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Best of 2014: How Hugh Jackman bounced his way through Tonys opening

After the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza of Neil Patrick Harris’ 2013 Tonys opening, Hugh Jackman went for something much more understated for his latest turn hosting the ceremony: Jackman, displaying impressive strength, bounced his way through the opening in an nod to Bobby Van’s “Take Me To Broadway” from  1953’s Small Town Girl. Here’s how it came together. 

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As told by: Choreographer Warren Carlyle 

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Date set for 2015 Tony Awards

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The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have announced the date for the 69th annual Tony Awards. The ceremony is set for Sunday, June 7, 2015.

The show will be aired live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The official cut-off date for Broadway productions eligible for nomination during the 2014-2015 season will be Thursday, April 23, 2015; nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Tony-winning play 'All the Way' with Bryan Cranston breaks Broadway box office record

Bryan Cranston has gone from Breaking Bad to breaking Broadway box office records.

All the Way, starring Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, grossed $1,425,001 for the week ending June 22. That eight-performance total is now the most money ever made in a single week for a straight play on Broadway. Earlier this month, Cranston and the play took top honors of Best Actor and Best Play, respectively, at the Tony Awards after recouping the play’s initial $3.9 million investment in May. However, the play will end its limited engagement as scheduled this week.

Cranston, of course, is still no match against those witches of Oz. Wicked holds the title for the largest gross ever for any show on Broadway when it broke the $3 million mark in one week last December.

Broadway box office: Bryan Cranston's 'All the Way' gets the biggest Tony bump

Broadway producers love the Tony Awards because it gives a rare national platform for their shows, typically boosting ticket sales for musicals that make the most of their televised production number. And what lucky show got the biggest boost from the June 8 broadcast? Surprise! It wasn’t a musical but the LBJ bio-drama All the Way, which won Best Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (above). In the post-Tony week ending June 15, box office climbed 30 percent to a Texas-size $1.23 million, according to figures from the Broadway League.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a play with music that earned Audra McDonald a record sixth Tony, also basked in the awards afterglow. Box office climbed 19 percent last week to $457,174, an impressive 87 percent of the potential gross in the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre. And Best Revival winner A Raisin in the Sun saw a 5 percent bump to $1.29 million — an impressive haul for a non-musical on Broadway. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Greta Gerwig debuts, Tonys post-mortem

To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim: Another theater season just got off of the train. But the start of the 2014-15 season is already threatening to jump off the track a little. After Sunday night’s mixed-results Tonys ceremony (No “in memoriam” segment? And did we really need to see Hugh Jackman embarrass himself rap?), the Tony administration committee announced that they would be discontinuing the sound design categories, to much consternation; in fact, 19,000 theater professionals and fans have already signed a petition to reinstate them, and the number keeps growing. (Ironic, too, as the Tony telecast at Radio City Music Hall is often criticized for poor sound quality.) But one of the show’s highlights was big winner Neil Patrick Harris essaying the flirtatious rocker “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which won best musical revival), and EW proudly scooped the news that The Book of Mormon and Girls star Andrew Rannells will take over the role after Aug. 17, which is Harris’ final day. And given that he’s done it before, he should have no problem assuming those sausage curls and platform boots (though he’ll do it eight times a week after the summer, as opposed to Harris’ seven). And despite the season anew, there are no shortage of new shows opening around the country, including Blythe Danner taking on L.A. before Broadway this fall, a threesome of new works by one of the stage’s leading comedy writers, a new musical from the folks at Playwrights Horizons, and Noah Baumbach’s muse (and real-life partner) Greta Gerwig in her first NYC stage role in a new play from Britain (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards committee eliminates two categories, changes rules for revivals

Just days after the 68th Tony Awards were handed out, the annual event’s administration committee met one last time to discuss protocol for the upcoming 2014-15 Broadway season. And the rules, they are a-changin’.

The buzziest change affects sound designers, who make up about twenty percent of the already under-praised design teams who create the highly technical spectacles known as Broadway shows. The Tony committee plans to eliminate the awards for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical as of next season — although it retains “the right to determine a special Tony award for certain productions that have excelled in this particular design realm.” This is essentially the committee’s way of (inaccurately) declaring that all sound design is the same, except when it’s not.

But oh, those sound designers aren’t happy about this switch. Tony-nominated sound designer John Gromada has already launched a petition to reinstate the Sound Design categories. As of this posting, it’s mere votes away from hitting its 7,000 signature goal. READ FULL STORY

18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet

What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an EGOT.

This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater. READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards: See every musical performance

There’s plenty of Tony Awards coverage to go around—you can peruse through EW’s list of the best and worst moments, or re-live Sunday’s ceremony through our live blog—but, let’s be real. Everyone just wants to see the performances.

Worry no more. Here are all of this year’s musical performances from the 68th Tony Awards.

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See Hugh Jackman's bouncy Tony Awards opener

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a full opening number. But at least viewers finally found out why Hugh Jackman was bouncing up and down in his Tonys promo.

For Jackman’s opening routine at the Tony Awards last night, the host opted to forgo a full musical opening. (He’s done his fair share in the past — and, honestly, he probably couldn’t compete with Neil Patrick Harris’s showstopper from last year’s ceremony.)

Instead, showing off the endurance of the guy who brought Wolverine to screens, Jackman’s routine involved bouncing — everywhere and by everyone. Even Sting and Clint Eastwood got in on the fun.

Watch below, and stay for Jackman and Harris’ purposefully awkward elevator bit. Come on, Jackman, tell Harris you can host any show better than him. READ FULL STORY

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

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