The 2014 Tony Award winners are…

11:45 am EDT, June 9, 2014

The 2013-2014 Broadway season has come to a close with the 68th Tony Awards, hosted by a tireless Hugh Jackman. The winners are as follows…

Musical Categories
– Best musical — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best revival of a musical — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best lead actress in a musical — Jessie Mueller, Beautiful
– Best lead actor in a musical — Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actress in a musical — Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actor in a musical — James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
– Best direction of a musical — Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best book of a musical — Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best original score — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
– Best choreography — Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
– Best scenic design of a musical — Christopher Barreca, Rocky
– Best lighting design of a musical — Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best costume design of a musical — Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best sound design of a musical — Brian Ronan, Beautiful
– Best orchestrations — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Play Categories
– Best play — All the Way
– Best revival of a play — A Raisin in the Sun
– Best lead actress in a play — Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
– Best lead actor in a play — Bryan Cranston, All the Way
– Best featured actress in a play — Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play — Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
– Best direction of a play — Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best scenic design of a play — Beowulf Boritt, Act One
– Best lighting design of a play — Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
– Best costume design of a play — Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
– Best sound design of a play — Steve Canyon Kennedy, ,em>Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

The big winners of the night were A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig, with four wins apiece, including Best Musical and Best Revival Respectively. On the play front, A Raisin in the Sun surprised everyone by nabbing three wins (including Best Revival), most of which were assumed to go to The Glass Menagerie (which only walked away with one award, for lighting). The Best Play was All the Way.

What was striking was how many new winners there were. Of all the musical categories, only three winners had previously won a Tony (Jason Robert Brown for Score, Kevin Adams for Lighting, and Brian Ronan for Sound Design). Same thing in the play categories: only three previous winners (Audra McDonald and Mark Rylance in acting categories, and Natasha Katz for Lighting). Both Lead Actor winners – Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston – can now put a Tony next to their Emmys, and are halfway to an EGOT.

On the musical side, the wealth was evenly distributed to all this season’s shows: After Midnight, Beautiful, Aladdin, Rocky, and even the dearly departed Bridges of Madison County each received a Tony or two. If/Then, Les Miserables, and Cabaret all walked away empty-handed, but between their box office numbers and fantastic performances at the Tonys, they should be fine. Violet and Bullets Over Broadway should be worried – their box office has not been as strong, and their performances late in the broadcast were far less effective.

The plays were not as evenly rewarded. Lady Day, Twelfth Night, Act One, and Glass Menagerie all shared in the Tony wealth. But crowd favorites like Cripple of Inishmaan and Casa Valentina, along with many others, did not get any Tony love – if you want to see these shows, I’d recommend doing so soon.

Audra McDonald made history tonight with her Best Actress win. She won a sixth competitive acting award, something no other actor or actress has ever done. She had previously been tied with Broadway legends Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris at five wins apiece. His victory also made Audra McDonald the first actor or actress to ever win in all four acting categories (Lead in a Musical, Lead in a Play, Featured in a Musical, Featured in a Play).

Less happy are Kelli O’Hara and Danny Burstein, who tonight join George C. Scott as the only actors to amass five nominations without any wins. There’s always next year…

Hugh Jackman did a decent job hosting, even if the opening number was rather underwhelming. Ironically, the best number of the night still belonged to NPH, who gave an absolutely insane performance from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In fact, all the musicals put their best foot forward.

Idina Menzel sang a solo from If/Then and seemed much more comfortable than at the Oscars (because her name was pronounced correctly!). Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) sang a duet with Carole King herself. James Monroe Iglehart performed a justifiably abridged version of “Friend Like Me,” Aladdin’s biggest showstopper. We got to hear classics like “Willkommen” from Cabaret and “One Day More” from Les Mis. To celebrate Wicked’s tenth anniversary, the current Elphaba and Glinda performed “For Good” (and did it much better than at the actual tenth anniversary performance). There were even musical numbers previewing next season’s musicals “The Last Ship” and “Finding Neverland.”

What did you think of the Tonys? Are you happy with who won? And which of the shows do you most want to see after watching them perform?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


HARRY POTTER IS BACK! (Spotted at a Barnes & Noble) #harrypotterforever #harrypotter

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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?