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Larry Kramer's 1985 AIDS drama makes its Broadway premiere.

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iBroadway! Teen Queen Miranda Cosgrove Joins Jim Parsons Backstage at The Normal Heart

iBroadway! Teen Queen Miranda Cosgrove Joins Jim Parsons Backstage at The Normal Heart

Miranda Cosgrove, star of hit Nickelodeon show iCarly, recently set aside her title character’s signature webcam and headed to the Great White Way! On June 25 the starlet stopped by the Golden Theatre to see The Normal Heart and check out a future co-star’s Broadway debut. Jim Parsons, who stars on CBS’ smash The Big Bang Theory and is currently ...

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What’s Up, Jim Parsons? The Normal Heart Star Talks Big Bang Theory, Kissing Blossom and Loving Barkin

What’s Up, Jim Parsons? The Normal Heart Star Talks Big Bang Theory, Kissing Blossom and Loving Barkin

Come fall, ask actor Jim Parsons what he did on his summer vacation and he’ll have a better answer than most: He made his Broadway debut. Parsons has won both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards playing uber-nerd and theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, but he isn’t spending summer rerun season lazing about ...

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Cheers & Tears! Backstage at the Tonys with Normal Heart Winners Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey

Cheers & Tears! Backstage at the Tonys with Normal Heart Winners Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey

Shortly after delivering their emotional acceptance speeches on the stage of the Beacon Theatre, this year’s Tony winners headed backstage, awards in tow, to chat with members of the press. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek was delighted to share the moment with these fortunate few, including two winners from Best Revival The Normal Heart, Best Featured Actor and Actress in ...

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Two for Two for The Normal Heart: John Benjamin Hickey Wins Best Featured Actor

Two for Two for The Normal Heart: John Benjamin Hickey Wins Best Featured Actor

Broadway vet John Benjamin Hickey joined Ellen Barkin as a Tony winner for his featured performance in The Normal Heart. Hickey plays Felix Turner, whose battle with AIDS is the central emotional event in Larry Kramer’s play.

In his acceptance speech, Hickey echoed Barkin, calling The Normal Heart “the proudest moment in my career. We love supporting the mighty, mighty ...

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'Grateful and Humbled' Ellen Barkin Wins Best Featured Actress Tony for The Normal Heart

'Grateful and Humbled' Ellen Barkin Wins Best Featured Actress Tony for The Normal Heart

Ellen Barkin became the first actor to win a 2011 Tony Award, taking home the Best Featured Actress in a Play trophy for her Broadway debut performance as Dr. Emma Brookner in the current revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.

Calling her win “the proudest moment in my career,” the movie star-turned-theater actress said, “I am so grateful ...

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Normal Heart Tony Noms Mantello, Hickey and Barkin Tickled by Sardi’s Honor

Normal Heart Tony Noms Mantello, Hickey and Barkin Tickled by Sardi’s Honor
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They’ve brought a landmark play to Broadway, earned Tony nominations for their efforts, and now The Normal Heart stars Joe Mantello, John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin received a milestone from Broadway landmark Sardi’s: the unveiling of their caricatures! These three acting powerhouses were surrounded by their friends and supporters as they posed with their portraits, which will hang among ...

Tony Nominee Chat: The Normal Heart’s Joe Mantello on Being up Against 'Real Actors' Like Al Pacino

Tony Nominee Chat: The Normal Heart’s Joe Mantello on Being up Against 'Real Actors' Like Al Pacino

It’s a time-honored Broadway tradition: the day after the Tony nominations are announced, the lucky nominees get gussied up to meet the press. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek caught up with Joe Mantello, a Tony-winning director who is now nominated for Best Actor for his role in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Mantello chatted about the pitfalls of acting rather ...

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Tony Nominee Ellen Barkin on Getting Tips from Her Ex and How The Normal Heart Drives Her to Drink

Tony Nominee Ellen Barkin on Getting Tips from Her Ex and How The Normal Heart Drives Her to Drink

Since landing her breakout role in Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner, Ellen Barkin has been holding her own against acting titans like Al Pacino (Sea of Love), Robert de Niro (This Boy’s Life) and Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), to name just a few, for the last 29 years. Now at 57, the New York native—born in the Bronx, educated at ...

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Charades Challenge! Jimmy Fallon Takes on The Normal Heart Tony Nominee Ellen Barkin

Charades Challenge! Jimmy Fallon Takes on The Normal Heart Tony Nominee Ellen Barkin

Hot on the heels of her Normal Heart co-star Jim Parsons’ appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Tony nominee Ellen Barkin stopped by the talk show to chat with her old pal Fallon about her experience in the revival of Larry Kramer's 1985 play, but that's not nearly all. Click on to see Barkin go head to head with ...

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The Normal Heart’s Jim Parsons Plays Pictionary With Jimmy Fallon

The Normal Heart’s Jim Parsons Plays Pictionary With Jimmy Fallon

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon recently stopped by the Golden Theatre to see the Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, and the show's Jim Parsons returned the favor by stopping in to appear on Fallon’s show. Parsons chatted about his Broadway debut experience before the host talked him into playing a rousing game of Pictionary with some lucky audience members ...

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The Big Bang Theory Cast and More Stop By The Normal Heart

The Big Bang Theory Cast and More Stop By The Normal Heart
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The receiving line at the Golden Theatre was awfully busy on May 17 when TV stars and Broadway favorites stopped by the Tony-nominated revival of The Normal Heart. The cast of CBS hit The Big Bang Theory turned out to support their castmate Jim Parsons, who is spending his summer break on stage in this groundbreaking play by Larry Kramer ...

