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Ding Dong! Neil Patrick Harris and the Stars of The Book of Mormon Perform 'Hello' at the 2012 Tony Awards

Ding Dong! Neil Patrick Harris and the Stars of The Book of Mormon Perform 'Hello' at the 2012 Tony Awards

The 2012 Tony Awards started off with a bang, well actually a doorbell, as Nic Rouleau, Jared Gertner and the stars of The Book of Mormon began the June 10 ceremony with a star-studded performance of "Hello," ringing the dressing room doorbells of some of the night's biggest nominees, including Cynthia Nixon (Wit), James Earl Jones (The Best Man) and ...

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Tracie Bennett, Audra McDonald, James Corden, Jonathan Groff & More Celebrate at the 2012 Drama Desk Awards

Tracie Bennett, Audra McDonald, James Corden, Jonathan Groff & More Celebrate at the 2012 Drama Desk Awards
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The biggest stars of the New York stage aligned at the Town Hall on June 3 for the 2012 Drama Desk Awards, a fun, festive event honoring the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway. Two-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James and The Addams Family alum Brooke Shields co-hosted the star-studded ceremony, and stars such as Audra McDonald, James Corden ...

Tony Nominee James Earl Jones on Four Decades of Great Performances, from Othello to The Best Man

Tony Nominee James Earl Jones on Four Decades of Great Performances, from Othello to The Best Man

What could be better than hearing the great James Earl Jones ruminate on six of his favorite roles? At age 81, Jones just picked up his fourth Tony nomination for his sly performance as former U.S. President Arthur Hockstader in The Best Man. It’s not easy to edit the reflections of a titanic talent like Mr. Jones, so enjoy ...

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Celebrate the 60th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi’s with James Corden, James Earl Jones & More

Celebrate the 60th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi’s with James Corden, James Earl Jones & More
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On May 24, James Earl Jones (The Best Man), Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) and a host of other Broadway favorites gathered at Sardis for a very special dinner party. The stars were among the big winners of the previously announced 2012 Outer ...

NBC News Heads to the Theater with Legendary Broadway Octogenarians Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Joel Grey

NBC News Heads to the Theater with Legendary Broadway Octogenarians Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Joel Grey

Broadway.com recently celebrated the slew of talented octogenarians still delivering fantastic performances on the Great White Way (readers named Angela Lansbury their favorite!) and now NBC News is lauding Broadway's set of 80-years-old and over. On May 24, NBC's Chris Jansing sat down with The Best Man's Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones as well as Anything Goes ...

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Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Bernadette Peters Join Roster of Drama Desk Award Presenters

Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Bernadette Peters Join Roster of Drama Desk Award Presenters

Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Bernadette Peters will serve as presenters at the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards on June 3 at Town Hall. As previously announced Brooke Shields and Brian d'Arcy James will host the ceremony. 

Other presenters set to appear include Martha Plimpton, John Larroquette, Julie Halston, Roger Rees, Alex Timbers, Doug Wright, Rick Elice, Maury ...

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The Best Man, Starring John Larroquette and James Earl Jones, Receives Second Broadway Extension

The Best Man, Starring John Larroquette and James Earl Jones, Receives Second Broadway Extension

The Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal's political drama The Best Man has been extended for a second time at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre. Starring two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, Tony winner John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, The Best Man was originally scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 8. Directed by Michael Wilson, the ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors and Once Top 2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards

One Man, Two Guvnors and Once Top 2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The new musical Once and Richard Bean’s farcical One Man, Two Guvnors were the big winners of the 2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards, taking home three prizes each. Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet was named outstanding off-Broadway play, and Queen of the Mist won the award for outstanding new off-Broadway musical. The awards will be presented on May 24 ...

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Tony-Nominated The Best Man Revival Extends Broadway Run

Tony-Nominated The Best Man Revival Extends Broadway Run

The Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man has extended its run at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, the classic political drama was originally scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 8, but will now run through July 22. The Best Man stars two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, Tony winner John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and ...

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Fans Have Their Say! 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced

Fans Have Their Say! 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced

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After a week of fan voting, nominations have been announced for the 13th Annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, the only major theater prize chosen by Broadway theatergoers.

Topping the list of this year's nominees is the musical Newsies, which received a total of 11 nominations including Favorite New Musical. Leading man Jeremy ...

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Lavin's Magic Touch, the Whoopi Connection & More: 10 Fun Facts About the 2012 Tony Nominations

Lavin's Magic Touch, the Whoopi Connection & More: 10 Fun Facts About the 2012 Tony Nominations

After an exciting day of hearing the overjoyed reactions from this year’s newly minted Tony nominees, Broadway.com is taking a deeper look at the 2012 nominations. This year’s roster includes a historic first as well as some intriguing coincidences and trends. Below, we uncover 10 fun facts about the Tony contenders.

