third Tony nomination for upping his game with inventive choreography for the current revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” He previously won the category for his work on “After Midnight,” and chatted with Gold Derby about the challenges and successes that lead to his most recent nomination. Watch the exclusive video interview above.

See‘Oklahoma!’ vs. ‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Which do our Tony Experts think will win Best Musical Revival?

On creating new dances, Carlyle says “I approach it like a writer. I wrote a story for ‘Too Darn Hot’ that interests me. “Too Darn Hot” is the classic show-stopping dance sequence that opens Act 2 of the Cole Porter musical. With stage directions in the script that simply read “and they dance,” there was
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‘Be More Chill’, ‘Pretty Woman’ Top Broadway’s Audience Choice Awards

‘Be More Chill’, ‘Pretty Woman’ Top Broadway’s Audience Choice Awards
Exclusive: Audiences don’t alway see eye to eye with Tony voters, as we see again in this year’s Audience Choice Awards from Broadway.com. Presented exclusively to Deadline for today’s reveal, the fan-selected top winners are Be More Chill, Pretty Woman and American Son, none of which scored Tony noms for best musical or play.

And Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird, snubbed by Tony as best play, was named just that by audiences.

This year – the awards’ 20th – Be More Chill tops the list with four awards, including Favorite New Musical, Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (George Salazar), and – in very non-Tony-like categories, Favorite Funny Performance (Stephanie Hsu) and Favorite Onstage Pair (Will Roland and George Salazar).

Coming in with three awards was Pretty Woman – The Musical: Favorite Leading Actor/Musical (Andy Karl), Favorite Featured Actress/Musical (Orfeh), and, again in a non-Tony-ish achievement,
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2019 Tony Awards video slugfest: Snubs and surprises shake up major races [Watch]

When the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were finally announced on Tuesday, major races were shaken up by shocking omissions. Gold Derby contributors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann got together to dish all the snubs and surprises of the nominations and take a look at how this list of nominees changes the major races. Watch the full video slugfest above.

We start with the Best Play category, because that’s where “my jaw hit the floor.” Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was seen as a potential winner of this top award, but despite nine nominations it missed the coveted Best Play category. David wonders if the earlier controversy surrounding Scott Rudin, because “they loved it everywhere else.”

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I don’t buy the controversy argument however. After all, Rudin scored another nomination in the same category
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2019 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 73nd annual Tony Awards nominations

Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering your predictions for the 2019 Tony Awards nominations? The nominations will be announced on April 30 with the ceremony set for June 9. Take a look at our racetrack odds below for all of the top categories. The predicted winners are indicated in gold.

These official odds for the Tonys are derived from the predictions of our Experts who write about theater year-round, our in-house team of Editors, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s nominations the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine predictions from the last two years, and all Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

We’re predicting 17 categories. Below, find out who we’re betting on as of this writing. And there’s still time to make or edit your own predictions before the nominations are unveiled on Tuesday morning.
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2019 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (Round 3): Harvey Fierstein’s surprise return to the race

00The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time in the 2018-2019 Broadway season, and announced eligibility rulings for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Seven productions were discussed in the meeting: “King Kong,” “Choir Boy,” “True West,” “Be More Chill,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” and “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

The committee made the following decisions:

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris will be eligible for Lead Actress/Actor in a Musical for their respective performances in “King Kong.”

Peter England’s projection design will be considered eligible along with his scenic design in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category, for “King Kong.”

Jeremy Pope will be considered eligible for Lead Actor in a Play for his performance in “Choir Boy.”

Will Roland will be considered eligible for Lead Actor in a Musical category for his performance in “Be More Chill.
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Playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Fierstein & Mart Crowley Ok’d For Tony Award Eligibility

Playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Fierstein & Mart Crowley Ok’d For Tony Award Eligibility
Playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Fierstein and Mart Crowley – each of whom had older works produced on Broadway this season – will be eligible for Tony Awards, the Tony administration committee has determined.

The eligibilities were among a raft of such rulings made by the committee today in the third of four planned meetings. Other rulings focused mostly on category eligibility for performers in ensemble cast productions.

In the cases of Crowley and Lonergan, the two playwrights will benefit from a new Tony rule that allows living authors and composers of plays and musicals that had not previously been staged on Broadway to be eligible along with the producers in the Best Revival of a Play/Musical category. This season, Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery were staged on Broadway after debuting years ago Off Broadway..

As for Fierstein, he’s eligible for this season’s Torch Song due to another new rule: Authors and composers of Best Revival nominees are eligible with producers even if those authors and composers have previously won Tonys for the works – so long as the revivals have been “substantially reworked.” (Fierstein made significant changes to the former Torch Song Trilogy for the recent Torch Song).