The Normal Heart’s Jim Parsons Stops By The Late Show to Talk Telethons and Having the Time of His Life on Broadway

The Normal Heart’s Jim Parsons Stops By The Late Show to Talk Telethons and Having the Time of His Life on Broadway

With both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards under his belt for his work on The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons is no stranger to late night talk shows, but the charming actor stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on May 12 to chat about the brand new territory he’s charting: the Broadway stage. Parsons is making his Rialto ...

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Idina! Patti! Two Broadway Darlings Drop In On The Normal Heart

Idina! Patti! Two Broadway Darlings Drop In On The Normal Heart
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The Golden Theatre got to dial up its diva quotient on May 6, when the (mostly) boys' club cast of The Normal Heart got a visit from not one but two of Broadway’s most beloved leading ladies: Patti LuPone and Idina Menzel! Both brassy, belt-y Tony winners spent the evening enjoying Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking—not to mention heartbreaking—1985 play about the ...

Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Co. Pose For a Heartwarming Hot Shot Backstage at The Normal Heart

Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Co. Pose For a Heartwarming Hot Shot Backstage at The Normal Heart

Good vibes were everywhere on May 5 when the starry cast of The Normal Heart, with a little help from Broadway.com, welcomed an enthusiastic group of teens from the Ali Forney Center backstage for a green room photo op. The play, about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City’s gay community, has a special resonance ...

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Jimmy Fallon, Holly Hunter & More Enjoy a Night at The Normal Heart

Jimmy Fallon, Holly Hunter & More Enjoy a Night at The Normal Heart
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It’s already pretty starry backstage at the Golden Theatre, with A-list actors like Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons and Lee Pace calling it home during the run of their Tony-nominated play, The Normal Heart. On May 4, the star wattage got even higher when Oscar winner Holly Hunter and late night funnyman Jimmy Fallon stopped in to show their ...

The Normal Heart Shows Love and Support For 'Freedom to Marry' Campaign

The Normal Heart Shows Love and Support For 'Freedom to Marry' Campaign

The cast of The Normal Heart couldn’t have been prouder to rally around producers Daryl Roth and Paul Boskind on May 3 when they presented a check for $10,000 to Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage rights for same-sex couples nationwide. The donation is the result of a Facebook Rally launched to raise the profile of both ...

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The Normal Heart’s Joe Mantello Feels Like a 'Happy Interloper' on Tony Nom Day

The Normal Heart’s Joe Mantello Feels Like a 'Happy Interloper' on Tony Nom Day

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2011 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Joe Mantello
Nominated for Best Actor in a Play, The Normal Heart


"It’s a little ...

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Tony Nominee John Benjamin Hickey Embraces His ‘Embarrassment of Riches’

Tony Nominee John Benjamin Hickey Embraces His ‘Embarrassment of Riches’

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2011 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

John Benjamin Hickey
Nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play, The Normal Heart


“I ...

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Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin and More Bask in The Normal Heart’s Broadway Bow

Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin and More Bask in The Normal Heart’s Broadway Bow

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart has made it to Broadway 26 years after it first opened at the Public Theater, with an A-list production helmed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, and starring Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, Jim Parsons, Lee Pace and more. The emotional play centers on Ned Weeks, a gay writer who turns activist ...

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Anthony Rapp, Matthew Bomer and More Show Some Love for The Normal Heart

Anthony Rapp, Matthew Bomer and More Show Some Love for The Normal Heart
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It was a busy weekend on the receiving line at The Normal Heart, as stars of all stripes came out to the Golden Theatre support the emotional play’s Broadway debut. The lineup of guests included stage vets like Anthony Rapp and Valerie Harper, along with television star Matthew Bomer (White Collar) and cultural icon Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The famous faces ...

The Normal Heart’s John Benjamin Hickey on Juggling The Big C and Acting with Joe Mantello

The Normal Heart’s John Benjamin Hickey on Juggling The Big C and Acting with Joe Mantello

John Benjamin Hickey has been a warm and humane presence onstage since his Broadway debut performance in 1995’s Love! Valour! Compassion! Since then, Hickey has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret, The Crucible and Mary Stuart, as well as in films ranging from Flags of Our Fathers and Transformers to Freedom Writers and the current Showtime hit The Big C as ...

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Broadway Pulses With the Beat of The Normal Heart on Opening Night

Broadway Pulses With the Beat of The Normal Heart on Opening Night
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Twenty-six years after its debut at the Public Theater, The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s explosive and emotional play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City’s gay community, finally bowed on Broadway on April 27. The anticipation was palpable as fans and friends like Sarah Jessica Parker and Melissa Etheridge walked the red carpet, while show ...

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Knocked Out by The Normal Heart?

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Knocked Out by The Normal Heart?

The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s landmark play about love amid the terrifying early days of the AIDS pandemic in New York City’s gay community, bowed on Broadway on April 27, more than 25 years after it’s explosive world premiere at the Public Theater. Broadway.com Word of Mouth panelists Ameil, Jared and Lorin headed to the Golden Theatre to take ...

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A Fearless First Look into the Chambers of The Normal Heart

A Fearless First Look into the Chambers of The Normal Heart
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The Normal Heart burst into off-Broadway’s Public Theater in 1985 with a fury befitting its subject, and now Larry Kramer’s landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City’s gay community is finally readying for its Broadway debut. The revival stars Tony-winning director Joe Mantello, appearing on stage for the first time since playing Louis ...

Broadway-Love! LGBT Pioneer Billie Jean King Visits The Normal Heart

Broadway-Love! LGBT Pioneer Billie Jean King Visits The Normal Heart
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It was a moving evening on Broadway on April 23, when tennis legend and gay rights trailblazer Billie Jean King stopped by The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s raging and heart-wrenching drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. King became a household name after the famous 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in which ...

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