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‘Broadway Fans and Rock Fans Have So Much in Common’: Almost Famous Musical Will Finally Hit Broadway This Fall

‘Broadway Fans and Rock Fans Have So Much in Common’: Almost Famous Musical Will Finally Hit Broadway This Fall
It’s been four years since Cameron Crowe first teased an Almost Famous musical when he dropped a 20-second video of composer Tom Kitt playing piano, while William Miller’s signature yellow post-its displayed clues on the wall. Now, Crowe is officially bringing his beloved film to Broadway, slated to open at Manhattan’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Nov. 3.

Crowe first announced the adaptation in the fall of 2018, and it opened the following year in his hometown of San Diego, California (Joni Mitchell made a rare appearance at the
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‘Mj’, ‘A Strange Loop’ & ‘Six’ Among Big Post-Tony Box Office Winners

‘Mj’, ‘A Strange Loop’ & ‘Six’ Among Big Post-Tony Box Office Winners
Mj and A Strange Loop saw Tony Award glory translate into box office surges in the week after the June 12 ceremony, with Mj leaping by 216,921 over the previous week’s take to a huge 1,660,978. A Strange Loop grossed 845,313 for the week ending June 19, a jump of 168,998 over the previous week.

Both shows were virtual sellouts, with more than 99 of seats occupied in the week following their Tony wins

Another big winner of the week: The musical Six, which took home Tonys for original score and costumes and, as importantly if not more so, delivered a rousing performance during the ceremony. For its seven performances,
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‘Ozark’ composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans on the fun challenge of not going ‘bigger’ for 4th and final season [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Ozark’ composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans on the fun challenge of not going ‘bigger’ for 4th and final season [Exclusive Video Interview]
[Warning: The above interview and following story contain spoilers about Season 4 of “Ozark.” Watch and read at your own risk.]

There is no doubt that the fourth and final season of “Ozark” was going to be the show’s most ambitious undertaking yet. For composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, who received their career-first Emmy nominations for the Netflix drama’s third season in 2020, this meant they would have the chance to go bigger with their score — or so they thought. “I remember us saying, ‘It’s the fourth and final season — I wonder if we can push [the score] to get a little bigger than usual,'” recounts Bensi in a new webchat with Gold Derby (watch our exclusive video interview above). “I remember the answer coming back to us [being] like, ‘No, stay in the same world and add some new things, but really stay in the same world. We don’t need to depart from what we’ve been.'”

Even though
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How Laura Linney could pull a Jason Bateman at the Emmys with a directing win for ‘Ozark’

How Laura Linney could pull a Jason Bateman at the Emmys with a directing win for ‘Ozark’
While Laura Linney could finally nab her first Emmy for playing Wendy Byrde on “Ozark,” there is another way she can be rewarded for the Netflix drama this year: as the director of the fourth and final season’s 11th episode, “Pound of Flesh and Still Kickin’.” If submitted for this effort, her directorial debut, Linney could pull off a victory in a similar fashion to her co-star and onscreen hubby Jason Bateman, who still hasn’t earned an acting Emmy for the show but won directing when no one expected it in 2019.

Bateman was all the way down in sixth place in our odds when he won for the Season 2 opener, “Reparations.” But in retrospect, we shouldn’t have underestimated the eventual champ, who had built a ton of goodwill as one of the show’s stars, executive producers and main directors. By that point, he had directed six
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Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?

Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?
Only 17 people have won the awards grand slam known as the Egot. They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks, director Mike Nichols, actress Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin, composer Robert Lopez, singer and actor John Legend, composer Tim Rice, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer Alan Menken and actress/producer Jennifer Hudson.