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Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey star Jim Parsons announced the nominations for the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center on May 1. Once topped the noms with 11, while Peter and the Starcatcher is the play that garnered the most nods with ...

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Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Play

It’s almost Tony time, and let's face it: We’re obsessed! In anticipation of the 2012 Tony nominations, which will be announced on May 1, the Broadway.com editorial staff clocked 12 of the top races. Take a look at our forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a “shout out” to one performer or show we hope the Tony nominators won’t forget ...

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Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Nominations for the 78th annual Drama League Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place May 18 at the Marriot Marquis, hosted by Stockard Channing and John Larroquette. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. As previously announced the Drama League's 2012 Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in Theatre honors ...

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Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies & Once Lead 2012 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies & Once Lead 2012 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Nominations for the 62nd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on April 23, with the new Gershwin tuner Nice Work If You Can Get It leading the group with nine nominations. Newsies and Once, both new musicals, received seven nods each. Winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 14, with the annual awards ceremony ...

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Squigs Casts His Ballot For The Best Man, Starring Eric McCormack & John Larroquette

Squigs Casts His Ballot For The Best Man, Starring Eric McCormack & John Larroquette

Broadway.com's resident artist Justin "Squigs" Robertson stopped by the Schoenfeld Theatre to pen a political portrait of Eric McCormackJohn Larroquette and the rest of the star-studded cast of Gore Vidal's The Best Manincluding James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, Michael McKean, Jefferson Mays, Dakin Matthews and Corey Brill. Set in 1960 at ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Raise The Best Man’s Approval Rating?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Raise The Best Man’s Approval Rating?

Gore Vidal’s 1960 political drama The Best Man is back on the Broadway election ticket in a revival starring John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury and more. In the high-stakes battle for the presidency, Secretary William Russell must decide whether to smear his opponent or try to win the nomination fair and square. Broadway.com Word of ...

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Gore Vidal’s Mudslinging Political Drama The Best Man Opens on Broadway

Gore Vidal’s Mudslinging Political Drama The Best Man Opens on Broadway

Gore Vidal’s 1960 political drama The Best Man opens April 1 at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production will play a limited engagement through July 8. The Best Man stars Tony winner John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Tony nominee Kerry Butler, Michael McKean and Tony ...

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Take a First Look at Presidential Candidates Eric McCormack and John Larroquette in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man

Take a First Look at Presidential Candidates Eric McCormack and John Larroquette in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
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The 1960 National Convention is underway, and we’ve got a first look at two candidates fighting for the presidency in the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Featuring John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, Michael McKean and Jefferson Mays, The Best Man opens officially on April 1 and will play an ...

Let the Voting Begin! The Best Man, Starring James Earl Jones & Angela Lansbury, Begins Previews

Let the Voting Begin! The Best Man, Starring James Earl Jones & Angela Lansbury, Begins Previews

The Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man begins previews March 6 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production is set to open April 1. The political drama features five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, stage and screen favorite Eric McCormack and Tony winner John Larroquette, in addition to Michael McKean, Candice ...

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Tickets on Sale for The Best Man, Starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack & More

Tickets on Sale for The Best Man, Starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack & More

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s classic political drama The Best Man. The production stars two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Eric McCormack, Tony winner John Larroquette, Michael McKean, Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Tony winner Jefferson Mays. Directed by Michael Wilson, The Best Man begins previews March 6 ...

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Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones Have a Senior Debate at The Best Man Press Conference

Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones Have a Senior Debate at The Best Man Press Conference

Although rehearsals have just begun for the upcoming starry Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's presidential drama The Best Man, five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones are already going head-to-head. The distinguished actors humorously debated who has more seniority, during a White House-style press conference for the production on February 1.

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The Best Man Stars James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack, Angela Lansbury & More Meet the Press

The Best Man Stars James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack, Angela Lansbury & More Meet the Press
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Rehearsals have begun for Gore Vidal’s juicy muckraking political drama The Best Man, which will begin performances on March 6 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. On February 1, director Michael Wilson joined two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Tony winners John Larroquette and Jefferson Mays, Tony nominee Kerry Butler, and stage and screen favorites Eric McCormack, Candice ...

Kerry Butler on Re-Entering the Mad Men Era in The Best Man: 'The '60s Have Been Good to Me'

Kerry Butler on Re-Entering the Mad Men Era in The Best Man: 'The '60s Have Been Good to Me'

The upcoming Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man has enough star power to keep Times Square burning bright through the election. The political drama, directed by Michael Wilson, will feature theatrical titans James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and Michael McKean. Broadway.com caught up with another of the show’s stars, Broadway darling ...

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Kerry Butler Joins James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack & More in The Best Man; Casting Complete

Kerry Butler Joins James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack & More in The Best Man; Casting Complete

Broadway favorite Kerry Butler completes the cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. She will take on the role of Mabel Cantwell, joining previously announced stars James Earl Jones, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and Michael McKean. The play will begin previews on March 6 and open on April 1 at the ...

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