Other determinations made today by the committee:

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in King Kong; Peter England’s projection design will be considered eligible along with his scenic design in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category, for his work on King Kong Jeremy Pope will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Choir Boy Will Roland will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Be More Chill; Beowulf Boritt and Alex Basco Koch will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Be More Chill; Corbin Bleu will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate; Derrick Baskin will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations; Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations; Heidi Schreck will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in What the Constitution Means to Me.

Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced April 30. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will air live on Sunday, June 9 at 8 Pm Et/delayed Pt) from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on CBS. James Corden will host.
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‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle?

‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle?
One of Cole Porter’s most popular shows, “Kiss Me, Kate,” hasn’t been seen on the boards of the Great White Way in nearly two decades. This season mark the return of the classic musical comedy via the Roundabout Theatre Company revival that opened on March 14 at Studio 54. Directed by Tony-nominee Scott Ellis, this staging stars Tony winner Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and Tony nominee Will Chase (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”) as the infamously divorced couple of sparring thespians Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham.

Boasting popular Porter songs such as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Wunderbar,” the musical follows Lilli and Fred as they reunite to star in a production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” with their personal feelings influencing their on-stage performances. Notably, Tony nominee Amanda Green
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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way
Like last season’s Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and opening tonight at Studio 54, had its share of finessing to do, bringing an acknowledged work of stage musical genius from a less gender-enlightened era in line with modern sensibilities. We can put that concern aside – whatever occasional shortcomings befall this mostly terrific revival, a spanked, put-upon heroine isn’t one.

Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase are so evenly matched – in performance, talent and temperament – that it’s hard to imagine a more finely balanced battle de deux. Whatever spanking goes on in this musicalized update of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, well, each gives as good as she gets. And the roughhousing is so vaudeville cartoonish that the bum-bruising (his and hers) could trigger nothing more than a Carol Burnett Show flashback.
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Marvel Fans Are Freaking Out Over The New Avengers: Endgame Trailer

We’re in the midst of what’s shaping up to be a surprisingly busy morning for McU fans, with Marvel unveiling both a new trailer and a new poster for Avengers: Endgame.

As with any footage released from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel, the latest two-and-half-minute preview has given the internet a whole lot to process, and you can expect the forums to continue flooding with theories and observations in the coming days. But for now, let’s just take a moment to consider the first impressions on Twitter. With Marvel offering no prior warning that the latest and potentially final trailer was about to drop, it only figures that the fans are freaking out:

First Instagram & Facebook are down… Then Marvel drops the new #AvengersEndgame Trailer. The internet is in chaos like the world after the Decimation. pic.twitter.com/VtY0iEP500

— Blerd Vision (@TheBlerdVision) March 14, 2019

Of course,
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2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?
As we’re now about halfway through the Broadway season, there are currently seven productions of musicals set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast, creative types, the opening, and (where applicable) closing dates.

Be More Chill” (previews begin February 13; opens March 10)

In this musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel of the same name, Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High School in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about ‘The Squip.’ Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.

With a book by Drama Desk nominee Joe Tracz and a score by Joe Iconis, this production is
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The Masked Singer Sneak Peek Gives a New Clue About the Monster

The Masked Singer Sneak Peek Gives a New Clue About the Monster
Who is the Monster?!?!  Of all the masked singers on The Masked Singer, the Monster is the one that has perhaps driven us the craziest. He's a very good singer, and his clues are very specific. He was on top of the world, then the world called him a monster so he went into his cave, and now he's trying to make a comeback. Now, thanks to our exclusive sneak peek below, we've got a new clue.  "I like to keep my head in the game," he tells the celeb panel.  They immediately assume he's an athlete, and we're over here thinking it's a High School Musical reference  In case you forgot, the Monster first appeared in the first...
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Photo Flash: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Held a Mary Poppins Returns Screening at 54 Below

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds hosted a reception in New York at Feinstein's 54 Below followed by a special screening of Mary Poppins Returns,nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, 9 Critics' Choice Awards and AFI's Top 10 Films of 2018,earlier tonight. The film's star Emily Blunt, Rob Marshall Director, John DeLuca Producer, David Magee Screenwriter, Marc Shaiman Composer, SongwriterCo-lyricist and Scott Wittman Co-lyricist joined the couple at the reception. Also in attendance were Morena Baccarin, Corbin Bleu, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Lo Bianco, Ben McKenzie, and Dayo Okeniyi.
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Video: Go Behind the Scenes of Kiss Me, Kate Photoshoot with Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase!

