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Broadway's 'Ann,' starring Holland Taylor, closing early

It’s curtains for Ann, the play written by and starring Holland Taylor. The show will close June 30, ahead of its planned Sept. 1 date, after playing 19 previews and 132 regular performances, producers announced Wednesday.

Taylor was nominated for a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her work on the show, but she lost to Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful) at Sunday’s show.

“It has been an honor to work with a truly remarkable playwright and a magnificent actress to bring Ann to Broadway and, happily in this case, they are one and the same,” said producer Bob Boyett in a release. “The incomparable Holland Taylor has dedicated the last six years of her life creating and performing this beautiful play, a tribute to an indomitable American cultural hero.  The impact it has had on audiences is indeed a consummate achievement and a monument to the legacy of Ann Richards.  My producing partners and I could not be any more proud to have brought Ann to Broadway.”
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Tony Awards 2013: Who will win?

Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a  contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.

And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier offer their predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by the Energizer bunny of awards-show hosts, Neil Patrick Harris.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section.
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Broadway box office: 'Motown' musical joins Million Dollar Club in its first week

The producers of Motown: The Musical must be dancing in the street. In its first week of previews, the Broadway show about Berry Gordy’s legendary R&B label grossed $1.03 million over just seven performances, according to figures from the Broadway League.  Motown (featuring Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae, pictured above, as Gordy and Diana Ross) seems primed to become a regular member of the Million Dollar Club of weekly high earners, especially since it begins a standard eight-performance schedule this week. Of course, critics will also weigh in when the show officially opens April 14. In the words of the Temptations, get ready.

Two other new shows cracked the $1 million mark for the week ending March 17. Lucky Guy, the soon-to-open drama penned by the late Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks, played to standing-room-only houses and grossed an impressive $1.29 million, representing 115 percent of its potential gross in the Broadhurst Theatre thanks to premium ticket sales. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella took in $1.1 million, a strong 68 percent of its potential earnings in the larger Broadway Theatre. READ FULL STORY

Holland Taylor takes her play 'Ann' to Broadway

Ann, a new play written and performed by Emmy-award winning Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) will come to Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 7,2013.

The show is based on the life of Ann Richards, the “tough as nails, funny as hell” former Democratic governor of Texas, who passed away in 2006.

“My artistic journey with Ann has been the soulful ride of a lifetime,” said Taylor in a press release. “Ann’s friends felt she was ‘born under a special star,’ and how can I not feel that light has shone on our path all the way here.”

Previously, Ann played to sold-out audiences at “Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House in the summer of 2010, San Antonio’s Empire Theatre in the fall of 2010, and Austin’s Paramount Theatre in the spring of 2011.  In the fall of 2011 the new play opened to critical acclaim at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, and went on to have a run at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center in winter of 2011/2012,” according to the release. READ FULL STORY

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