The 2014 Tony Award winners are…

11:45 am EST, 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?

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.