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Tony Award Live Online Coverage: June 12 at 8/7c

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of the 2011 Tony Awards right here, on Facebook and Twitter. We loved hearing what you thought of the winners, the speeches, the performances – and loved geeking out with you – so thanks for joining us!

Winners are marked with a .

Best Musical
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

Best Play
War Horse
Good People

Jerusalem
The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Book of a Musical
The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Alex Timbers
The Scottsboro Boys David Thompson
Sister Act Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Book of Mormon Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sister Act Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Best Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart
Arcadia

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Mark Rylance Jerusalem
Brian Bedford The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello The Normal Heart
Al Pacino The Merchant of Venice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Frances McDormand Good People
Nina Arianda Born Yesterday
Lily Rabe The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland Brief Encounter

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster Anything Goes
Beth Leavel Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller Sister Act
Donna Murphy The People in the Picture

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
John Benjamin Hickey The Normal Heart
Mackenzie Crook Jerusalem
Billy Crudup Arcadia
Arian Moayed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vázquez The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin The Normal Heart
Edie Falco The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light Lombardi
Joanna Lumley La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
John Larroquette How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Colman Domingo The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley Anything Goes
Forrest McClendon The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O’Malley The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Nikki M. James The Book of Mormon
Laura Benanti Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark Sister Act
Patti LuPone Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Daniel Sullivan The Merchant of Venice

Best Direction of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker The Book of Mormon
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys

Best Choreography
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys

Best Orchestrations
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus The Book of Mormon
Doug Besterman How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman The Scottsboro Boys
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank Catch Me If You Can

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Rae Smith War Horse
Todd Rosenthal The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Ultz Jerusalem
Mark Wendland The Merchant of Venice

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Scott Pask The Book of Mormon
Beowulf Boritt The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane Anything Goes
Donyale Werle Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Costume Design of a Play
Desmond Heeley The Importance of Being Earnest
Jess Goldstein The Merchant of Venice
Mark Thompson La Bête
Catherine Zuber Born Yesterday

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz Anything Goes
Ann Roth The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable War Horse
David Lander Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin Jerusalem

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Brian MacDevitt The Book of Mormon
Ken Billington The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Peter Kaczorowski Anything Goes

Best Sound Design of a Play
Christopher Shutt War Horse
Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson Autograph Jerusalem

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan The Book of Mormon
Peter Hylenski The Scottsboro Boys
Steve Canyon Kennedy Catch Me If You Can
Brian Ronan Anything Goes

Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith

Regional Theatre Tony Award®
Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, Ill.)

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Eve Ensler

Special Tony Award
Handspring Puppet Company

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
William Berloni
The Drama Book Shop
Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the night features performances from:

  • Anything Goes featuring Sutton Foster
  • Catch Me If You Can with Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette
  • Sister Act featuring Patina Miller
  • The Book of Mormon featuring Andrew Rannells
  • The Scottsboro Boys featuring Joshua Henry.
  • The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis
  • Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark featuring Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano
  • John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown
  • The cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert featuring Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson
  • A re-assembling of the New York Philharmonic’s April 2011 run of Company featuring Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead

Special appearances and presenters will include Paul Shaffer, Martha Wash, Bono and the Edge, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, Joel Grey, Patrick Wilson, and Robert Morse

A WARNING TO OUR WEST COAST CONTINGENCY: The broadcast of Tony Awards will be delayed for the Pacific time zone, so if you don’t want spoilers, stay away from the internet entirely at 7 PM your time. We’re not the only ones who will be talking about this on Sunday and don’t want to be responsible for ruining any surprises!

A massive Twitter #followfriday from @broadwaymusical

Because @broadwaymusical has almost 3,800 followers on Twitter, I’ve found that I really can’t follow everyone’s tweets unless I’m watching the stream 24-7, so I’ve set up some keyword notifications, keep close tabs on my @replies and DMs and watch a group of folks whose tweets are always relevant and worth reading – this is that group.

