'A Strange Loop' earns a leading 11 Tony Award nominations
Nominations for this year's Tony Awards will be announced on Monday, May 9. (Polk & Co. via AP, from left, Boneau/Bryan Brown via AP, O & M Co./DKC via AP) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — “A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta-journey earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday as Broadway joined the national discussion of race by embracing an envelope-pushing Black-written and Black-led musical. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner about a Black gay man writing a show about a Black gay man earned nods for best musical, best leading man in newcomer Jaquel Spivey and best featured actress for L Morgan Lee, who becomes the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for a Tony Award. Playwright Lynn Nottage has two reasons to smile Monday morning: Her book for the musical “MJ was nominated for best book and her play “Clyde’s” got a nod for best play. "The Minutes,” Tracey Letts’ depiction of a small-town city council meeting that exposes backstabbing, greed and the larger delusions in American history, also earned a best play nod.wftv.com
Packed Tony nominations show return of pre-pandemic Broadway
Nominations for this year's Tony Awards will be announced on Monday, May 9. Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren and three-time nominee Joshua Henry were scheduled to help reveal the 26-category list Monday morning on the Tony's YouTube channel. The season — with a whopping 34 new productions — represents a full return to theaters after nearly two years of a pandemic-mandated shutdown. The potential shows eligible for nominations are an extremely varied lot, from a David Mamet revival to one by Paula Vogel. There are golden-age classics like “Funny Girl” and “The Music Man” and very current entries like “Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Pass Over.” There's Stephen Sondheim's gender-switched “Company” and a show celebrating Michael Jackson.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Jimmy Fallon reveals he suffered breakthrough COVID-19 during holiday break
Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon, host of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, feels the red carpet after rolling it out during Golden Globes Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon, host of "The Tonight Show," confirmed via social media on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, that he contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 on the first day of the show's holiday break. Back at work today and feeling 100%!”>> Related: Total US COVID-19 cases top 56 millionOther high-profile celebrities who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 include Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Debra Messing, LL Cool J and Jessie J, People reported. More coronavirus pandemic coverage:>> Coronavirus: How long between exposure to the virus and the start of symptoms? >> What are your chances of coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19? This tool will tell you>> How to not let coronavirus pandemic fatigue set in, battle back if it does©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Live updates: 'Music Man' revival on hold as star infected
Louisiana, officials reported Monday that hospitalizations of people infected with the coronavirus had doubled over the course of a week. Authorities reported a total of 99,671 new positive cases, a new daily record for the seventh consecutive day. ___ATLANTA — Georgia is setting new records for the number of test-confirmed COVID-19 cases. Dec. 24 also marked the first time Washington state reported over 6,000 cases in a single day. ___LONDON — The U.K. has reported another record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a further 129,471 infections on Tuesday.wftv.com
Hugh Jackman says he tested positive for COVID-19
Days after actor Hugh Jackman lauded the work done by swing performers on Broadway, the dancing man has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. >> Read more trending newsLast week, Jackman’s co-star in the Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” Sutton Foster, had tested positive for the coronavirus on Dec. 23. On Tuesday, Jackman took to social media to tell fans that he had tested positive for the virus. I tested positive for covid. @MusicManBway pic.twitter.com/q1oEAzXX02 — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) December 28, 2021Broadway has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.wftv.com
Patti Smith returns to singing live with Brooklyn concert
CORRECTS DAY OF CONCERT - FILE - Patti Smith attends a special screening of "Pavarotti" at the iPic Theater in New York on May 28, 2019. Smith performed six songs as well as read poetry and excerpts from her book “Just Kids” in the Beaux-Arts Court at the museum, her voice bouncing off the skylight 60 feet above. It was a concert to also honor museum workers and drew just under 50 people, all socially distanced in widely spaced chairs. The Smith concert came on the same day in 1989 that Mapplethorpe died at age 42. It also marked the one-year anniversary of when Smith last performed live, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
Oprah’s deft royal interview shows why she’s still the queen
In this video grab issued Monday, March 8, 2021 by CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey discusses her interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special aired March 7. (CBS This Morning via AP)LOS ANGELES – There were royal victims and villains in Harry and Meghan’s tell-all — or tell enough — interview with Oprah Winfrey. But there was only one immediate and clear winner: the American media queen. She also explained the palace bureaucracy that dictates aspects of royal lives, aside from the wishes of the queen, something that U.S. viewers may be unfamiliar with.
Sentimental video tribute closes Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!”
A video tribute to the host opened the Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 episode of the quiz show, the final one that Trebek taped before pancreatic cancer claimed his life on Nov. 8. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)More than two months after Alex Trebek’s death, fans of “Jeopardy!” finally got the chance to say goodbye. A video tribute to the host closed Friday’s episode of the quiz show, the final one that Trebek taped before pancreatic cancer claimed his life on Nov. 8. The week's final Trebek episodes began Monday with the host urging viewers to give to others who were suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. His final shows were originally scheduled to air Christmas week, but they were put off until this week to give the send-off more exposure.
Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January
NEW YORK The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3. The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal, said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board of The Broadway League, which represents producers. Producers, citing health and city authorities, previously extended the shutdown to June 7 and then again to Sept. 6. Broadway grossed $1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people.
Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors
This image released by Netflix shows Chris Hemsworth, left, in a scene from "Extraction," premiering this week on Netflix. (Jasin Boland/Netflix via AP)Some of today's top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine. Hargrave is the latest in a lineage of stuntmen who have gone from stepping in for actors to directing them. It's a fairly recent career pathway thanks largely to the success of Chad Stahelski ("John Wick") and David Leitch ("Atomic Blonde"). They've been leaders in the field since founding the action design company 87Eleven in 1997.
These celebrities are donating money to the Australian bushfires
The bushfires in Australia are still ravaging parts of the country and are wreacking havoc on small communities and rural towns. The damage has been devastating and news of the bushfires has spread overseas with many activists and celebrities sharing photos of the devastation on social media. There are many different places where you can donate money to help with relief, and many celebrities have shared donation links and even donated themselves. I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. Another Australian actor, Russell Crowe, who is in Australia right now, posted that he donated $105,000 to firefighters.
Hugh Jackman Stops Concert to Help Man Propose
Hugh Jackman stopped his recent concert to help a man pop the question. Jackman is currently in the midst of a global arena tour called "The Man. While in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 22, the actor stopped his concert and approached Sanaa Ahmed, 24, and her now-fiance, Joe Kripal, 25. Video of the moment captures Jackman explaining that he doesn't usually do this but that he'd received a moving letter from Kripal months earlier asking for help, according to T&T Creative. RELATED STORIESMan Pulls Off Epic Underwater Proposal While Diving in Dominican RepublicDolphin Lends a Fin for Man's Proposal: 'Will You Marry Me?'
A visit backstage at the Tony Awards
A visit backstage at the Tony Awards The stars will gather to see who is the best of the best on the Great White Way at the 68th Annual Tony Awards. Mo Rocca goes backstage with Hugh Jackman, master of ceremonies for the show, and others who have been working for months to make this year’s broadcast a real show-stopper.cbsnews.com
Hugh Jackman on "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Hugh Jackman on "X-Men: Days of Future Past" It's a mutant family reunion 14 years in the making. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" includes stars from all of the past installments in the franchise. As Suzanne Marques reports, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine goes back in time to save the future of the X-Men.cbsnews.com