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, casting is complete for the new Broadway production of the musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara as 'KateLilli Vanessi,' Tony Award nominee Will Chase as 'PetruchioFred Graham,' Corbin Bleu as 'LucentioBill Calhoun,' Terence Archie as 'Harrison Howell,' Mel Johnson Jr. as 'Harry TrevorBaptista,' James T. Lane as 'Paul,' Stephanie Styles as 'Lois LaneBianca,' Adrienne Walker as 'Hattie,' Lance Coadie Williams as 'Gangster Second Man' and John Pankow as 'Gangster First Man.'
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Complete Casting Announced for the Broadway Revival of Kiss Me, Kate

Casting is complete for the new Broadway production of the musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara as KateLilli Vanessi, Tony Award nominee Will Chase as PetruchioFred Graham, Corbin Bleu as LucentioBill Calhoun, Terence Archie as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. as Harry TrevorBaptista, James T. Lane as Paul, Stephanie Styles as Lois LaneBianca, Adrienne Walker as Hattie, Lance Coadie Williams as Gangster Second Man and John Pankow as Gangster First Man.
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More Stars To Join The Actors Fund's 5th Annual Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund has announced a star-studded lineup for the 2018 Looking Ahead Awards hosted by Garrett Clayton and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”) on Sunday, October 28 from 4-8pm at the magnificent Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

The fifth annual gala, which raises support and awareness for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program, features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, awards ceremony and live performances. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The Looking Ahead Awards celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.

The Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting, honoring the parent of a former young performer, will be presented by actress Ari Graynor to her mother, Joani Geltman.

The Looking Ahead Award for Education, honoring a former young performer who has
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Dancing With the Stars Week 4 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

The CW’s Charmed reboot wasn’t the only series summoning the Power of Three this week.

Dancing With the Stars also showed its appreciation for trios on Monday night, when each Season 27 couple was joined by a third dancer for their routines.

Of course, not all trio dances were created equal on the Week 4 broadcast. Though most duos were joined by DWTS alumni who fared well in their seasons, one couple had the enormous advantage of adding a professional dancer to their team (hi, Maddie Ziegler!), and another had the disadvantage of adding… a Bachelor villain. Suffice it to say,
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Stars To Be Honored At The Actors Fund 2018 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund has announced that the 2018 Looking Ahead Awards will honor the cast of Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” Raven-Symoné and Monique Coleman on Sunday, October 28 from 4-8pm at the magnificent Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

The fifth annual celebration, which raises support and awareness for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program, features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The Looking Ahead Awards celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.

The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness, honoring the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles, will be presented to the young stars of Disney Channel’s hit
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‘High School Musical’ Disney Streaming Series: Everything We Know So Far

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Disney Channel’s new “High School Musical” series, which is being produced for Disney’s new as-yet unnamed streaming service, has a title and a plot. As revealed on Thursday, the 10-episode series will be called “High School Musical: The Musical,” and take a meta, docu-style approach to the franchise.

In “High School Musical: The Musical,” a group of students at fictional East High stage a performance of Disney’s “High School Musical” for their winter theater production. But as they plan the on-stage drama, they create as much drama off-stage.

Per Disney, each episode will include a song from the “High School Musical” trilogy of films, as well as on original song.

Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter and former Broadway performer Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”) is executive producer with Oliver Goldstick (“Pretty Little Liars”).

High School Musical” premiered as a Disney Channel musical film in 2006, directed by Kenny Ortega, and
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast wish list: Male celebs Luis Fonsi and James Shaw Jr. should vie for the Mirror Ball

ABC recently announced that season 27 of “Dancing with the Stars” will premiere on September 24, but we don’t know yet which celebrities will be selected to compete. Below is a list of male candidates I think “DWTS” should consider inviting to battle for the next Mirror Ball Trophy.

Jason Alexander

Before he was known for his iconic role as George Costanza on the classic series “Seinfeld” Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning actor, starring in several Broadway musicals including “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” for which he won Best Actor in a Musical. In addition, he has appeared in other TV shows and films like the 1997 version of “Cinderella” starring past “DWTS” alum Brandy, “Pretty Woman,” and the animated series “Duckman.” He’s 58, which would make him the oldest Mirror Ball champ in history. But despite his age, I think Jason’s dance and acting background could make him a serious contender
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Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke & More To Star In Netflix’s ‘Walk Ride Rodeo’ Biopic About Paralyzed Horse Racer Amberley Snyder

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Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke & More To Star In Netflix’s ‘Walk Ride Rodeo’ Biopic About Paralyzed Horse Racer Amberley Snyder
Exclusive: Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke, Bailey Chase, and Sherri Shepherd are set to topline Walk Ride Rodeo, a biopic of paralyzed rodeo champion Amberley Snyder (played by Locke) from Poke Prod and Netflix. Directed by Conor Allyn, the film follows the story of nationally-ranked barrel racer Snyder who, at 19-years old, barely survived a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her doctors said she would never walk again, let alone ride. Snyder overcame her prognosis and was back on her horse 18 months after the accident.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Max Ehrich (The Path), Raleigh Cain (Only the Brave), Mitchell Hoog (The Spookies) and John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water) will co-star.

Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White wrote the screenplay,
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