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Star Quality! Our Picks for the 10 Best Broadway Debuts of 2013

Star Quality! Our Picks for the 10 Best Broadway Debuts of 2013

Every year, a new crop of actors—some famous, some unknown—subject themselves to the ultimate challenge: Broadway! Looking back at 2013, we’re struck by the depth and variety of the debut performances we admired. Below, in alphabetical order, are our choices for the 10 best Main Stem debuts of the year:


Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet
Orlando Bloom brought much ...

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Judge Judy Gets the Verdict Backstage at Broadway's Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Judge Judy Gets the Verdict Backstage at Broadway's Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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Judith Sheindlin (a.k.a. Judge Judy) is no stranger to sensational drama, but nothing could have prepared her for the salacious goings-ons of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The daytime TV legend took in an evening performance of the Tony-winning comedy on August 15 at Broadway's John Golden Theatre. After the show, Sheindlin, along with ...

Enjoy a First Look at Tony-Winning Star Julie White in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Enjoy a First Look at Tony-Winning Star Julie White in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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Tony Award-winning comic actress Julie White joins the dysfunctional family at the center of Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on July 30. White takes over the role of the self-absorbed movie star Masha, who surprises her suburban siblings (2013 Tony nominees David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen) with an extended visit. Broadway.com has ...

Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

Looks like Broadway audiences love a good laugh. Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney WeaverDavid Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, has recouped its full $2.75 million investment in just 17 weeks.Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run through August 25 at the Golden Theatre.

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Tony Honoree Mayor Bloomberg Visits Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tony Honoree Mayor Bloomberg Visits Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who received the 2013 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, enjoyed a night out at this year's Tony-winning Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Bloomberg, who was honored for his support of the Broadway community and his dedication to New York City tourism, took in the June 18 performance with longtime ...

Jane Fonda Goes Backstage at the Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jane Fonda Goes Backstage at the Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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The Tony-winning Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, welcomed two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda to the Golden Theatre on June 15. Fonda, who appeared on the Great White Way in 2009 in 33 Variations, took in the matinee performance of the Christopher Durang play about an aging movie star who travels the world and her bitter siblings ...

Candice Bergen Visits Pal Sigourney Weaver and Gang at Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Candice Bergen Visits Pal Sigourney Weaver and Gang at Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Back in 1984, Candice Bergen replaced Sigourney Weaver in the original Broadway production of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly. Almost three decades later, these talented ladies are still friends, and Bergen (who returned to Broadway last year in Gore Vidal's The Best Man) headed to the Golden Theatre on June 12 to see Weaver in the newly crowned Best Play Vanya and ...

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The Ladies of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Get Giddy with Tony Winner Christopher Durang

The Ladies of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Get Giddy with Tony Winner Christopher Durang

When Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, the entire theatrical community cheered for Christopher Durang—and so did his cast members! Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas caught up with the Vanya company at the show's after-party at Rockefeller Center's Sea Grill, where Durang felt the love from Tony nominees Shalita Grant and ...

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Ultimate Red Carpet Gallery! 120 Photos from the 2013 Tony Awards

Ultimate Red Carpet Gallery! 120 Photos from the 2013 Tony Awards
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It’s here! The biggest night in theater has arrived, and Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas is at the center of the red carpet capturing all your favorite nominees, presenters and guests as they enter Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 Tony Awards. Click below to see all the red carpet action in one easy-to-access place. Our photo gallery will ...

Puppet Sex, Intoxication, Naked Confessions & Dream Roles: 68 Secrets of the 2013 Tony Nominees

Puppet Sex, Intoxication, Naked Confessions & Dream Roles: 68 Secrets of the 2013 Tony Nominees

Before the awards are given out on June 9, Broadway.com is looking back on the shocking secrets, compelling confessions and awesome advice offered up by this year’s nominees. From nasty fan encounters to drunken public appearances, this year’s Tony hopefuls really made our jaws drop. Read on to really get to know the 2013 Tony Award nominees.

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Exclusive Photos! Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant Goes Shopping for Tony Night Diamonds

Exclusive Photos! Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant Goes Shopping for Tony Night Diamonds
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After the colossal decision of choosing a dress for the Tony Awards, the next hurdle for nominees is finding the perfect jewelry to help them achieve their red carpet dream. Such is the case for first-time Tony nominee Shalita Grant, who set out to find pieces that would sparkle as brightly as she does in her featured performance as clairvoyant maid ...

Tom Hanks, Lea Salonga, Ben Vereen and More Stars Spiff Up for the 2013 Theatre World Awards

Tom Hanks, Lea Salonga, Ben Vereen and More Stars Spiff Up for the 2013 Theatre World Awards
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The journey to the Tonys is almost complete, but before this year’s crop of Broadway stars take Radio City Music Hall, they’ve got to hit all the awards season stops first! The latest starry event was the 69th annual Theatre World Awards, which honor the best Broadway and off-Broadway debuts. Thirteen winners took home the coveted prize (including Tom Hanks ...

Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant Dreams of Greek Tragedy and Trading Places with Meryl Streep

Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant Dreams of Greek Tragedy and Trading Places with Meryl Streep

It’s undeniable: Shalita Grant has got personality. The Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony nominee stopped by PIX11 Morning News on June 3 to chat about the whirlwind experience of debuting on Broadway and then, two short months later, receiving her first Tony nomination. Grant also discussed the fancy way the cast celebrated their nominations, trading careers with ...

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Vanya and Sonia Stars Get an Amazing Visit from Spider-Man Movie Stars Sally Field and Campbell Scott

Vanya and Sonia Stars Get an Amazing Visit from Spider-Man Movie Stars Sally Field and Campbell Scott

It’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! The stars of the wildly hilarious Christopher Durang play welcomed veteran actors Sally Field and Campbell Scott backstage at the Golden Theatre on May 30. Field and Scott (both Broadway alums themselves) have been busy shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 all over Manhattan, but the pair—along with Scott’s wife ...

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Vanya Tony Nominee Shalita Grant Wins the 2013 Segal Award from Lincoln Center

Vanya Tony Nominee Shalita Grant Wins the 2013 Segal Award from Lincoln Center

Shalita Grant, the Tony-nominated featured actress from this year’s hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, received the 2013 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, according to The New York Times.

The awards were established by Lincoln Center’s board as well as friends and colleagues of Segal and are presently annually to emerging artists associated with ...

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Vanya Tony Nominee Shalita Grant Obsesses Over Google Maps, SVU and the City of New Orleans

Vanya Tony Nominee Shalita Grant Obsesses Over Google Maps, SVU and the City of New Orleans

Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Shalita Grant made her Broadway debut and received a Best Featured Actress Tony nomination for her role as the misguided psychic maid Cassandra in the Tony-nominated play Vanya and ...

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Vanya Standout Shalita Grant Makes a Naked Confession and Shows Off Her Confident Side

Vanya Standout Shalita Grant Makes a Naked Confession and Shows Off Her Confident Side

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’s hysterical star Shalita Grant reveals her competitve streak, exciting dream role, Sherri Shepherd connection and the other nominee she’s most rooting for.

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From Pre-Show Arrivals to Post-Show Party, Complete Coverage of the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

From Pre-Show Arrivals to Post-Show Party, Complete Coverage of the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards
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Broadway’s brightest stars flooded the red carpet on May 5 for the 13th annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, the season’s only major awards voted on by the fans. Hosted by incoming Chicago star Wendy Williams, the awards took place at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center. Presenters included ...

Weekend Poll: Which First-Time Tony Nominee Are You Most Excited For?

Weekend Poll: Which First-Time Tony Nominee Are You Most Excited For?

Now that the Tony nominations have been announced, there are a ton of Broadway performers (some veterans, some newbies) who have reason to celebrate! We’re always happy to see new faces earn their first nod for theater’s most prestigious award, and this year is no exception, with a whopping 21 first-timers in the race. From acting veterans like Tom Hanks ...

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Tony Forecasts Threw Off Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant: 'I Read That Shit on Broadway.com'

Tony Forecasts Threw Off Vanya Nominee Shalita Grant: 'I Read That Shit on Broadway.com'

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is thrilled to be among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2013 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Shalita Grant
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It's Tony Time! Kinky Boots and Matilda Top the 2013 Tony Award Nominations

It's Tony Time! Kinky Boots and Matilda Top the 2013 Tony Award Nominations

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and Modern Family star and Broadway vet Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on April 30. Two new musicals dominated the nominations: Kinky Boots led the pack with 13 nods while the family-friendly Matilda followed closely on its (very ...

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Going for 2013 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actress in a Play

Going for 2013 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actress in a Play

It's Tony time on Broadway, and as always, we can't stop thinking about who'll be going for the gold on June 9! In anticipation of the 2013 nominations, which will be announced on April 30, we're clocking 14 of the top races. Take a look at our forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a “shout out” to one performer or show ...

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Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin & More Stars to Take Part in the 2013 Easter Bonnet Competition

Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin & More Stars to Take Part in the 2013 Easter Bonnet Competition

A bevy of Broadway’s brightest stars are uniting at the 27th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition! Lucky Guy star Tom Hanks, The Nance headliner Nathan Lane, Kinky Boots composer Cyndi Lauper and book writer Harvey Fierstein (all Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominees) and Pippin player Andrea Martin will participate in the previously announced 2013 competition ...

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Boom! Vanya Standout Shalita Grant Takes Us Behind the Scenes at the Hit Broadway Comedy

Boom! Vanya Standout Shalita Grant Takes Us Behind the Scenes at the Hit Broadway Comedy

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike scene-stealer Shalita Grant gives us a laugh-out-loud backstage tour of the Golden Theatre complete with trash, props and co-star David Hyde Pierce.

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Squigs Captures the Colorful Folly of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Squigs Captures the Colorful Folly of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen are back on the boards in Christopher Durang’s whimsical comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. When movie star Masha (Weaver) and her hot boy toy Spike (Billy Magnussen) drop in on Masha’s two sad, middle-aged siblings (Pierce and Nielsen), everyone’s lives are thrown into a tailspin. The roaring comedy reaches ...

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