Tony Awards

The Legends

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Unlike film and TV, which honor their veterans by giving them awards and not returning their agents' phone calls, Broadway knows how to treat its living legends: It puts them to work.

The Booster-Seat Brigade

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Who knew what Disney would ultimately bring with "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King"? In certain Broadway theaters, booster seats for kids are outpacing hearing devices for seniors. Children…

The Comedians

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It's a party out there now that the Broadway musical has recovered its sense of humor. "All people really want to do is laugh," says William Finn, composer-lyricist of "The 25th Annual Putnam County…

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The Troupers

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And the award for trouper of the year goes to ... It's a tie! Christina Applegate and Charlotte d'Amboise for "Sweet Charity." Who showed more spunk, more "the show must go on" determination…

The '80s

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The 1980s are back in theaters. And no wonder: It's good business for producers to wait 20 years before reviving a play or musical. This season alone, they brought back "La Cage aux Folles," "Steel…

The Overachievers

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When it comes to designers, Broadway producers do not believe in spreading the work around. Donald Holder, Brian MacDevitt and Kenneth Posner did the lighting for almost a third of the 38 shows that…

The Movie Stars

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Broadway's auds went ga-ga over the marquees advertising Billy Crystal and Denzel Washington. Their respective shows, "700 Sundays" and "Julius Caesar," grossed like big musicals, and set house…

The Heir

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Adam Guettel made his long-awaited Broadway debut with "The Light in the Piazza," which is not your grandfather's musical. The composer-lyricist says he wasn't trying to move tuners in a new…

The Recasts

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To recast or not to recast: That's the dilemma often arising when a British hit is snapped up by Broadway. Some shows cross the Atlantic virtually intact, like the 1997 Tony-winning revival of "A…

The Fixer

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"Little fiddles and bits." That's how Harvey Fierstein describes the fix-up job that falls to the book writer when a big musical like "La Cage aux Folles" is revived for Broadway.

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