Tour our photo gallery above for information about the 29 living people who just need an Academy Award to achieve Egot. They are: actor Harry Belafonte, actor Andre De Shields, actress Cynthia Erivo, composer/producer Anne Garefino, actor Hugh Jackman, actor James Earl Jones, composer and producer Quincy Jones, actress Rachel Bay Jones, composer John Kander, composer Tom Kitt, composer/actress Cyndi Lauper, composer Alex Lacamoire, producer Stan Lathan, actress Katrina Lenk, actress Audra McDonald,
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Patti LuPone (‘Company’) wins 3rd Tony Award of her nearly 50-year Broadway career

Patti LuPone (‘Company’) wins 3rd Tony Award of her nearly 50-year Broadway career
After almost five decades on the Broadway stage, Patti LuPone has won her third Tony Award for her featured performance in director Marianne Elliott’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” She takes on the role of Joanne, originated and made famous by Elaine Stritch, whose rousing number “The Ladies Who Lunch” is one of the most famous in the American theatrical canon.

LuPone has performed the number on numerous occasions in the past decade. At Sondheim’s 80th birthday concert, she belted out the song while sharing a stage with Stritch herself, and she later played Joanne in a New York Philharmonic concert production of “Company” starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby; this production has reinvented the show with a female Bobbie at its center, played by Katrina Lenk. After swearing off performing in another musical after “War Paint” in 2017 due to how physically taxing they are, Elliott persuaded
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Alfonso Herrera on how his ruthless ‘Ozark’ character might be just ‘a very lonely guy’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Alfonso Herrera on how his ruthless ‘Ozark’ character might be just ‘a very lonely guy’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
[Warning: The above interview and following story contain spoilers about Season 4 of “Ozark.” Watch and read at your own risk.]

Alfonso Herrera joined the cast of Netflix’s “Ozark” for its fourth and final season in the role of Javier “Javi” Elizonndro, a previously unseen member of the Navarro family who walks a fine line between being an obedient lieutenant and scheming to take over his uncle Omar’s (Felix Solis) cartel. Though his ruthless, murderous character could have easily been reduced to his villainous traits, it was important to the actor to imbue him with multifarious layers. “Once I was starting to create, or to build, this character, I understood, or I tried to see, that he was a very lonely guy,” Herrera tells Gold Derby in a new exclusive video interview (watch above). “He was a person that was rejected by his family, was rejected by his inner circle, his inner entourage of family. So… he created this shield of
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Patti LuPone (‘Company’) could win her third Tony for ‘magnificent’ turn 42 years after her first victory

Patti LuPone (‘Company’) could win her third Tony for ‘magnificent’ turn 42 years after her first victory
“Nothing is impossible,” remarked Patti LuPone in 1980 just moments after receiving the Tony Award for her performance in “Evita.” The role transformed the actress into a Broadway sensation, and now 42 years later she could pick up the third Tony of her career for her featured performance in “Company,” a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s momentous 1970 musical that reimagines the show with a woman at its center — Katrina Lenk‘s Bobbie — rather than the original male Bobby. Below, see a list of all eight of Patti LuPone’s Tony nominations and her two wins.

See ‘Company’ returns to Broadway reimagined in a ‘sublime’ production that honors the late Stephen Sondheim’s ‘indelible’ score

LuPone leads the Featured Actress in a Musical race for her sensational turn as Joanne, the acerbic character who sings the anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch.” The actress has had a long history with the character and this legendary song in particular.
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‘Ozark’ showrunner Chris Mundy unpacks Season 4’s ‘meditative’ 8th episode and the show’s hotly debated ending [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Ozark’ showrunner Chris Mundy unpacks Season 4’s ‘meditative’ 8th episode and the show’s hotly debated ending [Exclusive Video Interview]
[Warning: The above interview contains spoilers about Season 4 of “Ozark.” Watch at your own risk.]

