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2008-07-18 09:00:47

By Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 18--Broadway musicals have come from books ("South Pacific" and "Ragtime"). From movies ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,""Beauty and the Beast"). Even from straight plays ("Hello, Dolly!" from "The Matchmaker,""My Fair Lady" from "Pygmalion"). But only once, it is believed, has a musical lifted itself from the steamy embrace of a Canadian stag party. "The Drowsy Chaperone," the multi-Tony Award-winning 2006 hit that opens in...

2008-06-27 09:02:45

By Scott D. Pierce Deseret News "THE DROWSY CHAPERONE," national tour, through Sunday, Capitol Theatre (355-2787); running time: 1 hours, 40 minutes (no intermission) One of the first lines in "The Drowsy Chaperone" isn't one you'd exactly expect to hear delivered to a theater full of people who've paid good money to be there. "I hate theater," says the Man in the Chair (Jonathan Crombie), as audience members laughed. Some of them somewhat nervously, perhaps. As it turns out, the Man --...

2006-06-11 22:27:35

By Claudia Parsons and Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" won six Tony Awards, including best play on Sunday, while "Jersey Boys," a sing-along show about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, won the award for best musical. "The History Boys" dominated the drama category, winning best director, actor and supporting actress, as well as best play, adding to a clutch of awards it picked up in London where it started life at the National Theater. The...

2006-06-11 19:41:52

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" emerged as an early frontrunner at the Tony Awards on Sunday, collecting four awards including best director and best supporting actress for Frances De La Tour. It also won the Tony Awards for best lighting and best scenic design in a play. The play about an eccentric teacher, played by Richard Griffiths, and a group of schoolboys preparing for university entrance exams, has already picked up a string of awards in London. The...

2006-06-08 12:12:20

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Broadway is abuzz with award fever before Sunday's Tony Awards, the culmination of a season of hits and misses that sparked talk of the death of the American musical and the triumph of the Anglo-Irish play. Organizers of the Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS television, have signed up a string of celebrity presenters from Oprah Winfrey to Julia Roberts -- even though the latter failed to win a nomination for her Broadway debut....

2006-05-16 09:26:56

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Drowsy Chaperone," an affectionate parody of 1920s musicals, led the field with 13 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday while Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" was confirmed as the favorite for best new play with seven nominations. "The Drowsy Chaperone" has already won several awards and was the critics' favorite, along with "Jersey Boys," a jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple," based...

2006-05-16 08:55:05

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" received seven Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, confirming it as favorite to be named best play, while "The Drowsy Chaperone" led the field among musicals with 13 nominations. The nominations for the theater equivalent of the Oscars went largely as predicted by critics. The biggest star of the season on Broadway, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, was not among those named as best actress in a play. Her Broadway debut was panned by...

2006-02-24 09:35:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- Tarzan, the songs of Johnny Cash and a stage version of the movie "The Wedding Singer" are the highlights of the coming Broadway musical season, mostly made up of slick repackaging of books, music and movies. A revival of "The Pajama Game" starring Harry Connick Jr. opened on Thursday to good reviews, the first of the big openings in the four months before the Tony Awards in June. "If you close your eyes you really hear Frank Sinatra," said Simon Saltzman,...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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