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Tony Award nominations 2019 announced

‘Hadestown, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ lead the pack



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The 2019 Tony Award nominations were unveiled by Brandon Victor Dixon, Bebe Neuwirth and Gayle King on Tuesday.

“Hadestown,” the folk-opera that sets the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice during the Great Depression era, earned the most nominations with 14. “Ain’t Too Proud,” a musical based on the story of The Temptations, came in second with 12 nominations.

“The Prom,” the musical about a teenage girl whose high school refuses to let her take her girlfriend to prom, received seven nominations including Best Musical. Caitlin Kinnunen, who recently came out that she is dating a woman, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role in “The Prom.”

Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” and “The Boys in the Band” by Matt Crowley were both nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who penned the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” which he also adapted into the Academy Award-winning “Moonlight,” also scored a nomination for Best Play for his play “Choir Boy.”

Actress Judith Light will also be honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her LGBTQ rights activism and advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The 73rd annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9 on CBS.

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations”



“The Prom” “Tootsie”

Best Play

Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

“The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Taylor Mac

“Ink” by James Graham

“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical

“Kiss Me, Kate”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley

“Burn This”

“Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein

“The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas- “The Prom”

Derrick Baskin- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Alex Brightman- “Beetlejuice”

Damon Daunno- “Oklahoma!”

Santino Fontana- “Tootsie”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block- “The Cher Show”

Caitlin Kinnunen- “The Prom”

Beth Leavel- “The Prom”

Eva Noblezada- “Hadestown”

Kelli O’Hara- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Paddy Considine- “The Ferryman”

Bryan Cranston- “Network”

Jeff Daniels- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Adam Driver- “Burn This”

Jeremy Pope- “Choir Boy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Annette Bening- Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

Laura Donnelly- “The Ferryman”

Elaine May- “The Waverly Gallery”

Janet McTeer- “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Laurie Metcalf- “Hillary and Clinton”

Heidi Schreck -“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Book of a Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud”- Dominique Morisseau

“Beetlejuice”- Scott Brown and Anthony King

“Hadestown”- Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom” – Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie” -Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater

“Be More Chill” -Joe Iconis

“Beetlejuice” – Eddie Perfect

“Hadestown”- Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom”- Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin

“To Kill a Mockingbird”- Adam Guettel

“Tootsie” -David Yazbek

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin-“Hadestown”

Scott Ellis- “Tootsie”

Daniel Fish- “Oklahoma!”

Des McAnuff- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Casey Nicholaw- “The Prom”

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold- “Ink”

Sam Mendes- “The Ferryman”

Bartlett Sher- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Ivo van Hove- “Network”

George C. Wolfe- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Andre De Shields- “Hadestown”

Andy Grotelueschen- “Tootsie”

Patrick Page- “Hadestown”

Jeremy Pope- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Ephraim Sykes- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Lilli Cooper- “Tootsie”

Amber Gray- “Hadestown”

Sarah Stiles- “Tootsie”

Ali Stroker- “Oklahoma!”

Mary Testa- “Oklahoma!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Bertie Carvel- “Ink”

Robin De Jesús- “The Boys in the Band”

Gideon Glick- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Brandon Uranowitz- “Burn This”

Benjamin Walker- Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan- “The Ferryman”

Celia Keenan-Bolger- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Kristine Nielsen- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Julie White- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Ruth Wilson- “King Lear”

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown- “Choir Boy”

Warren Carlyle- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Denis Jones- “Tootsie”

David Neumann- “Hadestown”

Sergio Trujillo- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose- “Hadestown”

Larry Hochman- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Daniel Kluger- “Oklahoma!”

Simon Hale- “Tootsie”

Harold Wheeler- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Peter England- “King Kong”

Rachel Hauck- “Hadestown”

Laura Jellinek- “Oklahoma!”

David Korins- “Beetlejuice”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Bunny Christie- “Ink”

Rob Howell- “The Ferryman”

Santo Loquasto- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Jan Versweyveld- “Network”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass- “Hadestown”

William Ivey Long- “Beetlejuice”

William Ivey Long- “Tootsie”

Bob Mackie- “The Cher Show”

Paul Tazewell- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell- “The Ferryman”

Toni-Leslie James- “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Clint Ramos- “Torch Song”

Ann Roth- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Ann Roth- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski- “Beetlejuice”

Peter Hylenski- “King Kong”

Steve Canyon Kennedy- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Drew Levy- “Oklahoma!”

