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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.

Broadway box office: Despite Tony snub, Bette Midler sees a big boost in ticket sales

Tony, Schmony. Bette Midler may have been snubbed by Tony nominators for her one-woman comedy I’ll Eat You Last, but she’s having the last laugh at the box office. According to figures from the Broadway League, ticket sales for the Divine Miss M’s first Broadway show in 30 years jumped 17 percent for the week ending May 5, to $753,217. That’s a record for the relatively tiny Booth Theatre and comes despite the fact that Midler performed only seven shows (most Broadway productions schedule eight performances per week). Her producers took advantage of premium pricing and stellar reviews, but the Tony snub also allowed them to deny Tony voters free tickets before the June 9 ceremony and re-sell those prime seats at full price.

So what’s a Tony nomination worth these days? For the musical revival Pippin and the star-studded comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the first week since the Tony noms boosted ticket sales by a healthy 10 percent. Pippin, which earned 10 nods (including Best Musical Revival), took in $785,386 for the week ending May 5 — an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Music Box Theatre. Vanya, which earned 6 Tony noms, including Best Play, generated $449,073 at the Golden Theatre — roughly 60 percent of that 804-seat house’s maximum earnings. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin-led 'Orphans' to close on Broadway

The latest post-Tonys causality? Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, which will play its last performance on Sunday May 19.

The Broadway play — which made headlines prior to opening because of Shia LaBeouf’s drama with Alec Baldwin — will have played 27 previews and 37 regular performances when it closes. In addition to Baldwin, the revival, which EW’s Thom Geier called, “a vibrant exploration of masculinity,” also stars Ben Foster (who replaced LaBeouf) and Tom Sturridge. Last week, Orphans sold 70% of available tickets for the week, according to BroadwayWorld.com.

The Tony-nominated Orphans follows the recent closing announcements of The Testament of Mary (starring Fiona Shaw) and Jekyll & Hyde, which stars Constantine Maroulis.

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Broadway box office: 'Matilda' joins 'Motown' and 'Lucky Guy' as a new hit

Matilda has emerged as a Dahled-up hit of the new Broadway season. In its first full week since its April 11 opening, the rapturously reviewed musical earned $1.13 million for the week ending April 21, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a 51 percent increase in ticket sales from the previous week, and represents nearly 89 percent of the potential gross from the Shubert Theatre.

Matilda is one of four brand-new shows that joined this week’s Million Dollar Club of high earners on the Great White Way. The Tom Hanks-topped drama Lucky Guy raked in $1.41 million, fully 124 percent of its potential earnings due to premium-priced ticket sales; Motown the Musical pulled down $1.15 million, 81 percent of its maximum; and the Cyndi Lauper musical Kinky Boots kicked up $1.06 million, about 73 percent of its potential high.

Rounding out this week’s Million Dollar Club are four long-running mainstays: The Lion King ($1.84 million); Wicked ($1.81 million); The Book of Mormon ($1.67 million); and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ($1.06 million).

Five more shows are slated to open this week, including a high-profile (and high-flying) revival of the musical Pippin, which last week earned $683,911 (a strong 74 percent of its potential gross).  And there are early indications of box office staying power for Bette Midler’s one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last, which broke a new record last week for the relatively small Booth Theatre with $686,031 in sales. What’s even more impressive is that the Divine Miss M is playing just seven performances a week (most Broadway shows do eight).

Some other star-driven nonmusical newbies — including The Nance with Nathan Lane, Orphans with Alec Baldwin, Macbeth with Alan Cumming, and The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. — have yet to spark much box office heat. Each show may have to hope for a strong critical embrace (several have only just opened or will be debuting in coming days) and the even stronger embrace of the Tony nominating committee (which announces its picks on April 30).

Follow Thom on Twitter: @ThomGeier

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Alec Baldwin and 'Orphans' cast talk Shia LaBeef and tweeted emails

In two weeks, Broadway’s Orphans will officially open — giving the theater community something to talk about besides the production’s tumultuous development. In the meantime, though, cast members Alec Baldwin, Tom Sturridge, and Ben Foster will just have to keep fielding questions about Shia LaBeouf, who was fired from the production after reportedly clashing with Baldwin in rehearsals.

