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Gregory Jbara on Dating His Own Tony Award

Gregory Jbara on Dating His Own Tony Award

Gregory Jbara made his Broadway debut in 1988's Serious Money, going on to become a stand-out in musical hits like Victor/Victoria, Chicago and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He moved to L.A. and found regular work in film, TV and commercials, but a little Broadway musical called Billy Elliot was enough to lure this reliable leading man back to ...

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Denis O'Hare on Winning a Tony Without Getting Nervous

Denis O'Hare on Winning a Tony Without Getting Nervous

Before he got busy stealing scenes in movies (Duplicity, Milk, Charlie Wilson’s War) and joined True Blood as king of the vampires, Denis O'Hare conquered Broadway in shows ranging from Inherit the Wind and Sweet Charity to Assassins and his Tony-winning performance as a fanatical baseball fan in Take Me Out. The multitalented star recalled his big night ...

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Bernadette Peters on Picking Up Her First Tony in a Bob Mackie Gown

Bernadette Peters on Picking Up Her First Tony in a Bob Mackie Gown

By the time Bernadette Peters won her first Tony Award in 1986, she’d been a Broadway headliner for 20 years, including previously nominated performances in On the Town, Mack & Mabel and Sunday in the Park with George. Since her initial Best Actress win for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, this theater icon has been nominated two more times ...

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Alan Cumming Celebrated His Tony Win with a 'Snog Competition'

Alan Cumming Celebrated His Tony Win with a 'Snog Competition'

Alan Cumming burst onto the New York theatrical scene with a dazzling performance as the Emcee in Sam Mendes' 1998 revival of Cabaret at Studio 54. In a very competitive Best Actor Tony race (the other nominees were Ragtime's Brian Stokes Mitchell and Peter Friedman and The Scarlet Pimpernel's Douglas Sills), Cumming won the prize. These days, you ...

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Winning Her First Tony Was a Dream Come True for 2010 Nominee Viola Davis of Fences

Winning Her First Tony Was a Dream Come True for 2010 Nominee Viola Davis of Fences

When Viola Davis tackles August Wilson on Broadway, the Tony nominators sit up and take notice. Her first nomination came in 1996 for playing Vera in Seven Guitars, then she won the Best Featured Actress prize five years later for playing Tonya in King Hedley II. In 2010, Davis is a Best Actress nominee for her acclaimed performance as Rose ...

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LaChanze's Advice to Fellow Tony Honorees? Party!

LaChanze's Advice to Fellow Tony Honorees? Party!

The sunny, talented LaChanze made her Broadway debut as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown…It's Hot!, but she is probably best remembered for her breakout performance in Once on This Island, for which she earned Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations. She went on to appear in Dessa Rose (Obie Award and Drama Desk Award ...

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Tony Nominee Katie Finneran Wishes She'd Worn 'Looser Undergarments' for Her First Tony Win!

Tony Nominee Katie Finneran Wishes She'd Worn 'Looser Undergarments' for Her First Tony Win!

It only took ten minutes of hilarious, scene-stealing stage time as brassy boozer Marge MacDougall for Katie Finneran to score her second Tony nomination for this season's Promises, Promises revival. While her current role may be brief, Finneran has plenty of stage time under her belt, including the opening night cast of current off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What ...

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Glenn Close's Tony Speech Oversight Almost Made Her Sick!

Glenn Close's Tony Speech Oversight Almost Made Her Sick!

Glenn Close boasts a spectacular Tony success rate, with three Best Actress wins spanning both plays (The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden) and musicals (Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, plus a featured actress nomination for Barnum). The versatile Close, who just finished a third season as charismatic lawyer Patty Hewes on Damages (which has earned her two Emmys ...

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John Lloyd Young Recalls a Close Encounter with Oprah on Tony Night

John Lloyd Young Recalls a Close Encounter with Oprah on Tony Night

When a Broadway debut yields a Best Actor Tony Award, it's obvious that the performer and role are perfectly matched. Such was the case when John Lloyd Young burst onto the Broadway scene as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. In bringing the Four Seasons icon to life, Young gave a magnetic star turn (featuring an impeccable falsetto) and was ...

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Kristin Chenoweth on Winning Her Tony... In a Wig!

Kristin Chenoweth on Winning Her Tony... In a Wig!

At the time she won her Tony in 1999 for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Kristin Chenoweth was a charming theater actress known for her tiny size and her powerful singing voice. These days Chenoweth, who was nominated again in 2004 for Wicked, is a recognizable star thanks to appearances in a bunch movies, guest star spots on ...

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