The fourth season of “Ozark” was a unique one — and that’s not just because it was the show’s farewell installment. It was also the Netflix drama’s longest season ever with 14 episodes and split into two seven-episode blocks that debuted on January 21 and April 29, respectively. “We thought of it as two different seasons, just because people were going to experience it that way,” Emmy-nominated showrunner and executive producer Chris Mundy tells Gold Derby in a new webchat. “When you pasted all [episodes] together, they had to make coherent sense… So, it was a little tricky. It’s one season, but it’s not, and it’s two seasons, but it’s not.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

Instrumental in bringing about this cohesion is the seamless transition from Episode 7 (“Sanctified”) to 8 (“The Cousin of Death”), the latter of which is one of
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‘Ozark’ director Amanda Marsalis on shooting that shocking death scene in Episode 8: The entire episode is ‘a build-up’ to it [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Ozark’ director Amanda Marsalis on shooting that shocking death scene in Episode 8: The entire episode is ‘a build-up’ to it [Exclusive Video Interview]
[Warning: The above interview contains spoilers about Season 4 of “Ozark.” Watch at your own risk.]

Before the fourth and final season of “Ozark,” Amanda Marsalis had directed only two episodes of the Netflix series, the Season 2 closer (“The Gold Coast”) and fifth episode of Season 3 (“It Came From Michoacán”). So, you can imagine that learning she would helm four episodes of the drama’s 14-episode farewell installment — whose two parts debuted on January 21 and April 29, respectively — elicited quite the response from the director. “Shock, gratitude, excitement and nausea,” she enumerates while describing her initial reaction to the news in a new exclusive video interview with Gold Derby (watch above).

Of the show’s last season, Marsalis directed Episodes 8 (“The Cousin of Death”), 9 (“”Pick a God and Pray”), 12 (“Trouble the Water”) and 13 (“Mud”). Out of these, Episode 8 particularly stands out as it not only is the opener of Part 2 but also breaks with the show’s usual style and structure.
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‘Ozark’ casting director Alexa Fogel: Each new season is ‘almost like starting over’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Ozark’ casting director Alexa Fogel: Each new season is ‘almost like starting over’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Even in its fourth and final season — whose two parts debuted January 21 and April 29, respectively — Netflix’s “Ozark” saw numerous additions to its already sprawling cast. “Each season of ‘Ozark’ is almost like starting over because you kill so many people that you have these huge new characters that are going to carry big arcs,” casting director Alexa Fogel tells Gold Derby in an exclusive video interview (watch above).

Indeed, after the third season saw Janet McTeer‘s Helen Pierce and Tom Pelphrey‘s Ben Davis, among other characters, bite the dust, the fourth introduces a slew of new faces. Those include Alfonso Herrera as Javier “Javi” Elizonndro and Veronica Falcón as Herrera’s onscreen mother, Camila Elizonndro, who thereby play the nephew and sister, respectively, of cartel boss Omar Navarro (Felix Solis). “There are so many outrageous things that take place [on the show], but the style has to be completely naturalistic,
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2022 Tony Awards predictions: Who will win on June 12?

2022 Tony Awards predictions: Who will win on June 12?
The 2022 Tony Award nominations have been unveiled and, per usual, we have opinions! Susan Haskins joined us in a lively discussion to dissect this crop of nominees. We reveal what we think were the cruelest snubs, most pleasant surprises, and analyze how this set of nominees may change the Tony race as we head towards the June 12th ceremony. Watch the full video above.

While our panel was happy overall with how much the Tony nominators were able to spread the wealth this year, not every production made the cut. Sam noted that “all the plays were standouts this year,” but five stellar new works were totally skunked: “Birthday Candles,” “Chicken & Biscuits,” “Is This a Room,” “Pass Over,” and “Thoughts of a Colored Man.” There’s not enough slots for everyone, but when we saw so many categories expand due to ties in voting (“how many ties can you have?
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The curious case of ‘Company’ at the Tony Awards: Never any love for the star

The curious case of ‘Company’ at the Tony Awards: Never any love for the star
Bobby, bubi, we need to talk about the Tony Awards! This season’s revival of the late Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical “Company” earned nine nominations, the highest for any musical revival of the year and the fourth largest tally of any show. It earned citations for Best Revival, three for performers Matt Doyle, Patti LuPone, and Jennifer Simard, Best Director for Marianne Elliott, and four others.

