TONY TUESDAY: Diahann Carroll

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Photo Credit: collarcitybrownstone.com

There is no denying the greatness that is the legendary Diahann Carroll. This week in Tony Tuesday we’re taking a look at some highlights in her longstanding career. Spanning nearly six decades, Diahann Carroll is a successful television, stage actress, and singer.

Fun Fact: She is one of a number of ties in Tony Awards history; In 1962 she was the first African-American woman to win in the category for best actress.

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TONY TUESDAY: Mercedes Ruehl

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Photo Credit: imdb.com

Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, Mercedes Ruehl was raised catholic, mixed of Cuban, German and Irish descent.

Fun fact: She is one of only five actresses to have won a Tony Award and Oscar in the same year.

Mercedes Ruehl attended the College of New Rochelle and graduated in 1969. She began her career in regional theatre with the Denver Center Theatre Company.  After this she took to the stages of New York in the late 1970’s and gained some notable successes; In 1984 , I’m Not Rappaport. Later that year she won an Obie Award for her performance in The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Continue reading

FEATURE: 2012-2013 Top 5 Kid Broadway Debuts

As promised, here is the kids edition of Broadway Debuts! Take a look and see if you recognize these really talented youngsters who are well on there way to becoming the brightest up and coming stars!

Congrats to all the talented youngsters who made the list. We’re looking forward to next year! Do you agree with the list? Who else would you have added?

FEATURE: 2012-2013 Top 10 Adult Broadway Debuts

As we transition from one Broadway season to another we thought it might be fun to highlight those who have achieved what can sometimes seem like one of the most elusive feats, and greatest accomplishments for an actor…debuting on Broadway. Stay tuned next week for our kids edition!

Congrats to everyone who made the list. We’re looking forward to next year! Do you agree with the list? Who else would you have added?

TONY TUESDAY: Karen Olivo

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Photo Credit: broadway.com

This weeks Tony Tuesday features the beautifully talented Karen Olivo. Seen most recently on television, shows like “Harry’s Law,” and the CBS hit, “The Good Wife,” Olivo is rooted in Broadway having made history herself.

Fun Fact: Olivo is of mixed descent; her father Puerto Rican and Native American, and her mother of Dominican and Chinese descent.

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SPOTLIGHT: The Lion King Breaks Records

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Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Disney
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“Simba” and ensemble singing “He Lives In You” from the “Lion King” national tour.

By now, we all know how incredible a show The Lion King has become. If you have never seen it, thats a problem. Its not hard to believe that the show is approaching its 15th year on broadway, and has surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing Broadway show in history.

Moreover, recently we’ve learned that The Lion King has topped 1-billion dollars in ticket sales from its North American tours.

 

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TONY TUESDAY: The Artists of Color amongst the 2013-2014 Tony Nominating Commitee

tony tuesdayIn our latest addition of Tony Tuesday we are ecstatic to announce a bit of breaking news! On July 15, the nominating committee for the 2013-2014 Broadway season was announced by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

The Nominating Committee attends all productions during the Broadway season and meets to determine, by vote, the Tony Award nominees for that season.

The committee of Tony nominators, which has been expanded to 46 members for the 2013-14 season, includes two artists of color; Veronica Claypool and Kent Gash. Keep reading to get to know these two new additions!

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TONY TUESDAY: Lea Salonga

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Photo Credit: Broadwayworld.com

Which Tony Award winner has also been a Disney Princess? Lea Salonga. Salonga is the first Filipino actress to play Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway and that’s not even what won her Tony!

FUN FACT: Lea Salonga provided the singing voices for two official disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. 

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TONY TUESDAY: BD Wong

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Photo Credit: www.cmc.edu

BD Wong is legendary for the doors he has opened for actors of color, doors that crossover from the stage to both film and television. More specifically he is one of a very small group of Asian actors to receive a Tony Award.

Bradley Darryl Wong is of Chinese descent and was born in San Francisco, California. He attended Lincoln High school and then went to college at San Francisco State University. Wong is best known for his work on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as FBI psychiatrist Dr. George Huang. Yet, his career on stage began long before that. Wong gained attention and garnered a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly opposite John Lithgow.

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BEYOND THE STAGE: Paris Barclay the newest President of the Directors Guild of America

Paris Barclay

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As we continue to support Artists of Color and acknowledge the efforts and vast advancements of those in our community, it is important to remember all parties involved. It’s easy to focus on the faces we see most often. However, equal praise is due to those we rarely get to see! Paris Barclay is one of those faces. Paris is a highly esteemed director and, as of this week, the first African American President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

A two time Emmy Award winner, having directed over 130 episodes of television to date, Paris Barclay is sure to have directed at least one of your favorite television shows. Those credits include; but, certainly are not limited to, Law and Order, The Good Wife, Smash, and Glee. He continues to executive produce and is principal director of FX’s highest rated series ever, Sons of Anarchy.

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RESOURCE: Who’s in the Room

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Have you ever left an audition wanting to send a thank you or follow-up with the people in the room? Classic example-you had a great audition and leave the studio on a high set to enjoy the rest of your day. You make it home, open your email or grab a headshot and then it hit’s you-you can’t remember who was in the room! Well take a deep breath because fortunately, Cotton Wright has a solution! Cotton decided to create a blog of her own, Who’s in the Room, in efforts to change the game.

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TONY TUESDAY: Diane Paulus

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This years Tony Awards may have wrapped but that doesn’t stop Tony Tuesday! This week we take a closer look at Diane Paulus. Accepting her first Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Pippin, Diane Paulus soared at the 67th  annual awards.  In fact, it proved to be a pretty big night for Pippin. Patina Miller was also a big winner and we were lucky enough to have Paulus speak to us when we featured her!

Fun Fact: The third time is a charm! This is Paulus’ third Tony nomination.

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