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Nominations for the 2019 Drama Desk Awards Announced

April 30, 2019

The nominations for the 2019 Drama Desk Awards were announced April 25 by NY1’s Frank DiLella and Roma Torre. Michael Urie will host the 64th annual ceremony, set for June 2 at Town Hall.

The Broadway revival of Oklahoma!, seen earlier this season at St. Ann’s Warehouse, led the pack with 12 nominations, including nods in Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director for Daniel Fish, and for five of its stars. Tootsie and Ars Nova’s Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future followed closely behind with 11 and nine nominations, respectively.

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Idina Menzel to Headline Kennedy Center Gala

February 14, 2019

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will headline the Kennedy Center’s April 3 gala, Celebrating the Human Spirit, which will honor actor Forest Whitaker, along with philanthropists Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan.

The Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit recognizes recipients who have had an enduring impact on the advancement of arts, contributing to a culture of giving through philanthropy and through service. The award is given in two categories, the Distinguished Philanthropist Award and the Citizen Artist Award. The Ryans will receive the Distinguished Philanthropist Awards, with Whitaker to receive the Citizen Artist Award.

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Carol Channing, Broadway’s Beloved Dolly, Dies at 97

January 15, 2019

Carol Channing, the blonde, saucer-eyed Broadway musical comedy star who was associated with one role—Dolly Gallagher Levi in Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly!—as strongly as Yul Brynner was with The King and I and Richard Kiley with Man of La Mancha, died of natural causes on January 15, 2019. Her publicist confirmed the death. She was 97.

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Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Final #HamilDrop ‘One Last Time’ Remix

December 21, 2018

Tony-winning writer and original star of Hamilton on Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda released the final track in his #HamilDrop series on Twitter December 20. The release features a new remix of “One Last Time” featuring Hamilton‘s original George Washington Christopher Jackson, gospel singer Bebe Winans, and former U.S. President Barack Obama. The track is available on all digital and streaming platforms.

The President, a noted fan of Hamilton who also hosted the first public performance of any of its material at the White House in 2009, reads from Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796 on the track.

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Tony Nominee David Yazbek Breaks Down “The Band’s Visit” Album Track-by-Track

December 17, 2018

Using authentic Arabic instrumentation (the oud, the riq, etc.) combined with comic sensibility and romantic, sweeping melodies, composer-lyricist David Yazbek won the Tony for Best Score at the 2018 Tony Awards and the album has been nominated for a Grammy. (He won the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music as the show premiered Off-Broadway last season.) Clearly, Yazbek takes his own advice of “listen to everything” and allows styles to blend like spices. Here, the artist reveals his writing process behind the songs on The Band’s Visit album.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up With John Kander for Latest #Hamildrop

November 21, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda released the penultimate track in his #Hamildrop series November 20, collaborating with a fellow theatrical living legend: Chicago and Cabaret composer John Kander.

The “I Want”-esque song, titled “Cheering For Me Now,” features music by Kander and lyrics by Miranda, combining the former’s classic, gilded Broadway sound with the latter’s signature verbal wit. Miranda performs the song in character as Hamilton‘s title Founding Father, backed by an orchestra conducted by Alex Lacamoire.

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Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Brendon Urie, More to Sing on The Greatest Showman Tribute Album

October 10, 2018

A starry roster of recording artists have been tapped to belt out Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score to the 2017 movie musical on The Greatest Showman — Reimagined, a tribute album from Atlantic Records.

Among those set to be featured on the album are Waitress composer Sara Bareilles (singing “Tightrope”), Kelly Clarkson (on “Never Enough”), Brendan Urie (opening the album with “The Greatest Show” with Panic! at the Disco), and Missy Elliott (who will be featured on a “This Is Me” remix with Keala Settle and Kesha).

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