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Week in Review 6.24.16

Broadway Farewells
Three closing notices were posted this week. First, we learned that Fun Home, which won five Tonys last year, will conclude its Broadway run on September 10. Playbill has details. Then came word that the Gershwin musical An American in Paris will conclude its Broadway run on January 1, 2017. The national tour begins this October, and a London production, led by Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope (who originated the roles of Jerry and Lise, respectively, on Broadway) will bow in March 2017. Theater Mania has more. (Scroll down in this post for casting news about the new Jerry.) Finally (and, perhaps, most surprisingly), it was announced that Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will conclude its Broadway run on July 24. That was the day that would have marked Audra McDonald's final performance before maternity leave. Producers report, though, that advance ticket sales for the post-Audra months slumped, and it would not …

Week in Review 6.17.16

Tony Awards Wrap Up
Broadway's biggest night was a smashing success, with Hamilton winning an impressive (though not record-making, -breaking, or -tie-ing) 11 awards. Herein, some fun Tony extras
Photos: red carpet arrivalsVideo: chatting on the red carpetFull list of Tony winnersIn MemoriamPhotos: backstage during the ceremonyVideos: all the musical performancesVideos: acceptance speeches for categories presented on air and categories presented before the broadcastVideos: "Thank You" cam - winners give extra thanks after their winsPhoto essay: the after partiesCasting News
Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, This is Where I Leave You) has joined the cast of Blue Iguana, a dark comedy also starring Sam Rockwell (Fool for Love). Deadline has more.

Additional casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl presentation of A Chorus Line. Joining the previously announced Robert Fairchild are Krysta Rodriguez (First Date, Spring Awakening) and Mario Lopez, both of whom appeared in th…

Tony Award Winners

Herein, the full list of Tony Award winners. Winners are notated in bold typeface and with an asterisk.
Best Play
Eclipsed, written by Danai GuriraThe Father, written by Florian ZellerThe Humans, written by Stephen Karam*King Charles III, written by Mike Bartlett
Best Revival of a Play
BlackbirdThe CrucibleLong Day's Journey into NightNoises OffA View from the Bridge*
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day's Journey into NightJeff Daniels, BlackbirdFrank Langella, The Father*Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles IIIMark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Best Performance by An Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey into Night*Laurie Metcalf, MiseryLupita Nyong'o, EclipsedSophie Okonedo, The CrucibleMichelle Williams, Blackbird
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans*Bill Camp, The CrucibleDavid Furr, Noises OffRichard Goulding, King Charles IIIMichael Shannon, Long Day's …

Week in Review 6.10.16

Tony Season Update
All things Tony Awards—Before the main event, there's the pre-show. Tony red carpet coverage will begin at 5:30pm. Special correspondents will also be on hand throughout the night to bring you behind-the-scenes coverage. You can watch both on Visit Playbill for details. Once the broadcast starts, you can expect to see a starry roster of presenters. Some newly announced presenters include Jake Gyllenhaal, Angela Lansbury, Uzo Aduba, Aaron Tveit, Common, Chita Rivera, and Josh Groban, who'll make his Broadway debut this fall. Playbill and have the full list of presenters. And you can also expect to see many performances, ten to be exact. All of the musicals nominated for Best Musical and Best Musical revival will be represented. In addition, there will be a performance by Gloria Estefan and the cast of On Your Feet, which (rightly) received a nomination for Best Choreography. has details. And in case you need a reminde…