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Tony Awards 2014 winners: 'A Gentleman's Guide' and 'All the Way' take top prizes

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, an old-fashioned musical comedy and the rare Broadway hit not based on a movie or TV show and with zero Hollywood stars in its cast, claimed Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. Meanwhile, the LBJ biodrama All the Way won Best Play as well as Best Actor for star Bryan Cranston in his Broadway debut.

Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy-winning four-time Tony host, earned his first award for his role as an East German transgender punker in the musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and is halfway to an EGOT). And Audra McDonald picked up a record-breaking sixth Tony playing Billie Holiday in the drama Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first performer to win Tonys in all four acting categories.

Tony voters spread the wealth this year, with no one show dominating. A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig each took home a total of four awards, while A Raisin in the Sun earned three for revival, director Kenny Leon, and costar Sophie Okenedo. After the jump, a complete list of this year’s winners. READ FULL STORY

Tony host Hugh Jackman on his rivalry with Neil Patrick Harris, hip flasks, and a 'Wolverine' musical -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After nine years’ absence, Hugh Jackman bounces back to host this Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast in a big way. Taking a break from rehearsals at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, he gave props to Neil Patrick Harris, another four-time Tony host who’s up for his first award this year for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Jackman earned his own statuette in 2003 for the musical The Boy From Oz.) His advice to Harris: “Sneak some food in…or a hip flask, whatever works for you.” While dismissing any notion that he might one day star in a Wolverine musical, the X-Men star did talk about his plans to return to the New York stage this fall in a three-character drama, The River, opening this fall in a theater that’s about half the size of the one where he performed Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway three years ago. No, he’s not trying to make it harder for fans to see him. “It’s a very intimate play,” he explains. Check out our exclusive clip after the jump (and come back Sunday for our Tony live blog, starting at 8 p.m. ET #EWTonys). READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards 2014: Who will win?

Will Neil Patrick Harris claim his first Tony Award this Sunday for his gender-bending turn in the musical revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Probably. Will fellow multiple-Emmy winner Bryan Cranston win for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the biodrama All the Way? Count on it. But will it be the Carole King biomusical Beautiful or the murderously funny A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder that earns top honors as the Best New Musical of the Broadway season?

On that point, as on many other tight races in this year’s Tony contest, EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier are divided. Here, we offer our 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 Hugh Jackman.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office: 'Aladdin,' 'Raisin,' and 'Beautiful' are the season's hottest pre-Tony tickets

As we sneak up on this Sunday’s Tony Awards, the Broadway season’s box office winners are quickly emerging. And the biggest new hit appears to be on a magic carpet ride. For the week ending June 1, Disney’s Aladdin led new shows with nearly $1.2 million in ticket sales, according to figures from the Broadway League. The animated-film-based tuner is playing to full houses and nearly 88 percent of its potential gross in the cavernous 1,723-seat New Amsterdam Theatre. Right behind Aladdin, though, is a rare non-musical blockbuster: the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which soaked up $1.19 million last week (thanks in part to premium tickets selling for as much as $348). READ FULL STORY

'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' top winner at 2014 Drama Desk Awards

Call it A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder & Winning Big.

The musical comedy dominated the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards, taking home a leading seven trophies at the gala held Sunday night at The Town Hall in New York City. Based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: the Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, the farce was named outstanding musical and received the musical direction award for Darko Tresnjak.

Star Jefferson Mays won for outstanding actor in a musical, an honor he shared with Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Lauren Worsham was named outstanding featured actress in a musical. Robert L. Freedman was recognized for outstanding book of a musical and outstanding lyrics alongside co-lyricist Steven Lutvak, and Aaron Rhyne won for outstanding production design.

No production came close to topping Gentleman’s Guide‘s awards totals, though Beautiful: The Carole King Musical did win in three categories: outstanding actress in a musical for Jessie Mueller, outstanding featured actress in a musical for Anika Larsen (yes, it was another tie with Worsham), and outstanding sound design in a musical.

Outstanding play went to All the Way, which also earned a best actor win for Bryan Cranston, who plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the historical drama. READ FULL STORY

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' cast album gets release date

Ready to rock out to some midnight radio?

The Tony-nominated, Neil Patrick Harris-led Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch — which centers around “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson and her tale of life, loves, and a botched operation — will release a cast album July 1 digitally and July 15 in stores.

“Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me in the last three months knows how excited I am by the new versions of these songs,” Hedwig composer and album producer Stephen Trask said in a release. “The talents of Neil and Lena and this amazing f—ing band have made these the best version of the score ever. After years of working with Justin Craig and a decade and a half recording with Tim O’Heir, producing these recordings as a team with them has been everything I could have hoped. I think we truly captured the brilliance of these great performers. If any band wants to learn any of these songs, these are the versions they should study.” READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards: Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel and more set to perform

Hot on the heels of announcing the presenters at this year’s Tony Awards, the show has confirmed the annual ceremony’s performance lineup. The headline news: Nominated musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then and Violet will be showcased with performances by their Tony-nominated stars, Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, and Sutton Foster, respectively. Alan Cumming will also reprise his award winning role as the Emcee in a performance from Cabaret.

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Neil Patrick Harris tells Howard Stern he declined to take over CBS late-night show -- LISTEN

With multiple Emmys, a long-running syndicated sitcom, a new movie coming out this month, and a recent Tony nomination, Neil Patrick Harris can already be considered legendary. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the actor, currently wowing audiences on Broadway as a trans German rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was asked to take over for the departing David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show. READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris bares all for 'Rolling Stone' cover

Rolling Stone really likes its cover subjects naked. In April, their cover featuring a nude Julia Louis-Dreyfus made headlines (both because Louis-Dreyfus was naked and because there was a big-time factual error involved) and now, Neil Patrick Harris takes center-stage on the cover of its latest issue in all his bare-skinned glory.

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'Gentleman's Guide', Neil Patrick Harris' 'Hedwig' lead nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards

Fully realizing its underdog appeal, the cheeky musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder slayed the competition this morning with a whopping 10 Tony nominations, including nods for both of its tireless leading men, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. Neil Patrick Harris’ return to Broadway after a decade yielded him his first-ever Tony nomination for the celebrated revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which netted an impressive eight nods. (Had it been eligible as a new musical, Hedwig probably would have easily tied Guide, as score and book would have been slam dunks). Trailing these shows with seven nominations each were the spicy jazz revue After Midnight, the Carole King biomusical Beautiful, John Tiffany’s critic-adored revival of The Glass Menagerie (in which all cast members except for Zachary Quinto got nods), and the Mark Rylance-led, period specific staging of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (EW’s pick for best production of 2013).

It was, however, not a great morning to be a movie star trying out Broadway for the first time or returning to it. Snub-ees this year in addition to the aforementioned Quinto included the ranks of James Franco, Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, Rebecca Hall and Zach Braff. The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on June 8 at 8pm.

Nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards follow:

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