Glaringly absent from this well-deserved list, though, is star Katrina Lenk, who plays the musical’s central character Bobbie; Elliott has reimagined the piece with a woman at the fore. If this snub seems egregious, it’s one that productions of “Company” past have had to contend with before.

See the complete list of 2022 Tony Awards nominees

Just as Bobby and Bobbie are notoriously unlucky in love, the character has never been particularly lucky with Tony nominators, dating way back to 1971. The very
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Tony Nominations: Patti LuPone & Ruth Negga Shout Out To Overlooked Co-Stars; Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal, Mary-Louise Parker, Jaquel Spivey Give Thanks – Update

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Tony Nominations: Patti LuPone & Ruth Negga Shout Out To Overlooked Co-Stars; Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal, Mary-Louise Parker, Jaquel Spivey Give Thanks – Update
Refresh for updates… Patti LuPone, Billy Crystal, Ruth Negga, Jaquel Spivey and Mary-Louise Parker are expressing their thanks for today’s Tony Award nominations, with LuPone and Negga extending appreciations to her co-stars who were not nominated.

“We are led every night by the beautiful, soulful, and extremely talented Katrina Lenk,” LuPone said in a statement. Negga said she is “deeply indebted” to co-star Daniel Craig. (See their comments below.)

Monday morning’s Tony Awards nominations delivered a reassuringly familiar sign of springtime after two-plus years of Covid upheaval on Broadway, and the reactions of nominees reflect that sentiment. Pulitzer winner A Strange Loop led the field with 11 nominations, followed by Mj and Paradise Square with 10 apiece.

Winners will be announced Sunday, June 12 at the 75th annual Tony Awards on CBS and Paramount+, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York, with Ariana DeBose hosting.

The following are initial reactions provided to Deadline.
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Ozark Boss Addresses Potential Spinoff: 'There's Some Interest There'

Ozark Boss Addresses Potential Spinoff: 'There's Some Interest There'
It's hard to believe it, but Ozark has wrapped its run.

After four seasons of a pressure cooker-like environment, the Netflix juggernaut wrapped its run late last month.

Naturally, there are questions about whether the franchise could continue with a spinoff.

“It’s definitely something that people have talked about a bunch,” showrunner Chris Munday shared in an interview with TV Line.

“There’s nothing definitive. We’re lucky that people seem to really like the show so there’s obviously going to be some interest there.”

The shocking finale said goodbye to fan-favorite Ruth (Julia Garner), who was killed off.

Given the interest in that character, there had been rumblings pre-finale that Garner could reprise the role in a new series.

“There are still ways to stay inside the show and revisit things,” Mundy said.

“I’m sure people probably would’ve been happier if Ruth was out there.
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Tony Nominations Snubs, Surprises & Hot Takes: Deadline Broadway Critic Greg Evans Weighs In

Tony Nominations Snubs, Surprises & Hot Takes: Deadline Broadway Critic Greg Evans Weighs In
Some of the biggest names in film, television and the Broadway stage won’t be making the coveted pilgrimage to Radio City Music Hall this June when the 75th annual Tony Awards are handed out, as such high-profile performers as Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Katrina Lenk, Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch and Patrick J. Adams were not among the nominations announced Monday morning.

And at least as surprising as the snubs was the strong showing of Paradise Square, a musical that received fairly mixed reviews and has been struggling at the box office since opening April 3. The musical, a comeback for producer Garth H. Drabinsky, scored 10 nominations (tying with Mj and second only to A Strange Loop). Among Paradise Square‘s are Best Musical, Joaquina Kalukango’s nom for Best Lead Actress/Musical, and A.J. Shively’s nom for Featured Actor/Musical.

