The 10 Best Moments in the 2018 Tony Awards: From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students singing “Seasons of Love’ to Nathan Lane rejecting the goat

My favorite moments in the 72nd Tony Award broadcast were moving, inspiring, funny and weird.  Click on any of the photographs to read the captions explaining the moment.Videos below.

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2018 Tony Awards Cheat Sheet

The American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards, with hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS  tonight, Sunday, June 10, 2017 from 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Eastern Time. Here’s a preview guide..
How to Watch

Why Watch

Scheduled Performances

Scheduled Presenters

What to Look For

Nominations and Special Awards

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Rise Falls: “Opening Night” Episode is the NBC Series Finale

Now that the hard-working, good-looking students of Stanton High School in dreary Stanton, Pennsylvania have put on the musical “Spring Awakening”  in the season finale of “Rise,” it will be the last show they ever do. NBC has canceled the TV series. Lou Mazzuchelli, the drama teacher played by Josh Radnor, will disappear from your TV after only two months and ten episodes — unless another network picks up the show for a second season.

Watch all 10 episodes of Rise on NBC

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Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live online in its entirety

John Legend as Jesus

Miss Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on NBC on Sunday, April 1st? Watch it below:

Jesus Christ Superstar Tops Live TV Musical Critical Ranking

Jesus Christ Superstar Live, the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Rice musical that was broadcast live on NBC Sunday, April 1, 2018, has received ecstatic reviews — 100 percent on the tomato meter of Rotten Tomatoes. That is the highest of any of the live musicals on network TV since the trend began in December 2013 with The Sound of Music Live. (The number of viewers was below that of the Sound of Music, Grease and The Wiz.)

Below is a list of ten of those shows, ranked in order of critical response as measured by Rotten Tomato.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC: Dress Rehearsal Pics

Below are a dozen images from the dress rehearsal of the NBC live broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. ET of “Jesus Christ Superstar” the rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus that began life as a double album composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber when he was 21 years old.  The musical debuted on Broadway in 1971 and has been revived three times there since. NBC’s  fifth live musical production stars John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon, Ben Daniels, Norm Lewis, Jin Ha, Jason Tam, Erik Grönwall.

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged, and read the caption.


Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber NBC tribute in its entirety

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar, NBC’s celebration of the the 70th birthday of the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “School of Rock.”

#AChristmasStoryLive on Fox. Ranking Live TV Musicals

When A Christmas Story is broadcast live tonight on Fox (starting at 7 p.m. ET), a reworked version of the Broadway musical by Pasek and Paul, it’ll be the latest example of a trend that began four years ago, with NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

How has this new trend/tradition fared?

Below is a ranking of nine of these live musicals, with links to my recaps/ reviews (and/or features or photo galleries), and the shows’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Update: Rotten Tomatoes has now included A Christmas Story, and it isn’t pretty. Preliminary reports also reveal the show had the lowest viewership of any of the live musicals since 2013.

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“Broadway 2017” on Jeopardy: Test Your Knowledge

Jeopardy boardJeopardy had the following answers in a “Broadway 2017” category during the Double Jeopardy Round of the Tournament of Champions earlier this week. Guess the questions:

$400 – COME FROM AWAY tells how Gander, Newfoundland hosted 7,000 airline passengers stranded due to this tragic event.

$800 – CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features Christian Borle singing the following [“The Candyman”] as this character.

$1200 – Revived in 2017 and set during the final days of the Vietnam War, MISS SAIGON was inspired by this Puccini Opera.

$1600 – Ben Platt won the 2017 Tony for his performance as a high school senior coping with a classmate’s death in this musical.

$2000 – WAR PAINT stars Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden and this legendary performer as Helena Rubinstein.

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J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter Play on Broadway

After seven books and eight movies, J.K. Rowling thought she was done with Harry Potter. “I genuinely, I didn’t want Harry to go onstage,” Rowling said in the video below. “I felt that I was done.”

Nevertheless Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set to open at Broadway’s Lyric Theater on April 22, 2018.
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