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Marissa Jaret Winokur on Winning a Tony from Kermit (and Later for Real!)

Marissa Jaret Winokur on Winning a Tony from Kermit (and Later for Real!)

Marissa Jaret Winokur appeared on the Great White Way as two adorably chubby gals: Jan in the hit revival of Grease and Tracy Turnblad in the blockbuster musical Hairspray. Now she lives in Los Angeles and has been dancing her a** off (no, seriously: she hosted Dance Your A** Off, ended up in good standing on Dancing With the Stars ...

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A Tony Winner at 20, Lea Salonga Recalls Her 'Oh My God!' Moment

A Tony Winner at 20, Lea Salonga Recalls Her 'Oh My God!' Moment

Lea Salonga was only 20 years old when she stepped up the podium to accept the Best Actress Tony for her heartbreaking portrayal of Kim in Miss Saigon. (Amazingly enough, she had first played the demanding role of the doomed young Vietnamese mother at age 18 in the musical’s original London production.) Since then, Salonga has been a superstar ...

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John Lithgow on Picking Up a Tony in Bell-Bottoms and a Ruffled Shirt

John Lithgow on Picking Up a Tony in Bell-Bottoms and a Ruffled Shirt

You probably recall John Lithgow's 2002 Tony win for Sweet Smell of Success and his nominations for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, M. Butterfly and maybe even Requiem for a Heavyweight. But his first victory could qualify as a Tony trivia question. The year was 1973, and the play was David Storey's The Changing Room, a behind-the-scenes look at a ...

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Harvey Fierstein Stresses the Importance of Snacking on Tony Night

Harvey Fierstein Stresses the Importance of Snacking on Tony Night

The versatile Harvey Fierstein is the proud winner of four Tony Awards, each representing a different category: Best Book of a Musical in 1984 for La Cage aux Folles (a show that's picked up 11 nominations in 2010 for its second Broadway revival), Best Actor in a Musical for Hairspray in 2003; and  two for his seminal dramedy Torch ...

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Sutton Foster on Chugging a Beer Before Winning a Tony

Sutton Foster on Chugging a Beer Before Winning a Tony

Where Sutton Foster goes, Tony nominations follow. A winner her first-time out of the gate for her “star-is-born” performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster has racked up three more Best Actress nods since, for Little Women (2005), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Shrek the Musical (2009). We fondly remember Sutton’s gracious acceptance speech back in 2002, which included a ...

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