Among the biggest surprises and take-aways
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2022 Tony Awards nominations snubs: Daniel Craig, ‘Flying Over Sunset,’ Katrina Lenk …

2022 Tony Awards nominations snubs: Daniel Craig, ‘Flying Over Sunset,’ Katrina Lenk …
With 34 productions eligible for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of names missing when nominations were announced on Monday morning. Among the most surprising 2022 Tony Awards nominations snubs was Katrina Lenk, who plays Bobbie in Marianne Elliott’s reimagining of the late Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” The production merited nine nominations, including Best Musical Revival, Best Director, Best Featured Actor (Matt Doyle), and Best Featured Actress. Lenk previously won a Tony Award for her performance in Best Musical-winner “The Band’s Visit.”

See the complete list of 2022 Tony Awards nominees

Original musical “Flying Over Sunset” also underperformed. Even though the shuttered production scored four nominations, including Best Actress (Carmen Cusack) and Best Score, it missed out on the top category of Best Musical and Best Book for librettist James Lapine.

The star-studded revival of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” also missed out on a number of key nominations. Director Sam Gold
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2022 Tonys: ‘Lehman Trilogy’, ‘Mj’, ‘Music Man’, ‘Strange Loop’, ‘Paradise Square’ Top Nominations; ‘Funny Girl’, Daniel Craig Snubbed – Complete List

2022 Tonys: ‘Lehman Trilogy’, ‘Mj’, ‘Music Man’, ‘Strange Loop’, ‘Paradise Square’ Top Nominations; ‘Funny Girl’, Daniel Craig Snubbed – Complete List
Updated with full list of nominees: Tony Awards nominations were announced Monday morning, and Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson’s autobiographical musical starring Jaquel Spivey, took the most nominations with 11, while Mj, the Michael Jackson musical, and Paradise Square each earned 10. Company took nine, The Lehman Trilogy and Six garnered eight, and both for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf and Girl From the North Country took seven.

With six nominations were The Music Man and The Skin of Our Teeth, with Clyde’s, Hangmen and Mr. Saturday Night taking five.

At four nominations were American Buffalo, Flying Over Sunset, Take Me Out, and Trouble in Mind. With three nominations were Caroline, or Change, Dana H., How I Learned to Drive, Macbeth, Potus and Skeleton Crew. Taking single noms were Diana, The Musical, Funny Girl, Lackawanna Blues, The Minutes, Mrs. Doubtfire and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.
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2022 Tony predictions by show: ‘Company,’ ‘The Music Man,’ ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ will lead

2022 Tony predictions by show: ‘Company,’ ‘The Music Man,’ ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ will lead
Two musical revivals will dominate the 2022 Tony Awards nominations, according to our official odds in 17 of the 25 categories. “Company” and “The Music Man” will each earn at least seven bids apiece when the nominations are announced on Monday, May 9. Original musical “A Strange Loop” will likely earn at least six nominations. “The Lehman Trilogy” will likely lead the new plays with at least four bids, and revivals “Take Me Out” and “Trouble In Mind” will also earn four or more bids each, too.

These official odds are derived from 2022 Tony predictions by our Experts who write about theatre year-round, our in-house team of Editors, and all Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

Below, we break down the predicted nominees by show, ranked by the number of nominations. Make or edit your own predictions before the nominations are unveiled on Monday morning.

Musicals

Company

Best
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2022 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 75th annual Tony Awards nominations

2022 Tonys predictions: Complete odds for 75th annual Tony Awards nominations
Broadway came roaring back from its long winter of coronavirus closures with 34 musicals, plays, and revivals opening in the 2021-2022 season. If that whopping number of eligible productions has you unsure as to what shows, actors, and creatives to predict for the Tony Awards nominations, check out our racetrack odds below for all of the top categories. The nominees will be announced on May 9 and the ceremony will occur on June 12.

These official odds for the Tonys are derived from the predictions of our Experts who write about theatre year-round, our in-house team of Editors, and all Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

Below, see our 2022 Tony Awards predictions in 17 of the 25 categories. Make or edit your own predictions before the nominations are unveiled on Monday morning.

Musicals

Best Musical

A Strange Loop – 4/1

Six – 9/2

Girl From the North Country – 11/2

Mr. Saturday Night – 13/2

Flying Over
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