The 2013 Tony Awards: Spectacle with Heart

The Theatre Eater

Neil Patrick Harris never fails to wow me when he hosts the Tony Awards. I was a huge fan of last year’s opening number (“What if Life Were More Like Theatre?”) and wondered how he would top it. Well top it, he did. The number relied less heavily on witty setups and overall concept than last year’s number, instead turning to massive dance numbers, sets, and stunts to open the show. The number worked well due its balance of over-the-top spectacle and subtly humorous lyrics. The number also featured an emotional climax when Neil stood alone on stage singing about the kids at home being inspired by the Tonys:

“There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere who’s sitting there living for Tony performances, singing and flipping along with the Pippins and Wickeds and Kinkys Matildas and Mormons’s, so it might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that…

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‘The Book Of Mormon’ Brings Biggest Sales Day In Denver Center History

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Center for the Performing Arts box office started Monday with 56,000 “The Book of Mormon” tickets to sell. By the close of business on Monday, after the biggest sales day in Denver Center history, they only had 18,000 tickets left — and they keep going down,

The hottest ticket in Denver last year remains the hottest ticket in Denver this year. While there was a hiccup or two along the way — a system slowdown – and a mistaken sold-out notice that no other news station in town, besides CBS4, bothered to check, it is going very well.

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Monday morning in the lobby of the theater, it was full, all in hopes of staying cool and getting tickets for the biggest show on Broadway.

“The Book of Mormon” has set sales records wherever and whenever it has played, and Denver…

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Broadway sightings: singing Mormons and a memorabilia-hawking OSU grad

Columbus Theater

By Richard Ades

Are you dying to see The Book of Mormon? If so, you’re probably wondering whether it’s worth catching the show in New York considering the fact that it’s due to arrive in Columbus about a year from now.

Seeing a show on Broadway is certainly more expensive, even without the added cost of getting there and back. But then, Broadway shows have definite advantages over touring shows.

First, the cast is tried and true. Touring casts can be great, but only if the director can find actors as perfectly suited to their roles as their Great White Way counterparts.

Second, even the largest Broadway theaters are far more intimate than the Ohio or the Palace, where big touring shows usually end up in Columbus. Generally speaking, that means there are no bad seats in the house.

Unless, that is, you get stuck behind a tall…

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