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz- “Hadestown”

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork- “Ink”

Scott Lehrer- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Fitz Patton- “Choir Boy”

Nick Powell- “The Ferryman”

Eric Sleichim- “Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams- “The Cher Show”

Howell Binkley- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Bradley King- “Hadestown”

Peter Mumford- “King Kong”

Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini- “Beetlejuice”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin- “Ink”

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Peter Mumford- “The Ferryman”

Jennifer Tipton- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden- “Network”

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Andre Leon Talley, iconic Black fashion journalist & editor dies at 73

Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s



Andre Leon Talley being interviewed in the 1990's (Screenshot via YouTube)

WHITE PLAINS, Ny. – Andre Leon Talley, a formidable iconic fashion journalist and the former creative director and one-time editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, passed away at age 73 of unspecified causes at a hospital in White Plains, an inner suburb of New York City in Westchester County, New York.

News of the famed fashion journalist’s death Tuesday was first reported by celebrity news and gossip site TMZ.

Talley was known for his close friendships with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, and Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour among others.

Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s. From 1983 until late 1987, he was the magazine’s the news director and was then promoted to Vogue’s creative director in ’88, a post he held until 1995. He later came back to the magazine in 1998 as the editor-at-large until his departure in 2013.

Born in Washington D.C. on October 16, 1948 and raised in North Carolina, Talley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature in 1970 from North Carolina Central University. He later attended Brown University, after he was awarded a scholarship, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in French Literature in 1972.

Talley’s early career as a journalist saw him working at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Interview magazine. He later became the Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily.

His later career saw Talley hosting his own radio show principally concerned with fashion and pop culture on Sirius XM. He also released a book The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir on May 19, 2020, which detailed his early career start and some of the issues he encountered as a Black man.

Talley was also an LGBTQ+ icon. When asked about his sexual orientation by daytime chat show host Wendy Williams during a May 29, 2018 appearance, he stated, “No, I’m not heterosexual; I’m saying I’m fluid in my sexuality, darling.”

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VideoFashion profile in 2020 marking of the release of Andre Leon Talley’s memoir, “THE CHIFFON TRENCHES.”

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Music & Concerts

64th Annual Grammy Awards rescheduled to April

Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show” host will return as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night®



Graphic by the Recording Academy®

SANTA MONICA – The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards® have been rescheduled and will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sun, April 3 (8-11:30 p.m., live ET/5-8:30 p.m., live PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show” host and comedian, will return as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night®. The show moved from its original date of Jan. 31 amid growing concerns surrounding the Omicron variant. News of the rescheduled date was initially shared via a joint announcement from the Recording Academy®, CBS and CMT.

With THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS shifting airdates, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS, country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, will move from its originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 3 to a later date in April.

Information about the date and location of the awards show will be announced in the coming weeks. This will be the inaugural broadcast of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on the CBS Television Network. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY® Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony®, MusiCares® Person of the Year and the Pre-GRAMMY® Gala will be announced soon.

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy.

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‘Jeopardy!’ champ helps 83-year-old accept Trans people

Schneider recognized the challenges that come with being an openly Trans woman on national TV, but noted: “I thought it would be worse”



Amy Schneider (Courtesy of Sony Television & Pictures Corp.)

OAKLAND – Trans “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider, the most winning woman in the show’s history, opened up in a recent interview about learning that her TV presence helped an 83-year-old man learn to accept Trans people. 

In an interview with NPR, Schneider recognized the challenges that come with being an openly Trans woman on national TV, but noted: “I thought it would be worse.”

Though Schneider has dealt with her fair share of transphobic comments on the internet, she told NPR’s Ari Shapiro that she stays out of the comment sections because it’s better for her mental health. 

However, she did recall receiving one Twitter post that highlighted the positive impact of her visibility. 

“After two to three years of conversation, you being on “Jeopardy!” every night has taught my dad to be accepting of Trans people,” the post said, according to Schneider. “You’re the first person he’s used correct pronouns with, an 83-year-old man saying, this isn’t too hard. Thanks for your message of love.” 

“That is just one of the best things I could hear,” Schneider said. “And that I’ve been able to do that, give people that experience – and if I’m helping them, that’s what I want to do most of all.”

On Friday, Schneider won her 33rd straight game, the third-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history, amassing $1,111,800 in winnings.

Recently, the history-making contestant returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus sparked by being robbed at gunpoint over the New Year’s weekend. 

“Hi all! So, first off: I’m fine. But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards, and phone,” she said, adding: “So, I doubt I’ll even start writing tonight’s game thread today, and if I keep winning, it may take a bit for me to get caught up. Thanks for your patience!”

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, has been an inspiration to many during her historic run on the show. 

“Seeing Trans people anywhere in society that you haven’t seen them before is so valuable for the kids right now that are seeing it,” she told ABC affiliate KGO-TV in November, adding: “I’m so grateful that I am giving some nerdy little Trans kid somewhere the realization that this is something they could do, too.”

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