As you can see, it would take many more than 140 characters to share them all, so I’ve decided to present this #followfriday via the blog:

@9to5themusical
@aaronmeier
@allisoncase
@amybpr
@b3onbroadway
@bam_brooklyn
@bbbway
@bcefa
@broadwaycom
@broadwaydeals
@broadwaygirlnyc
@broadwaygreen
@broadwayimpact
@broadwaymindy
@broadwaypulse
@broadwayspotted
@broadwayworld
@broadway_buzz
@bwayamerica
@bubbles2828
@catherineblades
@chestergregory
@columbiajames
@constantinem
@dailyshowtune
@dannyquad91
@erinwilson5
@edenespinosa
@felamusical
@finiansrainbow
@gavincreel
@gleeks
@gracenotesstage
@hairtribe
@happentolikeny
@heathshvatz
@johngallagherjr
@johnstamos
@kchenoweth
@kendavenport
@lacagebroadway
@mammamiamusical
@melorahardin
@memphisbroadway
@musicalreviewer
@musicaltheatret
@mrubinoff
@n2nbroadway
@newyorkology
@ninarosario
@officialbtf
@papatola
@paulpilcz
@randall14
@rockofages
@sardisnewyork
@shreksteronline
@situationonbway
@speakout26
@spideyonbway
@springtour
@stephaniejblock
@steveonbroadway
@studentrushnyc
@survivorqueen
@tadwilson
@tdfnyc
@th3heights
@thebwayleague
@theaterleague
@theatrestory
@thetonyawards
@the_phantom
@thtrbob
@wicked_musical

To all of you – thanks for keeping me on my toes, singing, smiling, laughing and informed about all that’s going on on- and off-stage in the land of Broadway musical theater!

(If there’s someone not on this list that you think should be, please please please leave the handle in the notes and I’ll be sure to add them to the group and start following!)


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Do you follow us? Are you a fan?

Not everything makes it onto the blog. For a number of smaller bits of gossip and news, 140 characters seems like more than enough … plus sometimes it’s just more fun to gossip in real time.

To ensure you’re getting all the juicy tidbits, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@broadwaymusical) or Facebook (facebook.com/broadwaymusical).

Some recent pieces of news that have only been tweeted/posted:

GOSSIP: Cheech and Chong are seriously “discussing a Broadway musical.” What do you think they should name the show?

Artem Chigvintsev, a first season finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” joins the Broadway cast of Burn the Floor tonight!

If you’re a Broadway/Musical fan, check out this station! http://is.gd/2AjLB

Wow. If you’re ever stuck trying to figure out what show a song is from, go to midomi.com and sing it. They’ve got most Bway songs on there!

Plus, you can join in the conversation, answering questions like:

If you could meet any Broadway star, past or present, living or dead, who would it be? What would you do or say?

Alright, spill … what’s the worst musical you’ve ever seen?

What’s your absolute favorite cast album?

If you were given an unlimited budget and total freedom – what Broadway musical would you do and who would you cast?

Broadway Musicals and Stars on Twitter #FollowFriday

Do you tweet? If so, we hope you’re following @broadwaymusical!

Twitter has really taken off lately, and Broadway has been busy tweeting along with everyone else. In honor of #followfriday, I’d like to propose a few others you may want to follow.

Musicals who Tweet

@N2NBroadway
@ShreksterOnline
@thealtarboyz
@RockofAges
@BillyElliot
@ninarosario
@hairtribe
@9to5themusical

Stars who tweet

@StephanieJBlock
@gavincreel
@allisoncase
@Wchase2
@ConstantineM
@KacieAnne

Welcome!

Broadway Musical Blog

Welcome to the Broadway Musical Blog – your resource for to the minute Broadway gossip and news!!

We’ll have content up here in the next couple days. In the meantime, visit our sister site: www.broadwaymusicalhome.com for the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

Also please consider following us on Twitter at @broadwaymusical or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Thanks and we look forward to talking with you soon!

Sincerely,
Valerie Rigsbee
Founder


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