Those questions form the core of an interview with the cast in the New York Times. And while the answers aren’t particularly juicy — there’s nothing as damning as Baldwin saying that theater’s just not Shia’s thing — they do provide a little more context about what, exactly, went wrong before LaBeouf got axed. Baldwin told writer Patrick Healy that he “didn’t look at it as my job” to make things work with LaBeouf, adding obliquely that he “didn’t really care about” his castmates’ “personal issues” at the beginning of rehearsals.


Shia LaBeouf talks Baldwin feud: 'Me and Alec had tension as men' -- VIDEO

As Shia LaBeouf Tom Chiarella once wrote, a real man can own up to his mistakes. And though LaBeouf — whose gradual transformation into Adam from Girls seems nearly complete — hasn’t yet acknowledged that publishing private emails on Twitter probably isn’t the best idea, the actor can admit that he got straight-up fired from Broadway’s Orphans. The reason? He and ex-costar Alec Baldwin “had tension, as men. Not as artists — as men.”

As LaBeouf told David Letterman last night, “I’m pretty passionate and impulsive, and he’s a very passionate individual as well. And I think that impulsiveness and that passion make for some fireworks.” (Naturally, he didn’t cite The Office‘s Phyllis Lapin after making this observation.) That volatile combination led to LaBeouf’s exit from the show, a move originally credited to “creative differences.” “I think that’s what you’ve gotta say for a business-savvy answer for what actually happened,” LaBeouf explained. Yep, he’s nothing if not business-savvy. READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin's feud reaches DEFCON 3 after new tweets

As Alice Roosevelt Longworth — and Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias — once said, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

Some days, it feels like that quote could serve as Twitter’s official motto. Take Shia LaBeouf, for instance. Since exiting the Broadway production of Orphans over “creative differences” with co-star Alec Baldwin, the two actors have waged a Cold War that is beginning to really heat up. One day after Baldwin responded to a LaBeouf tweet about the nature of theater with a dismissive slam, LaBeouf took to Twitter again to share two e-mail strings that attempt to portray Baldwin as unprepared for their rehearsals. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin on Shia LaBeouf: Theater's just not his thing

Though “creative differences” with co-star Alec Baldwin drove Shia LaBeouf’s departure from the Broadway play Orphans, there seemed to be no lasting bad blood between the two actors. In a personal email that LaBeouf published on Twitter, Baldwin assured the younger man that he’s “been through this before” — boy, has he ever — and promised that he had no “unkind word[s] to say” about the Transformers star, adding, “You have my word.”

Nearly two weeks later, Baldwin seems to be singing a different tune. Last night, Vulture asked the actor to respond to a tweet LaBeouf sent shortly after exiting Orphans: “the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is anti-art.” Here’s the Emmy winner’s response in full:


Ben Foster to replace Shia LaBeouf in Broadway's 'Orphans'

That was quick. Just one day after Shia LaBeouf exited the Broadway play Orphans over “creative differences,” the show has found a replacement: Ben Foster, a 32-year-old actor known primarily for his work in films like 3:10 to Yuma and The Messenger, as well as three seasons on HBO’s Six Feet Under. Foster will make his Broadway debut in the play, which is still on schedule to begin previews on March 19 and open April 7. He will start rehearsals tomorrow.

While the producers of Orphans haven’t elaborated on why LaBeouf left the play, the actor has posted a series of personal emails on Twitter that imply he made his exit after clashing with his co-star Alec Baldwin. When contacted by EW today, Baldwin declined to comment on the emails — though he did tell the New York Times, “You realize in the process, theater is not for everyone.”

Though LaBeouf hasn’t responded to a request for comment, he seems happy with Orphans‘s choice of replacement: “BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT,” the Transformers star wrote on Twitter shortly after Foster’s casting was announced.

Read more:
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Shia LaBeouf exits Broadway show due to ‘creative differences’
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Shia LaBeouf reveals 'creative differences' with Alec Baldwin on Twitter after exiting Broadway show

Turns out that there’s a second act to Shia LaBeouf’s abrupt departure from the Broadway show Orphans – and it’s playing out on Twitter.

Yesterday, producers announced that LaBeouf was leaving the play due to “creative differences.” According to the Transformers star, though, that was far from the whole story. Last night, he took to his Twitter page to prove what “creative differences” really means.


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